USC Women Find A Winning Groove To Top Colorado 66-51|
Feb. 8, 2015
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team turned the tide on a season slump by making it a winning weekend at home. The Trojans topped off a season sweep of Utah and Colorado by following up Friday's win over the Utes with a 66-51 win over the Buffs today at Galen Center. Four Women of Troy hit double figures in today's winning effort to keep USC charging to victory. The back-to-back wins improve USC's overall record to 13-10 and makes its Pac-12 mark now 5-7. Colorado goes to 10-13, 3-9.
It was slow going on both ends to start out the game, but each team managed scoring surges to take turns in the lead. A 7-0 run by the Trojans carried them to a nine-point lead around the midway point of the first half, only to see Colorado erase its deficit and rally back out ahead on a 10-0 answering cry. USC was shooting a cool 27 percent from the floor through those first 20 minutes of action to trail Colorado's 31 percent shooting as the Buffs held a 23-21 lead at halftime. USC would up its production and its intensity on the boards in the second half. Outrebounded 25-19 in the first half, USC fought back to end up even at 36 apiece on the boards. Offensively, USC heated up in the second half and made a 22-2 rally into the lead for good. The Trojans finished out shooting 35 percent overall, while Colorado wrapped at 33 percent. USC also matched its best performance of the season from the free-throw line, shooting 80 percent from the stripe with a 20-of-25 effort.
USC senior Kaneisha Horn continued her consistent production in leading the Trojans with 15 points for her fifth straight game in double figures. She and fellow senior Alexyz Vaioletama overcame first-half foul trouble to each score 10 second-half points. That accounted for all of Vaioletama's scoring in the game, as she was one of four Trojans in double figures with her 10 points to go with 13 from freshman Kristen Simon and 10 from Jordan Adams, who was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Horn and Vaioletama also were tops on the boards for USC with seven rebounds apiece. Colorado was paced by Jamee Swan's double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, with Lexy Kresl also adding 14 points.
USC took an early six-point advantage before the Buffs reeled the the Trojans back in. USC responded with a fast break finish from McKenzie Calvert and a quick steal and finish from Courtney Jaco to build back a 12-6 lead with 11:55 on the clock. A determined take to the hoop from Kaneisha Horn got the senior the bucket and a trip to the line for a three-point play that bumped USC's lead up to 15-6 at 9:45. Two minutes later, though, Colorado had charged into the lead 16-15 with a 10-0 run that included two buried threes from Lexy Kresl. The lead would trade hands for the next stretch, though the scoring pace was markedly slow. USC seniors Horn and Alexyz Vaioletama spent much of the first half on the bench carrying two fouls apiece, and the Buffs took advantage. Colorado worked into a 22-18 lead with 1:40 left in the half. USC got it down to within one in the final minute, but Colorado dropped one more free throw before the break to take a 23-21 lead into the locker rooms.
Back on the floor to open the second half, Vaioletama dumped in a score to lock things up 23-23 out of the gates. After Jordan Adams struck two free throws for the Trojans, Vaioletama nailed a 3-pointer to take USC ahead 28-23 on a 7-0 rally to open the half. Only a couple Colorado free throws would fall during the first five minutes of play, while the Trojans maneuvered out to a 38-25 lead before the Buffs hit a bucket from the floor. The Buffs finally got something going in landing a 3-pointer at 11:35 and then making it a 7-0 scoring run to trim the USC lead down to 44-36 at 9:35. Vaioletama stopped that run with a pair of free throws to get the Trojans a 10-point lead again and work herself into double digits with the 46-36 USC advantage at with nine minutes left to play. A 3-pointer courtesy of Courtney Jaco boosted the Women of Troy to a 53-39 lead with 5:10 to go. USC would sink six straight free throws to further its cause and craft a daunting 59-41 lead entering the last four minutes of action. USC was up 65-51 for the final minute of play and one last free throw would cap it all off as a 66-51 USC final victory.
The Women of Troy now turn to head to the Bay Area next week for more Pac-12 play. USC is due to visit Stanford for a 6 p.m. game on Friday (Feb. 13) before heading to Berkeley to face Cal at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 15).
USC 66, COLORADO 51
Colorado...................... 23 28 - 51
3-point goals--Colorado 3-13 (Kresl, Lexy 2-7; Thomas, Brecca 1-3; Sborov, Jasmine 0-1; Reese, Jen 0-1; Huggins, Lauren 0-1), USC 4-14 (Vaioletama, Alexyz 2-2; Calvert, McKenzie 1-4; Jaco, Courtney 1-4; Barrett, Brianna 0-2; Adams, Jordan 0-2).