“This was a game that we should have won,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said. “We played good in the first half. We played good defense and got to the free throw line, but we couldn’t sustain it. I didn’t like how we put them on the line early in the second half. We had moments of being very good, but we need to put a whole 40 minute game together.”
USC senior guard Shay Murphy posted a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds, 25 points coming in the second half, as she shot 6-of-17 from the field, but 14-of-15 from the free throw line in the second half alone. Murphy scored 13 of USC’s final 15 points in the game. Senior guard Jamie Hagiya added 14 points and four assists.
After trailing 7-5 at the 16:55 mark in the first half, the Wildcats put together a 10-0 scoring run over the next 3:54 to take a 15-7 lead on a three-point play by freshman Rhaya Neabors.
USC responded with a 14-2 run to take a 21-17 lead at the 6:15 mark.
The Wildcats led USC 64-62 with 4:53 left in the game before Murphy went on a tear scoring 13 of USC’s final 15 points in the game, sparking a 15-4 Trojan run to end the game.
UA shot 42.9 percent (12-28) from the field in the second half, as USC shot 46.9 percent (15-32).