No. 19 USC Falls 77-58 To Strong No. 6 Ohio State

Nov. 19, 2006

COLUMBUS, OHIO. -- The No. 19-ranked USC women's basketball team suffered another road loss with a 77-58 defeat to No. 6 Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes had four players finish in double figures, while the Women of Troy were led by a 20-point outing from Chloe Kerr and another double-double from Shay Murphy with 19 points and 11 rebounds. USC is now 1-2 overall, while Ohio State improves to 2-0 with the win.

It was a two-player game on both ends of the court through the start of the first half, as USC's Chloe Kerr and Shay Murphy generated the scoring production for the Trojans while the Buckeyes had Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins pump in the load to help OSU to a 19-13 lead. The Buckeyes added two more scorers soon after, however, and streaked ahead on a 9-0 run before USC's tag-team struck again and Kerr converted on a three-point play to make it 24-16 at the 6:15 mark of the first half. Kerr delivered an assist to Murphy low and then hit a pair of free throws to get the score to 26-20 and notch her 12th point of the game, matching Davenport's count thus far in the half. Freshman Hailey Dunham joined the two Trojan seniors in the socring column with a baseline jumper to cut the lead to 26-20, but OSU had answering low-post scores from Star Allen and Davenport and a fadeaway from Marscilla Packer to help hold a 35-24 advantage at halftime.

USC led the rebounding battle 19-17 in the first half, but 16 Trojan turnovers were a big obstacle to keeping close to the Buckeyes, leaving the Women of Troy with some work to do in the second half. USC cut down on the turnovers for the secon half, but the Buckeyes continued to produce on offense, shooting 63 percent from the field in the half to finish with a 51 percent outing. USC also upped its scoring in the half, shooting 40 percent to finish the game at 37 percent.

Kerr delivered a putback to start the second half, but OSU dealt out another 9-0 run before Kerr looped in a score in the paint to make it 44-28. OSU took a 22-point lead before Aarika Hughes knocked down a jumper to get the score to 52-32. Davenport put in her 20th point of the game soon after, however, and the Buckeyes were up 54-22 with 12 minutes to go. Nadia Parker hit her first shots of the game, but both of those were met by answering buckets from OSU. Morghan Medlock stuffed a Buckeye try from down low, and the Trojans tallied their first back-to-back scores of the half when Jamie Hagiya knocked down a pair of free-throws and Murphy drained a three. Murphy nailed her fourth 3-pointer after two Andrea Walker free throws, and then Kerr slipped in a putback for her 20th point of the day to make it 66-48 with just over 5 minutes remaning. USC's press pulled out a steal and Murphy finished the layup, but again the Buckeyes struck low to stay up by 20 at 73-53 as the teams entered the final two minutes. After Hughes drained a 3-pointer to get the score to 75-56, Simone Jelks and Hagiya combined again on the press to force a turnover and get the ball back in Trojan hands with 1:30 on the clock. Morghan Medlock became USC's seventh player to score with a left-handed layup late in the game, bringing the final to 77-58 to put a close to a tough road trip for the Women of Troy.

Ohio State's Jessica Davenport led all scorers with 26 points, and Brandie Hoskins added 18 to pace the Buckeyes. Murphy's 19-point day marked the senior's 27th straight game in double figures for the Trojans.

USC now returns home to host Notre Dame and Nebraska next weekend at the Galen Center. The Trojans face the Fighting Irish at 5 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 24) and then square off against the Cornhuskers at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 26).

No. 6 Ohio State 77, No. 19 USC 58
USC 24 - 34 -- 58
OSU 35 - 42 -- 77

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