LaPlante's Career Night Helps USC To 59-47 Win Over OSU

Jan. 24, 2008

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LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team had another staunch defensive outing at the Galen Center en route to a 59-47 win over Oregon State on Thursday night. Two Trojans hit double figures in the game, led by a career-high 13 points from freshman Kari LaPlante and 10 points from sophomore Hailey Dunham, while junior Nadia Parker pulled down 10 rebounds for the Women of Troy. Oregon State was led by Cedes Fox-Griffin with 15 points. The win pulls USC to 12-7 overall and 5-3 in Pac-10 play. Oregon State moves to 10-9, 3-5.

Now 8-1 at the Galen Center this season, USC saw its seventh different leading scorer emerge this season in LaPlante's career high 13 points - all of which came in the second half. Also hitting a career best on the night was point guard Camille LeNoir, who ripped down nine rebounds. She also tallied five assists for the Trojans. Leading scorers LaPlante and Dunham entered the game averaging a combined 8.1 points per game, but together garnered 23 points for the Trojans in tonight's Pac-10 win.

USC shot 44 percent from the floor in the game, with all three 3-pointers coming from the hands from Brynn Cameron. Oregon State finished with a 33 percent shooting effort. The Women of Troy tacked up a season-high of seven blocks - three of which came from Parker - and also were able to up their efforts on the boards in the game, outrebounding their opponents for the first time in eight games by snagging 35 boards to the Beavers' 25. The 12-point win was USC's largest margin of victory since a 78-45 win over Grambling State on Dec. 21, as the Trojans previous five wins were single-digit decisions.

After a slow shooting performance on both ends, the USC defense interrupted the OSU offense further by forcing the Beavers into three consecutive shot clock violations as USC took a 10-6 lead on a Hailey Dunham layin just after the 10-minute mark. After an OSU turnover, another Dunham bucket from the post pushed the Trojans ahead 12-7 with 9:20 on the clock. The first 3-pointer of the night came from Brynn Cameron, who knocked down her shot at 3:25 to boost USC up 21-13. And when a short run from the Beavers and their first three of the night cut the score to 23-21 at 1:15, Cameron answered with another long one, and Dunham finished off an assist from Camille LeNoir to give the Trojans a little more room in the final minute of the half. OSU got one last score, and the Trojans held a 28-23 lead at the half.

A couple LeNoir-Parker connections early in the half lifted the Trojans up 32-23, and LeNoir quickly converted a rebound into a fastbreak layup for Oliver as USC went up 34-23 for its first double-digit lead of the game at the 17-minute mark. The Beavers knocked down a singe free throw at 15:43, but USC ballooned its lead with a LeNoir drive down the middle of the key for a bucket and then a three-point play converted by Parker. USC's 11-1 run came up against a score from Cedes Fox-Griffin, only to have LeNoir slip in another score for USC to make the score 41-26 USC at 12:30.

As the final eight minutes approached, the only player sitting in double figures was OSU's Fox-Griffin (11), though Parker was up to 10 rebounds, followed closely by teammate LeNoir with a career-high nine. Meanwhile, USC's double-digit lead dwindled to seven after a three from Ducker and free throws from Fox-Griffin that made it 48-41 USC at 7:30. But the Trojan defense forced another OSU shot clock violation at 6:40, and Kari LaPlante dumped in a bucket next to get USC up 50-41 at 6:20. Another LaPlante score in the paint matched the freshman's career-high of eight points and put USC back ahead by double digits, up 52-41 at 5:50. Misses on both ends kept USC's lead at 11 until OSU hit one with 3 minutes left to make it 54-45. But LaPlante tallied herself a new career best with her 10th points of the night for a 56-45 USC lead at 2:30. The freshman added to that by knocking down two free throws, becoming USC's top scorer in the game with 1:30 left to play.

Next up for the Trojans is another Pac-10 home matchup, as USC hosts Oregon at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 26) at the Galen Center.

USC 59, Oregon State 47
OSU 23 - 24 -- 47
USC 28 - 31 -- 59

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