USC Women Streak To Sixth Straight, Beat WSU 65-54
March 3, 2012
PULLMAN, WASH. - The USC women's basketball team now holds its longest win streak of the season as the Trojans close out the regular season with their sixth straight victory on a 65-54 win over Washington State today in Pullman, Wash. Ashley Corral scored 16 points in the second half to finish with a double-double in her home state, leading the Women of Troy with 25 points and 10 rebounds to wrap up a winning trip through Washington. USC is now 18-11 overall with a 12-6 finish in Pac-12 play to take the No. 3 seed into next week's Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles. WSU is now 11-19 overall and 5-13 in conference action.
Ashley Corral's double-double on the day went along with 18 points from Christina Marinacci for her third consecutive double-digit game, and Cassie Harberts added 11 to the Trojan cause as USC shot 35 percent from the floor in the win. Washington State went 34 percent, and had closed the gap to six points with 3:30 to go before USC settled in to win it down the stretch. The Trojans finished out ahead 43-42 on the boards, and caused 18 WSU turnovers while committing 14 of their own. The Cougars were led by 17 points from Brandi Thomas and 11 from Rosie Tarnowski.
USC built up an eight-point lead during the first half before having to ward off a push by the Cougars as the teams closed in on halftime. USC's 20-12 lead with 7:50 to go in the first was clipped to 29-27 with 1:43 remaining, and the Trojans took a 32-29 advantage into the locker room. Hot out of the gates, USC wound up shooting 42 percent in the first half to WSU's 36 percent, with Christina Marinacci leading all scorers with 10 points for the junior's third straight game in double figures.
It was a two-point game again three minutes into the second half, but USC worked out to a 51-38 lead with 11:00 on the clock thanks to a string of takes from Ashley Corral around a three from Marinacci, and a score from Briana Gilbreath. Marinacci made it a 13-0 run for the Trojans before Rosetta Adzasu hit the back end of her trip to the line to stop a seven-minute scoring slump by the Cougars and make it 53-39 Trojans with 8:50 left. WSU upped its pressure after falling in that 15-point hole and got it to a six-point game with 3:30 to go, but the Women of Troy would keep control and closed it out with a push from the free-throw line. For good measure, Corral hauled in a defensive rebound with just seconds left, notching her third career double-double as she finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
USC now looks toward the Pac-12 Tournament as the No. 3 seed, opening up the tourney at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday (March 8) at the Galen Center. USC will face either the No. 6 or No. 11 seed in the draw.