USC Women Grab Road Win, 68-57 At WSU

Feb. 20, 2009

PULLMAN, WASH. - The USC women's basketball team found its groove down the stretch to pull away late in the game and close out an important 68-57 road win at Washington State on Friday night. Led by 15 points from Camille LeNoir and a double-double from Nadia Parker, USC got the job done and improved to 13-11 overall and 7-6 in Pac-10 play. Washington State moves to 10-15, 3-11 with the loss.

The teams came out of the gates shooting 43 percent apiece in the first half, and each knocked down five 3-pointers during the half. USC's accuracy from beyond the arc was better, however, as the Trojans hit 5-of-8 from 3-point land, including a 2-for-2 effort by Heather Oliver. As the teams settled into the second half, it was a cooler outing everywhere but the free-throw line for the Trojans. USC hit three more 3-pointers but took several more trips to the line. WSU closed in to hold within one of the Trojans until the 1:29 mark when Oliver free throws were followed by a crucial 3-point blast from Brynn Cameron to push USC out ahead to stay. USC finished the game shooting 30 percent from the floor, compared to 35 percent from WSU. Washington State won out on the boards 45-43, but USC got a clutch double-double from Parker with 10 points and 11 rebounds. LeNoir and Parker were joined in double figures by Oliver with 10, while WSU was led by a game-high 17 points from Jazmine Perkins and 16 from April Cook.

USC utilized a balanced attack to pull out of an early 7-0 hole and later break a 9-9 tie. The Trojans took their first lead of the night on a three from Brynn Cameron to go ahead 12-11 at 12:15. By the 7-minute mark, USC had eight different players with points on the night, led by five points each from Camille LeNoir and Heather Oliver after an Oliver three took USC ahead 23-17. Following a media timeout, however, the Cougars found another offensive spark and went out on a 9-0 run to take back the lead. Another three from Oliver cut the lead to 32-31, and USC was in that one-point hole going into the lockerroom.

LeNoir opened the second half with a runner and then an assist to take over No. 3 all-time in the USC history books for career assists, serving up a pass to Briana Gilbreath for a 35-33 USC lead at 18:42 and the senior's 423rd career assist - her fourth of the night. Free throws were the only points to fall for the Cougars through the first five minutes until Heather Molzen got a bucket for WSU, making it 42-36 USC. The Cougars would come back to tie it at 51-51 with 8:10 on the clock, leading Nadia Parker to knock down two free throws and LeNoir to nab a steal and take it back to get USC up 55-51 within 20 seconds of that lockup. WSU moved to within one with 4 minutes to go, and it held through the 1:29 mark when Oliver was sent to the line and calmly nailed both to put USC up 63-57. Parker took the ball away on the other end, and Cameron wound up drilling a three for the Trojans with 1:00 on the clock. USC got the ball back again, and LeNoir was sent to the line a pair of times and she delivered on them all to boost USC up by 10. Parker hit one free throw before the end of the game to secure a double-double for herself and close down a 68-57 USC road win for the Trojans.

USC now heads to Seattle for an other Pac-10 clash, going up against Washington in a 2 p.m. game on Sunday (Feb. 22).

GAME NOTES:
-- With 6 assists tonight, Camille LeNoir moved up to rank No. 3 all-time in career assists. She now had 426 career assists.
-- Nadia Parker had her second double-double of the season.
-- Ashley Corral now holds the eighth-most season 3-pointers with 43 so far this season.

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