Women of Troy Stifle Bruins In 49-36 Win
Feb. 17, 2008
WESTWOOD, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team kept its crosstown rivals quiet on Sunday afternoon, holding UCLA to just over half its season average and its lowest scoring total in program history with a 49-36 win over the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion. En route to their seventh straight win over UCLA, the Women of Troy were led by a double-double from Nadia Parker, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and 10 points from Camille LeNoir. Meanwhile, the Bruins were left with no players in double figures. UCLA's top scorer was Tierra Henderson with seven points on the day. The USC victory bumps the Trojans ahead of the Bruins in the Pac-10 race, as USC now stands with a 16-9 overall record and a 9-5 Pac-10 mark. UCLA moves to 13-12, 8-6 with the loss.
The Trojans put forth its most powerful first-half defensive effort of the season in holding the Bruins to just 12 points on 13 percent shooting while the Women of Troy worked out to a 22-12 halftime lead thanks to a buzzer-beating 3-ponter from Hailey Dunham. The Bruins had entered the game averaging almost 70 points per game, but by the final buzzer UCLA was just over half that total after being held to a 23 percent shooting effort on the day by the Trojans. USC, meanwhile, shot 36 percent in the game. The Bruins won out on the boards 46-42, while USC held the advantage in turnovers (16-20), steals (11-8) and assists (10-7). LeNoir dished out seven of those USC assists, and committed no turnovers while grabbing four steals for the Trojans in the game.
USC shut out the Bruins for the first five minutes of play while Nadia Parker dumped in a pair of scores in a tough defensive start to the crosstown rivalry match. UCLA's first bucket came on a 3-pointer from Erica Tukiainen. By the 10-minute mark, USC and UCLA were locked up 8-8. Camille LeNoir fed Parker for her 10th points of the half as USC got ahead 12-8 with 7:45 remaining in the half. As the Bruins' shooting percentage slipped to 12 percent, Heather Oliver delivered a jumper for the Trojans to get a 14-8 lead with 5:40 on the clock. UCLA's Lindsey Pluimer ended USC's 8-0 run soon after, but Brynn Cameron nailed the Trojans' first 3-pointer of the day next to make it a 17-10 USC lead entering the last three minutes of the half. LeNoir pumped in a jumper with 26 seconds to go, and after a Bruin travel, Hailey Dunham nailed a three just before the buzzer to give USC a 22-12 lead going into the locker room.
UCLA cut USC's halftime lead in half thanks to some long-awaited scores in the paint, but the Trojans pulled back ahead 32-23 with a low score from Parker and then a steal and pullup jumper off the break by Dunham with 11:30 on the clock. USC's advantage grew on a pair of free throws converted by Oliver, a three from Simone Jelks and a putback from Kari LaPlante to push USC ahead 41-25 with 8:47 remaining. UCLA's next points came on free throws as the score moved to 41-29 USC with 6 minutes left. LeNoir drained another long two to make it 43-29, but UCLA's Tierra Henderson hit a three and a jumper next to pull the score to 43-24 with 4:20 to go. LeNoir served up her sixth assist of the day, finding Parker low before joining her in double figures with her 10th points of the game on a jumper for a 47-34 USC lead with just over three minutes to go. With the Bruins officially out of reach, the Trojans closed out on their seventh straight win over UCLA to grab a 49-36 decision on the Bruins' home court.
USC's Pac-10 run continues with a weekend in Oregon, as the Trojans first visit Eugene to face the Ducks at 7 pm. on Thursday (Feb. 21). USC will then head to Corvallis to face Oregon State in a 7 p.m. game on Saturday (Feb. 23).
USC 49, UCLA 36