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USC ends No. 2 Stanford’s 51-game win streak vs. unranked teams


Los Angeles – Destiny Littleton He scored 18 points and had six assists as Southern California beat No. 2 Stanford, 55-46, to a program-defining victory on Sunday.

Okako Adica Recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds. taylor bigby When Kayla Williams They added nine points each as the Trojans set the tone on defense and held out late to end a 14-game losing streak against the Cardinals that had won 51 straight against unranked opponents.

It was the first time USC had beaten Stanford since the 2014 Pac-12 tournament.

“I thought we handled business really well this weekend. It’s the understatement of the century.” Stanford are so good. They’re number two in the country. We executed the game plan and thought we were very tough and played the whole game.I didn’t even look at the stat sheets.

USC (13-4, 3-3 Pac-12) held Stanford to 4 points in the first quarter. The Trojans capped off the win after he led by as much as 11 points early in the fourth quarter and then lost to his then-no. 12 UCLA.

Cameron Brink Stanford posted 11 points and 14 rebounds (17-2, 5-1), ending a 12-game winning streak. The loss also ended the Cardinals’ 39-game winning streak in the Pac-12 competition.

hayley jones Although he had 12 rebounds at Stanford, he was held to 8 points after entering the contest with 13.3 per game.

“It wasn’t just a turnover, it was a bad shot,” said Stanford coach Tara Vanderbier. “I don’t know if it can get any worse. This must be rock bottom in terms of offensive execution, lack of screening. They got to the free throw line 26 times. These Despite all the bad things, it’s a six-point game with three or four minutes left.”

Stanford held USC to 27.3% shooting from the field, but the Trojans closed the gap by going 8/19 from 3-point range and making 17 of 26 free throws. . Stanford went 21-for-4 from distance and 10-for-8 from the foul line.

USC forced six turnovers in the first quarter and took an 11-4 lead while looking for a task early with a stifling defense that held Stanford to 2/10 shooting in the first 10 minutes. rice field.

Stanford tied the game 19-19 with 1:09 left in the first half before a five-point USC burst put the Trojans up 24-19.

USC released a statement closing the third quarter. Clarisse Akunwafo I was blocked Lauren BettsWith 3 seconds left in the period, he shoots. Williams then entered his court front and at the buzzer he drained a 24-footer to give him a 43-33 advantage.

“[Akunwafo] Showed up today and she got that keyblock. Lyttelton, who transferred from her South Carolina state and spent her first season at USC, said: [Akunwafo].”

USC held Stanford almost to single digits in the fourth quarter as well, allowing 13. The only time Stanford has been held to single digits in the quarters this season was a November 20 loss against South Carolina, a 7-point performance in the fourth quarter.

“We haven’t hit the ball well in the last few games,” Vanderbier said. “But we have to have more guts. I feel like we have to be a more competitive, aggressive, more spirited team. Obviously some shots didn’t go down, but maybe better. Shooting. Field Goal Percentage [30.9%] Awful, theirs was not that good. ”

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