No. 4 Stanford Outpaces USC Women
Feb. 15, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team was overmatched by a tough No. 4 Stanford squad tonight, falling 79-55 to the Cardinal at Galen Center. Stanford received 55 points from its post players Chiney Ogwumike, Joslyn Tinkle and Mikaela Ruef as the Cardinal shot 44 percent from the floor in the game to USC's 33 percent. USC goes to 8-16 overall and 5-8 in Pac-12 play with its fifth straight loss Stanford improves to 23-2, 12-1.
USC was led by a career-high 14 points from Alexyz Vaioletama and 13 points from Cassie Harberts in the loss. Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike led all scorers with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Stanford outrebounded USC 46-33 in the game.
The Cardinal and Trojans traded the lead five times early in the half, with Stanford taking a more permanent lead after six minutes of action. USC cut to within two on a three from Ariya Crook with 5:40 to go in the first half, but the Cardinal steamed ahead with a 12-2 run that had the Trojans behind 31-19 at halftime. USC was plagued by cool shooting, hitting just 24 percent to Stanford's 46 percent from the floor through the first 20 minutes of action.
USC was 6-for-6 out of the gates to start the second half, although the Cardinal seemed to have an answer for each Trojan bucket. Alexyz Vaioletama nailed a three for USC at 15:31to make the score a 44-32 Stanford advantage. After a no-call on a Kiki Alofaituli take to the hoop at one end, Stanford would go the other way and score to go up 50-34. USC head coach Michael Cooper would receive a technical foul for pointing out the missed Stanford foul, and the Cardinal went up 52-34 on the ensuing free throws with 13:21 on the clock. Christina Marinacci was carrying four fouls deep into the second half, but still managed to dump in nine of USC's last 13 points. Stanford would keep the Trojans at bay, however, and finished off a 79-55 win.
USC now turns to face another top-10 team on Sunday (Feb. 17) with a 2 p.m. matchup against No. 6 California, which the Trojans took to overtime in their last meeting. Sunday's game will also be a Legacy Game for the Women of Troy, highlighted by many USC alumnae in attendance, including members of USC's 1983 and 1984 championship teams. Those teams will be honored at halftime with the unveiling of the championship banners from those years. Sunday also is USC's Pink Game, raising awareness for breast cancer.