USC Women Suffer Second-Half Slump To Fall To Oregon 59-53|
Jan. 13, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — The USC women’s basketball team stalled out in the second half and saw its healthy halftime lead soured by a lukewarm outing in the last 20 minutes. Oregon would take its first lead of the game in the final two minutes, and the Ducks pressed on to a 59-53 victory over the host Trojans tonight at Galen Center. USC goes to 10-6 overall and 1-4 in Pac-12 play with their fourth straight loss. Oregon improves to 12-5, 2-3 with the road win.
USC looked to be in control of things in the first half as the Trojans fired at a 42-percent clip from the floor through those first 20 minutes and held a 36-20 lead at the break. Sadie Edwards had accounted for 17 of those first-half points to help USC power into the lead. But in the second half, Oregon countered and shot 61 percent in the second half while the Trojans cooled to 23 percent in the final 20. USC mustered only 17 points in the second half of action — the last of those coming with 1:52 to play, just before Oregon made its winning push. By the final buzzer, USC had shot 33 percent in the game to Oregon’s 50 percent. The teams finished even on the boards at 32 apiece.
USC received a game-high 23 points from Edwards, while Courtney Jaco also finished in double figures with 10 points. Oregon got 17 points from Sabrina Ionesco along with 14 apiece from Ruthy Hebard and Lexi Bando.
USC’s first six points of the night came from Sadie Edwards while the Trojans’ crew of freshmen manned the boards. Back-to-back steals from Valerie Higgins helped build an 8-2 advantage for USC. Moments later, fellow freshman Ja’Tavia Tapley — making her first career start — got on the board just before Higgins struck two from the stripe to make it 12-4 USC. The finishing touch of the frame came from a steal and finish from Minyon Moore, as USC led it 14-7 at the close of the first. USC would press on in the second quarter as Edwards continued to click off key buckets for the Trojan cause. She’d compile 17 points by halftime to guide USC to a 36-20 lead. After a feed from Edwards, Courtney Jaco finished off a fast break for the Trojans, then drained a clutch three to close out the half as a nicely padded USC lead.
The Ducks were able to counter with a strong third frame, however, scoring the first five points of the frame before firing off a 10-0 rally to close the gap down to three points. Edwards converted to snap that run, but Oregon had successfully made it a game again. Jaco landed another late three to close the third with USC gripping a 43-38 lead. In the fourth, Oregon finally cashed in on USC miscues, ending the game on a 9-0 run that eclipsed the 53-50 lead that USC had crafted on a bucket from Jaco with 1:52 to go. A three-point play from the Ducks sparked the winning rally, equalizing the game with 1:43 remaining before Oregon took its first lead of the game with 1:05 on the clock and finished out the win as USC misfired down the stretch for a 59-53 Oregon victory.
USC now turns to host No. 10 Oregon State in a 3 p.m. game on Sunday (Jan. 15) at Galen Center.
OREGON 59, USC 53