Washington Wins Out In Seattle With 60-48 Victory Over USC Women|
Feb. 26, 2015
SEATTLE, WASH. -- The USC women's basketball team wound up outgunned by host Washington as the Huskies made a second-half push to a 60-48 win over the visiting Trojans tonight in Seattle. USC had held a slim halftime advantage, but the Huskies heated up in the next 20 minutes to pass up the Trojans. The loss puts USC at 15-13 overall and now 7-10 in Pac-12 play, while Washington goes to 21-8, 10-7.
The Trojans overcame a six-point deficit in the first half with a slow but steady effort in the final seven minutes of the first half. While Washington's hot shooting slumped to a simmer, USC overcame the deficit and moved into a 25-24 lead by halftime thanks to a 6-0 push to close the half. USC was shooting 32 percent through those first 20 minutes while the Huskies hit at 37 percent, but the Trojans were holding the slim advantage at the half. While the Trojans stayed the course in the second half with another 32-percent effort from the floor, Washington would up its game. The Huskies wrapped action with a 42-percent shooting effort in the game and picked up the pace on the boards, outrebounding the Trojans 26-14 in the second to keep USC at bay for a winning finish.
The Women of Troy -- undermanned with top scorer Alexyz Vaioletama out with injury -- had two players finish in double figures. Senior Kaneisha Horn topped out with 13 points, and Jordan Adams added 12. Both finished just a board away from a double-double with nine rebounds apiece. Washington, meanwhile, got a game-high 27 points from Kelsey Plum along with 11 points apiece from Talia Walton and Jazmine Davis. Aminah Williams led all on the boards with 11 rebounds for the Huskies.
Sparked by 3-point blasts from Courtney Jaco and Brianna Barrett, USC manufactured a 6-0 rally to pull into a 12-8 lead with 12:50 on the clock. The Huskies crept back in, and the lead would trade hands back and forth for a two-minute stretch. USC would come up empty from the floor for a four-minute stretch while the Huskies moved ahead 20-14 with 7:20 to go. Kaneisha Horn broke the silence with a bucket down low and then a fast break finish from Brianna Barrett tugged the Trojans to within two, trailing 20-18 with 6:00 left in the half. Soon, it was Washington's turn to fall into a slump, going cold for four minutes as well while the Trojans rallied back. Horn and Amy Okonwko contributed key baskets, and Okonkwo hit both ends of her trip to the line to tug USC to a 25-24 lead with 45 seconds left. That advantage would hold up for the buzzer, netting USC the slim advantage going into the second half of action.
The second half opened as a back-and-forth battle, as the lead changed hands five times until Washington got in a little groove. A 7-2 scoring run pulled the Huskies out to a 37-32 lead, and then Kelsey Plum kept firing to build a 41-34 Washington advantage with 12:15 to go. The foul count would tip mightily against the Trojans, and the Huskies would take advantage, crafting an 8-0 run after Horn had cropped the margin down to three. That rally had Washington ahead 49-38 with 9:20 on the clock. USC got as close as seven when McKenzie Calvert landed a 3-pointer at 5:45, but the Huskies delivered the next six points to put USC in a 13-point hold with 4 minutes remaining. By the final buzzer, Washington had a 60-48 win in the books.
WASHINGTON 60, USC 48
USC........................... 25 23 - 48
3-point goals--USC 3-12 (Calvert, McKenzie 1-4; Jaco, Courtney 1-3; Barrett, Brianna 1-1; Lloyd, Alexis 0-1; Okonkwo, Amy 0-1; Adams, Jordan 0-1; Horn, Kaneisha 0-1), Washington 3-12 (Davis, Jazmine 2-3; Osahor, Chantel 1-2; Ruiz, Brianna 0-1; Williams, Aminah 0-1; Lark, Khalia 0-1; Walton, Talia 0-1; Plum, Kelsey 0-3).