USC Women Can’t Catch No. 10 Oregon State|
Jan. 15, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — The USC women’s basketball team put forth a strong performance against the nation’s No. 10 team, but visiting Oregon State was able to keep the host Trojans at bay in pressing on for a 74-60 win today at the Galen Center. The loss is USC’s fifth straight, leaving the Trojans at 10-7 overall and 1-5 in Pac-12 play. OSU improves to 16-2, 5-1 with the road win.
Oregon State hit at a 44-percent clip and manufactured a couple key runs in the first half to overcome an early USC lead. The Beavers’ 10-0 run in the second quarter was sandwiched by threes from USC's Courtney Jaco, as the Trojans trailed 34-27 at halftime on a 31-percent shooting effort in the half. USC had the margin at five in the third quarter before the foul count teetered farther against the Trojans. OSU would mount a 15-0 run while the game’s foul count climbed to 18 for USC and just eight whistled on the Beavers, whose lead expanded to 58-38 at the close of the third. USC would carve that deficit down to 10 on a 9-0 run during the fourth, but OSU was able to fend off the Trojans and round out the 74-60 road win.
USC finished the game shooting 36 percent from the floor, landing five 3-pointers — three of which came from Courtney Jaco, who moved up to No. 3 all-time in career threes at USC with her outing. Oregon State shot a hot 52 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Trojans 44-34 in the game. USC was led by Sadie Edwards’ 17 points, with Courtney Jaco adding 16 and freshman Ja’Tavia Tapley registering a career-high 11 points. Oregon State was led by Kolbie Orum’s 16 points, with Marie Gulich adding a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Breanna Brown and Mikayla Pivec each scored 10 points for the Beavers.
USC snagged the early lead and held on as five different Trojans helped build a 10-7 advantage four minutes into the game. Oregon State would counter with an 8-0 run to steal into the lead, up 15-10 thanks in part to a couple 3-pointers landed by the Beavers. USC would chop the deficit down to two on a bucket from Asiah Jones. In the final seconds, though, Oregon State scored and then got a last-tick trip to the line to wrap the first quarter up 20-15 on the Trojans. The Beavers’ lead melted away at the hands of Sadie Edwards and Courtney Jaco, as Jaco landed a clutch three to knot the game up at 22-22 with 5:30 on the clock. OSU would rattle off a 10-0 run next, however, to bulk up the Beaver lead to 32-22. That rally was snapped by a key three buried by Jaco, followed by a strike from Minyon Moore, and the half would come to a close with OSU gripping a 34-27 lead.
The teams traded threes out of the gates of the second half, and USC would keep pace with the Beavers. Back-to-back buckets from Asiah Jones and Jaco got the Trojans within five, down 39-34 with 6:50 on the clock. Later, Sadie Edwards would serve up a block and then finish off the ensuing fast break to make it 41-36, but OSU responded with an 8-0 rally to pad its lead to 49-36 with 2:30 left in the third. But the foul count rocketed against the Trojans soon after while the Beavers enjoyed a 15-0 rally to take a 58-38 lead into the fourth quarter. Jaco’s 181st career 3-pointer was drained to start the fourth, notching her third of the game and moving her up to No. 3 all-time in career threes made at USC. With that boost, USC was able to piece together a few short runs, netting a 9-0 surge that cut the deficit down to 10, trailing 66-56 with four minutes to go. That would be as close as the Trojans would get, though. OSU got the buckets it needed down the stretch to secure the win, topping the Trojans 74-60 by the final buzzer.
USC now turns to take on crosstown rival UCLA in back-to-back tilts next week. The Trojans will host the Bruins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 18) at Galen Center before taking a trip to Westwood for a 5 p.m. faceoff on Sunday (Jan. 22).
OREGON STATE 74, USC 60