USC Beats Washington State, Moves On In Tourney

by Lara Boyko

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After a dogfight against the same school and on the same floor almost a week ago, fifth seed USC did not want to experience déjà vu in the first round of the Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament. Instead, they put the game away early and are advancing to play tomorrow at 5:15 pm with a 77-66 win over eighth-seed Washington State.

"This is why we work so hard all season long so we can position ourselves in the place we are at," said USC coach Michael Cooper.

Eighth seed Washington State had a tough 74-67 loss against USC just six days ago on this same court, but the Women of Troy gave the Cougars some new challenges tonight.

"With their line-up change they went inside a lot more than six days ago," said Washington State coach June Daugherty. "They were really committed on the defensive side and obviously their offensive rebounding was tremendous and too much for us to overcome with the foul trouble."

Along with having three players score in double-digit figures tonight, USC was bolstered by Cassie Harberts career-high 31 points and 14 rebounds. The Women of Troy finished the game with shooting 43.1% from the field and 36.4% from the three-point line.

Washington State's Jazmine Perkins finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Her 17 points helped her join the team's 1,000 career point club tonight. The Cougars struggled from the field with shooting 34.8%.

Fifth-seed USC will now face fourth seed Arizona in the second round of the Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament at 5:15 pm at the Galen Center tomorrow night.

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