USC Wins Third Straight With 59-51 Victory Over OSU

Jan. 7, 2007

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team tacked up its thrid straight Pac-10 victory with a 59-51 win over visiting Oregon State on Sunday afternoon at the Galen Center. USC improves to 9-7 overall and 3-3 in Pac-10 play, while Oregon State moves to 6-7, 1-3. The Trojans now prepare to face crosstown rival UCLA at the Bruins' home court on Saturday (Jan. 13).

Oregon State and USC's respective defenses did a solid job of containing each other's top scorers in the game. OSU guard and Pac-10 scoring leader Casey Nash was plagued by foul trouble and fouled out of the game with 4:26 remaining, having scored a season-low 8 points for her first game out of double figures this season. USC's leading scorer Shay Murphy also had a relatively slow scoring day, finally hitting her 41st straight game in double figures with a jumper at 4:12 in the second half and finishing with 12 points. She was all over the boards, however, pulling down a game-high nine rebounds. Instead, USC was led in scoring with 14 points by senior guard Jamie Hagiya for the first time this season, while OSU got a career-high from Judie Lomax with a game-high 18 points. USC's Jamie Funn also hit double digts for the Women of Troy, pouring in 10 points and pulling down eight rebounds, and Nadia Parker matched her mark with 10 points to finish as USC's fourth player in double figures.

Jamie Hagiya pumped in the first seven points for the Women of Troy, draining an early three, sinking a pair of free throws and converting a layup off a steal as USC led 7-4 after four minutes of play. Later in the half, OSU's Casey Nash picked up her third foul at the 5:32 mark of the first half, putting the Pac-10 scoring leader into a difficult situation as the teams were tied up 19-19. Shay Murphy hit a jumper soon after, and then OSU was tagged with a technical foul that put Murphy on the line for two. She sank both, and USC led 23-19 entering the five-minute mark of the first half. But a Beaver 3-pointer from Jasmine Smith cut things back to 23-22 USC. After Murphy slipped in two more free throws, Jamie Funn drew a charge and then drained a jumper to push USC ahead 27-22 at 2:30. USC extended its scoring run to seven straight points before the Beavers managed a score from the paint to make it 30-24 USC at halftime.

USC failed to score on its first two possessions of the second half, while OSU worked the score to 30-27. Kerr dumped in a score from the post. Nash was tagged with her fourth foul of the game with a charge against Murphy at 15:50, while USC held a 35-27 advantage. Hagiya nailed a 3-pointer at 13:00 to get USC ahead 40-33, but OSU scored soon after to keep the Trojans from stretching their lead for that moment. Back-to-back buckets from Nadia Parker and a layup from Hagiya helped get the Women of Troy up 46-37 as teams passed the 10-minute mark.

With Nash back in the game at 8:00, she hit a pair of free throws and then OSU cut the lead to two with a layup from Jasmine Smith. Leading 46-44, the Trojans then traded scores with the Beavers as Nash hit her first field goal of the game at 6:32. A pair of offensive boards and putbacks by the Women of Troy got the lead to 50-46, only to have Nash put down two more free throws. She was tagged with her fifth foul on another charge call at 4:26, however, taking Nash out of the game with an eight-point night. Murphy punched in a jumper to get her 10th points of the game -- marking her 41st straight game in double figures -- for a 52-48 USC edge at 4:12. Parker dumped in a score from the post to extend that advantage to 54-48 before Funn added a pair of free throws to put OSU behind 56-48 entering the final two minutes. Judie Lomax scored low for OSU at 1:01 to make it 57-50 USC, leaving the Beavers without enough time to manufacture any comeback opportunities.

Next up for USC is the anticipated crosstown clash with UCLA. The Trojans pay a visit to the Bruins at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 13).

USC 59, Oregon State 51
OSU 24 - 27 -- 51
USC 30 - 29 -- 59

• Shay Murphy scored in double figures for the 41st straight game.
• Jamie Hagiya tied her season high scoring mark with 15 points.
• USC shot a season-low 12 three-pointers.

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