USC Women Dump The Ducks 92-73|
Jan. 19, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team shrugged off a comeback push by Oregon by scoring 33 points in the last 10 minutes to play to tack up a 92-73 win over the visiting Ducks to lock in on the Trojans' fifth straight win. USC's Briana Gilbreath was one rebound away from a triple-double, finishing with a game-high 18 points, a career-high 11 assists and nine rebounds down the stretch. Christina Marinacci also had a double-double, netting 14 points and 10 boards. USC improves to 10-6 overall and 5-1 in Pac-12 play with tonight's win at the Galen Center. Oregon goes to 10-9, 2-5.
USC was hitting at a dreary 22-percent clip through the first five minutes of play before heating things up to 44 percent by halftime. In the last five minutes of the half, USC turned a 29-29 lockup into a 49-36 lead at the break. Freshman Alexyz Vaioletama had her second career double-digit game pocketed by halftime as she led all with 10 points and seven rebounds on the way into the locker room.
She would finish with a career-high 12, as Gilbreath, Marinacci and Cassie Harberts tagged in and worked their way into double figures in the second half. Oregon rallied into a slim one-point lead with 10:35 to go, only to see the Women of Troy overpower the Ducks 33-13 in the final stretch. Harberts finished with 17 points for the Trojans to go with Gilbreath's 18, Marinacci's 14 and Vaioletama's 12. Oregon received 16 from Liz Brenner, 14 from Jasmin Holiday and 13 from Jordan Loera. USC rounded out the win shooting 40 percent from the floor to Oregon's 37 percent, and went big on the boards with a 58-39 advantage.
Oregon had USC doubled up early with hot shooting to counter a cool start by the Trojans. But USC erased an eight-point hole by making a 10-run to snag the lead at the 11:25 mark of the first. Freshman Alexyz Vaioletama was the first player in the game to hit double figures when her hook sank home to take USC ahead 33-29 with 4:30 on the clock. Those points were on 5-for-5 shooting from the floor, while she had hauled in seven rebounds to that point. Her fellow freshman Ariya Crook blasted a pair of threes next, with Christina Marinacci delivering five points in an 11-2 USC run that built a 46-35 Trojan advantage entering the last minute of the half.
Three straight Trojan turnovers helped set up the Ducks with a push to cut it to a four-point margin in the first five minutes of the second half. Oregon crept into the lead for 25 seconds with a take from Jasmin Holiday before a Christina Marinacci jumper pushed USC back up 61-60 entering the last 10 minutes of regulation. Marinacci provided eight straight points for the Trojans, and then Ashley Corral and Briana Gilbreath both dumped in threes to provide another spark for USC during a 17-3 Trojan run that built back the 13-point lead USC had held at the half and added to it. Up 80-65 with four to go, USC saw Oregon get its first bucket in over four minutes, only to have the Trojans expand their lead down the stretch for a 92-73 final.
USC now turns to face Oregon State in a 2 p.m. game on Saturday (Jan. 21) at the Galen Center.