Women Of Troy Fall To Washington, 69-63

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. But 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. 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.

The Women of Troy return to the Sports Arena on Sunday (Super Bowl Sunday) to take on the Washington State Cougars. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.

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