USC Women Win Sixth Straight, Beat UW 60-51
Jan. 2, 2011
SEATTLE, WASH. - The USC women's basketball team wrapped up a winning road run and made it six straight victories with a 60-51 win at Washington today. USC's third game in five days had the Trojans a little road-weary, but the Women of Troy still gutted out the win to lock in on USC's best start since the 1993-94 season. Behind double-digit outings from Briana Gilbreath, Cassie Harberts and Jacki Gemelos today, USC holds a 10-3 overall record and opens Pac-10 action at 2-0. Washington is now 5-6, 0-2.
Things weren't falling sharply for the Trojans in the first half, but USC still managed to work out ahead of Washington to the tune of a 30-24 halftime lead. The Huskies were shooting 41 percent from the floor compared to the Trojans' cooler 32-percent effort at the half, although USC's balanced attack helped the Trojans ahead with eight players on the scoresheet - led by eight points from Cassie Harberts - at the break.
The second half wouldn't come easy for the Trojans, either, as they had to fight out of reach of the Huskies, who pulled it to a one-point game with 9:45 to go. The Women of Troy held strong, and got some defensive stops to snag the win. USC finished the game shooting a chilly 28 percent to trail a 37-percent game from Washington. Christina Marinacci swept up the boards for USC with 12 rebounds to get USC a 52-40 advantage on the boards. Gilbreath led USC's scoring with 13 points to go along with 11 apiece from Harberts and Gemelos. Washington's scoring push was charged by 18 points from Kristi Kingma from the perimeter as well as 12 from Marjorie Heard and 10 from Mackenzie Argens in the paint.
To open the second half, USC scored first but then missed its next 11 shot attempts from the floor while the Huskies moved in to make it a two-point game. Jacki Gemelos hit a three for a little padding, although the game moved into a rapid-fire shot-for-shot run from there as Washington was able to strike freely from the paint and later got a three from Kristi Kingma to make it a one-point game at 9:45.
After getting four players in double figures in the previous four straight games, it wasn't until the 9-mintue mark of the second half that the Trojans got a player into double figures. Cassie Harberts got there with her 10th points on a score in the paint that got USC to a 45-40 lead. Jacki Gemelos got there next with a pair of free throws, helping USC ahead 47-40 with 8:20 on the clock. Briana Gilbreath got to 10 points in scoring five straight points for USC as the Trojans held a 53-45 lead with five minutes to go. The Trojans managed to stay out ahead down the stretch, and finished off the game as a 60-51 victory to send USC back to Los Angeles with a six-game win streak.
When the Trojans return home, they will prep for a trip across town to face rival UCLA in a 1:30 p.m. game on Saturday (Jan. 8) at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood.