Crook Comes Up Clutch

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Written by Dave Dulberg, USC blog contributor

In Saturday's dramatic 76-75 overtime victory at California, the Women of Troy basketball team relied on an unlikely source for offense over the final two minutes of play, freshman Ariya Crook. 

Crook, who came into the game averaging just 4.5 points per game, scored a career-high 21 points against the Golden Bears and all 11 of USC's points in overtime, including the game-winning basket with five seconds remaining in the extra frame.

Entering the game against California, Crook (pictured right by Pierson Clair) scored a combined 18 points in her last four games.

A former McDonalds All-American, Crook was ranked as the No. 2 point guard in the country by ESPNU for the Class of 2011 coming out of Long Beach Poly HS (same school as USC men's basketball guard Alexis Moore).

The Women of Troy return home to the Galen Center on Sunday to face crosstown rival UCLA at 12 p.m.

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