USC Women Top Washington State 78-57
Jan. 24, 2009
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team pinned up a decisive win at the Galen Center on Saturday afternoon with a 78-57 victory over visiting Washington State. Leading the charge for the Trojans offensively was Heather Oliver with 18 points, with freshmen Ashley Corral and Briana Gilbreath also hitting double figures with 15 and 10 points, respectively. But the number that stuck out the most in the game was the stack of steals the Trojans picked up. Led by a career-high six from Brynn Cameron, USC set a new season high with 20 steals. USC improves to 11-7 overall and 5-2 in Pac-10 play, while Washington State moves to 8-10, 1-6.
Camille LeNoir took another step up in the history books early in the game. Needing just four points to move into the No. 14 slot in career scoring at USC, LeNoir came away with nine on the day to now hold 1,190 career points. She also served up six assists for the Trojans. On the offensive side, USC opened things with a 47-percent effort from the floor before cooling off a bit in the second half to finish the game at 39 percent. Washington State hit at a 37-percent clip overall, improving to 48 percent in the second half after a 26-percent first half. And in addition to USC's advantage in steals, the Trojans won out on the boards 45-37 and dished out 16 assists - six from LeNoir and five from Ashley Corral. Washington State was led in scoring by April Cook's 16 points.
A slew of early steals helped the Trojans pass up a set of early threes by the Cougars. A steal out of the press by Ashley Corral set up a slick assist to Briana Gilbreath to take USC ahead 23-12 at 11:25 in the first half. Camille LeNoir delivered smooth jumper to make it a run, and Heather Oliver provided back-to-back threes across the 10-minutes mark to lift USC up 31-12. A scoring slump struck next for the Trojans, however, as USC went silent for almost seven minutes until LeNoir drained a long two to make it 33-17 at 2:50. USC would take a 37-21 lead into the lockerroom thanks to a three from Aarika Hughes and a free throw from LeNoir.
Oliver knocked down a new career high in 3-pointers with her fourth at 11:25 in the second to answer a Cougar three, and USC was up 48-33. Her fifth came quickly. Left open at the top, Oliver nailed it, and USC took a 51-33 advantage. Michelle Jenkins got the Women of Troy out to their largest lead of the game with back-to-back scores down low and a free throw to top it off to make it 56-33 USC with 9:21 to go. Jenkins would later set a new high for herself with another score in the paint to get to seven points on the day and a 75-50 USC lead with 2:20 remaining. USC maintained their control down the stretch, and rounded out the game with a 78-57 win.
USC now turns to take a trip northward. The Trojans will visit Stanford at 7 p.m. on Thursday (Jan. 29) and then face California at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 31).
- Camille LeNoir now ranks No. 14 all-time at USC with 1,190 career points.
- Heather Oliver hit a new career-high 3-pointers with five today.
- USC had a season-high 20 steals.
- Brynn Cameron had a career-high 6 steals.
- Michelle Jenkins had a career-high 7 points.
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