USC Women Oust No. 9 Oregon State 70-50 In Big Pac-12 Road Upset|
Feb. 10, 2017
CORVALLIS, ORE. -- The USC women's basketball team sent a shockwave through Corvallis with a resounding 70-50 upset win of No. 9 Oregon State tonight. USC shrugged off a second-half tie and hit the gas to maneuver out ahead of the Beavers on a total team effort by the Trojans. Three Women of Troy hit double figures in the win, which improves USC to 13-11 overall and to 4-9 in Pac-12 play. No. 9 OSU goes to 22-3, 11-1 with tonight's losing result.
The win is USC's fourth over a ranked team this year and first since the Trojans upset No. 4 Stanford in the 2014 Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. USC's next victim that year? Oregon State in the championship match. That was the Trojans' last win over the Beavers, and tonight's 20-point victory is just one shy of USC's next-largest win over the Beavers -- an 81-60 victory earlier in that 2013-14 season. It was USC's first win in Corvallis since 2012-13.
The Trojans caught fire in the first frame, hitting at a 60-percent clip while maneuvering out of a seven-point deficit and out to a seven-point lead at the end of the first quarter. Sadie Edwards was in double digits by the end of those first 10 minutes for the Trojans. In the second quarter, OSU finally got some momentum on its side as fouls mounted against USC. Only eight points registered for USC in the second quarter, but the Trojans still gripped a 29-26 lead at the break. USC shot 43 percent from the floor to OSU's 40 percent in that first half of action. In the second half, USC turned up the juice, shooting 54 percent in the last 20 minutes to outpace OSU's 30 percent in those last 20 minutes. The final count had USC hitting a 48-pecent clip from the floor while OSU shot 35 percent. The Beavers edged out the Trojans 35-33 on the boards but committed 20 turnovers that saw USC turn into 28 points. USC nabbed 14 steals, led by a career-high five from Valerie Higgins. By the final buzzer, USC had Sadie Edwards with a game-high 17 points, joined in double digits by Courtney Jaco with 15 points and Kristen Simon with 14. OSU had one Beaver in double digits with Sydney Wiese matching Edwards with 17 points on the night.
The Trojans dug themselves out of an early 9-2 hole with a powerful 15-0 scoring rally highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers from Sadie Edwards followed by a three from Courtney Jaco. Up 17-9 on their hosts with 2:50 to go in the first quarter, USC had Kristen Simon score the last four points of the frame to hold a 21-14 lead at the close of the first. The Trojans kept firing out of the gates of the second quarter, as Jaco hit Ivana Jakubcova for the score and then nabbed the steal and finished it off herself to make it a 25-14 lead barely 30 seconds into the second frame. Another USC steal followed, and freshman Ja'Tavia Tapley took it to the hoop for a 27-14 USC lead. But the Beavers finally broke their silence soon after. OSU fired off a 12-0 run to make it a one-point game as the foul count tipped heavily against the Trojans. With 9 USC fouls to 2 by OSU, USC finally got to the line in the final minute. Minyon Moore hit the back end of her first visit, then the front end over another trip with less than a second to go to wrap the half as a 29-26 USC lead.
OSU got back within one on two occasions in the third, closing the gap to 36-35 on 3-pointer midway through the frame. USC freshmen Minyon Moore and Valerie Higgins followed that with a 6-0 run, though, and then after another OSU three fell it was Moore with a shot clock buzzer-beater to make it 44-38 USC with 2:05 left in the frame. In the final minute, Ivana Jakubcova laid in a key bucket, and that would give USC a 46-38 advantage to end the third. That would be as close as the Beavers would get to the Trojans tonight, however. Simon and Edwards would strike back-to-back to build a 50-38 lead, and OSU was only able to land free throws for almost seven full minutes. By the time that first field goal landed -- a 3-pointer from Sydney Wiese -- USC had crafted a 55-42 lead on a three from Jaco. Wiese's three made it 58-45, but with just 3:00 to go the Beavers had to start sending USC to free-throw line. OSU had 5 fouls still to use that late in the frame, but USC was able keep the Beavers at bay down the stretch with some strong stands at the stripe and some key buckets from Edwards and Alexis Lloyd to close down a resounding upset win for the Trojans -- a 20-point victory over a top-10 team for a key boost in Pac-12 action.
The Trojans now turn to a trip to Eugene to take on Oregon in an 11 a.m. game on Sunday (Feb. 12).
USC 70, #9 OREGON STATE 50