USC Tops Grambling State 78-45
Dec. 20, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team had five players hit double digits as the Trojans pinned up a 78-45 win over visiting Grambling State in the second game of the Women of Troy Basketball Classic on Thursday night at the Galen Center. Behind a game-high 18 points and five steals from junior Camille LeNoir and a double-double from Nadia Parker, the Women of Troy earned themselves a place in the championship game, where USC will face Portland State (9-1) at 7 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 21) at the Galen Center. Portland State topped Hawai'i 78-72 in the first game on Thursday. Hawai'i (4-6) and Grambling State (1-9) will face in the consolation game at 4:45 p.m. on Friday.
LeNoir and Parker (11 points, 10 rebounds) were joined in double figures on the night by three more Women of Troy. Hailey Dunham punched in 12, Heather Oliver tallied 11, and Morghan Medlock delivered 10, rounding out the second time this season that USC has had five players in double digits.
USC kept Grambling State off balance offensively in the first half, as the Tigers managed more points from the free-throw line than from the floor while the Trojans opened up a 37-18 halftime advantage thanks to a 42 percent shooting effort and a 32-19 edge on the boards. The Tigers shot 10.3 percent in the first half, while Camille LeNoir had already worked her way into double figures shooting 80 percent for 12 first-half points. In the second half, USC's scoring effort expanded further, with four more Trojans pulling into double digits as USC finished the game shooting 47.8 percent from the floor compared to Grambling State's 22.2 percent effort.
Early in the game, four different Trojans helped manufacture a 10-0 run that lifted USC ahead 26-7 with 6:45 left in the first half. Markisha Lea delivered four of those points, while Hailey Dunham struck on a layup off a Kari LaPlante screen, Nadia Parker sank a free throw and Allison Jaskowiak drilled a three. Grambling State slumped to an 8 percent shooting effort from the floor, and then Camille LeNoir drained a long two and then her second 3-pointer of the night to pump the Women of Troy ahead 33-10 with 4:30 to go. Grambling State's points were coming largely from the free-throw line, as USC fell into double bonus as the Tigers put forth a 10-of-17 effort from the line in the half until Keva Wilson knocked down a three to make it 35-18 entering the final minute of the first half. Dunham hit another shot for the Trojans, and Grambling State would miss its last two free-throw attempts as USC took a 37-18 lead into the locker room.
Back-to-back buckets from Heather Oliver lifted USC to its largest lead of the game at 43-22, and Dunham followed up a Grambling State 3-pointer with a basket to hold USC's 20-point advantage in the first five minutes of the second half. Oliver drained two more soon after, pulling into double figures alongside LeNoir and boosting USC to a 50-25 lead at 14:15. Morghan Medlock converted on a three-point play next for her first points of the night, and the Trojans held a 53-25 advantage. Nadia Parker, who had carried eight rebounds into the second half, sparked from the paint and worked her way to a double-double as she added six more points from down low to her 10 rebounds to balloon the Trojans to a 65-37 lead with eight minutes remaining. Markisha Lea got USC ahead by 30 with a score from the paint off a Medlock assist, and Medlock later became the fourth Trojan to hit double digits with a 3-pointer with 4 minutes to go. A three from Dunham jumped her into double figures, and carried the Trojans ahead 74-44 with under three minutes left.
USC 78, Grambling State 45
USC 37 - 41 -- 78
GSU 18 - 27 -- 45