Women's Basketball
    USC Women Drop Davidson With Big Numbers In 99-64 Victory

    Courtney Jaco drained a career-high five 3-pointers for the Trojans at Davidson.
    Nov. 17, 2014

    Box Score DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The USC women's basketball team had all hands on deck for tonight's powerful 99-64 road win at Davidson. All 12 Trojans scored points in the win, with career highs coming for Jordan Adams and Courtney Jaco. Jaco landed a career-best five 3-pointers in the victory to finish with a team-high 15 points. She was one of five Trojans to hit double digits in the game, followed by Adams' with 12. The victory wraps a solid road split for USC out of the gates for 2014-15. After a tight loss to No. 2 South Carolina, tonight's strong performance at Davidson gets USC to 1-1 to start the season.

    Energized by eight steals in the first eight minutes, USC put Davidson in an early hole. The Trojans would finish the first half with 14 steals and was shooting 47 percent from the floor. When allowed to get a look at the hoop, though, Davidson made the most of it, shooting 62 percent from the floor in the first half and holding a 19-17 rebounding edge. Up by as much as 21 in the first half, USC was gripping a 47-34 lead at halftime. In the second half, USC came out firing and left Davidson decidedly in the dust. The Trojans would shoot 57 percent in the second half to outpace the Wildcats' 35-percent effort, while every player on the roster provided points for USC in the second half of play. The Trojans would finish up going 52 percent from the floor and outrebounding Davidson 39-32. Davidson shot 46 percent in the game.

    In addition to Jaco and Adams' team-leading 15 and 12 points, respectively, the rest of USC's starting crew also got to double digits. Alexyz Vaioletama and Brianna Barrett delivered 11 apiece, and Kaneisha Horn hit 10. Barrett also nabbed seven steals -- one off her career best -- and Adams hit a career mark with seven assists. Davidson received a game-high 16 points from Mackenzie Latt and 155 from Hannah Early.

     

     

    USC was the aggressor out of the gates, interrupting the Davidson offense over and over while building a hefty lead on its hosts. Alexyz Vaioletama sparked a scoring rally for the Trojans, who crafted a 19-2 surge fueled by eight steals nabbed in the first eight minutes of play. A pair of Kiki Alofaituli free throws and a bucket from Kaneisha Horn built a 33-12 Trojan lead with 8:20 on the clock. But that's when Davidson's Hannah Early heated up. She'd score eight straight points for the Wildcats to trim back the lead to 33-20. In the final minute of the first half, Davidson had tugged even closer with a 7-0 run that had the margin down to single digits at 42-34. With 30 seconds left, however, Kristen Simon plugged in a three-point play and Brianna Barrett finished off USC's 14th steal of the half to take the Trojans to a 47-34 lead at halftime.

    The Women of Troy would buckle down and take care of things in the second half. Back-to-back buckets were few and far between for Davidson in the last 20 minutes of action. Meanwhile, the Trojans kept coming. USC manufactured an 11-0 run that included eight points from Jordan Adams as she set a new career high for herself. The rally essentially blew the doors off for the Trojans, who would cruise the rest of the way. All 12 Women of Troy would score in the game, including the first career points for new Trojans Chyanne Butler, McKenzie Calvert, Amy Okonkwo and Alexis Lloyd. Butler's bucket wrapped the scoring in the game, netting the 99-64 advantage for USC just seconds before the buzzer.

    USC now heads back to familiar territory with a cross-country journey back to California. The Trojans will play at Long Beach State at 4:30 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 21) before setting up for USC's home opener. The Trojans host Fresno State at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 23) at Galen Center.