USC Women Cruise Past Washington State, 92-44

Jan. 3, 2003

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Behind a career-high 23 points from guard Rometra Craig, the USC women's basketball team cruised past the visiting Washington State Cougars, 92-44, in front of 367 on Friday, Jan. 3, at the Sports Arena. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 6-7 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-10, while WSU drops to 0-10, 0-2 in conference play.

In addition to Craig's performance, USC had three other players finish in double figures, including Ebony Hoffman with 19 points, freshman Meghan Gnekow with a career-best 17 points and Aisha Hollans with 13 points. Hoffman led with nine rebounds in the game and Craig posted a team-best and career-high seven steals.

Washington State guard Jessica Perry led with 11 points and forward Bianca McCall posted 12 rebounds.

The Women of Troy held the Cougars scoreless until 17:19 when a free throw put WSU on the scoreboard for the first time, 6-1. For the first 10 minutes of the half the Cougars scored only five points as USC led 18-5 at the halfway mark. The Trojans outscored Washington State 20-to-14 in the remaining minutes to enter the break ahead 38-19. Hoffman scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half.

USC led by as much as 52 points twice in the second half before rolling to the 92-44 victory. The Women of Troy shot 51.1 percent from the field in the outing, including a 54.1 percent effort in the second half.

The Trojans will now host Washington on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Sports Arena.

-- GO SC --

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