Trojans Take Care of the Bears 80-67|
Feb. 20, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team rode a career day from Ashley Corral toward a much-needed win over visiting California, as Corral nailed seven 3-pointers en route to an 80-67 Trojan win over the Bears on Sunday afternoon at Galen Center. USC barreled out ahead of Cal in the first half and stayed sharp from the floor in order to pin up the win. The Trojans improved to 16-9 overall and to 8-6 in Pac-10 play as they avenged a road loss to the Bears from last month. Cal goes to 14-12, 6-9.
Ashley Corral nailed six 3-pointers in the first half of play for an 18-point halftime tally as the Trojans had their most productive first half of the season in opening up a 50-33 lead on the Bears. USC was shooting 65 percent at the break to outpace Cal's 34 percent from the floor. The Trojans would finish the game at 54 percent with a 47-percent outing from 3-point range thanks to Corral's career-high 7-of-8 effort. Cal hit 33 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Trojans 40-36 in the game. Four Bears hit double figures, led by 19 from Lindsay Sherbert, who hit four 3-pointers. USC was led by Corral's 26 points - one off her career high - with Jacki Gemelos adding 16 and Kari LaPlante getting 15 for the Women of Troy.
Ashley Corral started the game by going 5-for-5 on 3-pointers as the junior worked her way up to No. 21 all-time in career scoring while helping charge up the Trojans to a 32-13 lead thanks to back-to-back strikes in the eighth minute of play and one more from the baseline with 9:00 on the clock. Her first miss was a long try, but Kari LaPlante sucked in the rebound and went back up, scoring and earning a 3-point play for the Trojans to make it a 35-15 USC advantage at 7:17. USC would take a 50-33 lead into the locker room, matching its greatest single-half scoring total of the season.
Kari LaPlante joined Corral and Jacki Gemelos in double digits with a score at the 13-minute mark to make it 61-43 - marking the senior's first double-figure scoring game of the season. Cal made a 7-0 run to close to within 10 on a three from Lindsay Sherbert - her third of the day - to make it 68-58 with 4:30 remaining. But Briana Gilbreath ended the run from the free-throw line, and Corral landed her seventh three of the game to match her career best and take USC ahead 73-58 with 3:40 to go. The Trojans would keep the Bears at bay the rest of the way, rounding out an eventual 80-67 win.
USC now hits the road next week for more big games. The Trojans face Arizona at 6:30 p.m. MT on Thursday (Feb. 24) before taking on Arizona State at 4 p.m. MT on Saturday (Feb. 26) as USC aims to lock down sole possession of third place in the Pac-10.