USC Holds Off UCLA, 72-68

Feb. 8, 2003

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - Despite a 28-point effort from senior guard Michelle Greco, the UCLA women's basketball team lost a close game to rival USC, 72-68, on Saturday in front of 4,354 at the Sports Arena.

With 21 points and 20 rebounds, Ebony Hoffman became the first player since Lisa Leslie to reach a 20-point, 20-rebound double-double at USC.

The 4,354 fans in attendance marked USC's largest crowd since 1986 and the 16th-largest crowd ever.

USC had only nine players suited for the game, but it did not matter as the Women of Troy outrebounded the Bruins, 46-to-36. USC (11-12, 6-6 Pac-10) shot 50.0 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from three-point range, while UCLA (12-9, 7-5 Pac-10) posted a 40.0 field goal percentage and 33.3 percent effort beyond the arch.

UCLA opened the contest with a 10-2 run and forced turnovers on USC's first three possessions. However, the Trojans climbed back into the game and knotted the score 22-22 with 6:25 remaining.

Thanks to the efforts of freshman Meghan Gnekow, who scored 13 of her 15 points in the first half, USC embarked on an 11-4 run to enter halftime ahead 33-26.

The Bruins returned from the break and used a 7-0 run of their own to tie the game at 33-33 in the first three minutes of the second half. It was a back-and-forth battle as USC and UCLA alternated with the lead until the six-minute mark. The Women of Troy outscored the Bruins 10-2 over the next three minutes to take a seven-point lead with 3:11 left on the clock.

UCLA managed to come within two points twice in the remaining minutes, but this time was unable to catch up. Thanks to two final free throws by junior Tiffany Hicks, USC sealed the 72-68 victory.

In addition to 28 points, Greco also added nine rebounds. Freshman Lisa Willis contributed a career-high 18 points, including four three-point shots.

The victory gives the Women of Troy five of the 10 points awarded in women's basketball for the 2002-03 Lexus Gauntlet.


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Friday, Nov 20
vs. James Madison
Los Angeles, CA
W, 90 - 61
Sunday, Nov 22
vs. South Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 65 - 68
Friday, Nov 27
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
W, 68 - 57
Saturday, Nov 28
vs. Notre Dame
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
L, 84 - 92 (OT)
Saturday, Dec 05
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
W, 82 - 68
Sunday, Dec 13
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 86 - 77
Wednesday, Dec 16
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 48
Friday, Dec 18
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
W, 109 - 76
Monday, Dec 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 104 - 108 (2OT)
Monday, Dec 28
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
W, 70 - 56
Wednesday, Dec 30
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 78 - 73
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vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 80 - 69
Monday, Jan 04
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 71 - 51
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at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 68 - 71
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at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 56 - 64
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at Washington State
Pullman, WA
W, 75 - 73
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vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 75 - 56
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vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 56 - 36
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at Colorado
Boulder, CO
W, 82 - 64
Sunday, Jan 31
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 69 - 63
Friday, Feb 05
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
L, 61 - 65
Sunday, Feb 07
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 73 - 39
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Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - 11:00 AM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
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at Oregon
Eugene, OR
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at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Feb 26 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - 11:00 AM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
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