20070217 USC Tops Women?s Basketball, 66-42 - The University of Arizona Official Athletic Site
 
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20070217 USC Tops Women?s Basketball, 66-42
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Release: 02/17/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Los Angeles</SPAN></B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> ?</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> USC used a hot-shooting second half to pull away from <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> for a 66-42 win over the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Galen</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The loss drops <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> to 10-19 overall and 4-13 in the Pac-10, while USC improves to 16-10 and 10-6 in the Pac-10.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;This was a very frustrating loss because we played a bad game against a hot team,&rdquo; head coach Joan Bonvicini said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;We just couldn&rsquo;t get our shots to fall.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Our effort was good in the first half, but they out-rebounded us and gained their confidence in the second half.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Women of Troy shot 55.6 percent (15-27) from the field in the second half, making up for a 24.1 percent (7-29) shooting mark in the first half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> was held to 30.0 percent (18-60) shooting from the field in the game, finishing with a season-low 42 points, as USC outscored the Wildcats 42-23 in the second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>USC also out-rebounded <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 47 to 31.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Individually for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, junior Ashley Whisonant posted 10 points and five steals, and senior Linda Pace finished with nine points and a career-high six rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Joy Hollingsworth added nine points, and junior Suzy Bofia posted eight points and four rebounds.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Senior Shay Murphy led USC with 16 points.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, as two free throws by Murphy gave USC a 10-7 lead at the 10:35 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Trojans used a 10-2 run to go up 16-9 at the 5:42 mark, but <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> cut the deficit to 16-13 on a three by Hollingsworth with 4:05 left in the first.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> cut the USC lead to 20-19 on a lay in by Rhaya Neabors at the 1:35 mark, but USC scored four-straight to end the half to lead 24-19 at the break.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> shot 30.8 percent (8-26) from the field in the first half.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">At the start of the second half, Murphy scored five straight points to give USC a 29-19 lead at the 19:22 mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That ignited a 27-8 scoring run over 11 minutes to give the Trojans a commanding 52-27 lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>USC held <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> to a 29.4 percent (10-34) mark in the second half.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> will next host <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> in the regular season finale on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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