Washington Tops USC 60-45
Jan. 13, 2008
SEATTLE, WASH. - The USC women's basketball team could not overcome a poor shooting performance against host Washington on Sunday afternoon, falling 60-45 to the Huskies in Seattle. The Trojans shot a season-low 25.7 percent from the floor, while Washington managed 45.3 percent to keep some padding between the Huskies and the Trojans down the stretch. USC moves to 10-7 overall and 3-3 in Pac-10 play with the loss, while Washington is now 7-10, 2-3.
Heather Oliver was USC's leading scorer in the game, scoring 11 points for the Trojans. Nadia Parker was next with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Washington was led by 16 points from Andrea Plouffe and 12 from Jess McCormack.
Brynn Cameron wrapped a pair of threes around one from Washington's Katelan Redmon to build an 18-13 USC lead by the 11:50 mark of the first half. But the Trojan shooting percentage cooled from there, as USC hit just three shots - including two 3-pointers from Heather Oliver - from the floor through the remaining nine minutes of the half. While those USC shots became few and far between, a 6-0 run all from Husky post Andrea Plouffe later tugged the teams even at 21-21 with nine minutes left in the half. And with the foul count leaning heavily against the Trojans, Washington took some trips to the free-throw line in the late stretch of the half. Plouffe converted on a one-and-one to give the Huskies their first lead of the day at 27-26 with 4:00 on the clock, then slipped in a putback to boost Washington up 29-26 with 3:30 to go. The Huskies were tagged with just their second foul of the half with 40 seconds left in the half, but the Trojans were unable to score on the ensuing possession, and Washington ended the period on a 9-0 run to lead 34-26 at the half.
Camille LeNoir drained a three for a chance to breathe some life into the USC offense and make it 38-31 Washington, but the Trojans' shooting percentage dipped down to 27 percent with a number of shots rattling around the rim and out. As USC's shooting drought extended to six minutes, the Huskies worked ahead 47-31. Aarika Hughes stopped the scoreless run with a three at 10:45, then buried a jumper to make it 47-36 Washington at 9:40. Parker served up her third big block of the night at the four-minute mark, only to see the USC shot count drop further to 25 percent while the Huskies upped things to 45 percent from the field as the final three minutes came up with USC trailing 58-40. Parker dumped in a low score for USC and after a Trojan steal LeNoir's 3-point try was barely off the mark, capping off a rough night for USC as Washington held on to its comfortable lead on the way to a 60-45 Husky win.
USC now returns home for a crosstown clash with UCLA. The Trojans host the Bruins in a 12 p.m. match on Saturday (Jan. 19) at the Galen Center.
Washington 60, USC 45
USC 26 - 19 -- 45
WASH 34 - 26 -- 60
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