USC Surges For Senior Day Win Over ASU
Feb. 25, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team saw an 11-point lead slip away but regrouped and rallied for a key 59-53 win over visiting Arizona State on Senior Day at the Galen Center today. Christina Marinacci recorded her fourth career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead USC, while senior Ashley Corral's late surge of scoring helped lift the Trojans to victory. USC improves to 16-11 overall and 10-6 in Pac-12 play with its fourth straight win, holding on to third place in the conference standings. Arizona State, meanwhile, goes to 18-10, 9-8.
USC was troubled by poor shooting in the first half, going from a 4-of-6 effort out of the gates to slip to shoot just 20 percent from the floor the rest of the half. ASU, meanwhile, heated up and fought out of an 11-0 deficit to take the halftime lead, shooting 39 percent to USC's 29 percent in the first 20 minutes of play. In the second half, however, USC warmed up enough to steal back the lead and create some late space to lock in on the comeback win. Ashley Corral - who had one point at halftime - delivered a game-tying assist with 5:15 to go and would score nine clutch points for the Trojans in the final five to help USC fight back for the win. She finished with 10 on the day, with teammate Christina Marinacci securing her double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead USC. Arizona received 22 points from Deja Mann to lead all scorers. After that first-half slump, USC shot 44 percent in the second to close out at 36 percent from the floor. ASU finished up at 34 percent. USC also won out on the boards behind Marinacci's gutsy efforts for a 41-33 rebounding advantage.
The Women of Troy opened up an 11-0 lead on the Sun Devils as the USC defense interrupted ASU's flow early and forced six turnovers in the first eight minutes of action. The USC offense sputtered in the next stretch, however, as ASU made a 15-5 run on the Trojans in a span of 12 minutes to cut it a one-point game with four minutes to go. A 3-pointer from Micaela Pickens at 1:50 pulled ASU into its first lead, and the Sun Devils kept firing in the final stretch to take a 24-20 lead into the locker room at the half.
USC missed its first five shots of the second half before Briana Gilbreath broke the silence with a 3-pointer and then a layup to cut it to a 28-25 ASU lead with 16:00 on the clock. USC would finally mount a scoring run with a 7-0 surge to take a 39-38 lead with 8:30 remaining. ASU would take back a lead and the score would lock up three more times before Alexyz Vaioletama converted a three-point play for the Trojans with 2:40 to go to make it a 48-45 USC advantage. Ashley Corral followed up with two free throws and answered an ASU 3-pointer with one of her own to get USC a five-point lead, up 53-48 with 50 ticks remaining. That padding was enough to keep the Sun Devils at bay, and the Trojans held strong to round out a 59-53 victory on Senior Day at the Galen Center.
The Trojans now head to Washington next week to wrap up the regular season. USC looks for revenge against the Huskies first with a 7 p.m. game on Thursday (March 1) in Seattle before heading to Pullman to face WSU at 1 p.m. on Saturday (March 3).