USC Suffers 64-62 Loss To Arizona
Feb. 28, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team suffered just its second home loss of the season, falling 64-62 to visiting Arizona on Thursday night at the Galen Center. In USC's first Pac-10 game with all its active players available, the Trojans saw their leading scorer, center Nadia Parker, go down with a knee injury after playing just eight minutes. Point guard Camille LeNoir worked hard to fill the void, delivering a game-high 16 points and five assists for the Women of Troy, while Morghan Medlock had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. But Arizona got four players into double figures and won out on the boards to keep an edge on the Trojans. USC moves to 17-11 overall and 10-7 with the loss, while Arizona improves to 10-18, 4-13 with just one last regular-season game left to play.
Parker's injury came with 7:30 to go in the first half after she had scored four points and grabbed two rebounds in 8 minutes on the court. USC held a six-point lead when Parker was sidelined, and took a 29-21 lead into halftime thanks to a 41-percent shooting effort from the floor and three 3-pointers to Arizona's 28 percent shooting effort in the first half. In the second half, Arizona's shooting percentage upped to 52 percent, while USC slowed and also fell behind on the boards. The Trojans finished by shooting 36 percent in the game compared to 40 percent from Arizona, and the Wildcats outrebounded the Women of Troy 43-35. Entering the game, Nadia Parker was providing 12.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
After a slow start out of the gates, USC went on a 10-0 run thanks in part to threes from Brynn Cameron and Aarika Hughes to get USC ahead 14-7. Another Cameron long one stopped an Arizona run, and Camille LeNoir answered with a score from the paint to get USC ahead 19-13 with eight minutes remaining. USC got ahead by ten at the 5-minute mark, but Arizona moved back in and the teams traded scores the rest of the way until Morghan Medlock slipped in a putback to get USC a 29-21 halftime lead.
USC crept ahead by 10 once again, taking a 33-23 lead on a runner from LeNoir, but the Wildcats responded with a 14-0 run as Trojan shots stalled out and Arizona won out on the boards to move into the lead up 37-33 with 14:20 on the clock. Simone Jelks snapped the Arizona run at 14:01 by converting a three-point play to make it a 38-36 Arizona lead. A Jelks defensive board fed into a USC fast break, as LeNoir hit Cameron for a shot off the glass and a 38-37 USC lead. The lead see-sawed tightly back and forth for the next six minutes until Arizona got up to its largest lead of the game with four straight points from Ashley Whisonant for a 52-47 Arizona lead with 7:24 to go. LeNoir leveled things 52-52 with a three and a take with 7:00 on the clock. The foul count, meanwhile was not in USC's favor, as Arizona was in the bonus while holding just three team fouls entering the final five minutes of play. The Wildcats again made the most of USC misses and built up a 60-52 lead on a series of low scores before Medlock tugged USC back into the race with two free throws for a 60-54 Arizona lead with 4 minutes remaining. In the final minutes, LeNoir did all she could to close back in. She nabbed a steal for the Trojans with 1:47 on the clock with USC trailing by seven. Medlock again drained a pair of free throws to make it 62-57. After an Arizona turnover, LeNoir pumped in a three at 1:10 to make it a two-point game, down 62-60. Again the USC defense stepped up to force a turnover, and LeNoir delivered once more to tie things 62-62 with 36 seconds left. Arizona milked the clock on its final possession, however, and was able to get a low shot from Tasha Dickey to slide in, pulling Arizona ahead 64-62 with 6.1 seconds left. LeNoir lifted up the last shot for the Trojans, but was just off the mark, leaving Arizona with the win and USC with just its second home loss of the year.
USC's final home game is coming up on Saturday (March 1) in a televised face-off with Arizona State. The Trojans take on the Sun Devils at 11 a.m. at the Galen Center in their regular-season finale and Senior Day celebration of USC's six departing players. The USC-ASU game will be televised live by FSN.
Arizona 65, USC 62
ARIZ 21 - 43 -- 64
USC 29 - 33 -- 62
-With two 3-pointers tonight, Camille LeNoir now stands alone as USC's No. 4 all-time career 3-point shooter with 112 career threes. Brynn Cameron ranks No. 3 with 129 after two more tonight.
- Morghan Medlock had her third double-double of the season with 10 point and 10 rebounds tonight.
- USC is now 11-2 at home this season.