USC Women Edged Out In OT By Beavers
Jan. 21, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday with an overtime loss to visiting Oregon State, which outpaced the Trojans when it counted for a 65-61 decision at the Galen Center. The teams traded the lead 25 times in the game, but Ashley Corral's game-high 20 points wasn't enough to lift the Trojans past the sharp-shooting Beavers. USC goes to 10-7 overall and 5-2 in Pac-12 play with the loss, while OSU improves to 12-7, 3-5.
The lead changed hands 25 times in the game and was tied up four times, including once in overtime. The Beavers made the last winning push, however, benefiting from late misses by the Trojans to pull ahead to victory. Oregon State shot 46 percent in the game to USC's 32 percent, although both teams were fairly cold from the free-throw line. USC went 7-for-15 from the line, and OSU was 7-of-14. Ashley Corral led all with 20 points for USC to go with 10 from Cassie Harberts. Oregon State received 17 points from Sage Indendi, 14 from Ali Gibson and 12 from Patricia Bright. The Beavers didn't make it easy by not just keeping pace with the Trojans on the boards, but outrebounding USC 41-38 in the game.
The Beavers had the Trojans in a seven-point hole early in the half, prompting USC to counter OSU's points in the paint with some 3-point strikes. USC went 5-of-7 from 3-point range - two each from Stefanie Gilbreath and Desiree Bradley -- only to have the Beavers knock down their fourth of six tries with 50 ticks to go to take Oregon State ahead 38-34 by the break.
Ashley Corral got USC out of the gates with three straight 3-pointers to bump the Trojans into a second-half lead, up 43-38. OSU snapped the 9-0 run with a three of its own, then a bucket in the paint to lock it at 43-43 after four minutes of action. USC held a 52-50 lead for almost five full minutes while both teams struggled to find a bucket, until OSU's Sage Indendi planted a three to snag a 53-50 lead with 3:20 to go. Briana Gilbreath would break USC's scoring silence and got the Trojans back with a tight 54-53 advantage with a score in the lane 30 seconds later, then rattled home a pair of free throws to net a 56-53 Trojan lead entering the last two minutes of action. Indendi knocked down a tying three for the Beavers with a minute to go, and after a USC miss on the other end the Beavers had the look for the win, but missed as USC's Christina Marinacci hauled in the rebound. A USC timeout set up the Trojans for a winning chance with 1.1 second to go, but the clock expired to bring up overtime.
More see-saw action would stretch through OT, but OSU applied the pressure by taking a 63-61 lead with 1:40 to go. USC had the ball with 20 seconds to go but missed and put OSU on the line with 5.8 ticks to go. Alyssa Martin landed both of her free throws to close things out, putting USC out of reach for the last stretch and leaving the Trojans with their first loss of the year.
USC now turns to get back in a winning groove with a trip to Colorado and Utah next week.