USC Stalls Out At UCLA 74-56

Feb. 13, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team was outplayed by host UCLA today at Pauley Pavilion, as a troublesome first half put the Trojans in a hole they couldn't climb out of. UCLA captured a 74-56 win on Saturday, leaving USC with a four-game losing streak. USC goes to 13-10 overall and 7-4 in Pac-10 play with the loss, while UCLA improves to 15-7, 8-3.

UCLA was on task to start the game, stymieing the USC offense in the first half to the tune of a 37-18 Bruin lead by halftime. UCLA got off more than double the shots that the Trojans managed as USC committed 14 first-half turnovers. UCLA was 16-of-39 (41.0 percent) from the floor in the half, ahead of USC's 6-of-17 (35.3) effort. USC improved things and took better care of the ball in the second half, but the first-half hole was too great with the Bruins staying in stride with USC down the stretch for the win. USC finished the game shooting 35 percent in the game to UCLA's 45 percent outing. The Bruins dominated the boards 44-29 and had four players in double figures. Markel Walker, Jasmine Dixon and Erica Tukiainen all had a game-high 13 points while USC got three players to finish with 11 points apiece - Kari LaPlante, Jacki Gemelos and Ashley Corral.

The Bruins overmatched the Trojans in intensity to open the game, as USC's offense was stifled to just seven Trojan shot attempts while committing six turnovers in the first 10 minutes of play. USC stopped a 10-0 UCLA run with a score from Kari LaPlante down low, but the Bruins hit a three next to take a 17-6 lead. UCLA would stay well ahead of the Trojans by largely taking care of the ball down the line, and UCLA led 37-18 at the half. UCLA had just three turnovers in the half, compared to 14 by the Trojans.

USC made its best scoring run of the game with a 6-0 spurt, but UCLA answered back with an 8-0 run that put the Bruins ahead 45-24 at 15:45. Kari LaPlante became the first Trojan in double figures with a score in the paint that got her to 11 points and made the score a 61-41 UCLA lead with 6:20 to go. Jacki Gemelos joined her in double figures a few minutes later as Gemelos provided 11 second-half points, but the Bruins were still preserving their comfortable lead. USC would outscore the Bruins by a point in the second half as UCLA's first-half power carried the Bruins to a 74-56 victory.

USC now turns to host a pair of Pac-10 games with Washington coming to the Galen Center for a 7 p.m. game on Thursday (Feb. 18) followed by an 8 p.m. televised game against Washington State at 8 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 20).

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