USC Tops Out With 75-74 Win Over Harvard
Dec. 20, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team set new season highs for itself on Saturday afternoon at the Galen Center in a 95-74 win over visiting Harvard. Shooting a high mark of 54.2 percent from the floor, the Women of Troy set course toward a powerful win over the Crimson at the Women of Troy Classic. The win pushes USC to 6-4 overall, while Harvard moves to 7-6 with the loss.
Freshman Briana Gilbreath had set a new career high for herself by halftime, holding 17 of her final 22 points thanks to a 7-of-8 effort from the floor in the first half. Meanwhile, Ashley Corral, Hailey Dunham and Camille LeNoir served up a flashy 18 combined assists in the game. Corral's seven dishes and Dunham's six set a new career high for both players, helping the Trojans hit a season-high mark of 28 total assists in the game. Joining Gilbreath in double figures for USC where LeNoir and Nadia Parker with 14 apiece and Heather Oliver with 12. Harvard was led by 16-point outings from Emma Markley and Emily Tay.
USC knocked down six 3-pointers and outpaced the Crimson with a 57-percent shooting effort from the floor to hold a 55-36 lead by halftime. Three more threes came for USC in the second half. USC finished out the game outrebounding the Crimson 45-35. Harvard shot 37.5 percent in the game compared to USC's season-high 54.2 effort.
Harvard was within one after six minutes of play, but Briana Gilbreath's second 3-pointer of the day got the Trojans some space to work. Soon afterward, USC hit on a 16-0 scoring run that took the Trojans ahead 37-20 as the teams crossed the 8-minute mark of the first half. Gilbreath was a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor until coming up just off the mark on her third 3-point try of the day at the 3:51 mark of the first half. Camille LeNoir knocked down a three in the final minute to take USC ahead by almost 20, up 52-33, but Harvard's Niki Finelli hit one next with 30 seconds to go. Not to be left out of the 3-point frenzy in the last minute of the half, freshman Michelle Jenkins nailed one for USC - the Trojans' sixth of the half - to make it a 55-36 USC lead going into the locker rooms.
Gilbreath's hot streak continued in the second half, as the freshman pumped in her third three and added a two next to get USC a 62-41 advantage two minutes into the half. USC's shooting percentage ballooned to 61 percent thanks to scores from Aarika Hughes and Nadia Parker for a 70-43 USC lead at 16:20. Camille LeNoir joined Gilbreath and Parker in double figures next, hitting 10 points with a jumper to make it 74-52 USC with 11:30 on the clock. With 2:40 to go, LeNoir followed a spin move with a layup, and Heather Oliver drained her second 3-pointer with 2:10 on the clock, getting the junior into double figures as well, and lifting the Trojans ahead 90-69. In the final minute, Daniela Roark drained her first career three as a Trojan to push USC up 95-73, and USC was on course to a final 95-64 victory.
USC returns to action after the holiday with a Dec. 30 trip to Utah. The Trojans take on the Utes at 8 p.m. MT.
- Briana Gilbreath had a career-high 22 points and a career-high shooting percentage of .750 (9-12).
- Ashley Corral had a career-high seven assists.
- Hailey Dunham had a career-high six assists.
- USC scored a season-high 95 points and set a season-high shooting percentage of .542.
- USC also set a new season high with 28 assists.