Corral Hits Six In 69-55 USC Win Over Waves
Nov. 24, 2008
MALIBU, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team pinned up a powerful second half surge to take home a 69-55 win over Pepperdine. Freshman guard Ashley Corral nailed six 3-pointers to tie a program record hit previously by five other Women of Troy and last achieved by teammate Brynn Cameron in 2005. USC overcame a slow first half by shooting close to 50 percent in the second half to take over the game. USC improves to 2-1 with the win, while Pepperdine moves to 2-2.
It was a homecoming of sorts for USC head coach Mark Trakh, who served as the Pepperdine head coach from 1993 to 2004. With tonight's win, the Trojans remain perfect all-time against the Waves with their 17th straight win over Pepperdine. Leading the USC scoring push tonight was Corral's 20-point outing. The freshman also snagged a team-high seven rebounds for the Trojans, with fellow freshman Briana Gilbreath adding 14 points and sophomore Kari LaPlante getting 10 points in the win. Gilbreath also went a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Pepperdine was led in scoring by Jazmine Jackson with 14 points, while Miranda Ayim had a game-high eight rebounds.
USC held a five-point lead at the 13:13 mark of the first half, but slumped into a scoring drought that stretched over eight minutes. Pepperdine took a 13-11 lead on two free throws by Jazmine Jackson and built it up to 15-11 before USC finally broke out of its scoring silence. Briana Gilbreath hit Kari LaPlante down low to get the score to 15-13 with 4:31 on the clock, and the Trojans nailed their first 3-pointer of the game with a bomb from Ashley Corral to get back on top at 4:03. Pepperdine capitalized on a USC turnover to take back the lead 17-16, only to see the Women of Troy convert with another three from Corral and back-to-back buckets in the paint by recently reactivated Nadia Parker, who had been sidelined with injury to start the season. Up 23-17 with two minutes to go, USC saw Pepperdine creep back within two, but Michelle Jenkins buried a three at the buzzer to get USC up 26-21 going into the locker rooms.
By halftime, USC was holding a powerful advantage on the boards, 27-16, but had committed 14 turnovers to 8 by the Waves.
USC got out to its biggest lead of the game with a 6-0 scoring run capped by two layups off the fast break from Heather Oliver, taking USC ahead 37-29 at 13:30. The Waves again would close in on some trouble on the boards by the Trojans, but USC would go on a scoring bender soon after. Thanks in large part to a blitz of 3-pointers from Corral - no fewer than three in a two-minute stretch from the freshman - USC climbed ahead 57-41. Corral had 11 of those points in the 13-0 run that was capped by a fast break finish from Aarika Hughes.
USC returns to action this weekend with the Trojans' home opener against UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 30). USC will stay at the Galen Center for its next game, set for Tuesday (Dec. 2) at 7 p.m. against Michigan.
USC 69, Pepperdine 55
USC 26 - 43 -- 69
PEP 21 - 34 -- 55