December 21, 1996

    USC Defeats Long Beach State

    LOS ANGELES - USC All-America Tina Thompson scored 26 points, 17 in a dominant second half, and led the Women of Troy (5-2) to a 91 - 61 win over Long Beach State Saturday in the L. A. Sports Arena.

    Behind Thompson's hot hand, USC scored the first 8 points of the second period and sprinted to a 21 point lead 55-34 with 17:20 to play. The 49ers fought back and trailed 69-60 with 4:58 remaining, but the Trojans pulled away and scored the game's last 18 points.

    The 6-3 Thompson, 6-5 center Michelle Campbell and 6-4 Adrain Williams controlled play inside. Campbell finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocked shots, one shy of a tying a career-high. Along with her double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds, Thompson recorded five steals. Williams had a double-double as well with 13 pints and 11 rebounds.

    The Women of Troy played solid defense, limiting Long Beach State (2-5) to just 34% shooting from the floor and creating 34 turnovers.

    Next, USC plays host in the Arena to UCLA, New Orleans and Western Kentucky in the Pac-10/Sun Belt Challenge Saturday and Sunday Dec. 28 and 29.


    Trojan great and Olympic star Lisa Leslie worked courtside as the television color commentator for Fox Sports West. During her senior season at USC, Leslie's back-up was Michelle Campbell.

    Campbell's career-high for blocked shots is 6...last season in the Arena against Washington State.

    Trojan reserve forward Jodi Parriott has an older sister, Kari, who played at Long Beach State from 1990 - 92.

    Trojan guards Kim and Kristin Clark are identical twins. In her Media Guide Personality Profile, Kim lists "The Funniest Thing That Has Happened To Me: When I got a technical foul for something my sister did."

    Trojan guard Antoinette Polk also has a twin sister. Elisha Polk plays volleyball at Baylor. Antoinette plans to also play volleyball for the Women of Troy.


    USC Coach Fred Williams

    On hot start to second half: "We made some adjustments on the floor, going to a lot more traps and our zone. Mixing up defenses...and keeping Long Beach State pretty much off balance. Long Beach State is a team that likes to drive a lot. Our key thing was making them shoot outside."

    On Thompson's second-half performance: "I think it was excellent. She passd up a lot of good shots because she was trying to get off her teammates. Her overall performance was good, very good."

    USC Forward Tina Thompson

    On big second half lead: "I think we just came out more aggressive. When we got in at halftime...our coach, he got us fired up. He said a couple of things that got us motivated. Kind of do it now or else. So everyone stepped up."

    On her performance: "I think that I played O.K. My free throw shooting (5-11) was terrible. But I'll be shooting one-hundred free throws tomorrow, definitely."

    USC Center Michelle Campbell

    On dominance inside: "I just had to decide to take control and be on the boards. To play defense and block shots, that's my job. That's what I love to do. Im so happy."

    "We played pretty good, but right now we're a 30 minute team. We have to get that 40 minute mark. At times we slack off. At one point they were down by 9. We can't let that happen."


    Long Beach State -- Wade 2-5 2-2 6, Newidouski 2-9 2-2 6, Metoyer 2-6 7-9 11, Brown 6-16 1-2 13, Davis 3-9 0-3 6, Cantley 3-6 3-3 9, Matthews 2-7 3-4 7, Periolat 1-3 1-1 3. Totals 21-61 19-26 61.

    USC -- Thompson 10-19 5-11 26, Williams 5-11 3-7 13, Campbell 6-11 3-4 15, Jackson 4-8 0-0 8, Clark 2-11 0-1 4, Washington 1-1 3-4 5, Miller 3-6 0-1 6, Parriott 4-10 0-0 8, Clark 1-2 0-0 2, Lewis 1-2 0-0 2, Polk 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 38-83 14-28 91.

    Halftime score: USC 48, Long Beach State 34. Three point goals: Long Beach State 0-8, USC 1-12 (Thompson). Rebounds: Long Beach State 45 (Newidouski 6, Metoyer 6, Cantley 6, Periolat 6), USC 52 (Thompson 13, Campbell 13). Assists: Long Beach State 7 (Davis 3), USC 18 (Jackson 4, Clark 4). Steals: Long Beach State 9 (Wade 3, Matthews 3), USC 16 (Thompson 5). Turnovers: Long Beach State 34, USC 22. Fouls: Long Beach State 22, USC 19. Attendance: 781.