Women's Basketball Routs Washington State, 82-52

Jan. 11, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Ebony Hoffman led with 16 points as four USC women's basketball players finished in double digits in an 82-52 victory over Washington State on Sunday afternoon in front of 832 at the Lyon Center. The Women of Troy got contributions from the entire bench as they completed a weekend sweep of the Washington schools to improve to 7-6 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

The Cougars fell to 4-11 overall and 0-6 in the Pac-10 with the loss.

Freshman center Chlo� Kerr opened the game with three consecutive layups and a free throw to ignite the Trojan offense, which shot a season-best 65.6 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes. Washington State also opened the game with consecutive layups in the first minute, but was then held without a field goal for the following seven minutes.

USC led by as much as 15 points (21-6) at the 10-minute mark and took a 29-point (49-20) lead into halftime.

The Women of Troy's 49 points scored and 29-point scoring margin is the most in a half for USC this season.

Despite being unable to sustain their first-half shooting accuracy (USC shot 38.2 percent in the second half), the Women of Troy still had little difficulty scoring in the final period. USC widened the gap to as much as 39 points at 6:01 (71-32) and 4:58 (73-34) before most of the team's starters were pulled.

Entering just her second game this season, freshman Markisha Lea scored eight points in the final three minutes to cap off USC's convincing victory.

The Trojans' 82 points tied a season-high and the 30-point final margin of victory marked a season best. The Women of Troy also shot 51.5 percent from the field for only the second time this season.

In addition to Hoffman's contributions, Kerr and Rometra Craig added 11 points and Jamie Hagiya contributed 10 points. Senior guard Jessica Cheeks tied a career high with eight assists

USC travels to Arizona and Arizona State this week. The Trojans face the Wildcats in Tucson, Ariz., on Thursday, Jan. 15, then travel to Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday, Jan. 17, to face the Sun Devils.

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