25th-Ranked Huskies Handle USC, 94-76

Jan 30, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - Junior Ebony Hoffman tied a career-high with 27 points, but it was not enough as the USC women's basketball team fell to No. 25 Washington, 94-76, on Thursday in front of 4,335 at Bank of America Arena.

The loss put an end to the Women of Troy's three-game win streak and drops them to 9-12 overall and 4-6 in the Pac-10. The Huskies improve to 16-3 overall and 8-2 in conference play.

Despite a 46.4 percent (32-69) shooting effort of its own, USC had to combat a 51.6 (32-62) Washington effort, including a 57.1 field goal percentage from three-point range. The Huskies hit 12 three-pointers in the game - the second-most ever for a USC opponent.

Washington center Andrea Lalum added a career-high five three-pointers.

Ahead 60-59 at the 10:32 mark of the second half, Washington embarked on a 34-17 surge to take control of the game. A three-point shot by Lalum was followed by a three-pointer by guard Giuliana Mendiola less than a minute later, igniting a 8-0 Husky run.

USC led twice in the first half. After a two-point lead at the start of the game, a Jessica Cheeks' three-pointer at 4:25 put the Women of Troy ahead, 30-27. But the Trojans were held without a field goal for the remaining minutes to enter the break, down 36-30.

USC continues its road trip in the Pacific Northwest as it travels to Pullman to face Washington State on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m.

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