No. 1 Stanford Tops USC Women 80-60
LOS ANGELES — The USC women's basketball team recovered from a slot first quarter and went largely toe-to-toe with No. 1 Stanford down the stretch, although the high-powered Cardinal stayed in control for an 80-60 win over the host Trojans tonight at Galen Center. USC's Endyia Rogers blew up for 26 points to lead the Trojans, who are now 1-4 overall and 0-4 in Pac-12 play. Top-ranked Stanford improves to 5-0, 3-0.
USC outshot Stanford from the floor, going 40.4 percent to the Cardinal's 39.2 percent, but Stanford hit 11 threes and outrebounded the Trojans 52-26. Stanford's Kiana Williams accounted for seven of those, finishing with a game-high. 27 points to pace the Cardinal. Endyia Rogers was USC's hot hand with her 26 points, which included two of USC's seven 3-pointers landed. Jordan Sanders also hit double digits for USC with 10 points, while Stanford had Cameron Brink with 12 points and Haley Jones led all with 11 rebounds.
Stanford generated a 9-0 rally in the first frame to work out ahead of its host. Three Cardinal 3-pointers fell in the first to a pair by the Trojans, and Stanford led things 15-7 after 10 minutes of play. The Trojans got their feet under them in the second quarter and stayed in stride with the Cardinal as Endyia Rogers heated up and worked her way into double figures. Sparking USC's stronger second quarter was a 3-pointer out of the gates from Amaya Oliver — the first of her Trojan career. Angel Jackson struck down low later, tugging it to a six-point game at 30-24 before Stanford managed on last score to close out the half leading it 32-24.
In the third it was Kyra White's time to shine. She'd serve up a block on the defensive end and also knock down back-to-back 3-pointers — setting a new career high — to carve the deficit down to five, down 37-32 with 6:35 on the clock. Stanford stiffened from there, though, and crafted an 8-0 rally to stretch its lead back to double digits. Jordan Sanders kicked in six quick points for the Trojans in the fourth while Rogers kept clicking as she worked her way to a season-high 26 points, but the Cardinal kept control of the boards and kept space between it and the Trojans in finishing out an 80-60 win.
USC now turns to host California (0-6, 0-3 Pac-12) in a 2 p.m. meeting on Monday (Dec. 21) at Galen Center.
- FR F Amaya Oliver hit her first career 3-pointer.
- SO G Kyra White set a new career high with two 3-pointers made; she matched her career high of two blocks.
- With 26 points tonight, SO G Endyia Rogers scored a season high and hit in double digits for the fourth time this season.
- SO C Angel Jackson set a new career high with five blocks.
- FR G Zayla Tinner scored her first points as a Trojan with her 3-pointer made tonight.