Ducks Heat Up To Pass USC Women 63-57|
Feb. 2, 2015
EUGENE, ORE. -- The USC women's basketball team was passed up late in the game by host Oregon, which broke up a game that saw 11 tie scores with a nine-point run to the lead. The Ducks would not look back, and finished out the game by fending off the Trojans for a final 63-57 victory in Eugene. The Women of Troy suffer their fifth straight loss and go to 11-10 overall and 3-7 in Pac-12 play. Oregon improves to 10-11 overall and is also 3-7 in conference play with tonight's result.
The first half tangled up through four tie scores and saw the Trojans trailing by four point before finding a spark. A 10-0 Trojan rally pulled USC into the the lead, and the Women of Troy would stay out ahead and hold a 25-23 lead at the break. USC was shooting just 33 percent through those first 20 minutes, trailing Oregon's 36 percent effort but getting significantly more shots up. USC was up on the boards to the tune of a 21-15 rebounding advantage by halftime. Both teams warmed up in the second half, but the Ducks were hotter. Oregon shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half and benefited further from a 19-of-23 effort from the free-throw line. The Ducks would wrap the game shooting 48 percent to fuel their comeback push to victory. USC shot 40 percent in the second half to end at 37 percent, and was 7-of-11 from the line. USC finished up ahead on the boards, 34-31.
USC had three players finish up in double figures, with Courtney Jaco in the lead with 14 points. Kaneisha Horn was next with 11 to go along with her team-high eight rebounds. Fellow senior Alexyz Vaioletama added 10 for the Trojans. Oregon was paced by a double-double from Jillian Alleyne with 18 points and 13 rebounds. She was joined in double digits by Ducks Katelyn Loper (12 points) and Drea Toler (11 points).
USC utilized a 10-0 rally to erase a four-point deficit and burst ahead of the Ducks to a 21-15 lead entering the final five minutes of the half. Alexyz Vaioletama, Kaneisha Horn and Jordan Adams all delivered scores during the run, which was eventually stopped by Oregon's Jillian Alleyne with a score in the paint. Oregon had gone silent on the scoring front for over six minutes while USC crafted that surge but would crop the margin down to two with 1:50 to go, nailing a three to make it 25-23 Trojans. That score would hold for the duration, as USC that two-point lead into the locker room.
Oregon would sneak back into the lead in the early goings of the second half, creeping ahead 31-28 with 15:55 on the clock until USC reeled the Ducks back in. A series of lockups would ensue as the battle raged on. Adams would break up the 10th tie of the game with a 3-pointer landed at 10:40 to nudge USC ahead 42-39. Oregon would follow that with a 5-0 run to take a 44-42 lead, which prompted Amy Okonkwo to get a bucket in the paint to lock things up yet again. That's when the Ducks got a rally going, manufacturing nine straight points to put USC behind 53-44 with 3:45 left in regulation. USC would get to within eight, down 58-51 on a three-point play converted by Horn with 50 seconds left. After Oregon pumped in more free throws -- the Ducks had six straight points from the line -- Barrett drained a three to make it 61-54 with 28 seconds left. Tough Trojan defense got the turnover next, but the three wouldn't fall. After another successful visit to the stripe by Oregon with 12 ticks to go, Jaco nailed one last three to make it 63-57, but the Trojans ran out of time and wound up stuck with the loss.
USC now returns home in hopes of putting a stop to this five-game skid. The Trojans will host Utah first, in a 7 p.m. game on Friday (Feb. 6) before taking on Colorado at 12 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 8) at Galen Center.
OREGON 63, USC 57
USC........................... 25 32 - 57
3-point goals--USC 4-15 (Jaco, Courtney 2-4; Adams, Jordan 1-4; Barrett, Brianna 1-3; Lloyd, Alexis 0-2; Vaioletama, Alexyz 0-2), Oregon 4-13 (Loper, Katelyn 2-7; Toler, Drea 1-1; Bando, Lexi 1-2; Petersen, Lexi 0-3).