Women Of Troy Upset 23rd-Ranked Arizona State, 68-49
Jan. 19, 2002
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The USC women's basketball team upset No. 23-ranked Arizona State, 68-49, in front of 3,808 at the Sports Arena Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Women of Troy move into second place in the Pac-10 with a record of 6-3, 10-8 overall. The Sun Devils, 15-5 overall, are tied with the Trojans with a 6-3 Pac-10 mark.
USC got key double-double performances from both sophomore Ebony Hoffman (13 points, 12 rebounds), who returned from a one-game suspension, and senior Carmen Krause (10 points, 10 rebounds), who enjoyed consecutive double-double outings (the first of her career). Sophomore Aisha Hollans and freshman Rachel Woodward also led the Trojans in scoring, with 16 and 13 points apiece.
Arizona State was led by center Melissa Johnson who tallied a double-double with 16 points and 11 boards. Senior guard Amanda Levens, the Pac-10 scoring leader, added 11 points.
The game remained close at the start of the first half until USC built a 28-17 lead with 5:16 remaining by forcing Arizona State to commit seven turnovers. However, with a big defensive push of their own, the Sun Devils used a 7-0 run in the final minutes to enter the break only down by four, 28-24.
The Women of Troy dominated the second half, jumping out to a 34-27 lead in the first five minutes. After two consecutive steals by junior guard Erin Young, the Women of Troy extended that lead to 10 (47-37) at the 10- minute mark. Key rebounding by USC (who outrebounded ASU 47 to 36) down the stretch kept the Sun Devils from getting back into the game. The Trojans were up by as many as 21 points in the final minutes to come away with the 68-49 win.
The Women of Troy travel to face Oregon on Thursday (Jan. 24) in Eugene and Oregon State on Saturday (Jan. 26) in Corvallis.