USC Women Go Big With 109-85 Win Over Oregon
Jan. 19, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team had a record day today, becoming the first team ever to score 100 points at the Galen Center with the Trojans' 109-85 victory over visiting Oregon. The fast-paced game saw 12 different Women of Troy score -- led by 30 points from Cassie Harberts -- as USC built up its highest-scoring game since 1982. What's more, the Trojans bump their growing record up to 13-6 overall with a strong 6-1 Pac-12 mark. Oregon goes to 9-8, 0-6 with the loss.
Oregon's gameplan played out better for the Trojans than the Ducks. In the first 20 minutes of action, USC shot 71 percent from the floor, leading Oregon 50-32 at the break with eight different Women of Troy in the scoring column. USC cooled to 60 percent in the second half, but still outpaced the Ducks, who shot 43 percent in the half to wind up at 37 percent in the game. USC's 64-percent effort in the game marked a season best, while the Trojans' whopping 109 final points notched the 34th triple-digit game in USC women's program history and the first ever at Galen Center by any team -- men's or women's. USC also dished out 33 assists in the game -- second most in program history. Ariya Crook matched her career best with seven to lead all, while Cassie Harberts served up a career-high seven assists and Kaneisha Horn had five.
Harberts finished up just one point away from her career high, tallying 30 points today. Freshman Courtney Jaco, meanwhile, matched her career high with 14 points on a 5-of-6 effort from the floor. Crook scored 13 for USC, with Horn and Desiree Bradley adding 10 apiece. Horn's 10 points was her first double-digit game as a Trojan. Oregon had four players finish in double figures, led by 21 points and 17 rebounds from Jillian Alleyne. Her effort on the boards had Oregon beating USC 43-33 in rebounding.
USC got six straight points from Kaneisha Horn around an Oregon 3-pointers to get an 8-7 edge after four minutes of play. Minutes later, Courtney Jaco and Desiree Bradley dumped in a three apiece for the Trojan cause, and USC got up 16-13 on the Ducks. After a score in the paint from Deanna Calhoun, Bradley landed another bomb for USC before hitting Vaioletama down low and the Women of Troy were up 25-14 on the Ducks nearing the 10-minute mark. The Trojans kept coming as Cassie Harberts got into double figures and Ariya Crook knocked down a second 3-pointer, taking USC ahead 39-22 with 5:20 on the clock. Entering the last minute of the half, Kiki Alofaituli became the eighth Trojan to score with back-to-back buckets for a 48-28 advantage. By the buzzer, USC was holding a 50-32 advantage.
Oregon generated a 9-0 scoring surge early in the second half to cut into the Trojan lead, bringing it to an 11-point margin after three minutes of play. A three-point play from Vaioletama tugged the Trojans out to a 57-43 lead with 16:30 on the clock. Oregon would get no closer than 11 the rest of the way. USC generated a 14-2 run with Jaco landing her third 3-pointer of the game and Kate Oliver delivering a smooth move in the paint in the process. Oliver became USC's 10th scorer with that score, and USC was soon up 90-63. There were still seven minutes to play in the game, giving USC plenty of time and space to make a push for the century mark.
Those landmark 100th points would come from the hands of Maria Kemiji-McDonald, who was appearing in her first game as a Trojan. Her layup off an Edelman feed made it 100-74 with 3:07 remaining in the game. In that last stretch, Calhoun matched her career best with a bucket that made it 106-83, and Oliver nailed a three to finish out a 109-85 victory for the Women of Troy.
USC now turns to take a trip to the Bay Area next week. The Trojans will visit California in a 6 p.m. game in Berkeley on Friday (Jan. 24) before heading to Stanford to face the Cardinal at 6 p.m. on Monday (Jan. 27).