USC Falls 62-46 To No. 14 Stanford In Pac-10 Opener
Dec. 20, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team got a game-high 22 points from senior guard Shay Murphy but couldn't answer No. 14 Stanford's offensive balance, falling 62-46 to the Cardinal in the teams' Pac-10 opener on Wednesday night at the Galen Center. USC's overall record moves to 6-5 for an 0-1 start to Pac-10 play, while Stanford improves to 6-3, 1-0. The loss snaps a three-game win streak by the Trojans. Stanford has now won four straight.
Kristen Newlin delivered the last eight points of the game for the Cardinal to end up matched with Brooke Smith for a team-high 14 points. Smith finished with a double-double with 12 rebounds. Jillian Harmon and J.J. Hones scored 13 and 11 points, respectively, for Stanford. The Trojans hurt themselves with turnovers, giving the ball up 18 times to lead to 21 Cardinal points. USC shot just 22 percent in the second half to remain out of reach of Stanford.
Shay Murphy provided the first 13 points for the Women of Troy, and then Chloe Kerr joined her on the scoreboard by converting a 3-point play that tied up tthe game 16-16 with nine minutes to go in the first half. USC's 8-0 run was stopped by a 3-pointer from Stanford's J.J. Hones to put the Cardinal back up 19-16. Turnovers then took a toll on the Trojans, as Stanford creeped out to a 28-18 lead before Murphy again drilled a jumper with five minutes to go. Stanford answered that one, however, getting back out to a 10-point lead, and then Kerr delivered from the paint to make it 30-22 Stanford. After Hones hit her third three of the night, USC forced a shot clock violation by the Cardinal to get the ball back. Murphy then matched Hones' 3-point tally with a long one as the teams entered the final minute of the half, cutting the Stanford lead back to 10 at 35-25. Morghan Medlock became USC's fourth scorer in the half with a runner, leaving it a 36-27 score going into the locker rooms.
A bank shot from Jillian Harmon pushed Stanford ahead 38-27 to open the second half, and the Cardinal held an 11-point edge until Nadia Parker drained a pair of free throws at 12:40 and Nicole Berberet crashed to the floor for a loose ball. Murphy's 3-point try was just off the mark, and Stanford made good on its next offensive series to go up 52-39 with nine minutes remaining. As the teams entered the last seven minutes of regulation, Stanford had garnered 21 points off of 16 USC turnovers. A jumper from Brooke Smith got the Cardinal ahead 54-40, sparking USC to put on a press. The Trojans got a three from Jamie Hagiya to bring it to a 10-point game, but Kristen Newlin scored back-to-back baskets to make it 58-44 Stanford for the final five minutes. Newlin delivered again, scoring low to help Stanford to its largest lead of the game at 60-44 with 3:15 on the clock.
Murphy stood as USC's only player in double figures until Kerr hit a pair of free throws at 2:55 while Stanford's offensive balance had Hones, Smith, Newlin and Jillian Harmon well secured in double digits by that point. Newlin pumped in the final eight points for the Cardinal to hold of the Trojans for a 62-46 Stanford victory.
USC now moves on in Pac-10 action with a Friday clash against No. 15 California, which fell in overtime at UCLA on Wednesday night. The Trojans and the Bears face off at 1 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 22) at the Galen Center.
No. 14 Stanford 62, USC 46
STAN 36 - 26 -- 62
USC 27 - 19 -- 46
Shay Murphy scored in double figures for the 36th straight game.
Murphy played a season-high 37 minutes.
Chloé Kerr scored in double figures for the 13th straight game.
Allison Jaskowiak tied her season-high of 7 rebounds.
USC's 19 points was the lowest second-half scoring mark of the season.
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