USC Blasts Past Oregon 94-64 In Pac-10 Road Finale
March 7, 2009
EUGENE, ORE. - The USC women's basketball team snapped a three-game losing skid by getting all 12 available Trojans in on the scoring on the way to a 94-64 win over host Oregon on Saturday afternoon in Eugene. The Trojans escaped a first-half 5-point deficit and didn't look back as they built up their largest margin of victory this season. USC ends the Pac-10 regular season with a 9-9 conference record and holds a 15-14 overall mark. Oregon winds up 9-20 overall and 5-15 in Pac-10.
That finish puts USC as the No. 5 seed for the upcoming Pac-10 Tournament at the Galen Center. The Trojans will face crosstown rival UCLA at 7:15 p.m. on Friday (March 13).
A pair of 8-0 scoring spurts by the Trojans helped USC make some room ahead of the Ducks going into halftime. USC had trailed by five midway through the half, but forced 14 turnovers out of the Ducks in the half and improved to shoot at a 53-percent clip compared to 37 from Oregon as the Trojans led 47-30 at the half. An even hotter second half saw USC drill out a 63-percent scoring outing to finish up shooting 57 percent on the day. Oregon finished at 35 percent. Of USC's 12 scorers in the game, Heather Oliver led them all for the second straight game, hitting 16 to be followed closely by 15 from Brynn Cameron, 13 from Camille LeNoir and 12 by Briana Gilbreath. Oregon had Taylor Lilley with 14 and Jasmin Holliday with 13.
USC's early 5-0 lead was followed by eight straight points from the Ducks. Oregon later went ahead but five on Taylor Lilley's third 3-pointer of the day to take the Ducks up 19-14, but the Women of Troy manufactured an 11-2 scoring surge next to get back ahead. Keyed by the USC defense, the Trojans got back-to-back scores from Brynn Cameron and an Ashley Corral three answered an Oregon bucket. A Cameron assist fed a score from Heather Oliver at 7:15, and USC was up 25-21. Two and a half minutes later, a set of three-point plays from the Trojans carried USC out ahead by 12. Hailey Dunham converted on one at 6:32; Cameron nailed her second three to move into double digits, and Corral finished off a three-point play at 4:40, making it 36-24 USC. The Ducks cut in with a 5-0 spurt, only to see USC barrel farther ahead. A jumper from Dunham was quickly followed by back-to-back steals and layups from Oliver, carrying her into double digits and the Trojans to a 45-29 advantage entering the final minute of the half. Two USC free throws were answered by a single make from Oregon in the last stretch, putting USC at a 47-30 lead for halftime.
USC opened up a 22-point lead after a Dunham steal led to a smooth take from Camille LeNoir. Later, Cameron would bury her third three and put USC ahead 61-38 with 15:35 on the clock. Oregon would knock down a pair of 3-pointers a minute apart later, but USC scores answered each with a bucket from Gilbreath and one from Aarika Hughes to put USC at a 74-50 lead with 8 minutes on the clock. Senior Nicole Berberet landed a three at 4:40 to power USC out to a 30-point lead, and Daniela Roark nailed one of her own on USC's next possession, and the Trojans were up 88-55 with just under four minutes remaining. By the final buzzer, Michelle Franco had pocketed a score as well to stand as USC's 12th scorer on the day on the way to a 94-64 road win to close out the Pac-10 regular season.