USC Gets It Done In Overtime, Edges Oregon 79-71

Jan. 5, 2007

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- In its first overtime game of the season, the USC women's basketball team came through, as the Trojans refusied to let Oregon's sharp-shooting from 3-point range shake them as they forced overtime twice and pulled out a 79-71 victory over the Ducks on Friday night at the Galen Center. Shay Murphy rebounded from a six-point first half to lead all scorers with 26 points on the night -- including three crucial 3-pointers during overtime. It is the senior's 40th consecutive game scoring in double figures. USC improves to 8-7 overall and 2-3 in Pac-10 play with the win, while Oregon moves to 9-4, 1-2.

The Trojans adjusted to Oregon's 3-point threat that had been so sharp in the first half and tightened their defense enough to steal back a slim lead late in the second half. The Ducks' 10th 3-pointer of the game grabbed back the advantage for Oregon, however, and took a late lead with their 11th. After USC forced a five-second violation on an Oregon inbounds with 20 seconds to go in regulation, Shay Murphy secured her 40th consecutive game in double figures with a layup with 12 seconds to help force overtime. She nailed two 3-pointers in the last 1:30 of the first overtime to pull USC even and force a second overtime period, then added another along with four free throws as USC pulled ahead to secure the win.

USC's defense opened the game strong, picking up a steal out of the press and then forcing a five-second violation by the Ducks. With Chloe Kerr holding court on the defensive boards, the Trojans were also able to convert offensively early, jumping out to an 8-0 lead at 17:10 with back-to-back scores from Shay Murphy. Jamie Hagiya bumped that lead up to 11-0 with a 3-pointer, although the Ducks answered with one of their own to get on the board 11-3 at 16:42. That 3-point theme would continue for Oregon, as the Ducks drained seven threes in the half to work their way ahead of the Trojans with 7:15 left in the first half. USC's 52-percent shooting effort in the first half was damaged by that 54-percent 3-point effort by the Ducks in the half.

Oregon's eighth 3-pointer of the game came a minute and a half into the second half, lifting the Ducks up 40-33 befor Kerr converted a three-point play with a layup and a free throw to make it 40-36. That made Kerr the first player in the game to hit double figures, giving her 11 points. Simone Jelks then sank a 3-pointer for the Women of Troy -- their second in the game -- to creep within one at 40-39 with 14:58 on the clock. Oregon responded, however, getting its ninth long one from Haring to push the Ducks back up 43-39 and match Kerr with 11 points in the game at 13:49. Both teams cooled off on the scoring front from there, but USC heated up first, gettting a score from Morghan Medlock and then a 3-pointer from Murphy to bump USC back ahead 44-43 at 7:35. Fouled on a layup attempt, Jamie Funn -- in her first game back in action this season -- drained two free throws to push USC up 46-43 with 6:15 remaining. Tamika Nurse ended Oregon's scoring drought with a bucket at 5:53 and then Oaks hit yet another Oregon three to steal back the lead 48-46 entering the five-minute mark of the game.

Trailing by two, USC forced Oregon into a shot clock violation to take the ball back at 3:16. Neither of the next three USC possessions resulted in points, however, and Haring hit the back end of two free throws to get Oregon up 49-47. Hagiya came up big for USC next, draining a long 3-pointer at 1:42 to get USC ahead 50-49, but Ganes landed another Oregon three at 1:30 for a 52-50 edge for the Ducks. As the shot clock buzzer expired against Oregon's next possession, USC had the ball in its hands, prompting Hagiya to take the ball downcourt for a layup try. On the layup attempt, she fell out of bounds with the ball with no foul call made, giving Oregon the ball with 20 seconds remaining. The Trojan defense then forced a five-second violation on Oregon's inbounds, taking back possession with 20 seconds still on the clock. Murphy scored a layup with 12 seconds to go, tying it up 52-52. Chloe Kerr blocked a shot attempt in the paint by Tamika Nurse as time expired, taking the game into overtime.

Haring converted a 3-point play to open overtime for a 55-52 Duck edge, and then Chapdelaine nailed her third 3-pointer of the match to pump the Ducks ahead 58-52 at 2:57. Murphy finished off a layup soon after, making it 58-54 at 2:40 until Haring hit a turnaround jumper for a six-point lead at the 2-minute mark. After Funn nabbed a steal, Murphy locked away a 3-pointer for the Trojans at 1:26 to pull USC within three. Another shot clock violation by Oregon put the ball back in Trojan hands with 56 seconds remaining. Murphy launched another 3-pointer next, nailing it at 51 seconds. Oregon had the ball out of bounds with 19 seconds left, and Chapdelaine missed a layup as the shot clock sounded once again. USC called timeout with 10 seconds to go, but a missed Murphy jumper and missed putback attempt by Jelks sent the game into its second overtime.

Murphy dropped another 3-pointer to start the second overtime for a 63-60 USC lead -- the Trojans' first lead since late in regulation. Hagiya was next to drill a three for USC, sinking hers a 4:05 to get USC ahead 66-61 until Oaks mirrored that play with a 3-pointer of her own at 3:30 to trim USC's lead to 66-64. Two Nurse free throws locked the game back up 66-66, only to have Allison Jaskowiak put away two as well for a 68-66 USC advantage at 2:50. The 3-point shootout was far from over, however. Oaks hit another one to get Oregon up 69-68, and then Kerr hit a jumper to take back the lead 70-69. Murphy sent in a pass to Medlock for a layup and a 72-69 USC lead at 1:20. Haring missed a layup and Jaskowiak ripped down the defensive rebound entering the final minute, and then Murphy was sent to the line for a pair of free throws. She hit both, helping the Trojans to a 74-69 lead with 55 seconds to go. After a pair of 3-point misses by the Ducks, Hagiya came a way with the defensive board, getting fouled to earn a trip to the line. She also put away both shots, although Oregon slipped in a layup next for a 76-71 score with 29 seconds remaining. Murphy worked her scoring total up to 26 points with two more free throws, and Jaskowiak hit another one before USC secured yet another possession with an Oregon turnover with 19 seconds left. Murphy dribbled out the rest of the game

USC nexts hosts Oregon State on Sunday (Jan. 7) at 2 p.m. at the Galen Center to continue Pac-10 play.

USC 79, Oregon 71 (2OT)
ORE 35 - 17 -- 8 - 11 -- 71
USC 29 - 23 -- 8 - 19 -- 79

• This was USC's first overtime game of the season; last game was Feb. 9, 2006, a 87-79 double-overtime loss to Washington.
• Oregon's 11 3-pointers during regulation is the most scored against USC this season (Oregon finished with a season-high 14 3-pointers).
• USC's eight 3-pointers is a season high.
• Shay Murphy scored in double figures for the 40th straight game.
• This was USC's first win after trailing at halftime and with five minutes remaining in regulation.
• Simone Jelks tied her career high of seven points.

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