Women Of Troy Upset No. 5 Stanford, 75-72

Jan 26, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rometra Craig scored nine of her 19 points in the finalsix minutes as the USC women's basketball team upset No. 5 Stanford 75-72 Sunday, endingthe Cardinal's 28-game Pac-10 Conference winning streak.

Nicole Powell scored a season-high 34 points and Chelsea Trotter added 10for Stanford (15-2, 7-1), which had won 10 straight overall.

Jessica Cheeks had 15 points, Meghan Gnekow 12 and Kim Gipson and EbonyHoffman 10 each for the Women of Troy, who had lost 16 of their last 17against Stanford.

The Trojans (9-11, 4-5) trailed only once, 60-58, then took the lead forgood on Craig's 3-point basket with 5:56 to play.

Susan King's 3-pointer pulled the Cardinal to 66-64 with 3:41 left. ButCraig made another 3-point shot and two free throws to give USC a 71-64 lead with 1:07 to play.

Ebony Hoffman's free throw completed a 6-0 run that put the Trojans ahead72-66 with 45.3 seconds left. Stanford scored the game's final six points onSebnem Kimyacioglu's 3-pointer with nine seconds left and Kelley Suminski'sthree free throws with four-tenths of a second remaining.

The Women of Troy led 49-35 at halftime, then were outscored 15-1 over the first5:21 of the second half as the Cardinal moved into its first tie, 50-50, with14:19 to play. Powell had three 3-point baskets and 11 points during the run.

Stanford tied the score twice more before taking its first lead on Powell'stwo free throws with 6:12 remaining.

USC scored the game's first 10 points and the Trojans shot a season-best 61 percent in the first half, making 20 of 33 shots. The 49 points were the most the Trojans had scored in a half this season and the most allowed by Stanford.

The Women of Troy pulled off the upset without starting guard Aisha Hollans. Hollans suffered a sprain to her right knee against Cal on Friday, Jan. 24, and was held out of today's game.

With its first Pac-10 sweep this season, USC now travels to face Washington and Washington State this Thursday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Feb. 1.

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