USC Women Take Down UCLA 87-76
Feb. 8, 2009
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team turned the tables in the crosstown rivalry with UCLA with today's 87-76 win over the Bruins in the teams' second Pac-10 clash this of the season. Behind 19-point outings from both Camille LeNoir and Heather Oliver and 18 from Nadia Parker, USC left the Bruins behind and improved its record to 12-9 overall and 6-4 in Pac-10 play. UCLA was led by 20 points from Doreena Campbell and moved to 14-7, 5-5 with the loss.
The Trojans opened the game hitting at a 47-percent clip compared to 22-percent shooting by the Bruins as USC worked out to a 21-point halftime lead. Both teams heated up in the second half, but UCLA could close in no further than to within 10 points. The Trojans finished up the game shooting 48.4 percent, and UCLA ended at 38.5 percent. By the end of the game, USC had four players in double figures with Brynn Cameron joining the pack to finish with 11 points. UCLA had three in double figures, including 14 by Erica Tukiainen and 10 from Atonye Nyingifa.
In the process of helping lead USC to victory, senior guard Camille LeNoir made some leaps in the all-time record books. Her 19 points pushed her into the No. 13 all-time slot in career scoring, and with three assists today LeNoir tied USC great Cheryl Miller at No. 5 all-time in career assists. The win today adds five points to USC's total in the Lexus Gauntlet race with the Bruins, giving USC a 30-25 lead.
After getting behind 6-2 early in the game, USC worked out to a six-point lead on a 3-pointer from Camille LeNoir at 10:40. UCLA would cut in to within one with some help from free throws, until Heather Oliver also nailed a three and LeNoir followed with another one to get USC ahead 25-18 with 6:20 to go in the first half. Feeding off Bruin misses, USC was able to get to the other end and work out to a double-digit lead, up 29-18 thanks to free throws converted by Kari LaPlante and Briana Gilbreath at the 5:20 mark. UCLA's scoring silence stopped after almost six full minutes with a three from Doreena Campbell at 3:30, but Oliver followed with a three-point play and Gilbreath knocked down two free throws and scored off a steal to power USC up to a 39-22 lead with three minutes to go. In the final minute, USC put the Bruins behind by 20 when Aarika Hughes hauled in a UCLA miss and hit Cameron for a fast break layup that boosted the Trojans up 46-25 to bring up halftime.
UCLA managed a 6-0 run that helped the Bruins cut to down 10 at 14:00. Both teams were in bonus at the 13-minute mark, and soon after Parker converted the first of her two tosses, USC upped its defensive pressure and pieced together 10-2 run to get up 70-51 with 8:00 on the clock. UCLA responded with a series of steals and scores that pulled the score to a 73-62 USC lead with 5:30 to go. After a flashy trip to the hole from LeNoir, Gilbreath hauled in an errant Bruin shot attempt and sent a quick pass up the floor to Ashley Corral. Corral hit Oliver in stride for the layup, and USC was holding an 80-65 lead with 3:40 remaining. The rest of the game lapsed into mostly free throws aside from
USC's next Pac-10 competition brings the Arizona schools to town next week. The Trojans will host Arizona State in a 7 p.m. game on Thursday (Feb. 12) and then plays Arizona in a televised game at 12 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 15) at the Galen Center.