No. 13 Oregon Beats USC Women's Basketball From Beyond The Arc
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — The USC women's basketball team was unable to match No. 14 Oregon's firepower from beyond the arc today, with the Ducks nailing 12 threes to account for the difference in a 72-48 win over the Trojans at Galen Center. USC goes to 10-10 overall and to 8-9 in Pac-12 play with the loss, while Oregon improves to 13-6, 10-6.
Oregon's eight first-half 3-pointers were the difference as the Ducks led it 39-25 by halftime. USC had knocked down a pair of threes to that point and was shooting 42 percent from the floor, which wasn't enough to catch the Ducks, who were at 50 percent in those first 20 minutes. Oregon would stay on a similar pace in the second half, rounding things out on its 72-48 win with a 48-percent shooting effort overall and with 12 threes made. USC shot 33 percent from the floor and finished with four threes. All else was largely even, with Oregon outrebounding USC 36-30 while holding a slight edge on turnovers (8-10) and on points in the paint (24-22).
USC was led offensively by Alissa Pili's 14 points along with nine from Angel Jackson. Endyia Rogers provided five assists and had seven rebounds. Oregon had four players finish in double digits — Sydney Parrish (17 points), Erin Boley (11), Nyara Sabally (11) and Sedona Prince (11).
USC had the game snarled up at 14-14 after back-to-back buckets from Angel Jackson, only to see Oregon scored six straight points to snatch back the advantage. By the end of the first, the Ducks were up 21-16. And despite two early scores from Jordan Sanders, Oregon found four more 3-pointers in the second — two of which came in a 10-0 scoring surge for the Ducks. That put USC behind 34-20 with 5:05 on the clock, and by halftime Oregon gripped a 39-25 lead on the Trojans. USC and Oregon were in stride again in the third until the Trojans made a 6-0 surge featuring a couple nice jumpers from Jordan Sanders, making it 47-35 with 3:25 on the clock. Again the Ducks answered back, closing out the third with seven straight points to lead it 54-35 entering the fourth, where Oregon remained in control en route to the final 72-48 decision.
- SO F Alissa Pili scored in double digits for the fifth time in the past six games.
- For the second straight game, USC had just one player score in double digits. USC is now 0-4 when that has occurred.
USC wraps the regular season next weekend with a crosstown showdown in Westwood, visiting UCLA for a 5 p.m. meeting on Friday (Feb. 26).