Huskies Sweep Women Of Troy

Feb. 1, 2002

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Despite a 19-point effort by sophomore Ebony Hoffman, the USC women's basketball team was defeated by Washington, 69-63, at the Sports Arena Friday night. With the loss, the Trojans fall to 7-5 in the Pac-10, 11-10 overall. The Huskies improve to 7-4 in the Pac-10, 12-8 overall.

Hoffman, who enjoyed her 10th double-double of the season with 14 boards, and sophomore Aisha Hollans (17 points) led the Women of Troy in scoring. However, their effort was not enough to overcome the 9-of-11 shooting by Huskies' guard Giuliana Mendiola, who scored a game-high 22 points.

In the first half, USC jumped out to an early 7-2 lead after Jessica Cheeks hit a three-pointer with 17:44 remaining. However, a layup by UW freshman Kayla Burt allowed the Huskies to claim their first lead of the game, 17-16, at the 11:41 mark. Washington built that lead to 25-18, capped by a basket by Sarah Keeler. USC returned with a 7-2 run of their own to tie the score at 27 with 4:02 left. The Trojans went into the break up by two, 33-31.

The Women of Troy came out firing in the beginning of the second half, jumping out to a 39-34 lead at the 18:02 mark, forcing Washington to call a quick timeout. The Huskies responded five minutes into the half. Sophomore Andrea Lalum hit three consecutive shots allowing Washington to reclaim the lead, 44-43, with 12:34 remaining. USC was never able to recover and the Huskies, led by the shooting of Mendiola, extended their lead to 66-56 with only 2:04 remaining.

The Women of Troy made it interesting in the end by hitting consecutive three pointers with only a minute left, but Washington hit its free throws down the stretch to hand USC its fifth loss in conference play.

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