USC Overpowers Louisville To Move On To Second Round Of NCAA Tournament

March 19, 2005

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AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Southern California is trying to re-establish itself as aperennial women's basketball power, and this was a decent start.

Playing in their first NCAA tournament in eight years, the ninth-seededWomen of Troy showed off their balance, depth and quickness on Saturday in a65-49 victory over eighth-seeded Louisville in the first round of the KansasCity Regional.

Chloe Kerr scored 14 points, Camille LeNoir contributed 13, Kim Gipson added12 and Jamie Funn had 10 for Southern Cal (20-10), which reached 20 wins forthe first time since 1997 - the last time they won a tournament game.

The Trojans move to the second round and will face either top-seededMichigan State or No. 16 seed Alcorn State on Monday.

Louisville's first tournament appearance in four years ended quickly.Sophomore center Jazz Covington, who averaged nearly 18 points per game, had afrustrating afternoon and finished with 13 points after some late layups oncethe game was out of reach.

Missy Taylor scored 11 points and Connie Neal made three 3-pointers for theCardinals (22-9), who were outrebounded 45-32 and shot 34.6 percent (18-for-52)from the floor.

After winning two national titles, in 1983 and 1984 with Cheryl Miller, andreaching the final eight in 1994 with Lisa Leslie, USC hasn't been the same.But first-year coach Mark Trakh, after arriving from Pepperdine, put up a signin the gym that read, 'Bring it back.' With two freshmen and a sophomore inthe starting lineup, the program looks like it's on the right track.

Eight different players led Southern Cal in scoring this season, and sevenof them averaged 6.9 points or more per game. Rachel Woodward, one of USC's twoseniors, sank back-to-back jumpers during an 8-0 run that put the Trojans infront, 24-20 with 2{ minutes left before halftime.

Then Southern Cal ran away with it in the second half. Kerr's turnaround inthe lane made it 53-31 and capped an 18-0 spurt, a scoring drought that theCardinals didn't end for 7{ minutes.

The Trojans consistently anticipated crosscourt passes on defense and cameup with 12 steals. Had they shot from long range like they normally do, itwould've been much more of a rout.

USC, whose 186 3-pointers (more than six per game) this season is a schoolrecord, went just 3-for-18 from beyond the arc.

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