USC Opens Pac-10 Play With 72-62 Win Over Oregon State
Dec. 20, 2005
LOS ANGELES, CALIF -- The USC women's basketball team hit six 3-point field goals in a row to overpower visiting Oregon State and post an eventual 72-62 win in Tuesday's Pacific-10 opener at the Lyon Center. Brynn Cameron tied her career high of 20 points and tied her own school record for 3-pointers in a game with six for the Trojans (7-3, 1-0 Pac-10). Oregon State (6-2, 0-1) was led by Anita Rivera with 19 points.
The Women of Troy trailed the Beavers through the majority of the first half and was in a 34-29 hole with under a minute left in the half. But Eshaya Murphy nailed her second of four 3-pointers on the day to cut the lead to 34-32, and Camille LeNoir followed that up with a steal and layup to tie it with 13 seconds to go. Oregon State managed to avoid another USC takeaway and got one last shot from the post by Kristen Vickery to give the Beavers a 36-34 lead at the half.
USC came out in control of the second half, however, going on a 7-0 run to take a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the way. The Women of Troy worked a 38-36 lead out to a 56-41 advantage thanks to four 3-pointers from Cameron and one each from Murphy and Jamie Hagiya. USC had four players finish in double figures for the sixth time this season, and USC's 11 3-pointers in the game was one short of a program best.
Joining Cameron with career performances in the Pac-10 win were Jamie Funn and Chloe Kerr, who swatted away a combined nine OSU shots. Funn finished with five blocks in the game, and Kerr tallied four.
USC continues Pac-10 action on Thursday (Dec. 22) against Oregon at 1 p.m. at the Lyon Center.