The Women of Troy burst put together an 11-0 run - an effort that helped them win 62-52 at Edmundson Pavilion last night.
USC coach Mark Trakh had seen enough.
His team already was having trouble controlling the basketball, but shooting? He wasn’t going to let that fall apart, too. He called a timeout with 11:53 remaining in the second half. His team missed 15 of its first 17 shots in the half and trailed Washington by seven points.
Whatever he said during those precious 30 seconds should be sold on tape.
The Women of Troy burst out of the quick break to make their next five buckets, including three three-pointers, piecing together a 14-0 run. The effort helped them win 62-52 at Edmundson Pavilion last night.
Freshman Camille LeNoir, who missed her one shot in the first half, helped spark the comeback with a three-pointer and an impressive outside jumper. She scored all 17 of her points in the second half. Cohort Brynn Cameron, the team’s leading scorer, added two three-pointers and finished with 19 points.
“We’ve been down so many times, we just tell them to hang around until the last four minutes and see what happens,” said Trakh, who didn’t know his team started off the half shooting so poorly. “I guess it’s the law of averages. It’s bound to go in sooner or later. But holy cow, 2 of 17? We threw up enough bricks to build our new arena.”
USC (9-4, 3-1 Pac-10) handed Washington (6-9, 2-3) its second consecutive loss. The Women of Troy celebrated on the Huskies’ court, having defeated the program for the first time since 2000, when the game was played at KeyArena. Last night’s win was USC’s first on Washington’s campus since 1998.
The Huskies, already weary from playing five games in the past 11 days, host the Pac-10-leading UCLA Bruins at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
“We were working hard,” junior Kayla Burt said. “Down the stretch, we weren’t clutch.”
After USC’s spurt to take the lead, Washington whittled the deficit and tied the score at 45 with 6:25 remaining. But the Huskies missed five free throws and LeNoir made all eight of her closing attempts. Washington could only watch as its opportunities to stay in the game slipped away.
Washington’s leading scorer, Kristen O’Neill, also had a rough night. The junior guard made only two of her eight shot attempts for five points. Reserve Breanne Watson was the team’s only scorer to finish in double figures with 12 points. Washington was 19 of 62 from the field for 30.6 percent shooting.
“They have some athletic girls,” said Watson, whose team was outrebounded 50-40. “When you miss a box-out, you let one of those get in there and they will get the easy bucket. Rebounding was just a big factor.”
In the first half, as guard Dominique Banks picked off a soft USC pass and hustled down the court for a fast-break layup, it seemed Washington was ready to cash in on the Women of Troy’s multiple mishaps. The basket gave UW a 25-22 lead with 1:20 remaining. At that point, USC had 13 turnovers.
But the Huskies’ continued offensive problems allowed for a tight half. Cameron hit a three-pointer at the top of the key with two seconds showing to tie the score at 25 heading into halftime.
Washington had nine players score for them in the first half, led by Watson’s six points off the bench. The Huskies started the game by missing seven of their first eight shots. Watson’s nice penetration to the hoop six minutes into the game started a small run of three consecutive made field-goal attempts. Then, Washington slipped into its familiar tune of bricks, clanks and bad whiffs at the basket.
If USC could have controlled the ball, the score at intermission wouldn’t have been tied.
Burt, who contributed nine points, started despite not practicing Thursday due to a sprained ankle suffered in the loss at Stanford on Tuesday. Burt, a 5-foot-11 guard, had her ankle taped and nailed her team’s first basket, a three-pointer.
“Once the game started, I didn’t even think about it at all,” she said of the injury. “It was a little sore earlier (yesterday), but the trainer taped it up real well and I’ve got my teammates, so I didn’t even feel it when I was out on the court.”
Teammate Cheri Craddock didn’t play. She sprained her ankle in practice Thursday and is questionable for tomorrow’s game.
“I don’t fault our effort at all,” Washington coach June Daugherty said. “I thought our kids tried to gut it out, but they just didn’t have it. The big thing to me was free throws. We just did not hit. We had opportunities to get back into it late in the game, but you have to be able to hit some shots, especially from the line.”
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|USC 9-4, 3-1 PAC-10|
Percentages: FG .344, FT .929. Three-point goals: 7-16, (Murphy 0-2, LeNoir 1-1, Cameron 5-10, Gnekow 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5, (Gipson 2, Hagiya, Gnekow, Kerr). Turnovers: 24, (Murphy 6, Funn, Gipson 6, LeNoir 3, Hagiya, Gnekow, Jaskowiak, Woodward, Kerr 4). Steals: 7, (Murphy, Gipson, LeNoir 2, Hagiya, Jelks, Gnekow).
|WASHINGTON 6-9, 2-3 PAC-10|
Attendance: 3436. Officials: Gator Parrish, Michael Price, Brenda Pantoja.Technical fouls: USC-None. Washington-None.
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