No. 22 Colorado Takes Control For 65-49 Win Over USC Women
Feb. 3, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team had another second-half letdown as the Trojans took a tumble to No. 22 Colorado 65-49 today at Galen Center. The Buffs capitalized on USC's extended lapse in intensity and got four players in double digits, led by a double-double from Chucky Jeffery. USC falls to 8-13 overall and 5-5 in Pac-12 play with the loss, while Colorado improves to 16-5, 5-5.
USC's strong effort from beyond the arc in the first half fizzled in the second, while Colorado upped its efforts on the boards and on defense. USC committed 13 turnovers in the second half, and 19 total as Colorado built a lead that proved insurmountable for the Trojans. The Buffs shot 40 percent in the game to USC's 28 percent, and outrebounded the Trojans 44-29 in the game.
Colorado's Jeffery had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Arielle Robertson led all with 16 points on the day. The Buffs also received 12 points from Brittany Wilson and 11 from Lezy Kresl. USC was led once again by its fearless warrior Cassie Harberts, who finished with 14 points for the Trojans, with Ariya Crook adding 10.
USC was shooting better from 3-point land than from the floor as a whole as Colorado crept out to a 23-18 lead with 4:25 to go in the first half. The Trojans had kept the Buffs' top gun Chucky Jeffery quiet through the first 12 minutes of the half as USC took as large as a 15-11 lead on Desiree Bradley's first three of the day. But Jeffery scored seven of Colorado's 12 points in a 12-3 Colorado run to help stake the Buffs to that five-point lead. USC would answer with balance. Cassie Harberts and Bradley both had successful trips to the stripe, and Ariya Crook converted a three-point play to get USC ahead 25-23 with 3:15 to go. The Trojans' fifth 3-pointer of the half came from Kate Oliver, who provided a big boost to accompany some stingy Trojan defense down the stretch as USC carried a 31-26 lead into the locker room.
Five Trojan turnovers fueled a 7-0 Colorado run in the first 3:30 of the second half, putting USC behind 34-31. A power play from Harberts down low stopped the run, but the Buffs answered with three more buckets and a free throw while the Trojans struggled to score. Up 41-33 with 12 minutes on the clock, Colorado kept coming with the defensive pressure to nab steals and bump ahead 50-38 with 7:35 to go. The Buffs' advantage was 57-46 entering the last three minutes of regulation. Kiki Alofaituli dumped in two free throws to cut it to 57-48, and the USC defense forced a turnover on the ensuing press. Another Alofaitlui free throw cut the lead down to eight, but the Trojans were running out of time and were forced to foul. A 3-pointer from Arielle Roberson all but sealed the deal for the Buffs with 45 ticks to go.
USC now turns to hit the road for a series up in Washington, beginning with a visit at Washington State at 6 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 8). USC will then hit Seattle to face Washington at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 10).