No. 11 Oregon State Fends Off USC Women 76-66|
Jan. 5, 2015
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team battled to stay in stride with No. 11 Oregon State tonight at Galen Center, only to see the Beavers keep the Trojans at bay for a 76-66 decision. USC got within four points of OSU midway through the second half, but the Beavers' potent mixture of perimeter attack and size in the paint proved the difference. The loss moves USC to 9-5 overall and 1-2 in Pac-12 play, while No. 11 Oregon State improves to 12-1, 2-0.
USC stayed largely in stride with Oregon State through the first half of play. The Beavers would pull out of a two-point margin thanks to a string of late 3-pointers, but USC landed one of its own entering the final minute to reel OSU in a bit, trailing 38-33 at the break. USC was hanging tough on the boards, matched at 19-19 with the Beavers through the first 20 minutes of play. OSU had the shooting advantage overall, hitting at 48 percent to USC's 35 percent by halftime. Both teams had a pair of players in double digits at the half. While USC found a way to convert down low, the Beavers were heating up beyond the arc, planting six 3-pointers in the first half to help build that 38-33 halftime advantage.
Oregon State's inside-outside game kept clicking in the second half, as the Beavers buried four more 3-pointers to kelp keep the Trojans at bay. By the final buzzer, OSU had wrapped the game shooting 49 percent from the floor and 48 percent (10-of-21) from 3-point range. USC would wind up at 41 percent from the floor and 40 percent (4-of-10) from beyond the arc. OSU won out on the boards 37-31, but USC's defensive pressure forced 13 Beaver turnovers thanks in part to six USC steals.
USC senior Alexyz Vaioletama matched her career high with a game-high 24 points tonight, joined by freshman Kristen Simon (14 points) and senior Kaneisha Horn (11 points) in double figures. Vaioletama also matched her career best of three 3-pointers nailed in the game. The Beavers, meanwhile, had Sydney Wiese lead the pack with five 3-pointers to wrap with a team-high 19 points. Ruth Hamblin followed with 16 points, with Jamie Weisner (15 points) and Deven Hunter (10 points) also in double digits for the Beavers.
USC was clinging tight to the Beaver for the first four minutes of play, within one on a nifty putback from Brianna Barrett. Oregon State would push back next, building a six-point margin to stand with a 14-8 lead with 11:36 on the clock. McKenzie Calvert snapped a five-minute drought of USC scoring from the floor, and Vaioletama would plant a pair of free throws to drag the Trojans to within two, down 14-12 at 10:41. USC continued to stay in stride. Freshman Kristen Simon would get hot for the Trojan cause next, scoring eight straight points to keep USC within reach of the Beavers, trailing just 27-26 with 3:40 left in the half. Simon kept coming, but the Beavers landed three straight 3-pointers to bump out to a 38-30 advantage until Vaioletama landed one of her own to make it 38-33 OSU. That score would stand up to the halftime buzzer.
Another Beaver three kicked off the second half of play, sparking OSU a push out to a double-digit lead three minutes into the half. A Barrett jumper snapped a 6-0 Beaver surge and made it 47-37 with 17:10 on the clock. That also prompted a 6-0 run by the Trojans, who got a steal and finish from Vaioletama to bring the deficit to 47-41 at 16:04. OSU's Sydney Wiese dumped in her fifth 3-pointer of the night to craft back a 10-point advantage for the Beavers, up 53-43 at 11:30 with that bomb. USC would not be deterred. Calvert wrapped a score and a steal and finish around a bucket from Vaioletama, and USC was back in business, down 55-51 with 9:45 to go. Again, OSU answered from 3-point range, this one from Jamie Weisner for the Beavers' 10th three of the game. Barrett buried one for the Trojans -- their third overall -- minutes later, putting the score at 62-56 Oregon State with 5:35 left to play. OSU would bounce out to a 10-point lead with 2:30 to go, and although the Trojans scrambled to cut back closer the Beavers would keep their distance. Vaioletama dumped in a final five points, including a three with 14 seconds left, but the Beavers held on to their win with a 76-63 final.
The Women of Troy now set off on their first Pac-12 road trip after spending seven straight games at home at the Galen Center. USC will head to Colorado first, facing the Buffs in an 8 p.m. MT game on Friday (Jan. 9) in Boulder. Then it's over to Salt Lake City for a 12 p.m. MT matchup against Utah on Sunday (Jan. 11).
OREGON STATE 76, USC 66
Oregon State.................. 38 38 - 76
3-point goals--Oregon State 10-21 (Wiese, Sydney 5-7; Weisner, Jamie 3-7; Hunter, Deven 1-3; Gibson, Ali 1-3; Hanson, Gabriella 0-1), USC 4-10 (Vaioletama, Alexyz 3-4; Barrett, Brianna 1-3; Horn, Kaneisha 0-1; Calvert, McKenzie 0-1; Adams, Jordan 0-1).