USC Women Battle Back For Fifth Straight Win Over UCLA

Feb. 10, 2007

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's basketball team powered to its fifth straight victory over crosstown rival UCLA and broke a six-game trend of close contests with a 62-55 win over the Bruins in front of a record-setting crowd at the Galen Center on Saturday afternoon. After six straight USC-UCLA games decided by four or fewer points, the Trojans' seven-point victory helped them run their win streak against the Bruins to five games. USC's balanced scoring overpowered UCLA, as nine different Women of Troy scored in the game, while the Bruins had only their five starters put in points. USC improves to 15-9 overall and 9-5 in Pac-10 play. UCLA moves 13-13, 7-7.

UCLA got a game-high 18 points from Noelle Quinn and 14 points from Lindsey Pluimer. USC's top scorer was Shay Murphy, who tallied her ninth double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Seniors Jamie Funn and Jamie Hagiya each had 10 points for the Women of Troy. USC welcomed the first sell-out crowd in program history into its new home, the Galen Center, and the final attendance of the day was 9,749 -- USC's highest attendance in program history.

USC balanced out its scoring attack in the first half, getting eight different players on the board to UCLA's five scorers by halftime. UCLA led by as much as eight in the first half before USC closed in a took its first and only lead of the half with 44 seconds to go to halftime. After that one lead change in the first half, the teams wound up trading the lead five times in the game. UCLA led by as much as eight in the first half, but USC took better care of the ball and doubled its efforts on the offensive boards in the second half, going from eight in the first half to finish with 24 offensive rebounds for 42 total to UCLA's 37. That helped the Trojans work ahead, as did the USC bench, which provided 15 points.

UCLA was pushed into bonus less than eight minutes into the game, as Noelle Quinn went to the line but missed the first of her one-and-one for a chance to add to UCLA's 14-10 lead. The Bruins picked up their third foul of the half, next, and at 9:20 on the clock Simone Jelks drained a 3-pointer that cut the Bruin lead to 16-15. Two Trojan turnovers led to a pair of UCLA buckets, however, and UCLA took a 20-15 advantage at 8:10. A 3-pointer from Lindsey Pluimer gave her 10 points in the game and gave UCLA a 25-17 lead with 5:40 to go in the half. Hailey Dunham knocked down back-to-back jumpers to cut into that lead, however, making it 25-21. She then nabbed a steal for USC, but Shay Murphy was called for a charge on her trip to the hoop on the ensuing possession. Down by four, USC got a three-point play converted cleanly by Chloe Kerr to make it a one-point game entering the final two minutes of the half. After trading turnovers, Kerr slipped in a putback to give the Trojans their first lead of the game at 28-27 with 44 seconds remaining. Pluimer took a trip to the line with 23.3 on the clock, making both to take back the lead 29-28. Finally in bonus, USC had Jaskowiak go to the free-throw line with 20.2 remaining. Her shot went in, but a lane violation took the point away and gave the ball back to the Bruins. UCLA traveled next, however, setting USC up for the final possession of the half with 13.2 seconds to go. Murphy's shot before the buzzer was blocked for UCLA's fourth block of the game to close out the half with USC behind 29-28.

USC tied things up 31-31 with a bucket from Funn and then took a 34-33 lead with a 3-pointer from Jamie Hagiya at 17:50. Hagiya nailed another three after a pair of UCLA free throws to help USC ahead 37-35 at 16:40. A pait of putbacks rolled off the rim for Parker, but Murphy grabbed the next and was fouled on the way up. She sank both to lift USC to a 41-37 lead at 14:45. Quinn hit a three next for USC to bring it back to a one-point game. Morghan Medlock became the ninth Trojan to score with a jumper at 13:50, just before Kerr was tagged with her fourth foul at 13:00. Jelks hauled down a pair of offensive boards for the Women of Troy as the 10-minute mark came and went to give USC a long possession. Jaskowiak found Funn for a layin that got USC back ahead 47-45 with 9:15 to go. After a UCLA fast break tied it back up, Murphy went to the line, hitting both ends of her one-and-one to take back the lead at 8:30. Murphy later hit double figures with another trip to the free-throw line, getting USC ahead 53-49 with six minutes remaining. Leading 53-51 with five minutes left, USC saw UCLA's Quinn shoot free throws next to tie it up 53-53 at 4:57. A Murphy jumper grabbed back the lead for the Trojans at 4:30, but two more UCLA free throws locked it again for the 10th time in the game.

Chinyere Ibekwe lined up for a shot to give UCLA a lead at 2:54, but she missed both, and USC's Funn pulled down the defensive board. Murphy grabbed a steal and took the ball the other way, fouled on her layup try to go to the free-throw line once again. She hit the first, but the second rolled out to keep USC's lead at 56-55. A UCLA travel put the ball back in USC hands, and Kerr delivered a pass to Funn low for a 58-55 USC lead. Another Murphy steal set USC off on the attack, and Jelks was fouled to shoot a pair next at 1:23. She missed them both, however, to hold it at a three-point game. As the crowd of 9,749 screamed and USC put on a tight press, UCLA was off on a 3-point try and a putback attempt. Kerr came down with the rebound for the Trojans with 1:03 on the clock and was fouled, where she hit the first only to make it 59-55 USC. Another Bruin miss was tracked down by Hagiya for a clutch defensive board. Jaskowiak was sent to the free-throw line for USC with 21.2 seconds remaining, and the senior drained the first before UCLA called a timeout. The second was a miss, putting USC ahead 60-55. Quinn tried for a deep three, but missed, and USC came up with the loose ball and quickly sent it down the court to Jaskowiak, who slipped in a wide-open layup to round out USC's biggest win over UCLA in seven games for a 62-55 Trojan victory.

USC now turns to host Arizona State and Arizona at the Galen Center. USC faces the Sun Devils at 7 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 15) and then plays the Wildcats at 1 p.m. in a televised game on Saturday (Feb. 17) that also marks Senior Day for the Women of Troy.

USC 62, UCLA 55
UCLA 29 - 26 -- 55
USC 28 - 34 -- 62

GAME NOTES:
• Shay Murphy has hit double figures in 48 of the past 49 games.
• Jamie Hagiya scored in double figures for the 11th straight game.
• USC's attendance of 9,749 is the highest in women's program history.

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