Women's Hoops Falls To Arizona State, 67-60

Feb. 14, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The USC women's basketball team was beat at its own game as Arizona State dominated on the boards in a 67-60 victory over the Women of Troy on Thursday, Feb. 14, in front of 1,693 at Tempe's Wells Fargo Arena. With the loss, the Trojans fall to 13-11 overall and 9-6 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils improve to 20-7 overall and 11-5 in conference play.

The Women of Troy were led by Ebony Hoffman and freshman Rachel Woodward who contributed 13 and 14 points, respectively, but no player finished with more than four rebounds. Arizona State had 4-of-5 starters finish in double figures, led by center Melody Johnson who added 21 points and six rebounds. ASU outrebounded USC, 34 to 24, while both teams shot above 48 percent from the field.

Despite starting off strong offensively, the Women of Troy fell behind by the 10-minute mark in the first half after committing four consecutive turnovers. In addition to the Trojans' inability to create on their own possessions, USC was also unable to stop ASU's Johnson who scored 16 points in the first half for the Sun Devils. USC shot 52.2 percent from the field but committed 13 turnovers and entered the break down 35-27.

To start the second half, the Women of Troy used a 19-12 run to tie the score, 47-47, at 10:58 following a Tiffany Elmore layup. The Sun Devils reclaimed the lead with two made free throws on the next possession and never looked back. ASU led by as much as eight, 64-56, with 1:33 remaining before sealing the seven-point victory.

The Women of Troy travel to Tucson, Ariz., to face Arizona on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. MST.

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