Ducks Defeat Women of Troy, 79-73
Dec. 29, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. -- USC women's basketball junior Ebony Hoffman scored 23 points in the second half, but it was not enough as the Women of Troy fell to Oregon, 79-73, on Sunday in front of 4,561 at the Ducks' McArthur Court. With the loss, the Trojans begin the conference season 0-2 and fall to 5-7 overall. The Ducks improve to 5-6 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10.
Hoffman finished the game with a team-leading 25 points. Guard Rometra Craig contributed 14 points, while Jessica Cheeks and Aisha Hollans posted 13 points apiece. Hollans led on the boards with 10 rebounds in the game.
Thanks to a 66.7 percent shooting effort in the second half, Oregon shot 56.0 percent from the field, while the Women of Troy tallied a 39.7 shooting effort. USC outrebounded the Ducks, 35-to-34.
Despite a depleted nine-player roster, Oregon came out firing in the first half, while the Trojans could not get a shot to fall. The Ducks led by as many as 11 points (23-12 at 10:58) at one point, but the Women of Troy steadily improved. Thanks to two final three-pointers by Jessica Cheeks, USC used a 14-2 run in the final five minutes to enter halftime ahead, 38-34.
USC was outscored 8-0 at the start of the second half to put the Ducks back in the lead, 42-38. At the 10:50 mark Cheeks hit a jumper to knot the score, 55-55, and the Trojans held a brief advantage when Ebony Hoffman scored on a fastbreak to make it 57-55 at 10:23. After that, the Ducks took control for the remainder of the game.
Oregon outscored USC 24-to-16 in the final 10 minutes to earn the 79-73 victory.
The Women of Troy now return home to host Washington State and Washington this Friday and Sunday, Jan. 3 and 5. Both games will be played at the Sports Arena.
-- GO SC --
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