USC Falls 77-51 To No. 7 Stanford
Jan. 31, 2008
PALO ALTO, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team came up against a tough Stanford team on Thursday night on the Cardinal's home court, as the Trojans had a three-game win streak snapped by a 77-51 loss to No. 7 Stanford. USC was led in scoring by 16 points from Brynn Cameron - who hit four 3-pointers on the night. Freshman Kari LaPlante had her third straight double-digit game for the Trojans with 12. USC's overall record moves to 13-8 and its Pac-10 mark is now 6-4. Stanford improves to 18-3, 8-2.
Throughout the game, Stanford was able to generate short scoring runs to keep an extra stride on the Women of Troy. USC shot 29 percent in the first half to Stanford's 46 percent as the Cardinal led 44-21 at the half. USC upped its scoring percentage in the second half, but were hurt by a 15-0 scoring run by the Cardinal that put the Trojans in a deep hole. USC finished the game shooting 38 percent, and Stanford shot 49 percent in the game, led by 18 points apiece from Jayne Appel and Candice Wiggins, who became the Cardinal's all-time scoring leader when she passed 12 points in the game during the first half.
In the first half, Hailey Dunham got tagged with her third foul less than nine minutes into the game, as a pile of free throws awarded to the Cardinal helped boost the home team ahead 21-6 until Heather Oliver broke the streak with a three to make it 21-6 and end a 10-0 run. Meanwhile, Stanford sat at just two team fouls while USC's count went up to eight as Candice Wiggins delivered two more from the free-throw line to work her way into double digits. A putback later made Wiggins Stanford's all-time leading scorer, as she came into the game needing 12 points to take a spot in history at the Farm.
Stanford managed to capitalize on USC misses with fast break scores and had an edge in the paint as the Cardinal to take some short runs on the Trojans and build up a 38-15 lead entering the final five minutes of the half. Brynn Cameron drained a three next, but the Cardinal kept pace with the Trojans until the buzzer as Stanford held a 44-21 lead at the half.
Simone Jelks opened the half by converting a three-point play for USC, and Cameron hit another three after one by Wiggins to make it 51-29 Stanford at 15:30. Big play from Stanford's Jayne Appel in the paint carried Cardinal ahead 59-29 with 11:42 on the clock. USC's 23rd turnover of the game was followed later by an eighth Cardinal to get in the scoring column as Stanford ballooned its scoring run to 15-0 while taking a 66-29 lead.
Jelks snapped the streak with a steal and a layup at 9:30 for a 66-31 score. USC's first back-to-back scores of the half came from LaPlante and Cameron as the score moved to 70-37. Cameron's third and fourth threes of the night came soon after to make it 73-43 with 5 minutes to go. As the foul count swayed 10-3 against USC, LaPlante knocked down a pair of free throws to secure her third straight game in double figures for the Trojans and make it 73-45. A Cameron steal found its way to Dunham for a jumper, and Cameron finished off another fast break for USC to make it 73-49 with 3:00 remaining. USC's 8-0 run was stopped at 2:30 as the teams traded scores down the stretch on the way to finishing at a 77-51 Stanford win.
USC now turns to take a trip up to Berkeley to take on Cal at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 2).
#7 Stanford 77, USC 51
USC 21 - 30 -- 51
STAN 44 - 33 -- 77