Women Of Troy Fall To DePaul In Championship

Nov. 20, 2004

Box Score

CHICAGO, Ill. - Behind 29 points from guard Jenni Dant, 20th-ranked DePaul defeated the USC women's basketball team, 99-77, in the championship game of the DePaul Moran Realty Classic on Saturday night. With the loss, the Women of Troy start the season at 1-1.

Sophomore point guard Jamie Hagiya was named to the all-tournament team after leading the Women of Troy with 14 points and six steals. DePaul's Dant was named tournament MVP.

The Blue Demons led 45-39 after the first half and extended their lead to as much as 22 points, 67-45, within the first eight minutes after the break.

Despite the deficit, USC remained in the game and worked its way back to within 11 points at 70-59. The Women of Troy used a 14-3 run fueled by senior forward Rachel Woodward who made two steals and hit a layup and a jumper during the two-minute span.

DePaul responded by outscoring USC 29-to-18 in the final nine minutes of the game. The Blue Demons hit 10 shots at the line down the stretch, nearly reaching the 100-point mark.

USC was outmanned on the boards, 45-to-30, but showed its hustle by collecting 15 steals on the night. The Women of Troy shot 38.5 percent from the field, compared to DePaul's 52.4-percent effort.

The Trojans return home this week to prepare for No. 10 Notre Dame. USC and Fighting Irish hit the hardcourt on Friday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Sports Arena, on the eve of the football showdown at the Coliseum.