USC Drops Pac-10 Quarterfinal Game To UCLA
March 8, 2008
SAN JOSE, CALIF. - In the quarterfinals of the 2008 Pac-10 Tournament, the USC women's basketball team took its first loss to crosstown rival UCLA in eight games. The hot-shooting Bruins built a lead on the Women of Troy and finished the game shooting 52 percent on the way to a 73-52 win over USC, likely closing out the Trojans' season with a 17-13 overall record. UCLA moves to 16-14 with the victory and moves on to face top-seeded Stanford in the tournament semifinals on Sunday. Camille LeNoir hit double figures for the fourth straight game, putting in 13 points for the Trojans and adding three assists to take over the No. 8 all-time slot on USC's career assists charts with 340.
UCLA came out shooting 44 percent from the floor to ensure that it wouldn't end up back in the history books for a program-low point total as occurred in the last USC-UCLA matchup. Up 35-24 at halftime, the Bruins were already just a point short of their total against the Trojans on Feb. 17 - when USC had made its win streak against the Bruins seven straight with a 49-36 win. This time, however, the Trojans were the ones struggling from the floor, shooting 24 percent in the first half. Despite the absence of leading scorer and rebounder Nadia Parker, the Trojans did hold the rebounding advantage at the half, up 24-20 and finished the game with a 38-37 edge led by a game-high eight rebounds from Heather Oliver.
Shooting percentages improved in the second half, but it was the Bruins that heated up the most, getting a 9-of-11 effort for a game-high 19 points from Darxia Morris. UCLA finished the game shooting 52 percent, doubling their output from the last USC-UCLA matchup. USC, by comparison, wound up shooting just under 30 percent in the game, led LeNoir's 13 points, eight from Hailey Dunham and seven from Brynn Cameron - who hit USC's only two 3-pointers in the game.
The Bruins came out with an advantage in the paint and was up by nine twice on putbacks in the paint. Camille LeNoir snagged a steal and slipped in the layup to make it 21-13 UCLA with 9:20 on the clock. USC went into a 24-13 hole but answered with a jumper from Aarika Hughes and a long three before the shot clock buzzer from Brynn Cameron made it 24-18 UCLA with five minutes remaining. The Bruins' shooting percentage lifted soon after, as UCLA went on a 9-2 run to go up 33-20 with two minutes to go. LeNoir moved into double figures for the Trojans with a pair of free throws to make it 35-22. Free throws from Hailey Dunham would cut things to 35-24 as the teams went in to the locker room.
USC opened things with a 6-0 run on buckets from Medlock and LeNoir and two free throws from Hughes, but the Bruins came right back and capitalized on USC misses to pull out to its largest lead of the game, up 46-30 with 14:00 on the clock. USC snapped the 11-0 Bruin run with a score from Kari LaPlante in the paint. USC made another push with a scoring spurt that made it 50-38, but once again UCLA responded, going on an 8-0 tear to go up by 20, leading 58-38 with just over eight minutes to go. By the five-minute mark, USC had three players carrying four fouls apiece: Aarika Hughes, Allison Jaskowiak and Morghan Medlock. Free throws and two buckets from the Bruins carried them ahead 66-40 with 4:15 to go. Down the remaining stretch, USC got free throws from Simone Jelks, Morghan Medlock and Markisha Lea as well as scores from Hailey Dunham as the Trojans were left with a 73-52 loss to the Bruins.
UCLA 73, USC 52
UCLA 35 - 38 -- 73
USC 24 - 28 -- 52
- With three assists tonight, Camille LeNoir moves up to rank No. 8 all-time in career assists with 340.
- LeNoir led USC in scoring for the third straight game.
- USC tied a season low of two 3-pointers made tonight and a season-high of 29 turnovers.