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No. 14 Colorado Nips USC 69-67

December 21, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Tera Bjorklund scored 19 points, Emily Waner had 15, and No. 14 Colorado overcame a 12-point halftime deficit in a 69-67 victory Saturday over USC.

Waner made six of seven shots and Bjorklund made eight of 15. Randie Wirt added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Buffs (8-1).

Colorado took the lead on a 3-pointer by Waner with 8:35 left. Waner then had a steal and a layup to give Colorado a 55-51 lead with 7:18 left. The Buffs never trailed again, leading by as many as seven down the stretch.

USC (3-4) made a run in the final minute. Ebony Hoffman scored after an offensive rebound to the Trojans to 67-65 with 45 seconds to play.

Hoffman also made two free throws with 18 seconds left to make it 68-67.

Hoffman and Eshaya Murphy led USC with 13 points apiece.

Colorado’s Kate Fagan missed one of two free throws with 12 seconds left, but Trojans missed a shot at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime.

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