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USC Tops Women?s Basketball, 66-42
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/17/2007
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Los Angeles ?- USC used a hot-shooting second half to pull away from Arizona for a 66-42 win over the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in the Galen Center.  The loss drops Arizona to 10-19 overall and 4-13 in the Pac-10, while USC improves to 16-10 and 10-6 in the Pac-10.

 

“This was a very frustrating loss because we played a bad game against a hot team,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said.  “We just couldn’t get our shots to fall.  Our effort was good in the first half, but they out-rebounded us and gained their confidence in the second half.”

 

The Women of Troy shot 55.6 percent (15-27) from the field in the second half, making up for a 24.1 percent (7-29) shooting mark in the first half.  Arizona was held to 30.0 percent (18-60) shooting from the field in the game, finishing with a season-low 42 points, as USC outscored the Wildcats 42-23 in the second half.  USC also out-rebounded Arizona 47 to 31.

 

Individually for Arizona, junior Ashley Whisonant posted 10 points and five steals, and senior Linda Pace finished with nine points and a career-high six rebounds.  Senior Joy Hollingsworth added nine points, and junior Suzy Bofia posted eight points and four rebounds.

 

Senior Shay Murphy led USC with 16 points.

 

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, as two free throws by Murphy gave USC a 10-7 lead at the 10:35 mark.  The Trojans used a 10-2 run to go up 16-9 at the 5:42 mark, but Arizona cut the deficit to 16-13 on a three by Hollingsworth with 4:05 left in the first.  Arizona cut the USC lead to 20-19 on a lay in by Rhaya Neabors at the 1:35 mark, but USC scored four-straight to end the half to lead 24-19 at the break.  Arizona shot 30.8 percent (8-26) from the field in the first half.

 

At the start of the second half, Murphy scored five straight points to give USC a 29-19 lead at the 19:22 mark.  That ignited a 27-8 scoring run over 11 minutes to give the Trojans a commanding 52-27 lead.  USC held Arizona to a 29.4 percent (10-34) mark in the second half.

 

Arizona will next host Arizona State in the regular season finale on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in McKale Center.

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