USC Tops Oregon In 67-58 Road Win
Feb. 21, 2008
EUGENE, ORE. - The USC women's basketball team won its fourth straight Pac-10 matchup with an important road win, as the Trojans posted a 66-58 win over host Oregon on Thursday evening in Eugene. Three Women of Troy finished in double figures in the victory, led by 17 points from Nadia Parker -- who had 13 in the second half -- and a double-double from Morghan Medlock with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Kari LaPlante scored 10 for her fourth time in double figures for the Trojans this season. USC improves to 17-9 overall and 10-5 in Pac-10 play with the win. Oregon moves to 10-17, 3-13.
Oregon's 3-point threat helped the Ducks with a response to USC's 45-percent shooting from the floor in the first half. Oregon shot 41 percent out of the gates, including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc as USC took a 31-23 lead into halftime. USC's top scorer Nadia Parker had played only three minutes in the first half thanks to a pair of early fouls, but the center poured in 13 in the second half to finish with her game-high 17 points in 16 minutes. The teams ended up matched at 40 percent shooting overall, and USC led the rebounding game 35-33 while committing a season-low 10 turnovers.
USC squeezed out of a back-and-forth start that saw the game tied up four times until the Trojans were was able to create a five-point spacer and hold onto it the rest of the way, thanks in part to a pair of buckets from Morghan Medlock. Taylor Lilley hit the Oregon's first 3-pointer of the game, only to have USC senior Allison Jaskowiak drain one immediately after to get USC up 19-14 with eight minutes still to go in the half. Camille LeNoir and Nadia Parker had both been tagged with a pair of fouls, so were limited in their time on the court. But in their absence, Jaskowiak served up two more scores from the paint to follow up her three, setting USC off on a 7-0 run for a 23-14 lead with 5:45 on the clock. The Trojans worked out to its largest lead in the final minute on a pair of free throws from Hailey Dunham, lifting USC ahead 31-23. Lilley knocked down a three afterward, however, leaving USC up 31-23 at the half.
Oregon moved into the bonus on USC's seventh foul just over seven minutes into the game, and two free throws from Nicole Canepa made it a three-point game at 12:40 with a 39-36 USC edge, but that would be the closest Oregon would get in the game. Putbacks from Medlock and Parker got USC up 43-36 at 11:25. USC's first trip to the free throw line came at 7:22, when Medlock converted the back end of her shots to secure herself in double figures along with freshman Kari LaPlante. She then nailed a big three for the Trojans at 6:23 to build a 51-43 USC lead just before LeNoir picked up her fourth foul as the Ducks went into double bonus at the 5-minute mark. Only one free throw fell for Tamika Nurse, and Parker followed on the other end with a putback, then later a single free throw as USC matched its largest lead of the game, up 54-43 as the final three minutes came up. As the clock drained, the bulk of the remaining minutes were spent at the free-throw line, while the Ducks managed two late 3-pointers. USC kept its lead secure regardless, ending with a 67-58 road win.
The Trojans now head to Corvallis to face Oregon State for the second time this season. USC plays the Beavers at 7 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 23).
USC 67, Oregon 58
USC 31 - 36-- 67
ORE 23 - 35 -- 58
-- Morghan Medlock had her third career double-double and second this season with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
-- USC committed a season-low 10 turnovers.
-- Camille LeNoir moved up to rank No. 9 all-time at USC in career assists with 322.