Medlock's Career Night Gets USC To 77-70 Win At Arizona

Dec. 28, 2007

TUCSON, ARIZ. - The USC women's basketball team set a new program high with 13 three-pointers, and sophomore Morghan Medlock served up new career highs with a double-double to lead the Trojans to a 77-70 win over Arizona in their Pac-10 opener on Friday night in Tucson, Ariz. USC shot 48 percent from 3-point range on the night, and worked its record up to 8-4 overall and a 1-0 start in conference action. Arizona moves to 6-6, 0-1.

Morghan Medlock served up 13 first-half points to account for half of USC's points off the bench in the opening stretch. She and Aarika Hughes combined for a 6-of-7 effort from 3-point range during the half to help get USC a slim 31-30 lead by halftime. Meanwhile, Camille LeNoir had all 13 of her points during the second half, and ended up dishing out a career-high eight assists and was responsible for USC's 12th 3-pointer on the night - tying a program record - during USC's second-half surge. Medlock worked her way into her first double-double of the year, tallying new career highs with 18 points and 13 rebounds and doubling her previous career best for threes with four in the match to lead the Trojans. Heather Oliver also notched her third straight game in double digits, putting in 10 points for the Trojans.

Arizona and USC matched each other from the field, shooting 42 percent apiece. Amina Njonkou had a game-high 22 points for the Wildcats, who also outrebounded the Trojans 45-36 in the game. USC's widespread and effective 3-point attack proved the powerful edge, as five different Women of Troy nailed threes on the way to a 48-percent effort from beyond the arc. USC trailed by as much as six points in the first half, but surged in the second half to lead by as much as 16 early in the second.

After a slow scoring start for the Trojans, Aarika Hughes nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to lock things up 8-8 early in the game. USC took its first lead of the game when Morghan Medlock drained a three from the top, going up 11-10 at the 11-minute mark. USC's next four points would come from Medlock, but the Wildcats would match with scores to keep within one of the Women of Troy. Arizona's first three of the night came from Ashley Whisonant, and a fast break score came next as the Wildcats pulled ahead 19-15 with 7:50 on the clock. USC would get it together before halftime. Down by three, Medlock stayed perfect from 3-point range, knocking down two while Markisha Lea nailed a long jumper to help USC ahead. Camille LeNoir picked off a pair of steals, and Heather Oliver knocked down a baseline three to jump USC to a 31-25 lead with two minutes left in the half. Arizona closed in with a pair of scores, leaving USC with a 31-30 lead at the break.

USC's 3-point threat extended out to an eighth, ninth and 10th long one as Jelks nailed a three, Oliver delivered another, and Medlock punched in her fourth just after Kari LaPlante converted on a three-point play to lift USC up 46-35 in the first five minutes of the second half. LeNoir joined the 3-point blitz next, first converting on a runner and then knocking down a three as the Trojans boosted ahead 51-35 at 14:50. USC's 14-0 run was snapped by a pair of Wildcat scores, but USC managed to keep some room between it at Arizona. LeNoir made some more history when she served up her career-best eighth assist on a Nadia Parker score, then knocked down a three that gave the Trojans a new program high of 13 in the game. Thanks to a stretch of free throws and a couple late buckets, Arizona cut into USC's lead late in the game, but the Women of Troy and their 48-percent outing from 3-point range held USC for a 77-70 victory.

USC 77, Arizona 70
USC 31 - 46 -- 77
ARIZ 30 - 40 -- 70

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