No. 24 USC Powers Up For 97-69 Win Over Cal State Northridge
Dec. 9, 2005
The USC women's basketball team had six different players hit double figures, with several Trojans having career scoring nights, on the way to a decisive 97-69 win over visiting Cal State Northridge at the Sports Arena on Friday night. The win lifts USC to 5-2 overall, while the Matadors move to 1-7.
After struggling to score in the opening minutes of several games this season, the Women of Troy put the scoring woes behind them and rattled off an early 16-5 lead thanks to six differnt scorers and a pair of 3-pointers from Jamie Hagiya. Hagiya worked her way to a career-high 16 points in the game and nabbed another career-best seven steals. Other Trojans to post career nights were Markisha Lea, who had a career-high 10-point, seven-rebound performance; Simone Jelks, who nailed the first 3-pointer of her caree; Kristen Travers, who scored her first collegiate points; and Nadia Parker, who scored a career-high eight points. Leading them all on the night was Eshaya Murphy and her team-high 20 points. Also hitting double figures were Meghan Gnekow (11 points), Jamie Funn (10 points) and Camille LeNoir (10 points).
Cal State Northridge made a few small runs at the Trojans in the first half, but USC was able to keep the Matadors at bay, ending the half on an 11-1 scoring run to hold a 51-30 lead by the buzzer. In the second half, USC's balance reigned supreme once again, as all 10 players who hit the floor scored. Cal State Northridge worked its way out of a deep 87-50 hole later in the half, but the Trojans were too far ahead and stayed on track to post the 97-69 nonconference victory. The win marked USC's largest winning margin and highest point total of the year.
Cal State Northridge was led in scoring by Jazelle Burries, who scored a game-high 21 pionts. Krizstina Fuleki added 13 points, and Jamie McCaa scored 10 for the Matadors.
USC continues its five-game home stand with a 2:30 p.m. game against No. 4 Ohio State on Sunday (Dec. 11) at the Sports Arena. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net.