Women's Basketball

    Jan. 4, 1998

    Trojans Fall to Arizona

    LOS ANGELES- Guard Kristen Clark scored 22 points, but USC could not stop Arizona's powerful inside game in an 81-69 defeat at the Lyon Center.

    With a loss to the Wildcats and victory Friday over Arizona State, SC (6-5 1-1) earned a split during the opening weekend of Pac-10 play.

    Arizona (8-2 2-0) forward Adia Barnes scored 30 and Center Marte Alexander scored 11 and grabbed as many rebounds to control the game.

    For the Lady Trojans, Clark received support from Freshman Whitney Houser with 14, Adrain Williams with 12 and Tiffany Washington with 10.

    SC starting forward Jody Parriott missed both the game with strep throat.

    Next, the Women of Troy travel to Oregon Thursday and Oregon State State Saturday.

    USC Coach Chris Gobrecht:
    "We've got a good game, but our big albatross is boards. It's just not built into the character of this team to rebound.

    We're only gonna get stronger, better. Arizona is at peak play. We have three challenges-- graduation (loss of All-America Tina Thompson), injuries and a change of coaching.

    Barnes is as good as there is in the conference. She shot the ball 27 times and they looked for her every time down the floor. She a worker and a very intelligent player."

    USC Guard Kristen Clark:
    We came out physical and ran with them. Adia loves to run the floor. The style of play was up and back, up and back. They finished on the break and we didn't. That was the difference.

    Adia and Marte, they pound and pound on the boards. They got some second shots that just killed us.

    Until this game, USC was the toughest team to score on in the Pac-10 allowing an aerage f only 63 points a game. That's a tribute to the emphasis on defense by new head coach Chris Gobrecht.

    In fact, Arizona's 81 points are the most the Trojans have given up all season.