USC Upended In Utah 87-77
Dec. 30, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - The USC women's basketball team took a tough road loss on Tuesday night, dealt an 87-77 loss by Utah at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. The majority of the game seemed to be spent at the free-throw lines, with the Utes coming up with the more favorable outing thanks to a 16-of-16 effort from Morgan Warburton. Utah was 34-of-37 from the line, while USC went 28-of-34 down the stretch. Utah's Kalee Whipple led all scorers with 31 points, and Warburton had 27 for the Utes. USC was led by a season-high 16 points from Brynn Cameron and Nadia Parker's first double-double of the year with 15 points and 12 rebounds. USC moves to 6-5 with the loss, and Utah improves to 6-6 as conference play approaches for both teams.
The Trojans and the Utes made it a 3-point show to open the game, as USC nailed three and Utah hit two in the first 4:45 of play until Utah slipped in a score in the lane to tie it 10-10. The lead went on to change hands eight times in the half, with the score tied up six times including a 39-39 lockup going into halftime. USC got through the half shooting 33 percent on the heels of six 3-pointers made, while Utah hit five and shot 42 percent from the floor.
Nadia Parker secured the first double-double for USC this season soon after grabbing her first double-figure rebounding effort with a big board in the second half. She slipped in a score on USC's next possession to get to 11 points on the night. Camille LeNoir pulled the score even at 62-62 by finishing off a three-point play at 8:33, but that would be the last field goal sunk by the Women of Troy as the game bogged down into fouls and free throws. USC saw the Utes go off on a 9-0 run to get out to their largest lead of the game until Nadia Parker sank a pair of free throws to stop the run and make it 71-64 USC at 5:23. Utah managed back-to-back buckets from Katie King to go up 71-62 at 5:32, and that would be the last field goals of the game for the Utes as well. From that point on, Utah would go 16-of-18 from the free-throw line, and USC would come up close at 15-of-19, but no scoring runs from the floor were in the cards for either team as the game was left at an 87-77 Utah victory.
USC now returns home for its Pac-10 openers, hosting Oregon at 7 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 2) and then taking on Oregon State at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 4) at the Galen Center.