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USC Women’s Basketball Takes First Loss With 67-41 Defeat To Tough Missouri State

Nov 20, 2021

LOS ANGELES — The USC women's basketball team came up against a tough Missouri State squad today at Galen Center and struggled to find its scoring touch in a 67-41 loss to the Lady Bears. MSU was hot-handed in the first half to create space on the Trojans, who finished with just one player in double digits in Jordan Sanders. It's USC's first loss of the season, going to 3-1 overall, while MSU improves to 3-1.

Missouri State manufactured a 10-0 run in the first quarter and an 11-0 surge in the second to put USC in a 44-20 halftime hole. The Trojan offense was shooting a meager 22 percent from the floor to drag behind the Lady Bears' 51.5 percent effort in the first half. MSU also was ahead on the boards 24-14 and had two players — Jasmie Franklin and Brice Calip — in double digits with 15 apiece by halftime.

The Lady Bears cooled off in the second half, but USC was unable to carve down the deficit. The Trojans wrapped up the game with a 23-percent overall shooting effort, while MSU wound up at 38.2 percent and hit five 3-pointers to USC's pair. The Lady Bears won the battle of the boards 46-39 and forced 22 turnovers by the Trojans while committing 11 of their own. 

The Trojans had Jordan Sanders hit double digits with 11 points, and Jordyn Jenkins and Rayah Marshall had nine rebounds apiece. Missouri State received 23 points from Jasmine Franklin and 22 from Brice Calip. Franklin also had a game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double. 

NOTABLE:
- With a team-high 11 points today, SR F Jordan Sanders hit doubles digits for the fourth straight game this season
- FR F Rayah Marshall and SO F Jordyn Jenkins both tied their career highs of nine rebounds today.
- Jenkins also had a career-high three blocks.
- FR C Clarice Akunwafo set her career high with two blocks today.
- USC without JR F Alissa Pili for the third straight game today. She is day-to-day.

NEXT: 
USC now heads to compete at the Cancun Challenge, lined up for a 4 p.m. ET clash with Seton Hall on Thanksgiving (Nov. 25) before another 4 ET meeting with Central Florida on Saturday (Nov. 27).