No. 23 USC Has Win Streak Snapped By Cal 72-67
Jan. 27, 2006
All the numbers seemed to lean in USC's favor on Friday night, but California's 52-percent shooting effort helped the Bears hold off the No. 23 Women of Troy for a 72-67 Cal win that snapped USC's five-game winning streak. USC outrebounded Cal 40-31, had six more assists, three fewer turnovers, three more steals and two more blocks than the Bears, but California managed 52 percent from the floor and had four players finish in double figures. USC shot 41 percent and finished with two double-digit scorers.
Alexis Gray-Lawson led all scorers with 19 points, including four 3-pointers for California. Chloe Kerr led the Women of Troy with a career-high 18 points, 12 of which came in the second half as the Trojans worked to cut into California's 38-31 halftime lead. The loss snaps a five-game winning streak for USC (13-6, 7-3) and improves California to 14-6, 6-4.
California led by as much as 10 in the second half before Bears center Devanei Hampton fouled out with five minutes to go, opening up USC's inside game. USC cut into the lead to make it a three-point game in the final minute of play, but Cal was sharp from the free-throw line in the final minute to keep USC just out of reach.
In addition to Gray-Lawson's game-high 19 points, California got 17 points from Jene Morris, 15 from Ashley Walker and 11 from Hampton. USC's only other double-digit scorer was Eshaya Murphy with 17 points.