USC Slumps To 64-52 Loss To WSU

Feb. 18, 2010

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LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team saw its losing skid go to five in a row with a rare loss to Washington State on Thursday night at the Galen Center. USC had not fallen to the Cougars since 2001 until tonight, as WSU passed up a struggling Trojan squad and handed USC a 64-52 loss. USC slumps to 13-11 overall and is 7-6 in Pac-10 play, while Washington State goes to 7-18, 2-12.

USC had a fresh determination on the rebounding front in today's game, out-rebounding the Cougars 30-15 by halftime although some shooting troubles had the Trojans trailing WSU 32-29 at the half. WSU hit at a 38-percent clip from the floor in the first half to edge out USC's 30-percent effort. Things got worse for USC in the second half however. The Trojans did hold a 46-44 final advantage on the boards, but committed 21 turnovers to 19 by WSU. That went along with a cool 27.5 percent shooting outing in the game by USC while the Cougars finished at 39.3 percent. WSU had KiKi Moore and April Cook score 19 and 18 points, respectively, whereas USC had no one finish in double figures as Christina Marinacci and Briana Gilbreath had nine each.

USC showed new commitment on the boards to open the game, as Christina Marinacci opened her first career start by snagging an offensive rebound and getting the putback for a quick USC lead. The lead would change hands for the next few minutes until the Trojans pulled ahead 13-7 with a 7-0 run capped by an Ashley Corral three at 13:15. USC got up by nine after a 3-point play converted by Briana Gilbreath, but the Cougars cut it to a one-point game and later tied it 20-20 with 5:50 on the clock. Marinacci stopped the 8-1 Cougar run by finishing off a 3-point play to bring USC on top 23-20 with 5:20 to go in the half. WSU closed back in, and when USC threes failed to fall, the Cougars responded and moved back into the lead with a pair of buckets from April Cook that gave WSU a 29-26 lead with 1:25 on the clock. Next trip down, WSU hit a three for its largest lead of the game, up 32-26 in the final minute before a three from Daniela Roark made it a 32-29 Cougar lead at the half.

The Trojans locked back in with the Cougars and had the game tied four more times in the first eight minutes of the half although USC could not manage to pull into the lead. USC shots were rattling in and out in frustrating fashion as WSU worked ahead 48-42 at the 8:40 mark. USC cut it to twice in the last seven minutes - both on scores by Jacki Gemelos - but as USC made it 53-50 on a Gemelos three at 4:40, WSU went on a tear to the end, scoring 11 straight points to put USC in a 64-50 hole before Corral got one last bucket for the Trojans to finish the game as a 64-52 Cougar victory.

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