Women's Hoops Beats Washington|
Feb. 27, 1998
LOS ANGELES- Guard Kristin Clark provided late-game heroics as USC (12-13 6-10) upset 21st ranked Washington 65-63 on the most emotional and uplifting night of the season.
Clark nailed a go-ahead three-pointer with 2:00 remaining and sank two pressure-packed free throws with :10 left. She totaled 19 points.
Trojan center Adrian Williams pumped in 20 and Kyoko Miller added 12.
The biggest win of the year came on a night in which past success and future promise converged for both the USC program and first-year Head Coach Chris Gobrecht.
At halftime Cynthia Cooper and Tina Thompson, two former USC All-Americans and teammates on the first-ever WNBA Champion Houston Comets, were honored.
Cooper took an active role. She spoke to the team before the game and was a very vocal rooter from courtside.
For Coach Gobrecht it was a night her new club, the Trojans, knocked of her old team, Washington (17-8 8-8). Two players she recruited, Amber Hall and Jamie Redd, scored 23 and 21 points respectively. After the game, Gobrecht consoled and hugged her old players outside their lockerrom.
She could be proud of the way her new club clamped down on the Huskies, forcing them into 21 turnovers and just 35-percent shooting in the first half.
Next, the Women of Troy host Washington State Sunday.
"Cynthia (Cooper) came in and talked to them before the gmae. Cynthia and Tina (Thompson) were a big part of this night. It was great to have them here."
USC Guard Kristin Clark- "I just found myself open on the baseline (for the go-ahead three-pointr). You know me. I let it fly. It felt good and it was in the net. I'm just real happy for the team. Those free throws (with :10 left) were for the team. We stepped it up big-time. This was a big win."
Tina, who graduated last year, followed in the footsteps of such Trojan greats as Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie. Thompson is also a regular in the front row of the USC men's basketball games.
Another former Trojan great, Rhonda Wyndham, scouted the game. Rhonda is General Manager of the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks.