USC Women Stumble In Corvallis
Feb. 16, 2014
CORVALLIS, ORE. -- The USC women's basketball team was knocked off balance today in a trip to Corvallis, as the Women of Troy had their rhythm interrupted by host Oregon State and fell 58-48 at the hands of the Beavers. The loss puts the Trojans at 16-10 overall and 9-5 in Pac-12 play, breaking up USC's spot in a three-way tie at second place as the Beavers pull even with USC in the conference standings. OSU is now 17-9, 9-5.
USC was hitting at a 41-percent clip from the floor to go with a 4-for-6 effort from 3-point land in the first half to help counter a wildly imbalanced foul count. With 10 Trojan fouls by halftime and only four for the Beavers, Oregon State was able to close in on USC to make it a 22-20 USC advantage at the break. The Beavers were shooting 29 percent from the floor, but were leading on the boards 19-12 through the first 20 minutes of action. The Trojans and the Beavers would flip the script in the second half for the most part, with OSU heating up and USC cooling down. The Beavers outscored the Trojans 38-26 in the half, stealing the lead and staying there to complete the comeback win shooting 41 percent in the game to outpace USC's 34 percent. The Beavers also dropped four 3-pointers in the second half to just one late landing for the Trojans, as USC was left behind for the 58-48 loss
Cassie Harberts was the lone Trojan in double figures on the day, with her 11 points all coming in the second half. OSU received a game-high 17 from Sydney Wiese -- who was responsible for five 3-pointers - along with 12 points from Ali Gibson and 11 from Gabriella Hanson. OSU's Ruth Hamblin and Deven Hunter also ruled the paint with double-digit rebounding efforts, hauling in 11 and 10 boards, respectively, as OSU finished ahead 40-31 in that column.
Ariya Crook dumped in back-to-back threes to kick the Trojans out to a 6-0 lead, while at the same time bumping herself up to No. 6 all-time in career 3-pointers made at Troy. The teams accounted for 12 turnovers in the first eight minutes as they both struggled to find an early rhythm. The foul count had also tipped against the Trojans in that early stretch, as USC picked up the first five fouls of the game before OSU earned one at 14:21. A jumper from Kate Oliver at the 12-minute mark had USC up 10-4 on the Beavers. The Trojans would get ahead of OSU by nine, up 22-13 with a 6-0 run only to see the Beavers fire back and finish the half with a 7-0 run that made it a 22-20 USC lead at the break.
After a scoreless first half, senior Cassie Harberts dumped in a free throw for the Trojans at the 17:57 mark to get on the board and get USC to a 29-25 lead. OSU would find a 3-point touch early in the second half, and got within one, down 33-32 on Sydney Wiese's third three of the game at 15:20. She'd dump in two more next, giving OSU its first lead of the game as the Beavers continued on an 11-0 run to a 40-33 lead entering the last 10 minutes of the game. Harberts broke up the surge with a couple free throws next, and it was a five-point game until OSU rattled in another rally. Two minutes later, USC was staring at an 11-point deficit, down 46-35 with 7 minutes left and the Trojans already tagged with seven fouls to four for OSU. That count kept tilting out of USC's favor, as the Beavers kept the upper hand. Harberts worked her way into double-figures during the half, cutting it to a seven-point margin with 1:20 to go, down 51-44. Meanwhile, Ariya Crook and Alexyz Vaioletama would both foul our down the stretch while the Beavers finished off the game at the line. USC had the last word with a three from Brianna Barrett, but the Trojans were well out of reach, finishing it off as a 58-48 Oregon State victory.
The Trojans now return to Galen Center to finish out their final regular-season home games of the season. USC will host Pac-12 leader Stanford in a 6 p.m. matchup on Friday (Feb. 21) before taking on California at 12 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 23). Sunday will also be Senior Day for the Women of Troy as they celebrate the careers of graduating seniors Desiree Bradley, Cassie Harberts, Kate Oliver and Rachel Totten.