No. 19 Stanford Steams Ahead Of USC Women|
Feb. 13, 2015
PALO ALTO, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team was outgunned by No. 19 host Stanford tonight, pulling close to the Cardinal in the second half but winding up out of reach in a 79-60 loss. USC had four players in double figures and won out on the boards, but the Cardinal just kept coming regardless. Tonight's loss puts the Trojans at 13-11 overall and now 5-8 in Pac-12 play. No. 19 Stanford, meanwhile, improves to 18-7, 10-3.
USC nudged ahead by five in the early goings of the first half, but the Cardinal responded and rallied into the lead with a 13-2 run. The Trojans and the Cardinal had been knotted up three times until Stanford broke through to generate a push to a 38-27 halftime lead. USC was ahead on the boards 17-16 through those first 20 minutes, but Stanford was scoring at a 52-percent clip from the floor to outpace the Trojans' 39-percent effort by the break. In the second half, USC cropped it down to a five-point game in the first three minutes, but Stanford's depth would win the day. The Cardinal would get 11 players in on the scoring action while the team shot 55 percent from the floor. USC had nine scorers, but shot 38 percent from the floor. USC wound down the game still leading on the boards, 38-34 by the final whistle.
Kaneisha Horn ripped down a game-high 11 rebounds for the Trojans to finish with a double-double on a 10-point outing for USC. She was one of four Trojan double-digit scorers in the game, joined by Alexyz Vaioletama with 14 points, Courtney Jaco with 11 and Brianna Barrett with 10. Stanford, too, had four players in double figures, led by 14 from Lili Thompson along with 13 each from Amber Orrange and Briana Roberson and 12 from Bonnie Samuelson.
Through the first 4:30 of play, USC and Stanford were locked up 12-12 with both teams shooting 56 percent from the floor. The Trojans had worked out to a five-point advantage during that stretch thanks in part to a run of five straight points from Brianna Barrett, whose three-point play had the Women of Troy ahead 10-5 with 16:35 on the clock. The Cardinal would close the cap and pull even, later sneaking out to a 19-16 lead at 11:42 with a 5-0 Stanford rally. The foul count would tip heavily against the Trojans soon after, with USC holding seven fouls to just two Cardinal fouls at 9:45. After three minutes of scoring silence on both ends, Stanford struck again and added to its advantage, going up 22-16 with 8:17 on the clock. Amy Okonkwo ended the Cardinal scoring surge with a pair of free throws, making it 22-18 with 8:03 to go in the half. USC started plugging in some points after Stanford moved ahead by nine. After going bucket-for-bucket, USC nudged closer on another 3-pointer from Jaco, nailed with 4:10 to go to make it 31-25 Stanford. The Cardinal responded with a prompt seven straight points, however, and although Alexis Lloyd was able to break up the streak with a outback, USC would trail the Cardinal 38-27 at halftime.
USC got back in the game with a strong start to the second half. After a three-point play from Barrett, Jaco landed her third 3-pointer of the game to cut down the Stanford advantage to 42-37 with 17:40 on the clock. Again, however, the Cardinal would push back. Stanford made an 8-2 rally to get back to a double-digit lead, up 50-37 at 13:42 thanks in part to a string of scores from Lili Thompson. Ten minutes later, the Cardinal had heaped even more points into its column. Bonnie Samuelson buried her fourth 3-pointer of the day to take Stanford to a 71-52 lead with 3:45 left to play. The Trojans would not be able to cut much farther into that margin, winding up taking a 79-60 loss to the Cardinal.
USC now turns to take on Cal in another Pac-12 battle on Sunday (Feb. 15) at 6:30 p.m. in Berkeley.
STANFORD 79, USC 60
USC........................... 27 33 - 60
3-point goals--USC 4-12 (Jaco, Courtney 3-5; Calvert, McKenzie 1-3; Horn,
Kaneisha 0-1; Adams, Jordan 0-1; Vaioletama, Alexyz 0-2), Stanford 6-17
(Samuelson, Bonnie 4-9; Orrange, Amber 1-1; Roberson, Briana 1-2; Samuelson,
Karlie 0-1; Green, Alex 0-1; Thompson, Lili 0-3).