Women's Basketball

    Jan. 23, 1998

    USC Drops Tight Contest to UCLA

    LOS ANGELES - Full House. Firey intesity from players and coaches. Tight finish.

    All the usual elements of the USC-UCLA rivalry were at play in the women's basketball game.

    SC (7-9 2-5) guard Kisten Clark put on a show-stopping individual performance with a game-high 25 points, 5 assists and 4 steals.

    But, after trailing 45-36 early in the second half, UCLA utilized team depth to rally. And Guard Erica Gomez hit a free-throw with :02 remaining to clinch a 68-64 Bruin victory in front of 1,150 at the General William Lyon Center.

    Trojan forward Tiffany Washington played outstanding defense on UCLA (10-6 5-2) top gun Maylana Martin in the first period. But after being shutout for twenty minutes, Martin (who averages 20ppg) scored 14 in the second half to lead the comeback.

    SC center Adrain Williams scored 10 and grabbed 7 rebounds. Freshman Tashara Carter played perhaps her best game of the season with 10 rebounds, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot.

    Next, the Women of Troy play at Washington State on the 29th and Washington the 31st.

    Quotes:

    USC Coach Chris Gobrecht-
    "That was really a tough one to take, with the foul situation (UCLA shot 35 free throws to SC's 20). That put us in a tough spot. It was suspect. It was a hard-fought game, kind of what you would expect.

    "This is the toughest time this program will go through. We're building it up. A lot of pain and hurt will be let loose when this team gets stronger.

    "We built two big leads and then got into foul trouble. We just don't have the depth to deal with it right now."