Corral Hits The History Books In USC's Comeback Win|
Feb. 10, 2011
CORVALLIS, ORE. - The USC women's basketball team made it a tale of two halves tonight, but the Trojans definitely had the last word in a 70-51 comeback win at Oregon State. While Briana Gilbreath calmly cruised to her fourth double-double of the year, it was Ashley Corral inking her name in the USC history books. Her first 3-pointer of the night notched the junior's 1,000th career point. And her fourth not only capped off a strong second half for the Trojans, it captured the No. 1 slot for Corral as USC's all-time 3-point leader. USC improves to 14-8 overall and 6-5 in Pac-10 play with the win, while Oregon State goes to 8-15, 1-11.
USC was in need of a road win tonight, but the Trojans were very shaky in getting on that path. OSU hit seven 3-pointers in the first half and had USC behind on the boards 19-18 on the way to a 32-26 lead at halftime. USC refocused its efforts on the boards and on the defensive end in the second half successfully, however, managing to pass up the Beavers with a 56-percent second-half shooting outing. That left USC at 48 percent from the floor, while OSU dipped to 30 percent. The Trojans also eclipsed the Beavers on the boards to finish ahead 44-28, thanks in large part to Gilbreath's double-double surge to finish with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Ashley Corral was next in scoring with 14, and Christina Marinacci added 11 with 10 coming from Jacki Gemelos. For OSU, Alyssa Martin hit six 3-pointers to finish with 18 points to lead the Beavers, and Earlysia Marchbanks had 10 points.
After an 8-8 draw in the early goings of the game, OSU launched into a 12-2 run on the hands of four straight 3-pointers to take a 20-10 lead at 10:55 in the first. The Beavers would hit their fifth three before USC nailed its first on a long one from Gemelos at 9:05, making it a 23-15 OSU advantage. USC would trail by as much as 11 during the half as the Beavers hit more shots from beyond the arc than they did within, hitting seven threes in the first half. USC cut into the lead somewhat down the stretch, getting the last two baskets of the half to trail 32-26 at halftime.
USC grabbed the first seven rebounds of the second half and finally took the lead on Corral's 1000th career point, which also happened to pull her to No. 2 all-time in career 3-pointers. USC hadn't led since the first six minutes of the game, but Corral's three capped a 7-0 surge by the Trojans to move ahead at the 15:40 mark of the second. The Trojan defense would go on lockdown later, as the Beavers were silenced for six minutes while USC went on a 10-0 run until El Sara Greer hit the back end of her free throws to make it 52-43 USC with 8:10 on the clock.
Corral's third 3-pointer of the game not only served as a cleanup swing to secure the Trojans with a 61-45 lead entering the final four minutes, it punched the junior's ticket to the No. 1 slot all-time in USC career 3-pointers. Meanwhile, Briana Gilbreath was working her way into a double-double with her efforts on the boards. Corral then lofted another three in the final minute to secure herself as the lone 3-point leader in the USC history books, edging out the previous resident, Brynn Cameron, by one. Corral now holds 184 career 3-pointers, and has 1,009 career points after tonight's 14-point effort. Corral joins Gilbreath in the 1,000-point club, becoming the 23rd Trojan ever to hit the career mark.
USC now goes on the hunt to round out a road sweep with a trip to Eugene on Saturday (Feb. 12) to face Oregon at 2 p.m.