USC Women Rout Oregon State, 87-44
March 1, 2003
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- With a season-high 63.2 field goal percentage, the USC women's basketball team easily defeated Oregon State, 87-44, to finish the regular season in front of 1,016 at the Sports Arena on Saturday afternoon. Senior Erin Young was honored prior to the start of the game in the 'Senior Salute'.
Despite the victory, the Women of Troy (13-16, 8-10) finish the season tied for fifth place in the Pac-10 with Oregon and Oregon State (14-13, 8-10). By virtue of a tiebreaker, USC drops to the No. 7 seed (Oregon takes No. 5, Oregon State No. 6) for the upcoming Pac-10 Tournament and will have to face Washington State in a play-in game on Friday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m.
The Beavers took the very early 4-2 lead in the game, but watched as the Women of Troy blew past them. USC began its scoring spree at the 16-minute mark in the first half and never looked back.
The Trojans made the most of their opportunities, scoring 26 points off of 18 Oregon State turnovers in the first half to enter the break with 44-19 advantage.
The second half proved to be much of the same as the Women of Troy scored nine straight points to start and eventually used a 16-0 run to take a 74-27 lead with 11:31 remaining. In an attempt to close the gap, the Beavers embarked on a 10-0 run of their own thanks to consecutive three-pointers, but it was too little too late.
USC led by as many as 48 points, 85-37 (4:41 in the second half) in the contest.
The Women of Troy had four players finish in doubles figures, including a game-high 20 points by guard Aisha Hollans. USC held Oregon State to a 36.4 field goal percentage and only six assists, while forcing 30 turnovers. USC finished with a season-best 29 assists.
The 2003 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament kicks off this week at San Jose's HP Pavilion. Play-in games begin on Friday, while seeds 1-6 begin play on Saturday, March 2.
- GO SC -