No. 11 Stanford Stakes 78-69 Comeback Win Over No. 23 USC
Jan. 29, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 23 USC women's basketball team held a seven-point lead entering the final five minutes of play against No. 11-ranked Stanford, but the Cardinal pulled out a comeback victory over the host Women of Troy sparked by six straight points from Brooke Smith to get to a 78-69 win over USC at the Lyon Center on Sunday afternoon. The loss drops the Trojans to 13-7 overall and 7-4 in Pac-10 play, while the Cardinal hold onto their first-place spot in the conference at 9-2 in the Pac-10 and 14-5 overall.
Stanford heated up considerably in the second half, shooting 71 percent in the half to overcome USC's 36-30 halftime lead. The Cardinal finished the game with 53-percent shooting, while USC ended with a 38-percent peformance.
Smith's hook shot at the 4:15 mark in the game locked it up at 64-64, and then a banked 3-pointer from Rosalyn Gold-Onwude gave Stanford its first lead since the first half. With just two minutes left to play, USC kept it to a three-point game at 69-66 with a low score from Chloe Kerr. As time drained, USC missed a couple 3-point chances, and Stanford made good on their numerous free-throw opportunties as the Trojans were forced to foul in the final minutes. The Cardinal extended a 71-66 lead to a 78-67 advantage on seven straight free throws.
Stanford's Candice Wiggins led all scorers with 18 points -- nine of which came from the free-throw line. Smith and Gold-Onwude each added 14 for the Cardinal. USC also had three double-digit scorers, with Eshaya Murphy tossing in her 14th consecutive gamein double figures on a 16-point scoring effort. Camille LeNoir finished with 13 points, and Chloe Kerr had 10 for the Trojans. Meghan Gnekow was USC's leading rebounder with seven boards.