USC Women Go To 10-0 With Big Win Over Florida A&M|
Dec. 18, 2015
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team is officially off to its best start in 30 years, having matched a 10-0 start last hit in 1984-85 with tonight's 88-45 victory over Florida A&M to kick off the 2015 Women of Troy Classic at Galen Center. All 11 Trojans scored in the win, led by a career-high 21 points from freshman Aliyah Mazyck and the fourth double-double of the season by redshirt junior Jordan Adams, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds. The victory pushes USC into the championship game of the Classic, facing Albany at 3 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 20). Florida A&M will face UC Davis in a 1 p.m. consolation game prior to the title match.
Now 10-0 on the year, the Women of Troy are on the hunt to beat out the program's next best start of 13-0, set in 1982-83. USC's best-ever season start is a little farther away -- an 18-0 start in 1981-82. Current USC head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke was a prominent feature on the USC roster in those seasons. Now under Cooper-Dyke's direction, the 2015-16 Women of Troy look to improve to 11-0 if they are able to claim the 2015 Women of Troy Classic title on Sunday.
To get to that title match, the Trojans had to maneuver out of reach of visiting Florida A&M, which tugged into an early 6-3 lead before USC dug in its heels. For the seventh time this season, the USC defense held its opponents to under 46 points as the Trojans stymied the Rattlers consistently down the stretch. FAMU had two players finish in double figures, with Olivia Antilla (18 points) and Khadejra Young (12) combining for over half the Rattlers' points. The Women of Troy countered with a powerfully balanced attack. Four Trojans finished in double digits, and all 11 players scored in the well-rounds victory. One year after joining the Trojans as a transfer from UConn, sophomore Sadie Edwards stepped on the court for her first official USC action tonight, and she'd bury her first career 3-pointer while logging 13 minutes in her debut.
As a team, USC shot 49 percent from the floor and drained seven 3-pointers. Freshman Aliyah Mazyck had a career night with 21 points and three 3-pointers nailed to lead all scorers. Jordan Adams weighed in next with her fourth double-double of the season on 17 points and 10 rebounds. Kristen Simon was just one rebound away from a double-double, hitting 11 points with nine boards, and Temi Fagbenle joined the double-digit crew with 10 points scored -- all in the first half of action. Brianna Barrett fueled the Trojan offense with seven assists served up to help keep USC chugging along out of reach of the Rattlers.
USC manufactured a comfortable lead thanks to effective scoring rallies in each of the first two frames. In the first quarter, the Trojan defense held the Rattlers to just a single field goal through almost eight minutes of action while constructing an 11-0 run to take a 19-9 lead after one quarter of play. In the second, a 12-0 Trojan surge saw Aliyah Mazyck work her way into double figures for the fourth straight game, while Sadie Edwards scored her first points as a Trojan in draining a three that carried USC ahead 37-17. By halftime, Mazyck and Temi Fagbenle were both securely in double figures, and the Trojans were gripping a powerful 43-21 advantage over visiting Florida A&M.
In the second half, USC continued to click. FAMU nailed two 3-pionters in the first 2:30 of the half, but USC responded with an 8-0 rally that crafted a daunting 60-27 Trojan advantage midway through the third. USC would lead 63-33 at the end of the third, and then poured on another smothering rally with a 12-0 run to build a 40-point advantage. By the final buzzer, USC had its 11th win of the season in the books with a final 88-45 decision.
USC takes a spot in the 2015 Women of Troy Classic championship game on Sunday (Dec. 20) at 3 p.m. against Albany. The consolation game between Florida A&M and UC Davis will be held at 1 p.m. that day.
USC 88, FLORIDA A&M 45
Florida A&M................... 9 12 12 12 - 45 USC........................... 19 24 20 25 - 88
3-point goals--Florida A&M 4-14 (ANTILLA,Olivia 3-4; SWEETING,Cedricka 1-6; NGUYEN,Victoria 0-1; KING,Dawn 0-2; DIXON,Kenya 0-1), USC 7-18 (Mazyck, Aliyah 3-7; Adams, Jordan 1-1; Jaco, Courtney 1-4; Edwards, Sadie 1-2; Taito, Khaedin 1-1; Abejon, Candela 0-2; Fagbenle, Temi 0-1). Fouled out--Florida A&M-None, USC-None. Rebounds--Florida A&M 24 (YOUNG,Khadejra 8), USC 49 (Adams, Jordan 10). Assists--Florida A&M 6 (YOUNG,Khadejra 2; McCRAY,Alicia 2), USC 21 (Barrett, Brianna 7). Total fouls--Florida A&M 16, USC 17. Technical fouls--Florida A&M-None, USC-None. A-425