Nov. 9, 1997
USC Suffers Loss in Exhibition Opener, 81-58
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's basketball team, playing with a skeleton roster due to injuries, fell in its opener to SAM Myjava (Slovakia), 81-58 in front of 250 at the Lyon Center on Sunday afternnon.
USC junior Kristin Clark led all scorers with 21 points, including 5 3-pointers. Sophomore Tiffany Washington had 12 points and freshman forward Tashara Carter scored 10 points and had 4 steals.
SAM Myjava was lead by forward Marcela Kalistova's 17 points.
USC, taking the floor with just seven pllayers suited up, took an early 13-4 lead in the start and led 20-15 with just more than 10 minutes to go in the first half. SAM Myjava then scored 9 consectutive points to take a 24-20 lead. USC held firm and went into halftime only down 35-34.
Leading 43-40 with 15 minutes to go in the game, SAM Myjava used a 7-point run to take a 50-40 lead and never led by less than 6 points the rest of the way. USC made only 17 of 35 free throws.
USC was playing without junior forward/center Adrian Williams (ankle), junior forward Jodi Parriott (knee) and sophomore guard Erica Mashia (hip). Also out was sophomore guard Kim Clark, who was suspended form the team for violating a team rule.
USC's next and final exhibition game, against Kilsyth (Ausstralia), is Saturday night (November 15) at the Lyon Center at 7 p.m.