No. 4 Stanford Overpowers USC Women 69-52|
Feb. 9, 2012
STANFORD, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team put together a solid game against conference leader Stanford, but the No. 4 Cardinal's strength in the paint overmatched a thin Trojan roster for a 69-52 Stanford win on Thursday night. USC goes to 12-11 overall and 6-6 in Pac-12 play with the loss, and Stanford improves to 21-1, 12-0.
Thanks to a combined 43 points from sisters Chiney and Nnemkadi Ogwumike - much of which came down low - Stanford shot 49 percent in the game. The Cardinal also were awarded plenty of time on the free-throw line, to the tune of a 23-of-33 effort from the stripe. USC shot 29 percent from the floor in the game and was 15-of-17 from the free-throw line. USC was led by 11 points from Ashley Corral and Briana Gilbreath. Stanford received a double-double from Chiney with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and a game-high 22 points from Nnemkadi. Toni Kokenis finished with 15 points for the Cardinal. Stanford won out on the boards as well, 37-31, but USC did hold Stanford to just seven offensive rebounds while hauling in 12 of its own.
USC kept a give-and-take game going with Stanford for the opening stretch before Stanford managed to pull ahead on a 10-0 run. The Cardinal shot at a 43-percent clip in the first half to keep space on the Trojans, who were hitting 26 percent by that halftime buzzer and trailing 33-22.
After nailing two free throws to end the first half, Ashley Corral delivered five straight points for the Trojans to open the second half as USC cut the lead to 33-27.Stanford sharpened up its shooting further, however, going 7-for-10 from the floor and 10-for-10 from the free-throw line to take a 57-39 lead on the Trojans with 8 minutes to go. USC held Stanford scoreless from the floor for five and a half minutes in the final stretch, but the Cardinal worked their way to the line for eight points in that span as Stanford kept a grip on their advantage to push for a final 69-52 win over the Trojans.
USC had eight active players for the game, with freshman Alexyz Vaioletama sidelined with a shin injury.
USC now heads to Berkeley, Calif., to face California in an 8 p.m. game on Saturday (Feb. 11)