USC Women’s Basketball Falls To No. 19 Oregon 80-48
EUGENE, ORE. — The USC women's basketball team came up against a hot-shooting home team and was unable to keep pace, falling 80-48 to No. 19 Oregon today in Eugene, Ore. USC goes to 9-9 overall and to 2-6 in Pac-12 play with the Trojans' fourth straight conference defeat. Oregon improves to 13-5, 5-1.
Stymied by slow scoring, USC was in a 17-point hole at halftime as the Trojans shot 29.6 percent from the floor to trail Oregon's productive 53.1-percent. USC also was hamstrung by 13 first-half turnovers that the Ducks converted into 11 points as the host built a 38-21 lead at the break. Oregon stayed similarly effective the rest of the way, finishing up at 50 percent overall and outrebounding the Trojans 42-32. Oregon also nailed eight 3-pointers, including four in the fourth quarter. USC wrapped up shooting 26.3 percent overall with four threes landed. USC cleaned up its turnover count a bit in the second half, finishing with 17 while the Ducks committed 10.
USC was led by Jordyn Jenkins' 16 points — her ninth straight double-digit outing — along with 11 points from Jordan Sanders and Rayah Marshall. Oregon was paced by Nyara Sabally's 23 points, with Endyia Rogers adding 17 for the Ducks.
In stride with its host early, USC saw the Ducks score 13 straight points before Desiree Caldwell buried a three to snap that run and make 17-7 Oregon with 2:20 on the clock. By the close of those 10 minutes, it was still a 10-point margin with Oregon up 19-9. In next stretch, USC's offense was off the mark while Oregon rolled up a 9-0 run in the first four minutes to go up 28-9 on the Trojans. Rayah Marshall broke that up with a baseline three, and soon after the Trojans were able to piece together a rally with six straight points to make it 34-21 entering the final two minutes of the half Oregon got two buckets to go in the next stretch, and it was 38-21 Ducks at the break.
The second half start had the Ducks tally the first eight points to lead it 46-21 before Jordan Sanders knocked down jumper and then Jenkins converted in the paint to make it 46-25 at 4:10. As the frame came to the close, USC got to the line for four straight free throws converted by Marshall and Sanders to make it 58-35 entering the fourth. There, Oregon found four more 3-pointers to stay well in control. Sanders and Marshall would join Jenkins in double figures in that last stretch, but the Ducks had things locked down en route to a final 80-48 Oregon win.
USC heads back to Los Angeles to host the Bay Area schools next. The Trojans will face California at 7 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 4) and then take on Stanford at 3 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 6) at Galen Center.
- With another block today, FR Rayah Marshall extended her run of games with at least one block to 13 straight.
- Marshall was just one rebound shy of a double-double with 9 boards today.
- With a team-high 16 points today, SO Jordyn Jenkins has scored in double digits in nine straight games.
- USC was without JR Alissa Pili and GS Tera Reed for the second straight game due to injuries. Their status for return remains day-to-day.