USC Outdoes Washington 90-82
Jan. 22, 2009
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team received a career-high 26 points and five blocks from senior center Nadia Parker in a hot night at the Galen Center. The Trojans outpaced visiting Washington for a 90-82 Pac-10 win thanks to five Women of Troy in double figures. USC improves to 10-7 overall and 4-2 in Pac-10 play with the win, while Washington moves to 5-11, 1-5.
With injuries and foul trouble finally by the wayside, Nadia Parker had more points by the 9-minute mark of the game of the game than she had in any of the past four Pac-10 clashes. By halftime, Parker was at her season high of 20 points, thanks to a buzzer-beating layup off an inbounds pass from Brynn Cameron to close the half as a 43-28 USC advantage. The Trojans rounded out the half shooting 44 percent from the floor. Washington had opened things by going 3-of-7 (43 percent) but cooled off to 5-of-25 the rest of the way to leave the first half at 25 percent from the floor.
In the second half, the Huskies heated up and hit on a 49-percent effort that cut into USC's lead. Washington wound up at 38 percent on the night compared to a 44 percent outing from the Trojans. And although Washington out-rebounded USC 50-42, the Trojans nabbed 11 steals and put up a season-high nine blocks for a defensive edge to the match. By the final buzzer, Parker was at a new career high of 26 points and was joined in double figures by Brynn Cameron with 18, Camille LeNoir with 10 and Briana Gilbreath with 10. Washington was led by 26 points from Sami Whitcomb, who had five 3-pointers on the night.
Parker had added to her tally earlier on a smooth put-in off a pass from Briana Gilbreath to answer a pair of Washington 3-pointers and take USC ahead 29-18 with 5:25 to go in the first half. Brynn Cameron knocked down her first three of the night next and took the Trojans ahead 32-18. USC got up to its largest lead of the game with 1:28 on the clock when a Huskies turnover turned into a USC fast break. Ashley Corral sailed a high pass up for Gilbreath, who took the pass midair and put it in off the glass to lift USC ahead 41-25. Washington free throws got the score to 41-28 in the final minute, but Parker put the finishing touches on the half with her 20th points of the night to send the teams into the locker room ahead 43-28.
Ashley Corral became the eighth Trojan to score when she nailed a three off a Cameron pass at 16:20 to hold USC ahead by 15, up 48-33. Washington would cut in within 10 and make it a 6-point game on back-to-back 3-pointers from Sami Whitcomb and a single free throw from Lydia Young. Up 52-46 on the Huskies with 12:35 remaining, the Trojans traded threes with Washington as Oliver and Cameron each knocked one down. Parker got to a new career high when she dumped in another score in the paint and lifted USC back ahead by double-digits. Kristi Kingma hit her fourth 3-pointer for the Huskies next, however, and USC was holding a 60-52 lead with 10:45 on the clock.
USC initiated an athletic 10-2 streak soon after. A Parker score in the paint gave the senior 26 points, and after a Washington score, Corral drained a long step-back three, then initiated a Gilbreath score assisted by Oliver. Cameron then wrapped back-to-back threes around another Husky 3-pointer, and USC was up 75-59 with 6:45 to go. Three more Washington threes in the final minute of play cut into USC's margin, but the Trojans' lead kept them safely ahead for a final 90-82 win.
USC's next Pac-10 matchup puts the Trojans up against Washington State in a 1 p.m. game on Saturday (Jan. 24).
- USC had a new season-high of 9 blocks.
- Nadia Parker had a career-high 26 points and a career-high 5 blocks.
- Briana Gilbreath had a career-high 4 assists.
- Brynn Cameron had a career-high 5 assists.
- Camille LeNoir moved up to No. 15 all-time in career scoring at USC. She has scored 1,181 points so far in her USC career.