Mark Trakh Earns 250th Career Win In USC's 65-47 Victory Over WSU

Jan. 26, 2007

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team got back in winning mode with a 65-47 win over visiting Washington State, earning head coach Mark Trakh his 250th career victory. Trakh now holds a 250-154 career record, having grabbed his 50th win at USC three games ago at Arizona. The Women of Troy had three players finish in double figures, led by guard Shay Murphy's game-high 18 points that pinned up the senior's 45th straight game in double digits. Jamie Hagiya was next in line with a career-high 16 points along with six steals, and Allison Jaskowiak had a season-high 10 points. Washington State was led by Katie Appleton with 13 points, and Dani Montgomery with 12. USC improves to 12-8 overall and 6-4 in Pac-10 play, while WSU moves to 5-15, 1-9.

The win marked USC's largest winning margin in Pac-10 play. The Cougar's 47 points also stands as the fewest points allowed by the Trojans in Pac-10 competition this season. After trailing during the start of the first half, a basket and a 3-pointer from Murphy helped push the Trojans ahead to stay with seven minutes to go in the first half. WSU got to within five during the second half, but again USC pulled away thanks in part to four second-half 3-pointers from Hagiya and apair from Jaskowiak. USC finished the game shooting 39 percent from the floor, while WSU shot 32 percent in the game.

Aside from a couple shortlived leads, the Women of Troy were forced to play catch-up with the Cougars in the first 10 minutes of play. A 3-pointer from Shay Murphy gave USC a 12-10 lead at 13:40, but WSU followed that with a basket and a three to go up 15-12. The Trojans turned up their press at the 11-minute mark of the half, however, and forced a Cougar turnover. A putback from Jamie Funn cut the lead to one before the teams traded baskets. Another 3-pointer from Murphy lifted USC to its largest lead of the game at 21-17 with 6:50 on the clock. WSU slipped in a layup soon after, only to have Jamie Hagiya nail a three to put USC ahead 24-19 at 6:10. That lead held up, as Murphy delivered her 45th straight double-digit game with a layup that Nadia Parker followed up with a score in the paint that made it 29-22. WSU put in a layup soon after with 1:30 to go in the half. WIth 32 seconds remaining, Morghan Medlock knocked down a pair of free throws that pumped USC to a 31-24 halftime advantage.

Allison Jaskowiak opened USC's second-half attack with back-to-back 3-pointers for a 37-24 Trojan lead at 17:45. WSU's first point of the half came from the free-throw line by Ebonee Coates at 16:13. She hit the first of two to make it 37-25 USC. Jaskowiak slipped in a layup after another free throw from Coates, marking a season-high 10 points for the senior. Katie Appleton converted a three-point play for the Cougars on their next possession, but Murphy matched it with a 3-pointer on her next trip downcourt to get USC ahead 42-29 at 14:10. A pair of 3-pointers from Adriane Ferguson and a pair of WSU scores cut USC's lead to 44-36 at 11:54, however, forcing the Trojans to adjust and work on getting back in control. That 10-2 Cougar run was halted with a jumper from Murphy at 10:20, and Chloe Kerr got USC back on track with a layup off a Hagiya assist at the 10-minute mark.

Murphy dished a pass to Hagiya, who knocked down her second 3-pointer at 9:05 to get USC up 51-41, only to have WSU score in the paint to take away USC's 10-point advantage. Hagiya drained another one at the 8-minute mark, however, jumped the Trojans to a 54-43 lead. That edge climbed to 56-43 when Hughes hit Nadia Parker for a layup of a USC fast break at 6:10. Leading 56-44 with five minutes to go, the Trojans and the Cougars traded baskets. Hagiya broke the cycle with her fourth 3-pointer of the game, making it 64-47 USC entering the final minute of action.

USC next faces Washington for the teams' second match of the season. The Trojans host the Huskies at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 28) at the Galen Center. Washington won the first Pac-10 face-off 76-60 in Seattle.

USC 65, Washington State 47
WSU 24 - 23 -- 47
USC 31 - 34 -- 65

GAME NOTES:
• Shay Murphy scored in double figures for the 45th straight game.
• Jamie Hagiya scored in double figures for the seventh straight game and hit a season-high four 3-pointers.
• Hagiya also tied her career high of 16 points and she had a season-high six steals.
• Allison Jaskowiak tied her season high of 10 points and had a season-high two 3-pointers.
• Jamie Funn had a season-high three blocks.
• Nadia Parker tied her season high of seven rebounds and had a career-high 3 assists.
• Head coach Mark Trakh earned his 250th career win -- holds a career coaching record of 250-154.
• This is the 14th straight USC win over WSU.
• USC hit a season-high nine 3-pointers.

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