Late Three Boosts Cal Ahead Of USC Women’s Basketball In 62-59 Loss For Trojans
LOS ANGELES — The USC women's basketball team had Jordyn Jenkins and Rayah Marshall record double-doubles for the second time in the past three games, but it was visiting California that had the final word in this one, netting a late 3-pointer to claim a 62-59 win over the Trojans. USC goes to 9-10 overall and to 2-7 in Pac-12 play with its fifth straight loss. Cal improves to 10-5, 1-3.
USC was shooting 28.6 percent from the floor by halftime to trail Cal's 31.3 percent effort as the Trojans were behind 28-25 at the break. USC would make up ground on a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter and take a 59-57 lead in the final minute, but Cal's late 3-pointer turned things over to the Golden Bears. USC finished up the game shooting 36.1 percent to edge out Cal's final effort of 32.3 percent, but the Bears nit six 3-pointers to four from the Trojans, and benefited from a 16-of-22 effort from the free-throw line while USC went 11-of-16.
The Trojans were paced by a career-high 26 points along with 11 rebounds from Jordyn Jenkins along with Rayah Marshall's 10 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks tonight. Alissa Pili also hit double figures with 10 points for USC. Cal was led by Jayda Curry's 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line, and had Leilani McIntosh score 15.
After falling into a six-point hole on a 3-pointer from Cal to open the second quarter, USC mounted a 7-0 surge to take its first lead since a game-opening bucket. Three free throws from Jordan Sanders were followed by a smooth take to the hoop from Desiree Caldwell and a fine finish from Jordyn Jenkins to go up 18-17 at 6:45. Cal had a reply, however, edging back ahead until Alyson Miura buried a three to snarl things at 21-21 with 5:10 on the clock. A hustle play from Alissa Pili had things even at 25-25 a minute away from halftime, but the Bears got out front again in the final minute to lead it 28-25 at halftime.
The score would lock up three times in the first three minutes before a 5-0 Cal run got the Bears a boost. As Rayah Marshal racked up her 10th rebound of the game, she'd also supply the Trojans with back-to-back buckets in a 6-0 USC surge that snarled things up at 40-40 with 2:30 on the clock in the third. Cal responded again, however, and USC was behind 45-40 entering the fourth. USC got in a seven-point hole early in that one, but got some key sparks from 3-pointers by Alissa Pili and Marshall while Jenkins kept plugging away in the paint. As the teams entered the final five minutes of regulation, USC was within one, down 52-51. That deficit deepened to 57-51 at 3:50, but USC pieced together eight points to take the lead with 42 seconds on the clock on Jenkins' 26th points of the night. Cal leveled it with a successful trip to the free-throw line at 39 seconds. USC came up just off the mark on its next looks on the offensive end, and Cal got the ball back with nine ticks on the clock. The Bears would bury a three with 4.3 to go to take a 62-59 advantage, and that would seal it for Cal.
- With a career-high 26 points tonight, SO Jordyn Jenkins has scored in double digits in 10 straight games.
- Jenkins also recorded her fourth double-double in adding 11 rebounds.
- With four blocks tonight, FR Rayah Marshall extended her run of games with at least one block to 14 straight.
- Marshall recorded her third double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds
- USC's 13 blocks was a new season high.
- USC's 13 blocks tied for second most single-game blocks in program history, last hit in 2019. The program record is 18 total blocks, set back in 1984.
- JR Alyson Miura made her first start since her freshman season — USC's game at Washington on Feb. 21, 2020.
- USC has now lost five straight games, matching the longest losing skid for the Trojans since a five-game slump to open the 2019-20 season.
- USC was without GS Tera Reed due to injury for the third straight game.
The Trojans now look to an extended Pac-12 road trip next week that includes rescheduled game at Utah (Feb. 9) before USC makes its journey to Washington (Feb. 11) and Washington State (Feb. 13).