No. 9 Huskies Heat Up For 87-74 Win Over USC Women|
Feb. 19, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team made a strong stand against visiting No. 9 Washington today at Galen Center, but the Huskies got hot at all the right moments to forge a path to an 87-74 victory over the Women of Troy. It was Senior Day for the Trojans, who celebrated their senior class of talent -- Jordan Adams, Courtney Jaco, Ivana Jakubcova and Alexis Lloyd. In her final game at a Galen Center, Jaco continued her 3-point streak, as USC"s No. 2 all-time career 3-point shooter nailed three more in today's game. USC goes to 14-13 overall and to 5-11 in Pac-12 play with the loss, while Washington improves to 25-4, 13-3.
Both teams were hot out of the gates, but only Washington was able to keep steaming along for the full 20 minutes of the first half. USC was shooting 56 percent in the first quarter, with the Huskies slightly hotter at 58 as both teams also nailed four 3-pointers in the opening stretch. USC would get ahead of the Huskies 28-22 to start off the second quarter, only to see Washington catch fire. Kelsey Plum dropped 20 points in nine minutes to fan the Huskies' flames up to a 54-35 halftime lead over the host Trojans. At the break, Washington was up a 59-percent effort from the floor while USC had cooled down to 44 percent.
While Plum went silent in the third quarter, USC made the most of the opportunity to make some moves. USC landed three 3-pointers, including a buzzer-beater from Minyon Moore to carve a once-22-point deficit down to seven by the close of the third as the frame closed with UW holding a 63-56 lead. That would be as close as the Trojans would get, though. USC hung around, but could carve down the deficit no farther, while Washington nailed two more threes in the last 1:40 of play to help finish off the 87-74 Husky victory.
For the second straight game, USC was led in scoring by freshman Minyon Moore, who followed up Friday's 32-point outing with 20 points today. Kristen Simon delivered her second straight double-double -- her 10th of the season -- with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Aliyah Mazyck came in next with 15 points, nailing a trio of threes for the Trojan cause, as did senior Courtney Jaco, who finished up with 11 points for USC. Washington also had four players hit double figures, left by a game-high 35 points from Kelsey Plum. Chantal Osahor was next with 16 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double of her own, while Hannah Johnson added 12 points and Aarion McDonald had 11 for the Huskies.
Washington finished out the game shooting 50 percent from the floor to outpace USC's 41 percent. The Huskies hit 11 threes in the game to nine from the Trojans, and the teams ended up even on the boards with 37 rebounds apiece.
USC now turns to take its final regular-season road trip of the year with a journey to Arizona next week. The Trojans visit Arizona State for a 7 p.m. clash on Friday (Feb. 24) in Tempe before going to face Arizona at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 26) in the final push to improve seedings for the coming Pac-12 Tournament.
#9 WASHINGTON 87, USC 74