USC Women Trip Up In Boulder, 69-67
Jan. 26, 2012
BOULDER, COLO. - The USC women's basketball team had a road win slip away in Boulder, Colo., as late free throws drained by the Buffaloes stole the game for Colorado in a 69-67 USC loss on Thursday. Outrebounded for the second straight game, the Trojans wound up short once again on the scoreboard. USC shot at a 49-percent clip down the stretch, but lost the ball on a late potential winning possession before the Buffs got to the line for the go-ahead scores with 1.2 ticks to go. USC goes to 10-8 overall and 5-3 in Pac-12 play with the loss. Colorado improves to 15-4, 4-4.
USC and Colorado traded the lead 14 times and saw the score lock up even 11 times. USC broke the 10th tie and took a 67-65 lead with 45 seconds to go in regulation on a jumper from Cassie Harberts, only to have Colorado answer for a 67-67 tie with 30 seconds left. On USC's last possession, Briana Gilbreath got snarled with a Colorado defender, forcing a jump ball that took it into Colorado hands with 9 seconds left. On the other end, Colorado's Chucky Jeffery tried for a baseline drive, and Gilbreath got tagged with a tough foul call that put Jeffery on the line with 1. 2 seconds left. She hit both, and USC was out of time for one last push.
USC's 49-percent shooting effort from the floor outpaced Colorado's 44 percent, but the Buffs got to the line almost twice as many times as the Trojans. Colorado went 13-for-17 on free throws down the stretch to 6-of-9 by USC. The Buffs were ahead of the game on the boards as well, up 34-32. That follows last week's overtime loss to Oregon State in which USC was outrebounded, too, snapping a five-game win streak for USC that included four straight games outrebounding its opponents.
Both teams had three players finish in double figures. USC's top scorer was Christina Marinacci with 17 points - including a run in which the junior scored USC's first 10 points of the second half to give the Trojans the largest lead of the game, up 44-36 with 16:27 to go. She was joined in double digits by Briana Gilbreath's 15 points and 13 from Cassie Harberts. Colorado received a game-high 21 from Brittany Wilson, 19 from Jeffery and 13 from Jen Reese.
USC now turns to take a trip to Salt Lake City for the Trojans' first Pac-12 clash with Utah. USC faces the Utes at 3 p.m. MT on Saturday (Jan. 28).