USC Loses Tough One Against Gonzaga 70-58

Nov. 19, 2009

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SPOKANE, Wash. – The USC women’s basketball team suffered a tough road loss to Gonzaga Thursday night in front of 3,206 Bulldog fans at McCarthey Athletic Center, 70-58. The Trojans struggled to convert on offense, shooting just 29 percent for the game. Gonzaga’s Vivian Frieson scored 22 points on 10-15 shooting for the Bulldogs. USC’s Ashley Corral led all scorers with 23 points, 14 of which came in the second half. Despite her efforts, the Women of Troy fell short, dropping the Trojans to 1-2 on the season, while Gonzaga improved to 2-1.

The Bulldog’s nabbed 11 offensive rebounds in the first half to go up early. The Women of Troy were plagued by 11 turnovers in the half as they shot just 25 percent from the field to Gonzaga’s 38 percent. The Bulldog’s Vivian Frieson led the way with 17 points in the first half, which included a 3-point buzzer beater to end the half with Gonzaga up 34-21. USC’s Ashley Corral had 9 points and Aarika Hughes had 7 to round out the period, 34-21.

USC closed the gap to within 11 just after the break, but that would be as close as the Women of Troy would come on a night in which little seemed to go right for the Trojans. USC’s Michelle Jenkins went down with a knee injury in the second half and USC would trail by as much as 22 before closing the gap late in the game. USC closed the game on a 10-0 run on two steals from Ashley Corral, one from Heather Oliver and another by Christina Marinacci for easy baskets. Marinacci finished the game with 12 points and 6 rebounds, 5 of which came on the offensive end of the floor.

USC’s next action will take place in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, where the Trojans will open competition against Rutgers at 7 p.m. ET Thursday (Nov. 26).

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