Women of Troy Win Big In Marghera Matchup|
Aug. 14, 2016
The USC women’s basketball team got their wheels turning early in today’s Italian matchup against a team from Marghera Basket Giants. The Trojans pieced together several potent scoring surges to craft a growing advantage over their hosts, eventually compiling a 94-34 victory in the exhibition clash in Marghera, Italy.
USC’s offensive onslaught was too much for Marghera. What was a two-point game after three minutes of play quickly fell under complete Trojan control. By the final buzzer, 12 different Women of Troy had scored, led by Aliyah Mazyck’s 20 points. Freshman Ja’Tavia Tapley added 16 points while redshirt senior Jordan Adams registered a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Trojan cause.
After a morning bike ride along the Sile River in Treviso, the Women of Troy got back into gear in their evening visit to Marghera. USC charged into control of this one with buckets from vets Kristen Simon, Courtney Jaco and Jordan Adams out of the gates. Later, a 9-0 Trojan scoring rally carried the visitors to a 15-4 advantage six minutes into action. Newcomers Minyon Moore, Asiah Jones and Ivana Jakubcova all contributed to the surge as seven different USC scorers emerged in the first quarter of play. USC had crafted a 23-13 lead by the close of the first, and pressed farther on in the second frame. There, Jordan Adams would work her way to 10 first-half rebounds to go with her 10 first-half points. She scored six of USC’s last eight points of the half to help USC balloon its lead to 43-22 at the break. The Trojans had pieced together a 10-0 scoring run in that quarter, sparked by a bucket from freshman Ja’Tavia Tapley off a feed from Sadie Edwards. Tapley would punch up six points in that rally, while Aliyah Mazyck nailed a three to help set USC on its course. Closing out the half, Jakubcova issued a booming block to wrap up the first half of action.
The second half saw several USC youngsters take the stage. Freshman Tapley added nine points to the Trojan tally, including back-to-back buckets in USC’s final 10-run to top off the game. Sophomore Marguerite Effa churned out all seven of her points during the final quarter, while fellow sophomore Aliyah Mazyck drilled three straight 3-pointers in the third frame to balloon her final tally to a team-high 20 points. The Marghera team was unable to keep pace with the Trojans, who outscored their hosts 27-7 in the third quarter and 24-5 in the fourth to finish out the 94-34 final decision.
The Women of Troy are now off to Florence, taking a detour to Pisa along the way tomorrow (Aug. 15).