USC Women Get Hot In Cancun For 79-52 Win Over Boston College

    Cassie Harberts hit for 19 today vs. Boston College.

    Nov. 30, 2013

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    RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO -- The USC women's basketball team kicked into high gear for its final game of the Cancun Challenge, proving hot-handed with a solid gameplan for the Trojans' face-off with Boston College. A sharp-shooting first half for USC staked the Trojans out to a hefty lead, and the Women of Troy kept it strictly business the way in finishing off a 79-52 victory over the Eagles today in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The win gets the Trojans up to a 5-3 overall record, while Boston College goes to 3-4.

    The Women of Troy finish up the tourney with two wins and one loss, and land two on the All-Tournament Team with Ariya Crook and Cassie Harberts selected to the honor roll.

    USC was cranking out the 3-pointers in today's finale, nailing a season-high 10 threes led by Ariya Crook's four bombs from long range. She'd finish with 19 points on the day, matched by senior Cassie Harberts with 19 on a strong outing that included a 7-for-7 effort from the free-throw line. They led nine Trojans in the scoring column in this one, which saw USC shoot 55 percent from the floor and 59 percent from beyond the arc. Boston College got 12 points each from Kristen Doherty and Katie Zenevitch for an Eagles squad that was held to 34 percent from the floor and 21 percent from 3-point range. USC outrebounded BC 36-29 and generated nine steals to power up for the win.

    The Trojans were firing on all cylinders, putting together their most complete first 20 minutes of action as they buried Boston College 45-18 by halftime. USC ripped open a 14-0 lead on the Eagles, who finally got one to go with 14:20 on the clock. By then, USC had found its confidence and hit a rhythm. A Courtney Jaco three blasted USC ahead 19-2, and although BC managed a 6-0 spurt -- all from the hands of Katie Zenevitch in the paint -- the Women of Troy got a bomb from Ariya Crook to snap back into action. A three-point play from Cassie Harberts with 9:05 to go sparked an 11-1 run to a 20-point USC lead. In the last three minutes of the half, Desiree Bradley pumped in two 3-pointers while Harberts continued to contribute, and the Trojans were wielding a 45-18 lead at the break on 65-percent shooting from the floor to outpace BC's 24 percent.



    Jaco dumped in her second three of the day and scored USC a season-best eighth 3-pointer in the game to carry the Trojans to a 66-32 lead on the way into the final 10 minutes of play. Crook added USC's ninth and 10th bombs as she provided eight straight points for USC in building a 77-44 lead with 5 minutes to go, and the Women of Troy would wrap up a solid day in Cancun with a 79-52 final.

    The Trojans now return to California to prep for a Dec. 10 game at Cal State Northridge. USC will tip off against the Matadors at 6 p.m. in Northridge.