USC Falls At No. 8 Stanford 58-42|
Feb. 03, 2017
PALO ALTO, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team was in stride with No. 8 Stanford early on, but fell out of step with the Cardinal after a buzzer-beating 3-pointer fell at the close of the first half. Stanford would get hot in the third quarter, firing out ahead of the visiting Trojans as the Cardinal proved bound-and-determined to collect a 1,000th career with for Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer at Maples Pavilion. A 58-42 Stanford win on the Cardinal's home court secured that historic victory for VanDerveer. USC goes to 12-10 overall and 3-8 in Pac-12 play with the road loss, while Stanford improves to 20-3, 10-1.
USC never led in the game, but was even at 8-8 during the first frame. USC was outshooting the Cardinal in that first quarter from the floor, but Stanford benefited from trips to the free-throw line as Stanford held a 14-10 lead at the end of the first. Stanford would creep out ahead 31-22 on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Erica McCall to answer a bucket from Kristen Simon, and momentum was officially on Stanford's side from there. Five straight points from USC freshman Ja'Tavia Tapley had USC within eight midway through the third, but Stanford's Karlie Samuelson scored 11 points in the last 3:44 of the third to get the Cardinal to a 20-point advantage. In the fourth, USC's Simon and Minyon Moore would both work their ways into double digits, but it wasn't enough to erase the Stanford lead.
Simon would finish out the game with 11 points, with Moore adding 10 for the Trojans. Fellow freshmen Valerie Higgins and Tapley combined for 11 points, and senior Courtney Jaco continued her 3-point scoring streak and wrapped the day with six points. USC shot 31.3 percent from the floor in the game, compared to Stanford's 37-percent effort. The Cardinal were paced by Samuelson's 21 points, along with 18 from McCall and 10 from Brittany McPhee. Stanford also won out on the boards 39-27.
USC now turns to finish out its Bay Area road trip with a visit to Berkeley to take on California in a 10:30 a.m. Pac-12 clash on Sunday (Feb. 5).
Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer became just the second NCAA women's coach to reach 1,000 career victories with the win Friday night.
VanDerveer joined the late Pat Summitt, a dear friend who died last summer from early-onset Alzheimer's disease with 1,098 wins to her name, as the only other women's coach in the elite club. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski is the only Division I men's coach with 1,000.
''Our team won't believe this but I am really speechless,'' an emotional VanDerveer said.
Karlie Samuelson made three second-half 3-pointers on the way to 21 points while Erica McCall added 18 points in Stanford's seventh straight victory, an unbeaten run that included last Sunday's win at Washington. Brittany McPhee contributed 10 points for the Cardinal (20-3, 10-1 Pac-12).
''On behalf of the Pac-12, I would like to congratulate Coach VanDerveer on the amazing and rare accomplishment of 1,000 wins,'' Commissioner Larry Scott said. ''In a career full of astounding successes, this feat is a true testament to her steadfast commitment to excellence at Stanford and her lasting legacy on the entire sport of basketball.''
And, she certainly plans for many more wins - in fact, some of her former players believe she could take a crack at 2,000.
''She very well could,'' athletic director Bernard Muir said Friday, ''it wouldn't shock me.''
USC: After sweeping the Arizona schools last weekend, the Trojans missed out on a fourth victory against a ranked opponent this season.
Stanford: The Cardinal won their 15th in a row against USC at Maples.
USC: At California on Sunday.
Stanford: Hosts No. 13 UCLA on Monday night.
#8 STANFORD 58, USC 42