USC Women Storm To 80-64 Victory Over Washington State|
Feb. 17, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- Amidst a deluge outdoors, USC women's basketball team swamped visiting Washington State 80-64 in an important Pac-12 win at Galen Center tonight. Freshman Minyon Moore emerged with 32 points to lead the Trojans, becoming USC's first 30-point scorer in three years. The victory improves USC's overall record to 14-12 and its Pac-12 mark to 5-10. WSU goes to 10-16, 5-10 with the road loss.
USC was hitting at a 54-percent clip in the first half of action to outshine WSU's 30 percent shooting effort in those first 20 minutes of play. A big part of the Trojan offense in the opening stretch was thanks to freshman Minyon Moore, who went a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor including back-to-back threes to close out the first half with 18 points. That effort was instrumental in USC's 39-25 lead at the break.
In the next half of action, Moore would work her way to a new career high while she was joined by Kristen Simon and Courtney Jaco in double digits. Simon would get her ninth double-double of the season in the books during the third quarter. Moore, meanwhile, kept on churning out points. She'd finish up with 32 points -- the most by a Trojan since 2014 -- as she helped USC wrap up the 80-64 final victory. USC shot 51 percent overall in the game, while WSU finished up at 35 percent. The Trojans drained eight 3-pointers -- four from Jaco, who finished with 12 points on the night -- and WSU hit five. USC also won out on the boards 40-36, led by Simon's 11 rebounds to go with her 14 points for her 17th career double-double. WSU had four players finish in double figures, led by 13 from Alexys Swedlund and netting 12 from Caila Hailey, 11 from Nike McClure and 10 from Maria Kostourkova.
The teams battled through five ties, nine lead changes and 20 turnovers before the Trojans were able to manufacture a rally and make some room on the Cougars. A 3-pointer from Aliyah Mazyck was the spark in the second quarter, and Courtney Jaco drained her second three soon after to answer a single WSU bucket to get USC up 28-23 with four minutes left in the half. Minyon Moore would work her way into double digits with another powerful take to the hoop and a conversion of the ensuing three-point play, giving USC a 31-23 advantage. Moore was far from done, though. After Kristen Simon scored down low, Moore buried back-to-back threes in the final minute whir WSU went cold, and the Trojans were enjoying a 39-25 halftime advantage over the Cougars.
In the third frame, USC rolled out to a 19-point lead, up 46-27 on a 3-pointer from Valerie Higgins. As the third quarter continued, though, WSU was able to make an 8-0 run and get the score to 51-41 USC in the final minute. Jaco would kick into gear next for the Trojans, landing back-to-back threes in the last 35 seconds to finish out the frame as a 57-41 USC lead. The teams would stay largely in stride down the next stretch before Ja'Tavia Tapley and Alexis Lloyd produced buckets for the Trojans to craft a 20-point lead, up 67-47 on the Cougars with 6:00 on the clock. Minutes later, however, the Cougars proved they weren't going to back off. WSU plugged in 10 points around a single USC free throw make, and it was a 70-59 margin with 2:45 to go. Tapley broke USC's slump from the floor with a putback at 2:15 -- USC's first bucket since Lloyd's fell minutes earlier. In the last two minutes, Moore kept charging as she accumulated the most points by a Trojan since 2014 to help cap off a final 80-64 Trojan victory.
USC now turns to face No. 9 Washington on Senior Day at Galen Center, this Sunday (Feb. 19) at 3 p.m. Before the game, USC will honor its senior class of Jordan Adams, Courtney Jaco, Ivana Jakubcova and Alexis Lloyd.
USC 80, WASHINGTON STATE 64