USC Takes 81-53 Loss At No. 8 Stanford

Jan. 29, 2009

PALO ALTO, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team had a rough night on the road in an 81-53 loss to No. 8 Stanford on Thursday at Maples Pavilion. A season-low shooting effort and some struggles on the boards left the Trojans trailing the Cardinal early, and despite a second-half run USC couldn't keep up with the league's top-scoring squad. USC's lone player in double digits on the night was senior guard Camille LeNoir, while there were four Cardinal in double figures. USC moves to 11-8 overall and 5-3 in Pac-10 play with the loss. Stanford improves to 16-4, 7-1.

USC finished out the game shooting 27 percent in comparison to Stanford's 42-percent clip. On the boards, the Trojans were doubled up, with the Cardinal pulling down 62 rebounds - the most given up by USC on the year - while the Women of Troy wound up with a season-low 31. USC did win out in the steals count (11-8) and came away with fewer turnovers (16-22), but Stanford's 51-point second half outdid the Trojans. The Cardinal received a game-high 19 points from Jayne Appel along with 16 from Sarah Boothe and 10 each from Jeanette Pohlen and Jillian Harmon.

It took the Trojans just over eight minutes to get their first bucket to fall on the Cardinal's home court. Briana Gilbreath nailed a three for USC at 11:50 to make it 12-3 Stanford. USC's shooting percentage would drop to a mere 6 percent at the 10-minute mark before Aarika Hughes got back-to-back scores to go. Camille LeNoir provided a runner next, and Kari LaPlante took a charge from Stanford's top scorer Jayne Appel to help set up a USC possession that LeNoir capped with a three, bringing the score to 18-12 Stanford with 7:46 on the clock. Stanford would snap the 9-0 USC run at 7:00, only to have LeNoir slip in her seventh straight points with a reverse to get it to 20-14 Cardinal. The halftime margin would wind up at six points as well, with Stanford holding a 30-24 lead.

USC opened the second half with an early 6-2 run as LeNoir dished out a pair of assists to cut the Stanford lead to two at 32-30 with 18:10 on the clock. But Stanford keyed a scoring stretch next to get back out and match its largest lead from the first half, up 50-35 with 12:40 to go. Heather Oliver planted a three next for the Trojans, only to have Stanford's post play push the Cardinal out to a 67-42 lead with 8:25 remaining. At that point, Stanford had the Trojans more than doubled up on the boards (48-23), and had four players in double figures while LeNoir was USC's scoring leader with 18. The game would close out with the same advantages, as Stanford worked out ahead to finish the game as an 81-53 Cardinal victory.

USC now heads to Berkeley to face Pac-10 leader and fifth-ranked California at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 31).

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