No. 7 Oregon State Heats Up To Victory Over USC Women|
Feb. 19, 2016
CORVALLIS, ORE. -- The USC women's basketball team was right in stride with the nation's No. 7 team in the first half of action, but host Oregon State hit a high gear in the third quarter to cruise out of reach of the visiting Trojans in a final 76-52 Beaver win in Corvallis, Ore. USC goes to 18-9 overall and to 6-9 in Pac-12 play with the loss, while OSU improves to 23-3, 14-1.
USC was right in stride with the nation's No. 7 team. If not for the Beavers' success from 3-point range in the first half, USC would have had the upper hand at the break. OSU landed four 3-pointers by halftime but was only just ahead of the Trojans from the floor, shooting 31 percent through the first 20 minutes to USC's 29-percent effort. USC was ahead on the boards 23-19 but was trailing the Beavers 29-23 on the scoreboard at the half.
In the second half, though, OSU found a scoring rhythm and just kept pounding away. The Beavers shot a fiery 79 percent from the floor in the third to disarm the Trojans. By the final buzzer, the hosts had upped their efforts to finish out shooting 47 percent in the game to USC's cooler 27 percent. Oregon State would finish on top on the boards as well, outrebounding USC 44-35. USC received a team-high 17 points from Aliyah Mazyck in this one, with Alexis Lloyd providing a spark in finishing with 10 points for the Trojan cause. OSU was paced by Jamie Weisner's 18 points -- 15 of which came in the Beavers' third-quarter surge.
The USC defense held the Beavers to just five points in the first five minutes of action before the Trojans closed the gap to 5-4 with back-to-back buckets from Alexis Lloyd and Sadie Edwards. A three-point play from Lloyd would spark USC again later, carving a five-point OSU lead down to two with 3:45 on the clock, prompting Edwards to provide the equalizer and level it a 9-9 with 2:00 to go in the first. That would hold down the stretch, leaving it snarled up even entering the second frame. Temi Fagbenle's first points of the game tugged the Trojans into their first lead, up 11-9 out of the gates in the second. USC would work ahead 13-9 on a bucket from Kristen Simon, only to see the Beavers bury back-to-back threes and then tack on another score to work ahead 17-13 just over three minutes into the second. USC was unfazed and trudge back into a tie after Courtney Jaco dropped in a floater in the lane and Fagbenle finished off a trip to the stripe to make it 19-19 at 4:41. That's when the foul count began to tip against the Trojans. OSU would get a succession of visits to the line, around a nifty steal and finish from Jaco, and the Beavers got up to a 29-23 lead entering the final minute of the half.
OSU got out of the gates hot to start the second half, netting an 8-0 run to maneuver ahead 37-23 barely two minutes into the half. Aliyah Mazyck would be the only Trojan to score in the first five minutes of the third, putting through five points for the Trojan cause before OSU made another push to lead 45-28 with 4:10 on the clock. OSU's Jamie Weisner would serve up 15 straight points for the Beavers in the third quarter alone to help drive OSU to a 56-35 lead on the way into the fourth. OSU would stay the course from there in closing out a final 76-52 win over the Trojans.
USC now turns to a trip to Eugene to take on Oregon in a 2 p.m. game on Sunday (Feb. 21).