USC Falls to No. 12 Duke in Overtime, 97-89.
Dec. 19, 2008
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Abby Waner hit a jumper with 3 seconds remaining in regulation, then No. 8 Duke dominated overtime to beat Southern California 97-89 Friday night and extend its six-game winning streak.
Jasmine Thomas and Chante Black scored 22 points each and Carrem Gay had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (8-1), who were coming off a 56-52 upset of No. 3 Stanford earlier this week. Waner finished with 10 points.
Tied at 82 going into overtime, Duke ran off nine in a row to take the lead for good. Black had five of those points after scoring just three in the second half.
The Trojans struggled with missed shots and turnovers. Cameron scored five in a row to get them to 93-89 with 1:08 left before Duke hit free throws to finish it off.
The Trojans came undone after leading by 13 points with 4:36 remaining in regulation. They were outscored 20-5 over the final 3 minutes, with Waner scoring nine points. USC was just 3-of-8 from the line down the stretch.
Camile LeNoir was fouled in the corner with 15 seconds left. She made the first, but missed the second, then Waner hit a jumper to tie the game at 82 with 3 seconds remaining.
After a timeout, Hailey Dunham's inbounds heave was intercepted at midcourt by Gay, who missed a 3-pointer to force overtime.
USC opened the second half strongly and built a 17-point lead on a 25-7 run. The Trojans hit four 3-pointers, including two by Cameron, and went up 66-49 with 11:14 remaining.
The Blue Devils managed just one field goal - a 3-pointer by Shay Selby - during USC's run. But they chipped away and cut their deficit to 69-64 with 7:11 remaining. Thomas' fast-break layup off Cameron's turnover capped a 15-3 run that included 11 in a row.
The Trojans blew a 12-point lead in the first half and went into the break tied at 41-all. Selby hit a 3-pointer and a jumper that tied it up for the Blue Devils.
Duke got back into the game with a 23-11 run to end the half, including 12 in a row just after the Trojans had built their double-digit lead. Gay, Thomas and Keturah Jackson had four points each in the spurt.