Balanced Attack Nets Another Win For USC Women, Topping Fresno State 68-50|
Nov. 23, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team rang up a solid win in the Trojans' home opener. With another set of dangerously balanced scoring, the Women of Troy stayed even-keeled and cruised out of reach of visiting Fresno State for a 68-50 win today at Galen Center. USC improves to 3-1 overall with its third straight victory. Fresno State goes to 2-1 with the loss.
USC and Fresno State were near even in their scoring output in the first half. The Trojans were hitting at a 45-percent clip to the Bulldogs' 44 percent. Both teams also had six scorers in the books, but it was USC's 12 points off turnovers that proved the difference as USC took a 29-23 lead by halftime. By the second half, however, USC was in a groove. The Trojans upped their shooting percentage and outpaced the Bulldogs, finishing up shooting 51 percent from the floor -- over 50 percent for the third straight game. Fresno State wrapped the game at 36 percent after a cool second half effort, and was almost doubled up on the board by the Trojans down the stretch. USC grabbed 40 boards to Fresno State's 21, and had four players finish in double digits.
Courtney Jaco landed three 3-pointers on her way to a team-high 12 points alongside senior Alexyz Vaioletama. Jordan Adams and Brianna Barrett each added 10, while Kaneisha Horn was just a breath away from a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Fresno State was led by Alex Sheedy's 16 points and seven rebounds.
An early 7-0 scoring surge from the Trojans created some room for USC. Fresno State would claw back to within two, down 23-21 entering the final five minutes of the half, but USC responded. Courtney Jaco planted one free throw and then nailed her first 3-pointer of the day to make some extra space. Brianna Barrett would convert next to make it a 6-0 surge, up 29-21 until Fresno State's Alex Sheedy scored with 5 ticks to go to make it a 29-23 USC advantage at the break.
USC came out of the locker room and constructed a 7-1 scoring run that ballooned the Trojans' advantage out to 36-24 in the first two minutes of the half. Fresno State again would threaten, trimming it to a four-point margin on a 3-pointer from Raven Fox at 12:45. The Women of Troy would rally right back again, though. USC fired off a 17-3 scoring surge, shoving its way to a 55-37 lead with help from a three from McKenzie Calvert and buckets from Alexyz Vaioletama and Jordan Adams. Adams' bucket at 7:41 got her into double figures, and Vaioletama joined her a minute later in taking USC ahead 57-39. USC would stay in cruise control the rest of the way and even created some extra distance on the Bulldogs. A pair of free throws by freshman Kristen Simon pumped USC up to its largest lead of the game, up 60-41 entering the final five minutes of the game, and USC largely stayed the course in finishing up with a 68-50 victory.
The Women of Troy now turn to action in Dallas for Thanksgiving break. USC will join Sam Houston State and Florida A&M at SMU's tournament, opening up against Sam Houston State at 5 p.m. CT on Friday (Nov. 28). USC will face one of the other two teams the next day (Nov. 29) at either 5 or 7 p.m. CT at SMU.