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USC Rallies For 63-54 Win Over UW

Feb 5, 2021

SEATTLE  – Haley Van Dyke scored a career-high 20 points and Alexis Griggsby chipped in a season-high 17, but the visiting USC Trojans were 15-of-15 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 63-54 win over Washington on Friday night at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Washington (4-9, 1-9 Pac-12) led 40-39 entering the fourth quarter, but USC (8-7, 6-6) outscored the Huskies 24-14 in the final 10 minutes to break away for their first road win of the season.
"Credit USC and their ability to get themselves to the free throw line," UW head coach Jody Wynn said following her team's seventh-straight loss.
"I think that was the story of the game down the stretch."
Van Dyke hit a pair of free throws to give UW a 47-46 advantage with 3:48 left in the game, but the Trojans would go on a 7-0 scoring run to take a lead they would never relinquish.
Desiree Caldwell was 8-of-8 from the line in the fourth quarter – including six down the stretch – to finish the game with 16 points. Alissa Pili led USC with 17 points and reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week Endiya Rogers had 12.
Van Dyke and Griggsby scored all but 17 of the Huskies points. Van Dyke also had seven rebounds and four steals. Griggsby chipped in with seven rebounds and three assists.
Darcy Rees was the next highest scorer with seven points and led the team with four assists.
Both teams were cold from the field over the first 15 minutes before they started trading buckets. UW started the game 0-for-5 from three-point range (USC missed its first 12 attempts), but Griggsby hit the first by either team at 5:47 of the second quarter to give UW a 13-9 lead. The senior would also bury another on the Huskies last possession of the half to put them up 22-18 after 20 minutes of action.
Both teams came out of the gates in the third quarter firing on all cylinders. The Huskies built its largest lead of the game at seven points – thanks to a three by Rees and two more by Griggsby. But USC answered with an 8-0 run before a Khayla Rooks jumper gave the Huskies a one-point lead heading to the fourth.
Griggsby was responsible for the Huskies first five points of the fourth quarter, but USC traded buckets with the Huskies to keep it close. Kyra White hit an uncontested jumper and Shalexxus Aaron broke away for an easy layup and was fouled in the process to give USC a four-point lead with 2:55 remaining.
USC wouldn't hit another field goal, but were 12-of-12 from the line over the final 1:58 to ice the game away.
The Huskies return to action on Sunday, Feb. 7 at home against No. 5 UCLA. Tip is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.