Women's Hoops Gets Double-Digit Effort From Six To Beat Cal, 83-62

Jan. 24, 2003

LOS ANGELES -- With six players in double figures, the USC women's basketball team earned a dominating victory over California, 83-62, in front of 608 at the Sports Arena on Friday. Coupled with last week's win over Arizona State, tonight's win marks the first consecutive victory for the Women of Troy since starting the 2003 season 2-0.

USC improves to 8-11 overall and 3-5 in the Pac-10, while the Golden Bears fall to 6-10 overall and 2-5 in conference play.

Led by Rachel Woodward's season-best 19 points, the Trojans got double-digit scoring contributions from Rometra Craig (14), Ebony Hoffman (13), Aisha Hollans (13), Jessica Cheeks (10) and Meghan Gnekow (10). Hoffman also collected her ninth double-double of the season with 11 rebounds.

Cal was led by guard Nihan Anaz, who posted 15 points, and forwards Leigh Gregory and Amber White, who finished with five rebounds, apiece.

Cal used a 8-2 run in the first three minutes of the second half to tie the score, 39-39, but its hopes of regaining the lead were quickly diminished. USC countered with a 19-0 run of its own to go ahead 58-39 with 11:46 remaining. Within the six-minute span, the Bears were not only held without a field goal but committed eight turnovers.

The Women of Troy pushed their lead to as much as 26 points, 82-56, with 55-seconds left en route to capping off the 83-62 victory.

USC shot 51.6 percent in the first half to enter the break with a 37-31 lead.

The Trojans shot 50.7 percent from the field for the game, and collected 38 rebounds and 20 steals. The Bears posted a 46.3 shooting percentage, but were held to 29 rebounds and eight steals.

The Women of Troy face No. 6-ranked Stanford on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m.

-- GO SC --

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