USC Grabs Long-Awaited 69-58 Win Over Notre Dame

Nov. 24, 2006

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak with Notre Dame on Friday night, tacking up a 69-58 victory over the Fighting Irish behind Shay Murphy's third consecutive double-double. Murphy yanked down a career-high 17 rebounds in the match -- accounting for 31 percent of USC's season-high 54 boards in the game. The long-awaited victory pushed USC's overall record to 2-2, while Notre Dame moves to 3-2 on the season.

Hailey Dunham also put forth a career night with a personal best 12-point night. She was one of four Women of Troy to hit double figures in the game -- the first such effort this season for the Trojans. Shay Murphy pumped in 13 second-half points to finish with a team-high 15, and Chloe Kerr and Jamie Hagiya each added another 12 for USC.

It wasn't the cleanest of games for the Women of Troy, who gave up a season-high 27 turnovers in the match. But USC's dedication to hitting the boards helped counter those mishaps. An 8-0 USC run early in the game gave the Trojans some room to work with in the first half. Jamie Hagiya helped USC's cause in the half by matching her previous season total for 3-pointers made with a trio of long ones for the Trojans. She punched in a season-high nine points during that first half, helping to account for a relatively slow scoring start for fellow senior Shay Murphy. She was held silent almost the entire first half, but nailed a jumper with just seconds remaining to get USC to a 30-24 haltfime lead after the Trojans had given up a couple turnovers that allowed Notre Dame to close in. Although she didn't get on the board until late for the Trojans, Murphy did lead USC's rebounding attack in the half, pulling down seven boards to push the Trojans' rebounding tally to a 31-23 edge over Notre Dame in the half.

It had been some time since the Women of Troy last held a halftime lead, prompting USC to do all it could to keep some padding between itself and the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame worked closer to the Trojans, getting to 34-31 until Hailey Dunham drained a jumper to get USC ahead 36-31 at 16:40. Muprhy then hit a long-awaited 3-pointer at 15:40 for a 39-31 USC lead, and then Hagiya lured Notre Dame into a third charge call to put the ball back in Trojan hands. Two Dunham free throws and one from Hughes got USC to a 42-31 lead before Notre Dame hit a shot from the floor to bring it back to a nine-point game at 13:30. USC's 19th turnover of the game led to a bucket by Notre Dame's Melissa Lechlitner to pull the Figting Irish to 42-35 with just over 11 minutes to play. Chloe Kerr came away with a rebound and immediately sent a long ball to a streaking Murphy, who converted the fastbreak with a layup and a 44-35 USC lead. A similar play with Allison Jaskowiak trailing saw Murphy deal out an assist to Jaskowiak -- back in the lineup after being sidelined from knee surgery for the start of the season -- that ballooned the Trojans to their largest lead of the game at 48-35 at the 9:12 mark. A take from Muprhy secured the senior's 29th straight game in double figures. The Fighting Irish started getting some shots in from the low post, but USC answered those with a long two and a layup by Dunham to hold an 11-point lead.

Murphy secured her third straight double-double of the year soon after, and although Notre Dame made it a nine-point game with 5:30 to go a tecnhical foul by Notre Dame on a USC throw-in put Murphy on the line to get the Trojans' lead back up 60-49. Up by 10 in the final three minutes, USC stayed strong on the boards en route to its season-high rebounding effort. Murphy yanked down her 17th rebound to eclipse her career best with 45 seconds remaining, putting the cap on an important win for the Women of Troy.

Notre Dame was led in scoring on Friday night by Tulyah Gaines, who served up 13 points. Erica Williamson was next with 12, and she also added a team-high nine rebounds.

USC next plays host to Nebraska for a 2 p.m. matchup on Sunday (Nov. 26) at the Galen Center.

USC 69, Notre Dame 58
ND 24 - 34 -- 58
USC 30 - 39 -- 69

• USC held its opponent to season lows in 3-point field goal percentage (8.3%) and free-throw percentage (41.2%).
• No opposing player has grabbed double figure rebounds so far this season.
• USC opponents have turned the ball over during consecutive games 19, 19, 18 and 19 times.
• Jamie Hagiya recorded a season high 12 points.
• Hailey Dunham recorded a season and career high 12 points.
• Shay Murphy grabbed a season and career high 17 rebounds.
• Chloe Kerr's 3 assists are a season high but also tie her career high.
• USC set a new season high in rebounds with 54--outpacing the old mark by 12.
• USC set a new season high in turnovers, giving up the ball a total of 27 times.
• USC set a new season high with 7 blocks.
• Shay Murphy recorded her third straight double-double this season.
• USC last beat Notre Dame 69-53 on Jan. 2, 1985..

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