USC Women Drop One In the Desert, Falling 69-62 At No. 23 ASU|
Feb. 24, 2017
TEMPE, ARIZ. -- The USC women's basketball team fought through 10 ties and was within one point of No. 23 host Arizona State in the fourth quarter before the Sun Devils forged their path to victory. As the foul count escalated against the Trojans, ASU made the most of its moments and made its move. A late rally from USC wasn't enough, as the Sun Devils held on from the free-throw line for a 69-62 victory over the visiting Trojans tonight. USC goes to 14-14 overall and to 5-12 in Pac-12 play with one regular-season contest left to play. ASU improves to 18-10, 9-8.
It was a two-point game at the close of the first and second quarters, and a three-point game at the end of the third after a buzzer-beater by ASU. In the fourth, the Trojans had carve the deficit down to one, trailing 53-52 with 6:45 to go, but the Sun Devils caught a spark soon after. A 14-0 scoring rally by ASU had the hosts gripping a 67-52 lead while two Trojans fouled out during that surge. USC finally snapped that run with a 3-pointer form Valerie Higgins with 1:00 to go, but it wasn't near enough time for the Trojans to fight out of that hole. ASU finished out the game shooting 52 percent from the floor and going 19-of-28 from the free-throw line. USC shot 44 percent overall and went 8-of-8 from the stripe as the foul could tipped against the Trojans 25-12 by the final buzzer. ASU also won out on the boards 32-24, but the Trojans had the advantage from 3-point land, landing six threes to two from the Sun Devils.
USC received a team-high 14 points from Kristen Simon, while ASU got a game-high 20 from Sophie Brunner and 19 from Quinn Dornstauder.
The Trojans now turn to their final regular-season test in a trip to Tucson to take on Arizona at 1 p.m. PT on Sunday (Feb 26).
#23 ARIZONA STATE 69, USC 62