USC Women's Basketball Falls At Home To San Francisco, 78-63
LOS ANGELES – The USC women's basketball team started hot on Sunday afternoon at the Galen Center, but the San Francisco Dons caught fire from three and the Trojans couldn't keep pace, falling 78-63 to the visiting Dons.
The Trojans fall to 5-3 with the loss, while USF moves to 5-4. The Dons hit 13 threes in the game and got 29 points from Ioanna Krimili to pick up the win. USC had four players score in double figures, led by 15 points apiece from Jordan Sanders and Tera Reed.
After the Trojans shot 60% in the first quarter to build a 10-point advantage, the visiting Dons opened the second quarter on a 16-5 run to grab their first lead of the day. A three by USF's Jasmine Gayles at the 1:05 mark in the second quarter gave the Dons a 37-33 lead, their largest of the half. Two free throws by Reed just before the break pulled the Trojans back to within two, 39-37, heading into halftime.
Following the slow offensive start, USF flipped the script and shot nearly 60% in the second quarter, hitting 6-of-11 threes. Sanders started by scoring the first eight points of the game for USC, but was held scoreless the rest of the half.
In the third quarter, USC used a 6-0 run to cut it to a two-point game, 47-45, with 3:51 left in the period, but USF finished the quarter on a 9-3 run to take an eight-point advantage into the fourth. After the Dons opened an early 10-point lead in the final quarter, USC would climb back within eight points four times, but got no closer. USF closed the game on an 11-4 run over the final 3:14 of play after the Trojans cut it to single digits for the final time.
- The 13 threes hit by USF are tied for the 6th most ever by a USC opponent and are two off the Don's school record.
- Tera Reed's 15 points were her most as a Trojan since transferring in prior to this season. Reed was 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the game.
The Trojans have a 10 day break before continuing their four game homestand on Wednesday, Dec. 15 against CSUN. USC closes the homestand on Saturday, Dec. 18 against Texas Southern.