USC Women Go Big In Fourth Quarter To Overpower UC Irvine 83-45|
Dec. 21, 2016
IRVINE, CALIF. — The USC women’s basketball team unleashed 34 points in the fourth quarter to top off its ninth win of the year, beating host UC Irvine 83-45 in the Trojans’ final nonconference game of 2016. USC landed five 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes of action to propel the Women of Troy to the decisive win, while four players finished in double digits to help take USC to a 9-2 overall record. UC Irvine goes to 1-12 with the loss today at the Bren Events Center in Irvine.
Seven Trojans had scored by halftime, while all of UC Irvine’s first-half points game from the hands of only two Anteaters as USC gripped a 36-18 lead at the break. The teams were near even in shooting percentage through those first 20 minutes, with USC shooting 33 percent in the first half to UC Irvine’s 32 percent. By the final buzzer, however, USC had heated up to 44 percent in the game, outpacing UC Irvine’s 38 percent. USC would out rebound UC Irvine 43-29 and forced 27 Anteater turnovers while the Trojans amazed 17 steals. Six of those would come from Aliyah Mazyck, who finished as USC’s top scorer with 16 points while hitting a career-best four 3-pointers.
USC also got double digits from fellow 3-point threats Sadie Edwards (15 points) and Courtney Jaco (10 points) — who hit two threes apiece in the win. Junior Kristen Simon also notched her 14th career double-double in serving up 11 points and 12 rebounds. In all, USC had 10 different Women of Troy score in the road win. UC Irvine wound up with five scorers, led by 18 points from Sabrina Engelstad and 14 from Shereen Sutherland, who had accounted for UC Irvine’s first 22 points in the game.
UC Irvine had mustered up a 9-0 scoring rally in the third quarter to cut the deficit down to 13 points, but USC freshman Asiah Jones would pop a pass out to Aliyah Mazyck for the sophomore’s third of four 3-pointers on the day. That gave the Trojans a spark, and proved to be a warning shot to the Anteaters for what was to come in the fourth. It was still an 18-point margin at the close of the third, with USC up 49-31 on its hosts. In the fourth, though, USC’s 3-point power rained down on the Anteaters. Jaco, Edwards and Mazyck nailed back-to-back-to-back threes during a 13-0 USC scoring blitz. Simon would top off that run with her 11th points of the day to secure the junior’s sixth double-double of the season, and USC was well on its way to victory, up 67-35 just three minutes into the fourth. USC freshman Valerie Higgins helped the Trojan cause later in the frame by converting a three-point play and then following that up with USC’s nine 3-pointer of the game, while Dani Milisic and Marguerite Effa joined the scoring at the close to account for the final USC points of the 83-45 victory.
USC now takes a break for the holidays before turning to kick off Pac-12 play at Galen Center at the end of the year. The Trojans will host Colorado in their Pac-12 opener at 6 p.m. on Dec. 30. USC will then ring in the new year by facing Utah at 12 p.m. on Jan. 1.
USC 83, UC IRVINE 45
USC........................... 20 16 13 34 - 83
3-point goals--USC 9-22 (Mazyck, Aliyah 4-6; Jaco, Courtney 2-7; Edwards,
Sadie 2-3; Higgins, Valerie 1-1; Abejon, Candela 0-1; Lloyd, Alexis 0-2;
Moore, Minyon 0-2), UC Irvine 1-8 (Hicks, Teirra 1-3; Ritter, Andee 0-3;
Glassow, Brittany 0-1; Engelstad, Sabrina 0-1).