Women's Basketball Defeats Golden Bears, 69-58

Feb. 24, 2002

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The USC women's basketball team closed out the regular season with a 69-58 victory over the California Golden Bears Sunday afternoon in front of 1, 482 at the Sports Arena. With the win, the Trojans finish 11-7 in the Pac-10, 15-12 overall in regular season play. The Bears finish 2-16 in conference, 7-20 overall.

USC finishes in a fourth-place tie with Oregon State in the Pac-10 and earns the No. 4 seed for the upcoming Pac-10 Tournament after having defeated the Beavers twice this season. The two teams will face each other in the first round as the No. 4 and 5 seeds tipoff on Saturday, March 2, at 8:15 p.m.

Sophomore Ebony Hoffman led the Women of Troy with her 11th double-double of the season, finishing with 24 points and 14 boards. USC's Aisha Hollans also finished with a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Freshman Rachel Woodward added 13 points for USC.

Despite the loss, three Cal players finished in double-digits for points scored. Freshman Leigh Gregory led the Bears with a career-high 17 points, while her teammates Ami Forney and Kristin Iwanaga added 16 and 14 points, respectively.

USC started the game strong offensively, jumping out to a 10-2 lead at the 16:25 mark. But a 10-4 run by the Golden Bears allowed Cal to climb back and cut USC's lead to only three, 17-14. The Trojans then went cold, finishing the half shooting 26.3 percent from the field. Cal was able to capitalize by going on a 22-7 run to close out the half and took a 26-22 lead into the break.

In the second half, a layup by senior Tiffany Elmore tied the game, 28-28, after three minutes of play. Cal managed to maintain a slight edge until the half-way point, when Hollans used a fastbreak layup to give the Trojans their first lead of the half, 42-41 (9:57). Cal was never able to regain the lead, and the Trojans got hot, going up by as many as 18 points, 64-46, with just over three minutes remaining. The Women of Troy then held off a late Bear push, en route to the 69-58 win.

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