Trojans Get Past UMass In Season Opener

Nov. 19, 2004

Box Score

CHICAGO, Ill. - The USC women's basketball team notched its first win of the season and the first under new head coach Mark Trakh by defeating Massachusetts, 54-49, in the opening round of the DePaul Moran Realty Classic on Friday in Chicago.

Despite a 32.8 percent shooting effort from the field, the Women of Troy edged the Minutewomen by forcing 31 turnovers and collecting 18 steals. UMass shot 34.6 percent on the night and collected 11 steals of their own thanks to 22 Trojan turnovers.

Freshman point guard Camille LeNoir led with 10 points. Senior center Kim Gipson collected a team-best seven rebounds and sophomore point guard Jamie Hagiya added five assists.

Guard Pam Rosario led UMass with 11 points and forward Edris Bailey led with seven rebounds.

USC outscored UMass 7-2 in the final three minutes of the game to clinch the victory. The Minutewomen took their first and only lead of the game at 47-45 as point guard Katie Nelson hit a three-pointer with 4:08 left on the clock, but the team scored only two additional points in the remaining minutes.

The Women of Troy led by as much as seven points on five occasions throughout the game, including a 43-36 lead at the nine-minute mark. At that point, UMass embarked on an 11-2 run capped by Nelson's three-pointer. Thanks to layups by LeNoir and Woodward, USC regained the advantage for good, 49-45, at the three-minute mark.

The Women of Troy held a 25-22 lead at the half.

With the win, USC advances to the championship game on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Trojans will face the winner of tonight's DePaul-Murray State match-up.

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