USC Women Fall 83-71 At ASU

Jan. 17, 2009

TEMPE, ARIZ. - The USC women's basketball team took a tough road loss to Arizona State as the Sun Devils capitalized on free throws and 3-point shots to pin up an 83-71 win over the visiting Trojans on Saturday afternoon in Tempe, Ariz. USC got season-highs from Camille LeNoir (22 points) and Kari LaPlante (12 points) along with 11 from Brynn Cameron in the game, but could not pass up the Sun Devils late in the game. USC moves to 9-7 overall and 3-2 in Pac-10 play with the loss, while ASU goes to 12-6, 4-2.

ASU came away shooting hotter from outside the arc than from the floor as a whole, hitting 8-of-15 (.533) from 3-point range on the way to a 45.8 percent overall effort. The Trojans managed a better clip on the day, going 47.5 percent from the floor, but were plagued by foul trouble. Four Women of Troy were carrying four fouls by the final buzzer, though most problematic was senior center Nadia Parker's foul count of two at halftime and four by the 13-minute mark of the second half. Thanks to USC fouls, the Sun Devils cashed in on a 21-of-27 free-throw effort, including 18-of-20 in the second half. Danielle Orsillo had 15 of her final 19 points during the second half, and Dymond Simon matched LeNoir's mark with 22 to lead the Sun Devils.

After coming up empty through the first three minutes of play, USC had Camille LeNoir, Ashley Corral and Heather Oliver each hit a 3-pointer in the next two minutes to cut ASU's lead to 10-9. The Sun Devils would work ahead by seven on back-to-back threes from Dymond Simon, going up 30-23 with 1:35 on the clock. LeNoir continued her production for the Trojans to answer, knocking down a long jumper that was later followed by a score in the paint from Kari LaPlante to make it a three-point game with 35 seconds to go. ASU had missed out on opportunities in the paint for a stretch there, but Kirsten Thompson finally got a bucket to go from down low to leave the Sun Devils at a 32-27 lead going into halftime.

Brynn Cameron provided the first five points in the first minute of the second half for the Trojans, nailing a three and finishing off a steal and layup to tie things 35-35. ASU would knock down four big 3-pointers in the next stretch, however, and got out to a 50-41 lead with 12:10 on the clock. Meanwhile, Nadia Parker was tagged with her fourth foul of the night not long after scoring her first points of the day. Her back-to-back buckets had cut the ASU lead to 42-41, but free throws and two ASU threes padded that Sun Devil lead soon after Parker was sidelined by foul trouble. ASU got out ahead by 10 as the teams crossed the 10-minute mark of the half. Sun Devil senior Danielle Orsillo and USC's own LeNoir traded back-to-back scores as ASU held a 62-53 advantage with 7:30 on the clock and the Trojans carrying 10 fouls. The Sun Devils mounted an 11-2 run to go up 75-57 with four minutes remaining before LeNoir nailed one and Cameron finished off a Gilbreath steal, making 77-63 with 2:50 to go. USC would be unable to make enough of a run down the stretch to catch up, however, coming away with an 83-71 loss.

USC now returns home to host the Washington schools. The Trojans face Washington at 7 p.m. on Thursday (Jan. 22) and then plays Washington State at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 24).

GAME NOTES:
- Kari LaPlante tied her career-high blocks with two and scored a season -high 12 points.
- Camille LeNoir had a season-high 22 points.

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