USC Women Impress In Dominating 79-54 Upset Win Over No. 20 Colorado|
Dec. 30, 2016
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team made a resounding opening statement for the start of Pac-12 play in whipping up a 79-54 upset win over No. 20 Colorado tonight at the Galen Center. The Women of Troy were able to withstand the Buffaloes' pressure and make the most of its opportunities as the hosts built an early lead and just kept adding to it as the game progressed. By the final buzzer, USC had its second win over a ranked team this season in the books, with four Trojans scoring in double figures. USC improves to 10-2 overall and takes a 1-0 start to conference play, while No. 20 Colorado goes to 10-2, 0-1.
USC forced six Colorado turnovers in the first six minutes of action to help work into an early lead. The Trojan cause was helped further along by three 3-pointers nailed by Courtney Jaco as USC shot 47 percent from the floor to outpace Colorado's 30 percent through the first 20 minutes of action.The high-pressure game saw the Buffs commit 24 turnovers and the Trojans 20, but USC was able to tally 26 points off fast breaks as they kept the game moving along and continued to expand their lead. USC was up by 30 with 1:38 left to play, and the Trojans would close out the 79-54 win with four players in double figures. In all, USC shot 47 percent from the floor to Colorado's 31 percent outing. The Buffs hauled in 44 rebounds to edge out USC's 38 but it was the Trojans' calm under pressure that helped the hosts stand their ground for the key victory.
USC was paced by a 16-point outing from Sadie Edwards. Courtney Jaco -- who landed three 3-pointers in the first half -- wound up with 14 points, while Minyon Moore (12 points) and Aliyah Mazyck (11 points) joined their upperclassmen in double digits. Kristen Simon finished just shy of a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds for the Trojan cause. Colorado received a game-high 19 points from Kennedy Leonard, who went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Just when the Buffs closed the gap down to two in the first quarter, senior Courtney Jaco was at the ready. The senior unleashed two threes in the last minute of the first to bump the Trojans out to an 18-10 advantage after 10 minutes of action. USC got another nice bump from 3-point range when Jaco and Valerie Higgins landed threes around a single Colorado free throw, taking the Trojans ahead 31-18 with 3:15 left in the first half. Two more Buff free throws would fall next, but USC would fire off the rest of the half's scoring as Dani Milisic got on the board, Jaco added a three-point play and then Minyon Moore tallied the final three points of USC's 8-0 run. That had the Trojans gripping a 39-20 lead over Colorado at the break.
USC would stay the course form there, shrugging off some sparse Colorado runs to press on out ahead of the ranked Buffaloes. A three-point play from Aliyah Mazyck bumped USC out to a 20-point advantage with 2:56 left in the third, and she'd take it out to a 59-36 lead soon after. USC received back-to-back buckets from Ivana Jakubcova and Valerie Higgins to kick off the fourth quarter and craft a daunting 64-38 lead for the Trojans. A 6-0 scoring surge later -- all from the fingers for freshmen Moore and Ja'Tavia Tapley -- had the Trojans up by 30, and USC was well on its way to its second upset win of the year.
The Trojans now turn to host Utah as Pac-12 play continues. USC will face the Utes at 12 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 1) to kick off the new year and take aim at a winning run for the start of conference action.
USC 79, COLORADO 54