Mar. 6, 1997

    USC Powers Past Washington State

    LOS ANGELES - Tina Thompson, the versatile 6-3 forward, was nearly unstoppable this evening, just missing a double-double by halftime (21 pts 9 rbs). Impressively, Thompson tallied her 15th double-double of the season and 56th of her career in only 25 minutes of playing time as USC defeated Washington State 101-59.

    With her effort, and Kate Starbird's 15-point outing in Stanford's win against Arizona, Thompson moves into the Pac-10 scoring lead.

    Guard Kristin Clark nailed six 3-pointers, tying a school record, and finishing with 18 points. Reserve forward Adrain Williams scored 14. Center Michelle Campbell added 12.

    After a dispiriting 17 point loss at Oregon, the Women of Troy have responded with an emphatic 26 point victory at Oregon State and a 42-point win. It's also USC's first 100 point outing since the 1993-94 campaign and first sweep of the Cougars (10-16 4-13) since the same season.

    Reserve forward Jennifer Ludwicki, had 15-points in the first half, leading the way for WSU with 18.

    In the final home game of the season, USC plays host to Washington Saturday March 8 at 3:00.


    USC Coach Fred Williams
    On two strong wins after loss at Arizona: "We had to. It's that time for us to step it up. It's getting March Madness time. Everybody knows that this is the time to do it.

    We've got to start making things happen now. I think after the Oregon game, it woke us up a shoot better, run and make that extra pass. Those things came into effect tonight in this ballgame.

    On Tina Thompson: "She's a triple threat player. She can pass, shoot and rebound. She's a true All-America-type of player."

    USC Forward Tina Thompson:
    "I think it was a lot easier because they were playing me straight up. I wasn't seeing a double-team too much until the second half. So it was easier for me to get better looks at the basket and get my shot off.

    All year I've been double- and triple-teamed. When you just see one person guarding you, that's a field day.

    On Pac-10 scoring race: I think if in the next game I didn't score any points and we won and got a (NCAA) Tournament bid, then it wouldn't matter. I mean (smile), do you get an award for that? I don't even know."


    Entering the final weekend of the regular season, USC is already assured of its most conference wins since taking the Pac-10 crown in the 1993-94 season.

    Of the club's seven losses, three have been by 3 points or less. Three losses have also come at the hands of two of the top four teams in the nation.

    This is the first time USC has scored over 100 points since totaling 105 against Arizona State during the 1993-94 season.

    Former Trojan All-America and US Olympic Star Lisa Leslie watched the game from press row and signed autographs at halftime.

    Washington State - Evans 3-10 2-2 8, Saneholtz 6-17 2-2 14, Kunze 2-10 1-2 5, Hyett 1-6 2-2 5, Smith 1-5 0-0 3, Ludwicki 4-9 7-8 18, Rubio 2-8 0-0 4, McNeely 1-2 0-0 2, Totals 20-67 14-16 59.

    USC - Thompson 12-20 4-5 29, Parriott 4-7 0-0 8, Campbell 6-11 0-0 12, Jackson 2-7 0-0 4, Kr Clark 6-8 0-0 18, Miller 2-5 0-0 5, Williams 6-8 2-2 14, Washington 1-3 3-3 6, Lewis 1-3 0-0 2, Polk 1-2 2-2 4, Totals 41-74 11-14 101.

    Halftime Score: USC 56, WSU 32. Three point field goals: USC 8-15 (Kr Clark 6), WSU 5-17 (Ludwicki 3). Rebounds: USC 48 (Thompson 11), WSU 31 (Evans 4). Assists: USC 21 (Jackson 8), WSU 13 (Hyett 7). Blocks: USC 4 (Campbell 3), WSU 1 (Rubio). Steals: USC 13 (Kr Clark 4), WSU 6 (Rubio 3). Turnovers: USC 14, WSU 18. Attendance: 775.