USC Women Stifle Long Beach State 69-43 For Ninth Straight Win|
Dec. 13, 2015
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team held visiting Long Beach State to just 12 points in the second half of action at Galen Center while the Trojans rattled off their ninth straight win of the season. With tonight's 69-43 win over Long Beach State, the undefeated Women of Troy are closing the gap on USC's most recent best season start -- a 10-0 mark last hit in 1984-85. Now 9-0 on the season, USC had four Trojans hit double figures in tonight's win, including a double-double from Temi Fagbenle.
In the first half of play, USC had its work cut out for it to keep a step ahead of Long Beach State, as the 49ers kept reeling the Trojans back in in the first half. USC's effective 52-percent shooting from the floor was key in the Trojans gripping a 38-31 lead by halftime, having trailed early in the game and fending off a 9-0 run by the 49ers during the second quarter. USC would hit the gas in the second half, stepping up defensive pressure and continuing to click offensively. The Trojans shot 39 percent in the second half while cooling the 49ers down to 21 percent from the floor. By the final buzzer, USC had wrapped up with a 45-percent effort from the floor to Long Beach State's 31 percent. USC also outrebounded the 49ers 41-28 and forced 23 turnovers.
Fagbenle owned the boards to the tune of 16 rebounds -- a career high as a Trojan -- and added 13 points to notch her second double-double of the year. Jordan Adams led USC in scoring with 16 points and finished up just a rebound shy of a double-double. USC also saw Kristen Simon (12 points) and Aliyah Mazyck (10 points) hit double digits in the Trojan victory. Long Beach State was paced by a game-high 20 points from Jewelyn Sawyer and a team-high seven rebounds from Chanterria Jackson.
After a see-saw battle in the opening five minutes of the game, USC pieced together a 9-0 scoring run to create some space against the visiting 49ers. The Trojan defense interrupted the Long Beach State offense in forcing seven turnovers in a span of six minutes as USC built up an 18-8 lead with 2 minutes left in the first frame. The 49ers snapped over three minutes of scoring silence with a single free throw with 1:42 on the clock, only to see USC's Alexis Lloyd bury a three that boosted the Trojans back into control. Back-to-back USC buckets in the final minute had the Trojans with a 25-11 lead that would hold by the buzzer.
Long Beach State got out of the gates in the second quarter with some punch. The 49ers knocked down 5 quick points while USC came up empty at the other end. A successful trip to the line by the 49ers and a Trojans turnover led to another LBSU bucket, and USC's lead was trimmed down to 25-20 just three minutes into the second quarter. USC finally broke its silence with a score in the paint from Kristen Simon followed by a jumper from Temi Fagbenle to make it a 29-20 Trojan advantage with 5:00 on the clock. The 49ers would trim that lead down to four entering the final minute of the half, but a pair of free throws from Jordan Adams and a steal and finish from Lloyd helped USC carry a 38-31 lead into the locker room at the break.
USC made some early noise as Temi Fagbenle worked into double figures and Aliyah Mazyck buried a three to nudge USC back to a double-digit lead, up 43-31 just a minute into the second half. Minutes later, Mazyck helped key another Trojan burst. She fed Adams for a score in the paint and then nabbed a steal and provided the finish to tug USC ahead 49-35 midway through the third quarter. USC's lead would stand at 54-39 entering the final quarter, where Kristen Simon stepped into double figures to join Fagbenle and Adams as the sophomore dumped in an early bucket in the paint for the Trojan cause.
USC charged up for a 20-point advantage on the hands of a 3-pointer drained by Courtney Jaco -- her 10th straight game with a bomb from beyond the arc -- and a bucket from Mazyck to bump the freshman into double figures and take the Trojans to a 61-41 lead with 6:30 left to play. USC stayed in stride down the stretch and wound up wrapping the game as a 69-43 victory. Long Beach State managed only four points in the fourth frame, one early basket from the floor on its first possession and then just two free throws landed in the next nine minutes of action.
USC now turns to host the 2015 Women of Troy Classic, bringing Albany, Florida A&M and UC Davis to the Galen Center for action on Dec. 18 and 20. The Trojans will open with a 6 p.m. clash against the Rattlers on Friday (Dec. 18), followed by an 8 p.m. matchup against the Great Danes and the Aggies. On Sunday (Dec. 20) the losing teams will face in a 1 p.m. consolation game, followed by a 3 p.m. championship bout between Friday's winners.
USC 69, LONG BEACH STATE 43
Long Beach State.............. 11 20 8 4 - 43
3-point goals--Long Beach State 2-12 (Sawyer, Jewelyn 1-1; Dooley, Chantel 1-2; Kim, Anna 0-2; Wilson, Cecily 0-1; Gertz, Jessica 0-2; Benton, Raven 0-4), USC 5-16 (Mazyck, Aliyah 2-3; Lloyd, Alexis 1-3; Adams, Jordan 1-2; Jaco, Courtney 1-4; Barrett, Brianna 0-3; Taito, Khaedin 0-1). Fouled out--Long Beach State-None, USC-None. Rebounds--Long Beach State 28 (Jackson, Chanterria 7), USC 41 (Fagbenle, Temi 16). Assists--Long Beach State 8 (Montgomery, Madison 2; Hascheff, Gigi 2), USC 16 (Barrett, Brianna 8). Total fouls--Long Beach State 15, USC 21. Technical fouls--Long Beach State-None, USC-None. A-621