Funn Has Double-Double, But USC Falls At ASU

Feb. 10, 2005

Sophomores Jamie Funn and Eshaya Murphy led a USC comeback that saw Troy erase a 16-point second-half deficit, but the Trojans didn't have quite enough to finish off the game, falling at Arizona State, 49-45, in front of 1,752 at Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday (Feb. 10).

USC dropped to 16-7 overall, 10-4 in the Pac-10 while ASU improved to 16-7, 8-5. USC is still alone in second place (behind Stanford) in the Pac-10 after Arizona defeated UCLA on Thursday.

Funn tied her career high of 13 points and added a season-high 10 rebounds for her second career double-double while Murphy scored all eight of her points in the second half, including a three-pointer with 3:38 to play that tied the game at 43-43.

The trey from Murphy capped a 19-3 run that saw USC turn a 40-24 game with 15:00 to go into a a knotted affair. Arizona State regained the lead and led 47-43 when junior Meghan Gnekow brought USC to within two on a short jumper with 1:44 to go.

USC held on defense and sophomore Jamie Hagiya was fouled with 56 seconds to go, but missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw attempt. ASU's Emily Westerberg made 1-of-2 foul shots on the other end to give the Sun Devils a 48-45 lead with 18 seconds left, but USC failed to get a shot off on the ensuing possession.

The Trojans held ASU to only 16 points and 24.0% shooting in the second half, both opponent season lows. USC shot a season-low 28.6% from the field, but made up for it with 50 rebounds, including 20 on the offensive side. USC also forced 22 turnovers.

Gnekow finished with 10 points and six boards while Chloe Kerr added nine rebounds in 18 minutes.

USC trailed 33-22 at the half.

The Trojans play their final home game of the season at Arizona (16-8, 8-5) on Saturday (Feb. 12) at 4 p.m. (MST). The game will be televised by FOX Sports Net.

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