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Utah Outshoots USC Women’s Basketball For 91-69 Decision In Salt Lake City

Feb 9, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY — The USC women's basketball team came up against a hot-handed Utah team today in Salt Lake City, as the Utes landed 14 3-pointers on the way to a 91-69 victory over the visiting Trojans. USC goes to 9-12 overall and 2-9 in Pac-12 play with its seventh straight defeat. Utah improves to 14-7, 5-4.

Utah finished the first half with 11 straight points to move ahead 48-28 by halftime as the Utes hit six first-half 3-pointers and shot 43.8 from the floor to outpace USC's 33.3 percent effort in those first 20 minutes. The threes kept coming for the Utes, who hit their 14th of the day with 20 seconds left for the final word of the game. USC finished up shooting 37.3 percent from the floor with three 3-pointers landed. Utah was 50.8 percent overall with 14-of-31 from 3-point range. Utah also won on the boards 38-30.

For the fourth straight game, USC was led by Jordyn Jenkins, who served up 21 points for the Trojans for her third consecutive 20-point outing. Rayah Marshall added 13, with Jordan Sanders scoring 12 and Alissa Pili providing 10 for USC. Utah was paced by Kennedy McQueen's 22 points with six 3-pointers made. The Utes also received 16 points from Jenna Johnson and 10 from Dasia Young. 

USC had things even at 12-12 in the first frame before Utah created some space with three straight 3-pointers around a single Trojan free throw to help the Utes maneuver to a 21-13 lead after 10 minutes of action. USC would fall into a 32-19 hole during the second before a bucket from Rayah Marshal and back-to-back steals and finishes from Jordan Sanders to make its 32-25 margin. Again, the Utes found a key three after some free throws in the next minute to build back a double-digit lead. Jordyn Jenkins converted a three-point play next, only to see the Utes strike out on an 11-0 run to craft a 48-28 advantage for halftime. 

Down 74-47 entering the fourth, USC found a spark soon after Utah buried its 11th three of the day. Jenkins' 21st points were followed by a three-point play from Marshall, hustle scores from Tera Reed and Desiree Caldwell and a 3-pointer from Sanders to make it 80-65 Utah with 4:30 to go. Marshall added two more free throws next to get to double digits on the day and  make it an 80-67 margin, but Utah snapped that 13-0 surge with a three at 3:40. With a sizable lead in-hand, Utah scored again with 1:00 to go and opted to bury one more 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to wrap up a 91-65 win. 

NOTABLE:
- With 21 points today, SO Jordyn Jenkins has scored in double digits in 12 straight games, with three consecutive 20-point outings now.
- Jenkins has now recorded six 20-point-plus games this season.
- With two blocks today, FR Rayah Marshall extended her run of games with at least one block to 16 straight. 
- With 13 points, Marshall scored in double digits for the fifth straight game. 
- JR Alissa Pili was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, marking a new career best (previous was 6-for-6 at UCLA in 2019)
- USC has now lost seven straight games, matching the longest losing skid for the Trojans since the 2016-17 season.

NEXT: 
USC's extended Pac-12 road trip takes the Trojans to to Seattle for a 7 p.m. test at Washington) on Friday (Feb. 11) before a visit to Pullman to face Washington State at 12 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 13).