Trojans Fall Short To No. 6 Stanford, 75-66|
Jan. 20, 2013
STANFORD, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team warmed up from a cool first half to put pressure on host No. 6 Stanford, but the Cardinal stayed just hot enough on its home floor to hold off the Trojans and tack up a 75-66 win over USC. The Trojans go to 7-10 overall and 4-2 in Pac-12 play with the loss, while No. 6 Stanford improves to 16-2, 5-1.
Stanford heated up from a cool 26 percent shooting effort to 35 percent by halftime while USC's numbers were at 33 percent at the half as the Trojans trailed the Cardinal 33-20. Stanford had plugged in five 3-pointers in the first half to help the hosts to that healthy halftime advantage. USC finally got threes to fall in the second half - highlighted by a career-best two from post Cassie Harberts, who also worked her way into the USC all-time top-10 for career free throws made with nine hit today. She would lead the Trojans with 21 points in the game, with Ariya Crook adding 18 and Alexyz Vaioletama providing 10. The Cardinal were bigger on the boards, though, due in large part to Chiney Ogwumike's 16 rebounds and game-high 29 points. Joslyn Tinkle was next with 15, thanks to a 3-for-3 outing from 3-point land, and Sara James and Amber Orrange added 13 points apiece.
Stanford out-rebounded USC 41-25 in the game, and finished up shooting 47 percent fro the floor to match USC's 47 percent. The Cardinal hit six 3-pointers, and the Trojans hit three.
With the score locked up for the fifth time at 11-11 as the 10-minute mark approached, USC was shooting 36 percent from the floor to Stanford's 26 percent. The Cardinal would hit its next three shots from the floor, however, thanks to a pair of fast breaks, and went up 20-13 on the Trojans with a 7-0 Stanford run. Cassie Harberts snapped the run with a free throw, and Ariya Crook finished off a runner followed by a jumper from Kiki Alofaituli to pull USC back within two with 5 minutes to go in the half. The Cardinal would rally from there and punch ahead 33-20 at halftime thanks to a three drained by Joslyn Tinkle just ahead of the halftime buzzer.
The Women of Troy would fall behind by as much as 19 during the second half before closing the gap down to six during the final two minutes. USC had more than doubled its first-half scoring effort with 46 points in the second - the last three on Harberts' second 3-pointer of the day, but Stanford was able to ward off the threat and pull off the win.
USC now returns home to Los Angeles to take on the Arizona schools next weekend. The Trojans host ASU at 7 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 25) and then play Arizona at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 27).