That's Six! USC Women Are Off To A 6-0 Start With 76-56 Win Over Iona|
Nov. 29, 2015
UNCASVILLE, CONN. -- The USC women's basketball team has matched its best season start since 1993-94 in capping off a perfect run through the Naismith Hall of Fame Challenge with a 76-56 win over Iona today at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The Trojans got four players in double figures as they created some healthy space on the Gaels, and then stayed the course to wrap up their sixth straight win of the year. Temi Fagbenle registered her third straight game in double digits, and Jordan Adams hauled in a double-double to help power up USC to the win. Fagbenle was named USC's MVP at the close of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena.
USC's powerful first-half effort saw the Trojans hit at a 58-percent clip to move out ahead of the Gaels, who shot 43 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes. USC's firepower would cool in the second, but the Trojans' lead would stay intact. USC wrapped the game going 45 percent from the floor to Iona's 40 percent, and also outrebounded the Gaels 40-34. Temi Fagbenle and Kristen Simon finished up with a team-high 16 points apiece, while Jordan Adams added 15 points to go with her 10 rebounds -- her third double-double of the year -- and Courtney Jaco has 12 points for the Trojan cause. Iona was led by a game-high 19 points from Joy Adams, along with 11 from Alexis Lewis and 10 from Marina Lizarazu. Joy Adams also had a double-double in grabbing 11 boards for Iona.
USC never trailed in the first half, but did have to contend with some sneaky Iona guard play that got the Gaels within one midway through the first quarter. Jordan Adams and Kristen Simon had combined forces to account for USC's first 15 points of the day before Alexis Lloyd joined the party and then Courtney Jaco tacked on a 3-pointer to boost USC to a 10-point lead on the Gaels by the close of the first. In the second, Iona opened up with a three of its own, only to see the Trojans catch fire and rattle off 11 straight points as Aliyah Mazyck and Temi Fagbenle got on the scoresheet as well. Jaco again dumped in a late 3-pointer to close the half with the Trojans gripping a hefty 49-29 advantage. USC and Iona would wind up even down the final stretch, with the Trojans' halftime lead holding strong through the next 20 minutes of play. The Trojans would enjoy their largest lead after Adams buried her third 3-pointer of the game to take USC ahead 60-33 midway through the third. Iona would counter next and cut down the margin to 19, but got no closer than that as the Women of Troy finished out the 76-56 final.
After spending the past four games on the road for the Naismith Hall of Fame Challenge, the Women of Troy bring their undefeated record back home this week. USC will play is next six games at home, beginning with a Friday (Dec. 4) clash against Southern Utah at 5 p.m. at the Lyon Center. On Sunday (Dec. 6), USC gets back to the Galen Center for a 2 p.m. matchup against UNLV.