USC Women Fall Short Against No. 12 Washington, 77-67|
Jan. 6, 2017
SEATTLE, WASH. -- The USC women's basketball team carved a 22-point deficit down to single digits in the late stages of tonight's game against the nation's No. 11 team but ran out of running room against Washington to fall 77-67 in Seattle. The Trojans outscored the Huskies in the second half with Courtney Jaco's 16 points in that 20-minute span, but it was the consistency of Washington's Kelsey Plum and Chantel Osahor that helped the Huskies hold court at home for the Pac-12 win over the visiting Trojans. USC goes to 10-4 overall and 1-2 in Pac-12 play while the No. 11 Huskies improve to 15-2, 3-1.
USC's scoring clip wasn't quite on pace with the Huskies in the first half, as Washington shot 39 percent through the first 20 minutes to the Trojans' 33 percent. The Huskies would go 12-of-14 from the free-throw line in the half, and landed three clutch 3-pointers to keep the Trojans at bay for a 39-25 halftime advantage held by the hosts. In the third quarter, both teams heated back up, while USC got an offensive confidence boost by shooting 69 percent through those 10 minutes. Jaco scored 10 points in a four-minute span, nailing a couple 3-pointers along the way before landing a buzzer-beater to get the score to 64-48 at the end of the third. In the fourth, USC outscored Washington 19-13 down the stretch, making a 7-0 rally as Minyon Moore and Sadie Edwards clicked off points and get the deficit to 70-61 with 2:55 to go, but USC could get no closer despite threes from Ivana Jakubcova and Jaco in the final minute. USC finished out the game shooting 42 percent from the floor, but went 10-of-14 from the free-throw line while Washington benefited from a 20-of-27 night from the stripe to go with 41 percent from the floor.
USC got a game-high 18 points from freshman Minyon Moore along with Jaco's 16 points and 12 from Sadie Edwards. Washington also had three players in double digits, powered by 34 points from Kelsey Plum, a double-double from Chantel Osahur on 17 points and 12 rebounds, and 10 points from Heather Corral. Washington outrebounded USC 43-32.
USC now turns to a trip over to Pullman to take on Washington State in a 12 p.m. clash on Sunday (Jan. 8) to look to add another Pac-12 win to USC's season tally.
WASHINGTON 77, USC 67