Balanced Effort Leads Women To Win Over Washington

Jan. 9, 2004

LOS ANGELES - With double-digit performances from three players, a balanced USC women's basketball team defeated Washington, 70-50, in front of 827 on Friday night at the Lyon Center. The win put an end to the Women of Troy's six game losing streak to the Huskies.

The loss drops Washington to 8-6 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10, while the Trojans improve to 6-6 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

The 20-point victory marks USC's largest margin of victory this season. The Trojans held the Huskies to a season-low point total (50) and season-worst shooting percentage (39.2), in addition to forcing the Huskies to a season-high 22 turnovers.

The final score was hardly indicative of the way the game began. After opening with the first bucket, USC was held scoreless for more than eight minutes as Washington took a 10-2 lead. Thanks to a series of free throws, the Trojans evened the score at 19-19, then managed to pull ahead with an 8-4 run in the final minutes.

USC took 27-23 lead into halftime and never really allowed the Huskies to get back in the game.

Scoring 19 points off of turnovers in the second half, the Women of Troy steadily increased their lead. Ahead by 10 points with nine minutes remaining, 47-37, USC completed the game on a 23-to-13 run for the final 20-point decision.

Rometra Craig led the Women of Troy with 13 points - all scored in the second half. Freshmen Jamie Hagiya and Eshaya Murphy also finished in double digits with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Meghan Gnekow finished with a team-best eight rebounds.

Washington was led by guard Giuliana Mendiola who also tallied 13 points.

The Trojans return to action this Sunday, Jan. 11, when they host Washington State at 2 p.m. at the Lyon Center.

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