USC Downed by Hot-Shooting San Diego State, 80-46
Nov. 30, 2012
SAN DIEGO - Despite a close start, San Diego State proved to be too much for USC, riding a hot-shooting hand to a 80-46 victory on Friday evening at Viejas Arena.
The Women of Troy (3-3) were led by Cassie Harberts, who finished with 15 points and five rebounds, could not keep up with the hot-shooting Aztecs (4-2), who shot 50 percent in the second half and 46.4 percent for the game, They were led by a season high performance from Courtney Clements, who finished with 25 points.
Things were tight through the first four minutes of the game, with both sides trading baskets and keeping the score within one. The Aztecs extended their lead to 11-7 with 15:53 to go in the half, but a long two-pointer by Kiki Alofaituli right before the first media timeout at 15:27 pulled the Trojans within two, 11-9. A three-pointer by Ariya Crook brought USC within three, 15-12 with 13:55 to play.
The Aztecs opened up a 23-16 lead through the 8:28 mark, but the Women of Troy stayed in the game with plenty of opportunities, due in part to six hard-fought offensive rebounds.
Both teams went cold on the scoring end for close to three minutes, with Brianna Barrett's layup at 6:15 marking the first basket for either team since 9:04 in the half, pulling the Women of Troy within five, 23-18. On the next offensive possession for USC, Christina Marinacci connected on her first basket of the game, a layup to pull the team within three, 23-20. The Aztecs answered with back-to-back baskets of their own, extending their lead to seven, 27-20 with 4:15 left in the half.
Coming out of the final media timeout of the first half, the Aztecs when on an 8-1 run, including knocking down two three-pointers to extend their lead to 35-22. Harberts knocked down a jumper to put the score at 35-24, but a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down by Courtney Clements of San Diego State pushed their lead to the biggest at halftime, 38-24.
Harberts led the Trojans at the half with nine points, while Jordan Adams led Troy with three rebounds. USC shot 30.3 percent from the field, compared with San Diego State's 43.2 percent.
The Aztecs started things off with a 5-0 run, extending their lead to 47-26. Harberts and Crook hit back-to-back jumpers to put the score at 43-28, Aztecs. They continued their hot shooting, going on an 11-3 run to extend their lead to 23, 54-31 with 14:23 to play.
The second half continued to be all San Diego State, as their hot second half shooting of 50 percent (16-32) from the field and 60 percent (3-of-5) from behind the three-point arc led to their biggest lead of the day, 34 points, 78-44 with 49 seconds left in the half.
Along with Harberts' 15 points, Crook also hit double-digits, knocking down 11 points.
The Women of Troy will look to get back to winning was as they remain on the road, traveling to Fresno State for a tilt on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. PT.