USC Women Blast UNLV 73-42 In Galen Center|
Dec. 6, 2015
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — The USC women’s basketball team pinned up another powerful win in its return to Galen Center, whipping up a 73-42 victory over visiting UNLV this afternoon. The Trojans notched their fifth game with a margin of victory of 30 points or more thanks to another well-rounded effort. USC turned a 10-point halftime lead into a overwhelming advantage with a steady push out ahead of the Rebels. The win marks USC’s eighth straight win, and the 8-0 record is the best start for the Women of Troy since the 1984-85 season.
USC shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half of play to overmatch UNLV’s 40 percent effort as the Trojans took a 10-point lead at the break. USC would stay the course from there, finishing up at 50 percent in the game for the first time this season. UNLV wrapped at 27 percent after cooling off in the second half of play. The Trojans outrebounded the Rebels 36-31 and force 20 UNLV turnovers.
USC had three Trojans in double figures in this one, led by Temi Fagbenle’s game-high 18 points and a career-high 16 points from freshman Aliyah Mazyck. Jordan Adams also notched her third consecutive double-digit game with 12 points for the Trojan cause. UNLV was led by Brooke Johnson’s 10 points.
UNLV nudged to within three points of the Trojans on two occasions midway through the second quarter, only to see USC dig in for an effective response. Both times, USC fired right back with a fast break score to pad the lead back to five. USC’s second counterpunch came from Jordan Adams, who took a long pass from Brianna Barrett for the finish and a 26-21 USC lead that sparked a Trojan rally. USC would finish out the half by outscoring the Rebels 9-2, getting one last word from Courtney Jaco on a three that closed the half as a 33-23 USC advantage.
In the second half, Temi Fagbenle would become the first player in double digits in the game, finishing off a outback in the paint and then adding another bucket to carry the Trojans to a 45-37 lead at the halfway point of the third quarter. Jordan Adams would join Fagbenle in double digits soon after — her third straight such performance — and Fagbenle delivered the block at the other end to preserve a 47-29 lead for the Trojans with 2 minutes left in the frame. Moments later, Aliyah Mazyck buried her second 3-pointer of the quarter — a first for the freshman — and took the Trojans ahead 50-29 entering the last minute of the third.
The Trojans forged farther ahead, extending their third-frame run out to a 15-0 rally that ballooned USC’s advantage out to 60-29 with 7:00 on the clock. As the teams edged into the final three minutes, freshman Mazyck hit double figures in converting a three-point play for the Trojan cause, making it 66-37 USC entering the last stretch of the game. The Trojans would hit the gas for that final push, as Mazyck worked her way into a career-high 16 points to help the Women of Troy wrap up a 73-42 victory over visiting UNLV.
USC’s next action brings the Trojans back to Galen Center next week for a Sunday (Dec. 13) matchup against Long Beach State at 4 p.m.
USC 73, UNLV 42
UNLV.......................... 11 12 6 13 - 42
3-point goals--UNLV 1-5 (GONZALEZ, Dylan 1-1; CALLAWAY, Amie 0-1; GONZALEZ, Dakota 0-1; WHEATLEY, Nikki 0-1; ROHDE, Aley 0-1), USC 3-8 (Mazyck, Aliyah 2-2; Jaco, Courtney 1-3; Taito, Khaedin 0-1; Lloyd, Alexis 0-1; Adams, Jordan 0-1). Fouled out--UNLV-CALLAWAY, Amie, USC-Effa, Marguerite. Rebounds--UNLV 31 (CALLAWAY, Amie 8), USC 36 (Fagbenle, Temi 7). Assists--UNLV 4 (WHEATLEY, Nikki 2), USC 14 (Barrett, Brianna 8). Total fouls--UNLV 20, USC 21. Technical fouls--UNLV-None, USC-None. A-824