USC Stalls Out In 76-60 Loss At Washington

Dec. 29, 2006

Box Score

SEATTLE, WASH. -- The USC women's basketball team kept pace with Washington in the second half of play, but could not erase the damage a 10-minute scoring drought had done in the first half, as the Trojans wound up with a 76-60 loss to the Huskies on Friday night at the Bank of America Arena. Shay Murphy had her sixth double-double of the year with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Women of Troy, standing out as the Pac-10 leader in double-doubles this season. USC falls to 6-7 overall and 0-3 in Pac-10 play, while Washington improves to 10-4, 3-0 with the home victory for the Huskies. This is USC's third straight loss as they head to face Washington State for the final game of 2006 on Dec. 31.

USC struggled to keep the Pac-10's top offensive rebounding team off the boards in the first half, giving up 12 offensive boards -- most of which seemed to be followed by a Trojan foul and converted Husky free throws. UW was 10-for-10 from the charity stripe in the first half, and hit five 3-pointers -- three from Cameo Hicks. USC remained matched on the defensive boards throughout, but the Huskies remained powerful on the offensive end as well as the free-throw line. The Trojans were outrebounded 50-35 in the game (26-11 offensive rebounds), but outshot the Huskies with a 40 percent effort from the floor. Washington shot 32 percent in the game, but added a 23-of-29 free-throw effort. Still, most detrimental to the USC cause in the game was that 21-0 scoring run that Washington made in the first half, which all but negated the Trojans' second-half efforts.

After Nadia Parker scored a pair of buckets down low for USC to bring the Trojans ahead 11-10 at 12:32, the Women of Troy failed to score for a full 10 minutes. Washington, meanwhile, charged ahead with 21 straight points, mounting a 31-11 lead before USC managed a single free throw from Chloe Kerr at 2:21. The Trojans notched their first field goal since that 12:32 mark on a Morghan Medlock at 1:45, but Washington answered with a pair of 3-pointers and a three-point play from Emily Florence. Murphy hit a long three just before the halftime buzzer, making it a 40-19 Washington lead at the half.

Washington began the second half in similar fashion to the first, nabbing three offensive rebounds in the same possession and then getting a pair of free throws from Breanne Watson. Two more followed a Kerr score to put USC behind 44-21. When USC finally managed back-to-back scores (Murphy and Parker), Washington answered with a 3-pointer from Andrea Plouffe and a putback from Watson that made it a 51-25 UW lead at 16:40.

Murphy hit double figures with a 3-point play, and then Nicole Berberet picked off a Washington pass before sliding out of bounds. Maggie O'Hara became Washington's eighth player to score with a pair of free throws that got the Huskies to a 57-32 lead. Parker slipped another score from the paint to make it 58-34 as the teams entered the final 10 minutes of regulation. Allison Jaskowiak hit a baseline jumper in transition for USC and then followed up a Parker stuff with a 3-pointer that got the score to 59-39 at 9:05. Hicks spoiled the fun with her fourth 3-pointer of the night, but Jaskowiak nailed another three soon after for the Women of Troy.

USC remained matched with Washington on the defensive boards 20-20 as the teams entered the final seven minutes, but that offensive rebound tally still weighed largely in the Huskies' favor, 24-8. Leading the rebounding charge for Washington was its shortest player, point guard Emily Florence, who grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds to lead all players before checking out of the game with 5:30 to go.

Berberet drained a 3-pointer for USC next, cutting into Washington's lead to make it 64-47 with five minutes remaining. Parker joined Murphy in double figures as she scored low and then converted her three-point play to make it 67-51 at 3:35. Murphy knocked down her third three of the night at 2:40, then matched Florence's rebounding tally of 11 boards to help get USC another possession. Hagiya and Simone Jelks both scored before the close of the game, but not before Washington got its ninth scorer on the board to help finish out a 76-60 win for Washington.

USC now heads east to Pullman, Wash., for a New Year's Eve clash at Washington State. The Trojans face the Cougars at 12 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 31).

Washington 76, USC 60
USC 19 - 41 -- 60
UW 40 - 36 -- 76

• Shay Murphy scored in double figures for the 38th straight game.
• Walk-on point guard Nicole Berberet received her first career start tonight.
• USC has now used six different starting lineups so far this season.
• After an 0-for-10 start to Pac-10 play, Allison Jaskowiak scored three straight field goals, including two 3-pointers.
• USC's 0-3 start to Pac-10 play is the first such effort since the 2000-01 season.

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