Cynthia Cooper-Dyke Tallies 200th Career Win With USC's 74-67 Victory Over Oregon|
Jan. 4, 2016
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team turned the tide on visiting Oregon in recovering from a seven-point deficit and taking charge in the third quarter. The Trojans got all hands on deck and settled in for the push to victory, netting eight players on the scoresheet as USC wrapped up a final 74-67 victory over the Ducks. The win improves the Trojans to 13-2 overall and to 1-2 in Pac-12 play, and also tallied Cynthia Cooper-Dyke's 200th career win as a head coach. Fifty of those wins have now come while at the helm at Troy.
As missed free throws mounted for the Trojans and 3-pointers dropped for the Ducks, Oregon was able to fend off USC in the first half of play. The Trojans were 2-of-7 from the free-throw line and 0-for-3 from 3-point range but the break, while the Ducks nailed a pair of second-quarter threes and went 4-of-5 from the stripe to help build up a 28-24 halftime lead on their hosts. The second half would be a different story, however. The Women of Troy buckled down from the stripe and made 14-of-15 free throws in the fourth quarter to fend off the Ducks. USC had skipped into the lead for the first time in the third frame and took a 46-40 advantage into the fourth. By the final buzzer, USC had heated up to 49 percent shooting from the floor and a final 18-of-24 effort from the free-throw line. Oregon wrapped up a 42 percent from the floor and was 16-of-19 from the line.
Eight Trojans got on the scoresheet in the final 74-67 victory, led Temi Fagbenle's double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds and 18 points from Aliyah Mazyck. USC got a career-high nine points from freshman Marguerite Effa, who was a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor. Oregon received a double-double from Jillian Alleyne, who had a game-high 23 points and 17 rebounds, along with 22 points from Lexi Peterson.
The Ducks had the Trojans off-kilter early in the first before USC opted to lean on its freshmen for a bit. Young guns Khaedin Taito, Marguerite Effa and Aliyah Mazyck scored one after the other to carry the Trojans into their first lead of the game, up 13-12 with 3:11 on the clock. By the end of the first, the teams were locked even at 16-16. USC would get some new scorers in on the action in the second, but Oregon would counter by heating up from beyond the arc. The Ducks nailed two 3-pointers to climb ahead 28-22 with 2:10 remaining in the half. Temi Fagbenle had the last word with a score down low just before the buzzer to cut the deficit down to 28-24 at the break.
The third quarter was a series of surges. USC rallied to take its first lead of the game, up 32-31 on an 8-0 scoring rally. Oregon responded with a 7-0 run of its own to snag back the lead, but USC would not be deterred. After falling behind 38-34, USC manufactured seven straight points to work ahead 41-38. After a bucket from Mazyck, Courtney Jaco finished off the fast break to build a 41-38 advantage with 3:10 on the clock, and USC would stay ahead of the Ducks the rest of the way. Mazyck buried a clutch three and then followed it with a steal and finish to give USC a 46-40 advantage going into the fourth. The Ducks got within two early in the fourth, only to see the Women of Troy forge ahead with a 10-4 run capped by a 3-pointer from Taito. That bomb gave USC a 56-48 lead, and the Trojans would stay in control down the stretch in closing out a final 74-67 victory.
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke now holds a 200-136 career record as a head coach. Now in her third season at USC, Cooper-Dyke is 50-30 at Troy.
USC's next action sees crosstown rival UCLA come to Galen Center on Sunday (Jan. 10) for a 6 p.m. clash on the Trojans' home court.
USC 74, OREGON 67
Oregon........................ 16 12 12 27 - 67
3-point goals--Oregon 5-11 (Petersen, Lexi 2-3; Cazorla, Maite 2-4; Gildon, Oti 1-1; Cooper, Kat 0-3), USC 2-10 (Taito, Khaedin 1-1; Mazyck, Aliyah 1-2; Jaco, Courtney 0-4; Edwards, Sadie 0-3). Fouled out--Oregon-None, USC-None. Rebounds--Oregon 36 (Alleyne, Jillian 17), USC 28 (Fagbenle, Temi 11). Assists--Oregon 9 (Cazorla, Maite 3), USC 10 (Barrett, Brianna 4). Total fouls--Oregon 17, USC 20. Technical fouls--Oregon-None, USC-None. Att-565