USC Women Outpaced By Oregon 85-77
Jan. 30, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team had its five-game win streak snapped by a hot-handed Oregon squad on Saturday afternoon at the Galen Center, as the Trojans fell 85-77 to the Ducks. Oregon hit a dozen 3-pointers in the game - nine of which came from Taylor Lilley, who finished with 36 points. USC rounds out the first half of Pac-10 play holding a 13-7 overall record and a 7-2 mark in conference action, while Oregon goes to 13-8, 4-5 in snapping a five-game losing skid.
USC was hard-pressed to answer Oregon's 3-point frenzy in the game, as the Ducks shot 48 percent from 3-point range and finished out the game shooting 41 percent from the floor as a whole. USC was just off the mark on its 3-point tries, shooting 24 percent from beyond the arc and going 35 percent from the floor overall. Lilley's 36 points and nine 3-pointers led all scorers, with Micaela Cocks next in line with 24 points for Oregon. USC was led by 22 points from Ashley Corral and double-doubles from Briana Gilbreath (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Kari LaPlante, who had a career-high 18 points and 15 rebounds. For the first time in nine games, USC gave up more turnovers than its opponents, with the Trojans committing 18 turnovers to Oregon's 14. USC did win out on the boards, however, out-rebounding the Ducks 49-42.
It was an all-out shootout throughout the first half, with the lead trading hands 13 times as no team led by more than four points until Oregon managed a late run that got the Ducks a 38-33 lead in the final minute before Kari LaPlante knocked in a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left to hold Oregon with a 38-35 lead going into halftime. Oregon's Taylor Lilley had 21 points by halftime thanks to six 3-pointers from the guard.
USC turnovers proved costly in the early goings of the second half as Oregon went on a 10-0 run and climbed out to a 68-54 lead as the 10-minute mark approached. Heather Oliver knocked down a three next for the Trojans, and Gilbreath slipped in a putback to cut the lead to 68-59 at 8:55. Threes kept coming for the Ducks, however, as Oregon worked its 3-point tally up to 12 on Lilley's ninth of the game to carry the Ducks up 76-61- their largest lead of the game -- with 7:49 to go. USC tried to answer the call, but was just off the mark with their 3-point tries down the stretch. It was a free-throw fest at both ends in the final two-and-a-half minutes aside from a take to the hole by Corral that made it 84-72 Oregon with 55 seconds to go. LaPlante would get a couple more free throws to go, and Corral drained a long three for the Trojans with 7 seconds left, still leaving USC in a hole for an 85-77 loss to the Ducks.