USC Women Top Utah 62-45

Dec. 3, 2007

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Morghan Medlock scored 13 points and had 8 rebounds to lead the USC women's basketball team to a 62-45 non-conference victory over Utah on Monday (Dec. 3) before 422 fans in the Galen Center.

The Women of Troy improved to 4-2, while the Utes had their four-game winning snapped and fell to 5-3 in their worst loss of the season.

Nadia Parker added 11 points and 7 rebounds for USC, while teammate Aarika Hughes scored 10 points with 6 boards.

Morgan Warburton led Utah with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Kalee Whipple added 12 points and 6 rebounds.

The Women of Troy had a decisive rebounding edge, 42 to 30. USC shot just 38.6% from the field, but held the Utes to 30.6%.

USC broke open a tight game by going on a 15-0 run in a 5-minute span late in the first half to go up 32-12. The Utes, who scored the half's final 3 points to close the gap to 32-15 at intermission, shot just 25.0% in the first half and got outrebounded by a 22-11 margin. Parker had 8 of her 9 first-half points during that 15-0 blitz.

Utah cut it back to a seven-point game on back-to-back 3-pointers from Morgan Warburton, making it 37-28 at the 13-minute mark. The Utes got within six on a three from Leilani Mitchell, but the Women of Troy slipped in 3-pointers from Heather Oliver, a fast break score from Aarika Hughes and then another three from Hughes to pull ahead 45-31 with 9:40 on the clock. That run ballooned to 12-0 before the Utes managed a bucket with 8:10 left to make it 49-33 USC. A shot clock buzzer-beater from Morghan Medlock pushed USC up 51-35. Simone Jelks became the 10th Trojan to score when she struck from the paint with 6:10 remaining, giving USC a 54-35 advantage. She did it again a minute later, pushing the Trojans to their biggest lead of the night at 56-35.

USC next goes on a 2-game road trip, meeting Nebraska on Saturday (Dec. 8) and then Michigan on Monday (Dec. 10), before returning to the Galen Center to host Pepperdine on Dec. 15.

USC 62, Utah 45
USC 32 - 30 -- 62
UU 15 - 30 -- 45

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