USC Claims Tourney Title With 75-68 Win over Portland State|
Dec. 21, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's basketball team locked down another win at home to remain undefeated at the Galen Center this season, as the Women of Troy tacked up a 75-68 win over Portland State to win the championship game of the Women of Troy Basketball Classic on Friday night. In the consolation game, Hawai'i beat Grambling State 71-53. USC improves its overall record to 7-4 and is a perfect 5-0 at home this season. Portland State moves to 9-2 with the loss.
For the second straight night, the Women of Troy had five players finish in double figures, while Nadia Parker tallied back-to-back double-doubles in the tournament with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Camille LeNoir matched Parker with a team-high 13 points, Brynn Cameron added 11, and Hailey Dunham and Heather Oliver scored 10 apiece. Oliver was named the MVP of the tournament, joined on the All-Tournament Team by Parker, Portland State's Kelsey Kahle and Delaney Conway and Hawaii's Tanya Smith.
The Vikings took an early 12-6 lead thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers from Claire Faucher. PSU was shooting at a 53-percent clip until the Trojans settled in and later pulled back even 23-23 on a pair of buckets from Nadia Parker and a three from Camille LeNoir. Parker had served up two big blocks in the half, but was tagged with a foul - her third - with 3:23 left in the first half as USC held a 29-28 edge. Portland State hit the front end of the ensuing free throws, but the miss was quickly converted into a fast break, as Hailey Dunham hit Heather Oliver for a layup and the lead, and then Dunham finished a layup of her own next to get USC ahead 33-29 entering the last two minutes of the half. The Trojans would take a 36-33 lead into the locker room at the half.
USC took its largest lead of the game after Dunham took it to the hole and then Kari LaPlante made a move and slipped in a score in the paint to get the Trojans up 49-42 with 13:08 on the clock. Parker became the first Trojan in double figures with a baseline jumper that got her 11 points and USC a 51-44 lead, but the Vikings got two quick scores to make it 51-48 with 10:41 remaining. Parker popped a pass back out for Allison Jaskowiak near the 10-minute mark, and Jaskowiak knocked down the three. Parker punched in a post score, then slapped down a PSU shot for help USC to a 56-48 lead. The Vikings wrapped two scores from the paint around a Brynn Cameron three, then got a fast break score to make it 59-54 with 7:20 on the clock. Cameron jacked the Women of Troy back ahead by six on a long one from the top of the arc, getting herself into double digits alongside Parker. The USC defense was effective in the final stretch, and USC got clutch late scores from Oliver and another long bomb from LeNoir to grab a 71-60 lead with a minute to go. LeNoir got the job done from the line to close things out and become USC's fifth player in double digits on the night.
USC now turns to open Pac-10 play with a road trip to Arizona. The Trojans will face the Wildcats at 2 p.m. MT on Dec. 28, then head to Tempe to play Arizona State at 1:30 p.m. MT on Dec. 30. The USC-ASU game will be televised on FSN.
USC 75, Portland State 68