USC Falls 55-54 At Oregon State
Feb. 23, 2008
CORVALLIS, ORE. - A controversial timing issue at the end of the game played out in Oregon State's favor on Saturday night in Corvallis, Ore., leaving the USC women's basketball team with a 55-54 loss. After closing in to within one in the final minute, USC forced a turnover in the final second. The referees inadvertently whistled the play dead, and gave USC the ball on the sideline with 0.3 seconds on the clock. Allison Jaskowiak sent an arcing pass to Nadia Parker in the paint, and Parker tipped the ball over the rim and into the basket, seemingly before the buzzer. The referees, however, waved off the shot, and after reviewing the play on the monitor, upheld the initial call of no basket. That left the Trojans with a road loss, pushing their overall record to 17-10 and Pac-10 mark to 10-6 with just two regular-season games left. Already decidedly out of the postseason race, Oregon State snapped a nine-game losing streak with the win to move to 11-17, 4-13.
USC was led by a game-high 20 points and four blocks from Nadia Parker, and got 17 points and seven assists from Camille LeNoir, who scored 16 points in the second half. Oregon State had four players finish in double figures and nailed seven 3-pointers in the game. Talisa Rhea had four of those, finishing with a team-high 14 points.
Shooting woes plagued the Women of Troy in the first half, as USC shot just 30 percent and committed eight turnovers while OSU shot at 38 percent and nailed four 3-pointers to take a 28-18 lead by halftime. In the second half, USC picked things up, shooting 56 percent in the half and pulling to within one several times late in the game. Oregon State remained composed from the stripe, however, going 10-of-10 on free throws in the second half to hold its lead, finishing 84 percent on 16-of-19 free-throw shooting in the game. USC was 6-of-11 (55 percent) on free throws in the game, and wound up matched 33-33 on the boards with the Beavers. The Trojans also committed 15 turnovers to the Beavers' 13.
In a low-scoring affair on both ends to start, USC fell into a five-point hole by the midway point of the first half. That deepened to a 20-7 deficit as USC failed to score for over seven minutes and the Beavers got eight straight points from Talisa Rhea. Nadia Parker ended the slump with a putback, making it 20-9 Oregon State as the last three minutes of the half approached. Rhea nailed her third three of the night to get the Beavers up 23-9 next, however, while USC finally struck from 3-point range in the final minute on a three from Brynn Cameron that made it 25-16 OSU. The Trojans trailed 28-18 going into the locker room.
A Morghan Medlock score was followed shortly by a steal from Cameron and a fadeaway jumper from Camille LeNoir that made it 34-28 OSU with 14:16 on the clock. Cameron later nailed another three for the Trojans, and Parker nabbed a steal and took it herself for a layup that cut OSU's lead to 37-34 at 12:35. LeNoir fed her sixth assist of the game in to Parker, then sank a jumper to make it a one-point game at 39-38 OSU with 8:25 on the clock. Again, Rhea would hit from outside the arc - her fourth of the night - for a 44-40 Beaver lead at 6:55. And after Parker converted on free throws, OSU's Ashley Allen would drain the Beavers' seventh 3-pointer of the night to lift them up 47-42 with three minutes remaining. LeNoir wrapped a jumper and a layin around a runner from Allen to make it 51-46 with 1:11 to go. Parker scored next and was fouled, but missed the free throw for a 51-48 OSU lead. The Beavers made four free throws in the final 30 seconds, while LeNoir knocked down two 3-pointers, the second of which made it 55-54 with 2.7 seconds on the clock. That gave way to a frenzied and disorganized final stretch, in which the Trojans earned themselves the final possession of the game thanks to a takeaway from Jaskowiak. After much discussion by the referees in that final second, USC was left short of a comeback win as the Trojans now turn to finish up regular-season play at the Galen Center next weekend.
The Women of Troy - who are 11-1 at the Galen Center this season - first host Arizona in a 7 p.m. game on Thursday (Feb. 28), then play Arizona State at 11 a.m. in a televised match on Saturday (March 1).
Oregon State 55, USC 54
USC 18 - 36 -- 54
OSU 28 - 27 -- 55