Dec. 16, 2005
LOS ANGELES, CA -
Southern California junior guard Eshaya Murphy tied a career high with 22 points and junior center Chloe Kerr added a career-high 18 points as the host No. 25 Women of Troy defeated Cal State Fullerton, 94-54, on Friday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
The Titans dropped their third-straight contest in falling to 1-8 overall on the season while USC improved to 6-3 overall, posting its fourth victory in its last five contests.
Kerr and Murphy split the scoring load for the Titans as Kerr, who was averaging 8.6 points entering the game, scored 12 of her 18 in the first half, leading the Women of Troy to an eight-point halftime advantage. After the break, Murphy took over, scoring 18 of her 22-point total in the final 20 minutes.
The duo led three other Trojans in double figures as Meghan Gnekow finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to complete the double-double. Camille LeNoir finished with 13 points while Jamie Funn added 12 points.
Fullerton was led offensively by junior Charlee Underwood and sophomore Sandra Woloschuk, who each finished with 10 points - eight of Woloschuk's points coming after the break.
The Titans' defense got the visiting team off to a good start forcing the Women of Troy into five turnovers and an 0-for-5 performance from the floor in the first four minutes as Fullerton scored the first six points of the game en route to an early four point lead.
However, Chole Kerr and a bigger presence inside spurred the Women of Troy's comeback. Kerr scored 12 of USC's first 18 points to spark the comeback and the Women of Troy held the Titans scoreless for a three minute span during a 25-8 run to help USC build its largest lead of the game at 29-14 with 4:21 remaining in the half.
The run awoke the Fullerton offense, which got a pair of three pointers and a short jumper from Charlee Underwood and another from Amber Pruitt to spark an 11-4 Titans run to close out the half trailing by only eight at 35-27.
However, after trading baskets to open the second half, the Women of Troy went on the run, outscoring the Titans by a 59-27 margin in the second half and shooting just under 60 percent from the field. A 27-3 run midway through the second half broke the game wide open as the Women of Troy built a 34-point advantage and never looked back.
Rebounding played a huge part in the USC victory as the Women of Troy outrebounded Fullerton, 55-27, for the game, including a 25-12 mark in the first half, and 20-9 on the offensive boards leading USC to a 21-4 advantage in second chance points.
Cal State Fullerton closes out the 2005 portion of its schedule on Monday (Dec. 19) as the Titans play host to Montana State at 7 p.m. at Titan Gym. The Bobcats are currently 0-7 on the season, but play at the University of Portland on Saturday (Dec. 17) before heading south to meet the Titans.