USC Women Come Up Short Of Iowa At Cancun Challenge|
Nov. 28, 2013
RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO -- The USC women's basketball team couldn't counter a potent Iowa attack from beyond the arc tonight in Mexico, as the Trojans took their third straight loss. The Women of Troy were hotter from the floor overall than the Hawkeyes, but Iowa landed 10 threes and benefited from plenty of time at the free-throw line to keep USC at bay in tonight's match at the Cancun Challenge. USC goes to 3-3 with the loss, while Iowa improves to 6-1.
USC's Cassie Harberts and Brianna Barrett were the sparks tonight, with Barrett nailing a career-high 15 points to lead the Trojans, and Harberts went for 14. USC shot 46 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Hawkeyes 37-31, but the difference in this one came from 3-point land and the stripe. Iowa shot 43 percent overall, but spent twice as long at the free-throw line. The Hawkeyes were 16-of-20 from the stripe while USC was 8-of-10. The hottest hitter from long range was Samantha Logic, who nailed four of Iowa's 10 threes and finished with a game-high 22 points. Melissa Dixon hit three threes and finished up with 18, while Theairra Taylor added 12 points for the Hawkeyes.
The Hawkeyes wielded a 3-point attack that was key in Iowa withstanding an inspired USC rally that cut a13-point Iowa lead down to three. The Trojans got tagged with a series of offensive fouls, however, nullifying some opportunities to strike back. After Courtney Jaco landed USC's only three of the first half, Iowa countered with its fifth in 15 minutes of play. The Hawkeyes also benefited from trips to the line and made some extra room on their lead with a 9-0 run. By the halftime horn, Iowa was in front of the Trojans 45-35 thanks in large part to that 3-point effort. USC hit 56 percent from the floor and Iowa struck at 50 percent, but was aided by five first-had 3-pointers to hold its advantage at the break.
The Trojans got tangled up in another stretch of taking one step forward and three back as Iowa worked ahead by 19. With some spirited play by Brianna Barrett proving a driving force, USC moved back within 10. And after Iowa finally got tagged with an offensive foul of its own, the Women of Troy planted back-to-back 3-pointers, first from Jaco and then from Jordan Adams to make it a single-digit deficit, down 66-58 with 4:20 to go. Iowa would deliver one last gut-punch when, with USC looking ready to make a run on another hit from Barrett, Hawkeye Kali Peschel got in on the 3-point action with an off-balance bomb that turned a manageable 10-point deficit into a 13-point hole for the Trojans with 1:25 to go. The rest of the game played out at the free-throw line, and Iowa emerged with the 78-65 victory.
USC looks to get back in winning mode tomorrow (Nov. 29) with a matchup against UNC Wilmington at 7:30 p.m. CT as the Trojans continue action in the Cancun Challenge in Riviera Maya, Mexico.