Women Of Troy Can't Hold On As Oregon State Wins 72-64

Jan. 4, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Ebony Hoffman contributed her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 16 rebounds, but it was not enough as the USC women's basketball team fell to Oregon State, 72-67, on Sunday afternoon in Corvallis. The Beavers came back from a nine-point halftime deficit to give the Women of Troy their first Pac-10 loss of the season.

With the win, Oregon State improves to 9-4 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-10, while USC drops to 5-6 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

Despite the early Trojan lead (6-2), it quickly became a game of alternating baskets. After six tie scores, Oregon State pulled ahead by four (28-24) at the four-minute mark, but it was the last time the Beavers would score in the half. The Women of Troy used a 13-0 run in the final minutes to enter the break with a 37-28 advantage.

The game was far from over for these two traditionally competitive teams as they began the second half. Oregon State outscored USC 26-to-13 in the first 10 minutes to get back in the game and lead 54-50. The Trojans, plagued by turnovers and fouls for most of the half, watched as they fell behind by as much as 10 points, 70-60, with a little more than a minute remaining.

USC junior Kim Gipson and freshman Eshaya Murphy also tallied double-digits in the effort with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Freshman Jaime Funn finished behind Hoffman with a personal-best 10 rebounds in the outing.

Oregon State had five players finish in double-figures, including guard Shannon Howell who had a team-best 24 points.

USC returns home to host Washington and Washington State this week on Jan. 9 and 11. Both games will be played at the Lyon Center.

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