USC Outpaces Oregon 87-84 On The Road
Feb. 25, 2010
EUGENE, ORE. - The USC women's basketball team outlasted Oregon in a high-powered Pac-10 clash on Thursday night, taking down the home team 87-84 behind 23 points and 12 assists from Ashley Corral. In doing so, Corral became one of just five Trojans all-time to record 12 or more assists in a single game, with 12 standing as the fourth-highest single-game total in USC history. Four other Women of Troy hit double digits in the fast-paced game, which saw USC pull to a 15-11 overall record and improve its Pac-10 mark to 9-6. Four Ducks hit double digits led by 22 from Taylor Lilley in a losing effort that puts Oregon at 16-11, 7-8.
Shots were falling fast and furiously in the first half as the teams traded the lead seven times and each led by as much as seven points in the half. USC shot at a 55-percent clip in the first half, just ahead of Oregon's 53 percent, but the Ducks fought back to edge ahead 47-46 by halftime as Oregon erased what had been a 39-32 USC lead with 4:35 to go in the half. In the second half, the lead would switch hands seven more times. Corral got to her career high of 12 assists before 10 minutes were gone in the second half, and she would come up key from the free-throw line during the final few moments. By the final buzzer, USC was shooting 47.7 percent and Oregon was at 49.2, while the Trojans led on the boards 34-30.
Corral's double-double day (23 points, 12 assists) went along with a 20-point outing from Briana Gilbreath, 13 each from Jacki Gemelos and Christina Marinacci and 12 from Hailey Dunham for the Women of Troy. It was a career-high scoring effort by Marinacci and Dunham on the night. Oregon's Lilley had her 22 points go with 16 from Micaela Cocks, 13 by Nia Jackson and 10 from Jasmine Holliday. The Trojan win avenged an earlier home loss to the Ducks during the first half of Pac-10 play this season.
In an exhausting back-and-forth battle, USC got a clutch 10 points from Hailey Dunham by halftime while Briana Gilbreath had 15 of her final 20 by half. Corral drained four 3-pointers in the half, but Oregon was still able to make a push into the lead. The Ducks had led by seven early in the game before the Trojans made a 9-0 run that snagged the lead on Corral's sixth assist of the game as she hit Gilbreath for a score that put USC ahead 39-32 with 4:25 on the clock. Oregon pushed back, however, eating away at USC's lead by following up a Corral three with a 9-2 run, including five straight points from Jasmin Holliday in the last 1:20 of the half.
Oregon would take a 47-46 lead at halftime and then opened the second with some scores in the paint to keep pace with USC early. After Oregon edged ahead 53-51, USC wrapped Corral threes around a Duck bucket, then got a score from Christina Marinacci and later a long one from Jacki Gemelos that lifted USC back to its biggest lead of the game, up seven at 64-57 with 14:15 on the clock. Undeterred when the Trojans were still up seven after a Gilbreath score at 11:01, Oregon began to close the gap. They made it a one-point game with 4:18 to on a trip to the line by Taylor Lilley, and although USC got a stop on a five-seconds call on a Duck inbounds later, the Trojans failed to score on its next trip. Oregon came back and nabbed the lead 82-80 with Micaela Cocks' three at 2:40, but Marinacci leveled it with a solid pair of free throws at 2:17. Gilbreath hit the first of her tosses for a slim 83-82 USC lead, and Marinacci hauled in the key offensive board for a fresh USC possession. It would be all free throws the rest of the way for USC, with Corral putting in one of two with 18 seconds left. The miss went out of bounds off the Ducks for another USC possession, and Corral went back to the line with nine ticks to go and USC up 84-82. She missed the first and made the second, only to see Oregon's Nia Jackson race the other direction off the inbounds to cut it back to one on a layup that had USC up 85-84 with 4.7 seconds remaining. Corral was again put on the line, and the sophomore drained both to hold USC ahead 87-84, and the Trojans stole the ball back to shut down the game as a USC win.
USC now heads to Corvallis to take on Oregon State at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 27).
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