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USC Women’s Basketball Nets 11 Different Scorers In 76-51 Win Over CSUN

Dec 15, 2021

LOS ANGELES — The USC women's basketball team turned in a complete performance to comfortably defeat an experienced CSUN squad 76-51 today at Galen Center. The Trojans took the lead 9-7 early into the first and did not look back, never letting the Matadors get within 10 after the second quarter. USC improves to 6-3 overall with the win, while CSUN goes to 3-6

The Matadors and Trojans both struggled at the jump, but by halftime the Trojans had clearly established themselves as the better team both offensively and defensively, shooting 48.3 percent from the floor while hitting three first-half 3-pointers and holding CSUN to just 32 percent from the floor, 20.0 percent from 3-point range and forcing 11 turnovers. The Trojans were up on the boards 20-16 at the break and led 35-21 at halftime. 

While the Matadors were able to score 23 point in the third, USC put on a dominant defensive clinic in the fourth, giving up only seven points to CSUN in the entire final quarter. At the final horn, USC had shot 47.3 percent and upped its 3-point effort to 35 perfect, while limiting CSUN to just 30 percent from the floor and 27.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Trojans would maintain the advantage on the boards 39-28 with 11 USC players scoring at least one basket on the day

USC received a game-high 15 points from Jordan Sanders along with 11 from Rayah Marshall, who also led the Trojans with eight rebounds. Alissa Pili also hit double figures today with 10 points. The Matadors were led by Tess Amundsen's 14 points and six boards.

The score tied up three times in the early goings before USC started to edge ahead. Two Trojan 3-pointers in the final minute — from Tera Reed and Desiree Caldwell — helped lift USC ahead 18-10 by the end of of the first. Another bomb from Reed sparked a USC surge with an 11-2 rally featuring buckets by four different Trojans to lead it 29-13 with 5:45 on the clock. CSUN would find a couple late buckets, and USC would take a 35-21 lead into the locker room at the break.

Sanders worked her way into double digits while burying her first two 3-pointers of the day to help carry USC to a 45-28 advantage with 6:20 on the clock. She'd bury another with 3:00 left in the third, and then the Trojans would wrap the quarter with a bucket from Clarice Akunwafo and a pair of free throws from Desiree Caldwell to carry a 60-44 lead into the fourth. Alyson Miura and Madison Campbell became the ninth and 10th Trojans to score with a buckets off USC fast breaks during the first few minutes of the fourth frame. That combo pack had USC ahead 66-47 at 7:05. Getting in on the scoring action later was freshman Bella Perkins, who knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:00 to go to become USC's 11th scorer and carry the Trojans along to a final 76-51 home victory.

- SR Desiree Caldwell's two steals in the first quarter were a season high. 
- FR Rayah Marshall scored 11 to have her third consecutive game in double digits and sixth time this season
- JR Alissa Pill's six rebounds tied a season high
- FR Bella Perkins recorded a season and career high with three steals to lead the Trojans
- With a team leading 15 points, GS Jordan Sanders scored in double digits for the eighth time in nine games this season, most by all Trojans to date. 

USC has Trojan great Cynthia Cooper coming back to town this weekend, with Texas Southern head coach Cooper's Tigers squad facing off against the Trojans at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 18) at Galen Center.