USC Defends Galen Again, Beats Oregon 46-42

Jan. 26, 2008

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LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team defended its home court at the Galen Center well once again, taking down Oregon 46-42 on Saturday afternoon in the lowest-scoring game between the two schools in series history. The Women of Troy now boast a powerful 9-1 record at the Galen Center this season, and have improved their overall record to 13-7 on the season and 6-3 in Pac-10 play. Oregon moves to 10-10, 4-5.

USC was led by a game-high 14 points from Camille LeNoir, who was the only Trojan to hit a 3-pointer on the day as USC finished 13 percent from 3-point range and shot 32 percent from the floor in the game. With junior center Nadia Parker plagued with foul trouble, freshman Kari LaPlante came up big with her second straight double-digit effort, getting all 10 of her points during the second half. Hailey Dunham scored eight for USC after knocking down two big free throws with 8 seconds left in the game to boost the Trojans to the 46-42 final. Dunham also added a career-high eight rebounds. Oregon was led in scoring by Taylor Lilley with 13 points, while Kaela Chapdelaine had 12 rebounds and Ellie Manou had 10 boards for the Ducks.

The staunch defensive game saw the Trojans hold the Ducks to a season-low 42 points, as Oregon shot 34 percent in the game. The Ducks had held a powerful rebounding advantage at halftime, ahead 25-14 on the boards. But USC picked things up and answered back during its second-half comeback, pulling in 22 rebounds to Oregon's 17 in the half.

After trailing the majority of the game and sitting in an 11-point hole early in the second half, USC went on an 11-0 run to tie up the game. The Trojans' first lead of the half wouldn't come until 7 minutes to go when LeNoir nailed a jumper, but Oregon would get no closer from there.

After a pair of Oregon 3-pointers from Taylor Lilley built up a small lead for the Ducks, USC mounted an 8-0 run to get back into the lead, up 14-10 until Oregon stopped the streak and pulled even with a free throw from Kaela Chapdelaine and a three from Tamika Nurse. Heather Oliver sank a long two next, and USC had a 16-14 edge with 6:30 to go in the half. Oregon caught back up and went into the lead next, however. Camille LeNoir knocked down USC's first 3-pointer of the night at the 1:50 mark to make it a one-point game with Oregon up 21-20, but the Ducks got two low scores from Ellie Manou to take a 25-20 halftime lead.

After playing just four minutes in the first half with two fouls, Nadia Parker was tagged with her third early in the second half, while Oregon scored the first six points of the half to open up a 31-20 lead at 16:40. Four minutes later, however, the Women of Troy had eaten right into that thanks to free throws from Hailey Dunham, another three from LeNoir and six points from Kari LaPlante to level things 31-31 at 13:15. Oregon's six 3-pointer of the day followed that, as Lilley knocked down her third to give the Ducks a 34-31 lead at 12:20. Unlucky from 3-point range on the day, Brynn Cameron's got into the scoring column from the free throw line, and Allison Jaskowiak slipped in a putback to lock the game up again at 36-36 just past the midway point of the half. LeNoir gave the Trojans their first lead since the 6:30 mark of the first half with a jumper, and Dunham lifted USC up 40-36 at 6:15 with a putback. Oregon made it a two-point game as time continued to drain, as misses onboth ends held USC ahead 44-42 entering the final minute. With 19 seconds left and just two seconds on the shot clock, USC had the ball under its basket. Parker got off a shot that missed, and the rebound deflected off a Duck and out of bounds to give the Trojans back the ball. Lilley nabbed the inbounds for a steal, but Parker stole it back in transition. With 8 seconds left, Dunham went to the line for USC, and the sophomore knocked down both to secure the win for the Trojans at 46-42.

USC now turns to hit the road with a trip to the Bay Area, as the Trojans first visit Stanford for a 7 p.m. game on Thursday (Jan. 31). USC will then travel up to play California in a 2 p.m. game on Saturday (Feb. 2).

USC 46, Oregon 42
ORE 25 - 17 -- 42
USC 20 - 26 -- 46

- Hailey Dunham had a career-high eight rebounds.
- Kari LaPlante had her second straight double-digit came, with all her points again coming in the second half.
- USC committed a season-low 10 turnovers.
- The 46-42 final was the lowest-scoring game in the USC-Oregon series (88 points is the lowest combined score in a USC-Oregon game)
- Oregon scored a season-low 42 points.
- 46 points ties the lowest point total in a winning effort by the Trojans (last reached in a 46-45 win at Washington in 1993)
- The only team to score over 60 points against USC at the Galen Center this season has been Portland State (68) and Stanford (72) -- both USC wins.

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