Courtney Jaco's Career Night Isn't Enough To Pass Up No. 11 UCLA|
Jan. 19, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team received a career night from senior Courtney Jaco, who nailed seven 3-pointers and finished with 27 points -- but it wasn't enough to pass up visiting No. 11 UCLA. The Bruins benefited from a slow second quarter by the Trojans and dominated the boards throughout to post a 74-59 win over host USC tonight at Galen Center. USC goes to 10-8 overall and 1-6 in Pac-12 play with its sixth straight defeat. UCLA improves to 14-4, 5-2.
USC and UCLA went toe-to-toe in the first quarter thanks to the Trojans' 3-point game, landing four threes in the first stretch to take a slim lead after 10 minutes of play. The next 10 minutes would not go as well for USC, while the Bruins went 11-of-17 from the floor in the second quarter to build a hefty 40-22 halftime advantage over their hosts. UCLA was owning the boards as well, outrebounding the Trojans 25-11 in the first half to keep USC out of reach. It was that sparse scoring effort by USC in the second frame that spelled doom for the Trojans, who outscored UCLA in every other quarter. The Bruins finished out the game shooting 43 percent from the floor to outpace USC's 33 percent. UCLA won out on the boards 40-30 and also forced 20 turnovers by the Trojans.
USC got a supercharge from senior Courtney Jaco's career-high 27-point night. She landed a career-best seven 3-pointers in the game, and went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Freshman Minyon Moore also hit double digits for USC with 12 points, nailing a pair of threes of her own. UCLA was paced by a double-double from Monique Billings, who notched 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins. Jordin Canada also added 15 points for UCLA in the win.
Courtney Jaco struck three times from 3-point range in the first quarter to bulk up her career count to 184 -- taking over as USC's No. 2 all-time 3-point shooter. It was USC's fourth three of the frame, though, that gave the Trojans their first lead, as Minyon Moore landed a buzzer-beater to net a 14-13 USC lead after 10 minutes of action. UCLA would come out of the gates of the next quarter firing. The Bruins rattled off eight straight points, landing two more threes along the way, to mount a 21-14 lead just two minutes into the second. After Sadie Edwards got to the hoop for her first bucket of the night, UCLA bumped out to a 29-16 lead with another 8-0 rally. The only other field goal to fall for the Trojans in the second was another three from Jaco, but that wasn't near enough to keep up with the hot-shooting Bruins, who moved out to a 40-22 lead by the halftime buzzer.
USC was able to piece together a run to open the second half, netting free throws from Ja'Tavia Tapley and a take to the hoop from Aliyah Mazyck before Jaco busted out her fifth 3-pointer of the night. That carved the deficit down to 40-29, but as the Bruins worked their way to the line the visitors were able to build a 52-32 lead with 5:40 on the clock. That's when Jaco had yet another three laying in wait, tying her career best with a sixth three landed to make it 52-35. The whistle blew plenty of times in these 10 minutes, and USC was able to make the most of its visits to the stripe, going 13-of-16 from the line in the third to help stay in stride with the Bruins. At the close of the third, USC had trimmed a single point off its deficit, down 62-45 to UCLA on the way into the fourth.
The final frame unfurled with UCLA making a 9-0 run and the Trojans firing back with a 9-0 response. UCLA was up 72-56 with 2:15 to go, but senior Jaco was not yet done. She'd bury her seventh three -- a career best -- and craft a new career high with her 27th points of the night with 1:20 to go. UCLA netted two last free throws at the close of the game, wrapping up a 74-59 Bruin win.
The Trojans will get a rematch with their rivals this weekend as USC pays a visit to the Bruins in Westwood on Sunday (Jan. 22) at 5 p.m. for another Pac-12 rivalry clash.
UCLA 74, USC 59