March 9, 2000
SEATTLE, Wash. - USC rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit and scored 22 points in overtime to down Washington, 88-76, in Pac-10 women's action in front of 1,910 fans at KeyArena Thursday night.
USC, which has won six of its last eight games, improves to 14-13 overall and 9-8 in the Pac-10. Washington, which will go the season without winning back-to-back games, drops to 8-21, 4-13.
All five Trojan starters scored in double figures with Tiffany Elmore leading the way with 21 points. Danielle Golay added 13 of her 15 points after halftime. The Huskies were led by freshman Loree Payne, who equalled her career-high with 28 points. She became Washington's all-time freshman leader in scoring in the first half of the game and now has 498 points in her first season. Megan Franza finished the night with 15 points, including a clutch three pointer that sent the game into Washington's first overtime contest of the year.
Washington shot 50 percent from the field and led by as many as 17 in the first half, holding a 31-14 advantage with just over six minutes to play before the break. The Trojans first lead of the game came at 12:09 in the second half, 45-44, on the strength of a 19-4 run.
Payne sank a three pointer and stole the ball for a layin to put the Huskies back up, 49-47.
Golay evened it up again at 55-55 with 6:52 to go but the Huskies went up by four points two more times before she hit a free throw and two field goals to put USC back up by one, 62-61, with 1:33 to go. Franza hit her only three pointer of the game with 0.5 on the clock to send it to overtime.
Franza carried the momentum into overtime, scoring the first bucket on a driving layin, but it was all USC after that as the Trojans scored the next 11 points to put the game away.
Washington hosts UCLA in its final game at 1 p.m. Saturday in KeyArena.
The Trojans travel to Pullman for a 1 p.m. game at Washington State