Game Five Post-Game Notes: USC vs. Oregon

March 12, 2010

·         USC’s all-time record in Tournament games is 7-8.  Oregon’s all-time record is now 4-9.


·         Tonight’s game was the first Tournament match-up between these teams.


·         USC will play in the Tournament’s semifinal round for the 5th time in the past six seasons. 


·         The two teams split their regular season contests, each winning on the other’s home court.  Although Oregon and Washington tied for 6th place in the Conference standings, the Ducks’ 85-77 win over the Trojans was the tie-breaker that gave them the 6th seed in the Tournament.


·         There were 6 lead changes and 3 ties in the game’s first 7:52.  USC took a 17-15 lead on an Ashley Corral 3 point field goal at 12:08 to go.  USC maintained that lead until the 6:26 mark when Amanda Johnson’s field goal put the Ducks ahead 28-27.  The Trojans regained the lead 29-28, led for the rest of the half and took a 39-34 halftime lead.  USC’s Kari LaPlante scored 13 first half points, with 6 of 6 shooting from the field.


·         USC took a 7 point lead (43-36) early in the 2nd half, but Oregon tied the game at 50-50 on a Victoria Kenyon three and again at 57-57 with 11:25 to go.  Oregon took the lead on a Johnson three point field goal at 10:16 (60-57) which it extended to five points (64-59).  USC then went on a 9-0 run to regain the lead (68-64) with 6:54 to go.  After Oregon closed to within one point (72-71) at 1:09, USC sank a free throw, rebounded a missed free throw and Ashley Corral sank a three at :23.2 (76-71).  Nia Jackson made a field goal and free throw at :16 (76-74).  Jacki Gemelos sank two free throws at :14.4 (78-74).


·         USC’s Stefanie Gilbreath scored 15 of her 19 points in the 2nd half, as USC won for the 11th time in 13 tries when leading at halftime this season.


·         Oregon’s Taylor Lilley scored 22 points, scoring 20+ points for the eleventh time this season.


·         Kenyon scored a career high 18 points tonight, bettering the 16 she scored at Utah on 12/22/09.


·         LaPlante shot 7-8 from the field, tying her for 3rd on the Tournament FG% list (.875).  Laura McLellan of Washington also also 7-8 (vs. ASU on 3/8/08).  It was also the best shooting night for a Trojan this season.


·         Oregon’s 3 point field goal percentage of .529 (9/17) was the 7th best by a team in the Tournament.


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