Top-ranked Southern California, led by Cheryl Miller's 24 points and 14 rebounds, routed fourth-ranked Old Dominion tonight, 75-47, to win the women's division of the Winston Tire Classic before 6,641 in the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
"It was our best game of the year," said USC Coach Linda Sharp, after watching her Trojans improve their record to 10-0. With the season only five weeks old, Southern Cal already has defeated three of the top five teams in the nation: ODU, Tennessee and Louisiana Tech.
Miller also had four assists, five blocked shots and six steals. "She's capable of doing everything there is to do on the court," said Old Dominion all-America Anne Donovan, who led the Monarchs (7-2) with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Medina Dixon, with 10 points, was the only other player to score in double figures for Old Dominion, which shot just 28 percent and seemed confused most of the evening by the Trojans' suffocating defense.
"We didn't expect this big a margin," said Southern Cal forward Paula McGee, who scored 18 points and had 12 rebounds. "It feels great, especially since it's Old Dominion."