Women's Basketball Rolls Past San Francisco, 72-53

March 13, 2002

San Francisco, Calif. -- The USC women's basketball team secured a 72-53 victory over San Francisco with an explosive first-half effort in the opening round of the Women's Postseason NIT on Wednesday at USF's War Memorial Gym.

With the victory, the Women of Troy improve to 16-13 overall and advance to the second round where they will face the winner of the Washington/North Texas game to be played on Thursday. San Francisco ends the season with an 18-12 record.

The Lady Dons were unable to slow the Trojan offense which led by as much as 24 points, 34-10 (5:14), in the first period. With a season-best 61.0 percent shooting effort in the half, USC took a commanding 41-19 lead into the break.

The Women of Troy appeared to be on their way to the easy victory but USF fought back at the start of the second half with an 18-6 run to cut the lead to 11 (50-39) with 9:27 remaining in the game. But the Lady Dons would get no closer. USC rattled off eight unanswered points to take a comfortable 20-point lead with 5:34 left on the clock.

USF simply could not overcome poor shooting, .242 (8-33) in the first half, .323 (21-65) for the game and 27 turnovers did not help the cause. Despite a tremendous size disadvantage, USF managed to hold a 38-36 rebound advantage, but the Women of Troy shot the ball much better, converting on half of their 56 attempts.

USC got balanced scoring with 14 apiece from sophomore forward Ebony Hoffman and senior guard Tiffany Elmore. Sophomore guards Aisha Hollans chipped in 13 points, while Jessica Cheeks added 11 for the Women of Troy.

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