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Jordyn Jenkins Hits Career-High 24 Points To Help USC Women’s Basketball Beat UC Irvine 78-69

Dec 2, 2021

LOS ANGELES — The USC women's basketball team found a winning gear in the fourth quarter to put a pesky UC Irvine squad out of reach to grab a 78-69 win over the Anteaters tonight at Galen Center. There were 12 lead changes and seven ties in the game before the Trojans broke things open with a push into the lead midway through the fourth. USC improves to 5-2 overall with the win, while UC Irvine goes to 4-3.

The Anteaters had the hotter hands out of the gates, shooting 41.2 percent from the floor and knocking down four 3-pointers in the first half to outpace USC's 31.4 percent effort and two threes made. The Trojans were up on the boards 24-19 at the break, but trailed UC Irvine 40-36 on the scoreboard at halftime. The lead would change hands five times and tie up four times in the second half before USC made a 9-0 rally to take the lead for good. By the final buzzer, USC had upped its shooting performance to finish at 39.4 percent, still trailing UC Irvine's final 42.9 percent effort. The Trojans would maintain the advantage on the boards 42-33 and went 22-of-26 from the free-throw line while the Anteaters were 10-of-13 from the stripe

USC received a game-high and career-high 24 points from Sophomore Jordyn Jenkins, with Rayah Marshall adding 15 points and Jordan Sanders providing 13 for the Trojans. The Anteaters also had three players finish in double digits — Olivia Williams (17 points), Naomi Hunt (13) and Chloe Webb (13).

The Anteaters maneuvered out to a 13-5 lead before USC crafted an 8-0 rally to tie things up 13-13 with two buckets from Jordyn Jenkins coming in that Trojan run. By the close of the first, UC Irvine held a one-point advantage, up 19-18. The lead would change hands four times in the first two minutes of the second quarter before USC made another 8-0 surge featuring a three-point play from Jenkins and a 3-pointer by Alissa Pili before Rayah Marshall knocked down two free throws to get USC out ahead 30-23 with 6:55 on the clock. The Anteaters had another reply for their hosts, countering with an 8-0 run of their own and then following up a single USC free throw with seven straight points to go up 40-33 entering the final minute of the first half. Jenkins would wrap the half with free throws to work her way into double digits, although USC was still in a hole, down 40-36 to the Anteaters at halftime. 

A cat-and-mouse game ensued again in the third with another series of lead exchanges. In a 12-2 USC rally, Tera Reed tallied seven of those Trojan points to help build a 52-47 USC lead midway through the third. On the way into the fourth, USC was gripping a 55-53 lead after another late push by the Anteaters. The score would snarl up four times until USC got a spark from an Alyson Miura 3-pointer, which set the Trojans off on a 9-0 run to a 70-61 advantage with 3:30 to go. 

- With 12 points at halftime, SO Jordyn Jenkins scored in double digits for the fourth time this season.
- In finishing with 24 points, Jenkins also set a new career high and became the first Trojan to have a 20-point game this season.
- Jenkins also set a new career high with four blocks.
- With 15 points tonight, FR Rayah Marshall hit double digits for the fourth time.
- With 13 points, GS Jordan Sanders scored in double digits for the sixth time this season. 
- JR Alyson Miura had a career-high five assists.

USC hosts USF in a 2 p.m. meeting on Sunday (Dec. 5) at Galen Center.