USC Rolls On At Home, Tops WSU 64-46
Feb. 10, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team maintained its dominance on its home court at the Galen Center, improving to 11-1 at home after topping visiting Washington State 64-46 on Sunday afternoon. Two Trojans hit career highs on the day, as both Nadia Parker and Heather Oliver passed up the 20-point mark. Parker was one rebound away from a double-double, finishing with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Oliver pumped in 21 points and had a career-high eight rebounds. USC is now 15-9 overall and 8-5 in Pac-10 play, while Washington State moves to 3-20, 0-12.
USC had its most productive first half of Pac-10 play this season, shooting 59 percent from the floor and scoring 40 points behind 14 first-half points from Heather Oliver. The Trojans also held a strong advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Cougars 19-9 by halftime and ending with a 36-31 advantage. USC's scoring output cooled in the second half, but the Trojan defense remained stingy, allowing only 21 second-half points from the Cougars as USC locked away its fifth straight home win this season and 16th straight victory over WSU. Washington State shot 33 percent in the game to USC's 47 percent, and was led by a career-high 12 points from Ebonee Coates and 10 from Heather Molzen.
In the early goings of the game, USC got out to a 7-0 start and then spurred from an 11-6 advantage to an 18-6 lead after a three from Heather Oliver and then a pair of scores sparked by steals from Brynn Cameron and Hailey Dunham. Oliver drained another three next, Nadia Parker slipped in a putback to make it a 13-0 scoring run before WSU's Heather Molzen ended the run to bring the score to 23-8 USC with 9:30 to go in the half. Camille LeNoir drained her first three of the day at the 7-minute mark to boost the Trojans up by 20. By halftime, Oliver had boosted her point count to within two of her career high, taking 14 points into the locker room with USC up 40-25 at the half.
Oliver matched her career best after picking off a pass and slipping in the layup to get to 16 on the day early in the second half, getting USC ahead 46-27. Parker, too, set a new career high for herself as the junior center pumped in nine of USC's 11 points during a scoring streak that lifted Parker to 23 points and the Trojans to a 53-27 lead by 14:30. WSU ended the 11-0 run on a three from Kezia Kelly to make it 53-30 with 14:10 on the clock. The Cougars manufactured a 7-0 run after that three, but it was snapped by a jumper from Markisha Lea and a pair of free throws from Allison Jaskowiak to get USC up to eight different scorers by the 10-minute mark of the half. As USC's shooting percentage dropped to 30 percent in the half, the Cougars cut into the Trojan lead to make it a 12-point game with 2:20 to go. Oliver upped her career high at 1:10 with her third three of the day at 1:10 and then another bucket to put the sophomore at 21 points in the final minute of action.
USC now turns to head across town next weekend for a clash against rival UCLA. The Trojans play the Bruins in Westwood at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 19).
USC 64, Washington State 46
WSU 25 - 21 -- 46
USC 40 - 24 -- 64
- Heather Oliver scored a career-high 21 points and had a career-high three 3-pointers and eight rebounds and tied her career high blocks (1) and steals (3).
- Nadia Parker scored a career-high 23 points.
- USC is now 7-0 when it outrebounds its opponent (36-31 today).
- USC's 40 points in the first half is a new season high for Pac-10 games.
- USC has now won the past 16 games against Washington State.