Career Nights Lift USC To 65-64 Win Over Virginia Tech
Nov. 23, 2007
FREEPORT, BAHAMAS - The USC women's basketball team staged a heart-pounding comeback victory over Virginia Tech, getting a career-high outing from junior Nadia Parker and the final go-ahead bucket from Camille LeNoir as the Women of Troy beat Virginia Tech 65-64 at the Junkanoo Jam on Grand Bahama Island on Friday afternoon. Parker delivered 21 points and 11 rebounds for the first double-double of her career, and set another career mark with a 9-of-11 effort from the floor. Brynn Cameron also had a career high day with five steals, and Simone Jelks added a career-high 12 points for the Women of Troy, who improved to 2-1 overall as they handed the Hokies (3-1) their first loss of the season. USC will now turn to face undefeated No. 8 Georgia (5-0) in the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday (Nov. 24).
The Trojans started off slow as Virginia Tech went on a 10-2 run after USC gave up six turnovers by traveling in the beginning of the first half. Trailing the entire first half, Parker sparked a fire under the Trojans with six consecutive points. Down 35-20 with less than two minutes left in the first half, USC went on a 7-0 run, led by a 3-pointer by Simone Jelks, and two late free throws and a buzzer beater layup by Brynn Cameron to cut the Hokies' lead to 35-27 heading into the locker room.
The Hokies kept the Trojans at bay with a well-rounded attack, having four of their nine players in double figures. The Trojans trailed by as many as 15 points with 9:53 left in the game, before going on an 11-2 run to take the lead 63-62 with 1:22 left in the game.
The run began with a 3-pointer by sophomore Heather Oliver and grew with two layups by Parker, a 3-point shot by Jelks and a jumper by Camille LeNoir, who scored all 11 of her points in the second half. Virginia Tech took back the one-point lead 64-63 after two free throw shots by Andrea Barbour, but LeNoir sealed the Trojans' win with a layup with 42 seconds left in the game.
In the remaining time, Cameron came up with a pair of steals, but the Trojans were unable maintain possession. A USC turnover got Virginia Tech the ball with time draining, and Virginia Tech's Lindsay Briggs was able to put up a 3-point try before the buzzer, but it hit rim to hold the Trojans with the tight win. Also adding a career effort was sophomore Morghan Medlock, who had three blocks in the win.
USC now faces Georgia at 8 p.m. ET in the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam on Saturday (Nov. 24).
USC 65, Virginia Tech 64
USC 27 - 38 -- 65
Virginia Tech 35 - 29 -- 64