USC Women Suffer Second-Half Breakdown, Fall 60-53 To ASU
Jan. 25, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team lost control of the game in the second half tonight, watching Arizona State fight back from a 16-point halftime deficit as the Sun Devils rank away with a 60-53 win over the host Trojans tonight at Galen Center. Cassie Harberts was the only player on the floor with double digits, as she hauled in a double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds. ASU had no double-digit scorers, but the Sun Devils' improvement in the second half did the job. USC goes to 7-11 overall and 4-3 in Pac-12 play with the loss, while ASU improves to 11-8, 3-4.
Cassie Harberts had her seventh double-double of the season in the books by halftime as the Trojans led visiting ASU 36-20 at the break. It was the second biggest halftime lead for USC this season, and the Trojans also had the Sun Devils doubled up on the boards with a 24-12 advantage, thanks in large part to Harberts' 10 rebounds to go along with her 19 first-half points.
ASU would get more active and aggressive offensively in the second half, finding a successful gameplan in taking the ball to the hoop to cut into USC's advantage. It was one runner in particular that cranked up the pressure on the Trojans, as ASU went up 56-53 in the final minute with a score from Adrianne Thomas and fended off the Trojans down the stretch for the win. USC slumped to just 24 percent from the floor in the second half to finish the game at 33 percent, while ASU heated up to 59 percent in the second half as the Sun Devils outscored USC 40-17 in the second half and finished the game shooting 45 percent. Timely free throws also eluded the Trojans, who made 4-of-10 from the line in the second half, while ASU hit 12-of-13.
USC was hitting at a 41 percent clip through the first 20 minutes compared to ASU's 32 percent effort. The Sun Devils would make a 6-2 run out of the second-half gates, though, and cut to within seven as ASU hit more field goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half than it did the whole first half, setting the tone for the energized effort by ASU down the stretch.
The Sun Devils managed to keep Harberts scoreless for those same 10 minutes until the junior worked her way back to the free-throw line to lift USC ahead 48-40 with 10 minutes to go. ASU moved to within three on a Haley Videckis 3-pointer with 4:20 on the clock. A couple USC defensive stops would make up for the fact that USC came up empty on the other end, preserving that slim Trojan lead until Harberts knocked down the back end of her trip to the line with 2:30 to go to end over three minutes of scoreless play from the Trojans.
ASU's Promise Amukamare landed a clutch 3-pointer with 1:42 on the clock for a bucket that cut it to a one-point game, with USC up 53-52. A Trojan turnover gave the Sun Devils an opportunity to take their first lead since the first minute of the game. Videckis was up to the challenge, burying two free throws to bump ASU ahead 54-53 with 1:20 to go. A timely take to the hoop from Adrianne Thomas heaped more pressure on the hosts as ASU went up 56-53 and USC called a timeout with 29 ticks to go. The Trojans couldn't come up with the score to answer back, and ASU finished out the game from the free-throw line for a 60-53 comeback victory.
USC now turns to host Arizona in a 2 p.m. game on Sunday (Jan. 27) at Galen Center.