“This was a very frustrating loss because we played a bad game against a hot team,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said. “We just couldn’t get our shots to fall. Our effort was good in the first half, but they out-rebounded us and gained their confidence in the second half.”
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.
Senior Shay Murphy led USC with 16 points.
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. The Trojans used a 10-2 run to go up 16-9 at the 5:42 mark, but
At the start of the second half, Murphy scored five straight points to give USC a 29-19 lead at the 19:22 mark. That ignited a 27-8 scoring run over 11 minutes to give the Trojans a commanding 52-27 lead. USC held