USC Women Wind Up With Road Split After Loss At Oregon|
Feb. 12, 2017
EUGENE, ORE. — The USC women’s basketball team saw its hopes of a road sweep sputter as the Trojans came up against a hot-shooting Oregon squad today in Eugene. A 73-50 loss to the host Ducks puts USC at 13-12 overall and 4-10 in Pac-12 play while Oregon improves to 17-9, 7-7.
USC suffered a serious cold snap in the first quarter, going 0-for-10 from the floor for a stretch while Oregon clicked off 12 straight points to lead it 18-4. USC shot just 19 percent in those first 10 minutes while Oregon hit at a 73-percent clip to build an 18-6 lead. USC would step up its defense in the second quarter but still suffered from relatively slow scoring. The Trojans would finish the first half shooting 25 percent from the floor, trailing Oregon 27-16 at the break as the Ducks shot 46 percent in the first half of action.
In the third quarter, Oregon heated up from the perimeter, landing four 3-pointers in that next stretch. USC had carved the deficit down to single digits with a Minyon Moore bucket that made it 33-24 Ducks, but Oregon’s offensive surged soon after as the hosts finished the frame on a 13-0 run to lead it 54-31 entering the fourth. In those last 20 minutes, USC trimmed the deficit down to 15 with a three from Moore and steal and score from Valerie Higgins with 2:10 to go, but the Ducks promptly set off on another surge to wrap up the game as a 73-50 Oregon victory.
Oregon finished out the game shooting 51 percent from the floor and was 7-of-16 from 3-point range while also winning out on the boards 40-25. USC shot 32 percent in the game and was 4-of-20 from beyond the arc. The only Trojan in double digits today was freshman Minyon Moore with 14 points. Oregon had four Ducks hit double figures, led by 22 points and 11 rebounds from Sabrina Ionescu. Ruthy Hebard added 14 points, and Mallory McGwire and Lexi Bando had 12 apiece for the hosts.
The Trojans now return home to Galen Center for its last home stand of the season. USC hosts Washington State at 6 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 17) before setting up for Senior Day with a 3 p.m. clash against Washington on Sunday (Feb. 19).