USC Women Team Up For 74-57 Win Over Arizona
Jan. 27, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team snapped a three-game slump in piecing together two strong halves against visiting Arizona for a 74-57 Trojan win today at Galen Center. Cassie Harberts shouldered the bulk of the load once again, but this time had three other teammates in double figures for the hot-shooting Women of Troy. USC improves to 8-11 overall and 5-3 in Pac-12 play with the win, while Arizona moves to 11-8, 3-5.
USC had its hottest first half of the season in shooting 50 percent from the floor to build up a 43-22 halftime lead on visiting Arizona. That advantage was a good five points larger than USC's Friday halftime lead over ASU, which had come back to beat the Trojans in the second half. So the Women of Troy were on high alert for the final 20 minutes of this one. Arizona would manufacture a few short runs in the second half, but USC kept a step ahead as the Trojans finished out the game shooting 48 percent to Arizona's 29 percent. The Wildcats led on the boards 44-34, but USC countered with 15 steals and some precision ball movement that accumulated 20 assists in the win.
Cassie Harberts led all with 26 points on the day, joined in double digits by Ariya Crook with 15 points, Kiki Alofaituli with a career-high 11 and Kate Oliver with 10. Crook also dished out seven assists for the Trojan offense, and was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. Arizona was led by 13 points from Davellyn Whyte, with 11 from Alli Gloyd and 10 from Kama Griffits.
Harberts turned into a human highlight reel during an 11-0 USC run to a 21-7 Trojan lead. After dumping two flawless free throws to open up the run, Harberts drained a long 3-pointer. And after Ariya Crook finished off her trip to the line with a pair of tosses, Harberts would come up with the block and rebound on the defensive end before serving up the assist at the other end to a score down low from Kate Oliver. Harberts would later finish off a score of her own in the paint to bump USC ahead 21-7 with 10:55 to go in the first. Arizona's first back-to-back buckets of the game came after the Trojans held a 27-11 lead, as the Wildcats got the score to 27-15 to match Harberts' individual total with 6:45 remaining. USC would continue to convert, and a take to the hoop from USC's Crook had the Wildcats doubled up, down 35-17 with 4:10 remaining in the half.
Arizona pieced together a 6-0 run in the early goings of the second half to draw the deficit under 20 to 46-30 USC. The Trojans would answer back and build up a 20-point margin once more thanks to a 7-0 run thanks in part to nice buckets from Desiree Bradley and Kiki Alofaituli. Harberts would later manufacture a 5-0 run of her own, and the Trojans were up 62-40 with 9:10 still to play. USC's largest lead of the game would come after Bradley drained a three and Crook hit two free throws to make it 71-47 Trojans with 5:30 on the clock. Arizona countered with a run of its own, however, outscoring USC 7-2 in a two-minute span to make it 72-54 Trojans with three minutes remaining. The Trojans would stay resolved down the stretch to keep a healthy lead on the Wildcats as USC finished off a 74-57 victory.
USC stays home next week for more Pac-12 play at Galen Center. On Friday (Feb. 1), the Trojans host Utah for a 7 p.m. game. Then USC will square off against Colorado in a 10 a.m. game on Sunday (Feb. 3), which will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.