USC Women Overpower Oregon State 81-60|
Jan. 17, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team inked an important Pac-12 win into the books with tonight's powerful 81-60 victory over visiting Oregon State at Galen Center. It was a career day for USC senior Cassie Harberts and junior Ariya Crook, who both cracked the all-time top-10 in different categories tonight. Harberts passed up USC head coach and Trojan great Cynthia Cooper on the all-time scoring list, while Crook broke the century mark in career 3-pointers to climb to No. 10 there. USC improves to 12-6 overall ant 5-1 in Pac-12 play with tonight's win, while Oregon State goes to 10-7, 2-3.
Harberts first worked her way up to No. 11 all-time in career scoring when she helped charge the Trojans along on a 16-0 scoring run to put the Beavers behind by double digits during the first half. Harberts' final haul of a game-high 22 points took over the No. 10 spot in USC scoring history, while she also gathered in her 800th career rebound tonight.
With that extra boost of a 16-0 scoring run, USC had overmatched OSU's scoring effort with a 47-percent outing from the floor in the first half of play, while the Beavers hit 33 percent to trail the Trojans 42-29 at the break. USC hit the afterburners in the second half, heating up with a 48-percent effort from the floor as Harberts cracked the top-10 in career scoring and Ariya Crook moved to No. 10 all-time in career threes in putting down four tonight for the Trojan cause. USC would finish out the game shooting 47.5 percent to OSU's 35.7 percent. The Beavers won out on the boards 42-28, but the Trojan defense forced 30 turnovers out of the Beavers en route to the powerful 81-60 victory.
USC finished with nine different scorers on the night, led by Harberts' 22 points and getting 15 from Alexyz Vaioletama and 14 from Crook. Vaioletama also had a game-high nine rebounds for the Trojans. Oregon State was led by Deven Hunter and Sydney Weise with 11 points apiece and Jamie Weisner also hitting double digits with 10 points.
After falling behind 11-4, USC manufactured back-to-back 3-pointers with a blast from Ariya Crook and a bomb from Alexyz Vaioletama to cut it down to a one-point game with 14:40 on the clock. Vaioletama would bounce USC back into the lead with a outback next, and USC's 8-0 run had the Trojans up 12-11 a minute later. OSU responded with the next four points before Harberts slipped in the next three straight buckets to take over her up to No. 11 all-time in career scoring as she got USC up to an 18-15 lead. Soon after, fellow senior Desiree Bradley finished off a three-point play for the Trojans to boost the advantage up to a 21-15 USC lead with 11 minutes remaining in the half. Three minutes later, OSU still hadn't scored, while the Women of Troy worked up to a 13-point lead on a 16-0 scoring run. OSU snapped almost five minutes of scoring silence with a 3-pointer from Alyssa Martin at 8:06. USC responded with a basket from Courtney Jaco, though, and USC was holding a 30-18 advantage entering the last seven minutes of the half. By the final buzzer, Vaioletama had joined Harberts in double digits in helping USC to a 42-29 halftime lead.
In the second half, OSU planted a few threes to cut the lead to single digits, but USC responded with an 11-0 run to pad the advantage to 60-42 at the 10-minute mark. The Beavers had hit a scoring drought that spanned six minutes while the Trojans worked ahead to a comfy lead. On the way, Ariya Crook landed back-to-back threes, notching the 100th of her career and then adding number 101 to crack the all-time top-10 at USC. Crook's fourth 3-pointer of the night had the Trojans ahead 72-48 with 4:22 left in the game. The Beavers fired back with back-to-back threes of their own, making it 72-54 at 2:55, but Kate Oliver dashed any big dreams for OSU with a jumper at 1:45 that got USC up 75-54 to all but finish off the Beavers.
The Women of Troy now turn to take on Oregon in a 2 p.m. game on Sunday (Jan. 19) at Galen Center.