USC Women Stay Strong, Digging Out A 70-54 Win Over Oregon|
Jan. 3, 2015
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team showed its staying power today, turning a six-point second-half lead into a 20-point advantage and remaining in control to pin up a final 70-54 victory over visiting Oregon at Galen Center. USC's balanced attack shined through, with five of the Trojans' eight scorers finishing up in double figures. Now with this early Pac-12 win in the books, the Women of Troy are 9-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Oregon goes to 7-5, 0-1 with the loss to USC.
USC made the first move of the match in crafting a quick 9-0 advantage on the Ducks out of the gates. The Trojans would lead by as much as 18 during the first half before taking a 37-29 lead into the locker rooms at the break, thanks to a 50-percent effort from the floor by the Women of Troy. Oregon was a 33 percent through the first 20 minutes of play. USC's balanced attack had eight Trojans on the stat sheet with scores, doubling up the four Ducks who had scored by halftime. The second half opened as a back-and-forth battle. USC would lead by no more than 10 for the first seven minutes, but then rallied and doubled that advantage in the next seven minutes. Up 64-44 on a 3-pointer from Jordan Adams with 7:45 left to play, the Women of Troy had officially regained control of the game. By the final buzzer, USC had the 70-54 win in-hand, after shooting 46 percent from the floor in the game to Oregon's 37 percent and with five of USC's eight scorers on the day finishing up in double figures.
The Trojans nabbed 13 steals and produced 24 points on fast breaks, and also won out on the boards with a 45-33 rebounding advantage. Alexyz Vaioletama led the way with 13 rebounds for the Trojan cause, while Jordan Adams topped the USC scoring column with 13 points. McKenzie Calvert was next with 12, while Kaneisha Horn, Courtney Jaco and Brianna Barrett each added 10 points. Oregon was led by a double-double from Jillian Alleyne, who had 20 points and 15 rebounds. Katelyn Loper scored 16 points for the Ducks, and Lexi Peterson also finished in double figures with 11.
USC kept the Ducks quiet for almost five full minutes to open the game, working out to a 9-0 lead before Oregon landed a 3-pointer to get on the board. USC promptly responded with a three from McKenzie Calvert, whose eight straight points for the Trojans built a 12-3 advantage by 14:50. The freshman would work her way into double figures in finishing off a fast break a couple minutes later, grabbing 10 points for herself and lifting USC ahead 16-5 with 12:55 on the clock. Next, Jordan Adams came up with an offensive board that helped set her up for a bucket that snapped a three-game scoreless stretch for the redshirt sophomore. That score nudged USC ahead 18-5 by the 12-minute mark. USC continued to slice its way to the hoop, with Brianna Barrett, Courtney Jaco and Calvert ringing up scores that generated another scoring surge to carry the Trojans ahead 25-6 entering the 10-minute mark. Oregon managed its first back-to-back scores next, only to see Barrett rattle home a three for the Trojan cause to make it 28-10 USC at 8:52. Drew Edelman and Kristen Simon would become the seventh and eighth respective Trojans to score as USC held a 37-23 lead entering the final two minutes of the half. USC turnovers in the remaining time would allow the Ducks to cut in closer, as Oregon made a 6-0 run to make it 37-29 USC going into the locker rooms.
The teams went basket for basket to open the second half, matching each other's buckets for the first four minutes until Oregon's Jillian Alleyne got back-to-back buckets to go to nudge the score to 45-39 Trojans. Horn landed back-to-back jumpers at the other end soon after, though, and USC was back up by double figures with a 49-49 advantage at 14:15. A string of USC steals improved the Trojans' standing, taking the Women of Troy out to a 56-41 lead with 12:30 on the clock. The Trojans kept coming. Five minutes later, USC's lead had ballooned to its largest yet, up 20 on a 3-pointer buried by Adams for her first double-digit game since the end of November. That put USC ahead 64-44 with 7:45 left to play, and the Women of Troy were in the driver's seat the rest of the way, keeping comfortable distance on the Ducks to in finishing out the 70-54 victory.
USC finishes up its seven-game home stretch with a tilt against No. 13 Oregon State on Monday night, presenting a rematch of the 2014 Pac-12 Tournament Championship game, which the Trojans won in Seattle last year. The Women of Troy will take on the Beavers at 7 p.m. on Monday (Jan. 5) at Galen Center.
USC 70, OREGON 54
Oregon........................ 29 25 - 54
3-point goals--Oregon 3-13 (Loper, Katelyn 2-4; Petersen, Lexi 1-2; Delgado, Amanda 0-3; Bando, Lexi 0-3; Loera, Jordan 0-1), USC 4-15 (Calvert, McKenzie 1-4; Barrett, Brianna 1-1; Adams, Jordan 1-1; Jaco, Courtney 1-6; Vaioletama, Alexyz 0-3).