No. 17 South Carolina Pushes Past USC Women

    Ariya Crook scored 16 points versus South Carolina.

    Nov. 25, 2013

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    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team took a home loss tonight to No. 17 South Carolina in the Trojans' second game against a top-20 opponent in four days. The Gamecocks were able to create some space on the Women of Troy in the second half, breaking open a six-point halftime margin and extended it out to a 70-50 win over host USC at the Galen Center. The Trojans go to 3-2 overall with tonight's loss, while South Carolina stays undefeated at 7-0.

    USC snagged one-point leads twice in the first half and remained close thanks to a couple steals and scored that had the Trojans within two entering the last 3:30 of the first half. The Gamecocks always seemed to have an answer for any Trojan scoring burst, though, and that ability caused big trouble for USC in the second half. After holding a 30-24 halftime lead, South Carolina opened the second with a 6-0 run to make it a double-digit advantage. USC would get no closer, managing back-to-back buckets only sparingly as the Gamecocks left the Trojans out of reach.

    South Carolina finished the night shooting 50 percent from the floor and hitting 20-of-26 from the line. USC, meanwhile, hit at 39 percent but converted only half of its 18 free-throw tries. The Gamecocks also led on the boards 35-30 while forcing 22 turnovers out of the Trojans. Ariya Crook and Cassie Harberts hit double digits for the Women of Troy with 16 and 14 points apiece, while South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell led all with 22 on the night. Aleighsa Welch added 14 to the Gamecocks' cause, and Tina Roy had 11.

    USC now heads off to Mexico for competition at the Cancun Challenge from Nov. 28-30. The Trojans will face Iowa, UNC Wilmington and Boston College in the action below the border.