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Buffs Battle Back To Beat Visiting USC Women's Basketball, 66-56

Feb 12, 2021

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BOULDER, COLO. — The USC women's basketball team hit an untimely cold snap in the fourth quarter in Boulder, Colo., tonight, and host Colorado took full advantage of the momentum shift to pull off a 66-56 comeback win over the visiting Trojans. USC had led by 13 in the second quarter before the Buffs started to chip away. Tied entering the fourth, USC saw the lead slip away and its three-game win streak come to a stop. USC is now 9-8 overall and 7-7 in Pac-12 play, while Colorado goes to 8-9, 6-8.

USC was shooting at a 43-percent clip in the first half and had hit six 3-pointers to keep out out ahead of its hosts, who shot 33 percent from the floor and had a trio of 3-pointers while trailing the Trojans 33-30 by halftime. In the second half, however, only one USC 3-pointer would fall while the Buffs made three more. The Trojans would finish the game at 40 percent overall from the floor, and Colorado heated up to 43 percent by the final buzzer, outscoring USC 19-9 in the fourth frame. Colorado also won out on the boards 42-25 and was 14-of-18 from the free-throw line to USC's 5-of-7 outing from the stripe.

USC had just Alissa Pili finish in double digits with 12 points along with seven rebounds. Colorado had three Buffs hit double digits, led by Mya Hollingshed's 18 points along with 17 from Frida Formann and 11 from Peanut Tuitele.

USC constructed a 19-2 scoring run that spanned the first and second quarters, with Shalexxus Aaron hitting three 3-pointers in that eight-minute span as USC got out  to a 12-point lead, up 24-12 in the early goings of the second. Alyson Miura became the fourth Trojan to hit a three in the first half minutes later, and Jordyn Jenkins struck in the paint to craft a 31-18 USC lead with 4:30 to go to halftime. Colorado would respond, though, closing out the half with a 12-2 surge that had the margin down to three points by halftime with USC leading 33-30.

The Trojans were looking good early in the third, making an 8-2 run with a bucket from Pili, a three from Jordan Sanders and a three-point play from Jenkins. But that Sanders three at 7:25 would be the only one to fall for USC in the second half. Colorado would keep trimming down USC's advantage, and the teams were tied up 47-47 going into the fourth. The Buffs took their first lead since the first quarter with a 4-0 early push to go up 51-47, and although Desiree Caldwell scored next to get it to a two-point game, that would be as close as USC would get the rest of the way as Colorado wound up with a 66-56 victory.

-  SO F Alissa Pili scored in double digits for the third straight game.
- With three 3-pointers made, RS SO G Shalexxus Aaron has scored 10 threes in the last four games.
- JR G Desiree Caldwell tied her career high with seven assists.
-  Pili had a season-high seven rebounds.
- USC is now 0-2 with just one player scoring in double digits.

USC now heads to Salt Lake City for a visit to take on Utah in a 4 p.m. MT matchup on Sunday (Feb. 14).