The USC women’s basketball team kept it close early but the No. 3 Oregon Ducks used strong shooting in the second half to defeat the Trojans, 93-67, Sunday afternoon at the Galen Center.
The Ducks won their 12 straight game and improve to 24-2 overall and 13-1 in Pac-12 play. USC drops to 13-12 and 5-9.
“The difference in defending them than anybody else, they’ve got five kids that are 40 percent three-point shooters,” USC coach Mark Trakh said.
USC got off to a hot start with a 7-0 early lead. The Ducks offense woke up and went on a 6-0 run to take a 10-point lead with 4:46 left in the first half. Oregon went into halftime with a 43-32 lead.
Oregon continued their hot shooting from beyond the arc in the third quarter. Sabrina Ionescu drained a three-pointer from the corner to give the ducks a 20-point lead.
Erin Boley made four three-pointers in the third quarter and the Ducks outscored USC 25-18 to pull away from the Trojans.
“The perimeter players were open for 3s, so we took advantage of it,” Boley said. “We didn’t come out to a great start. That’s definitely something we need to work on, coming out and playing to our level and not playing to whoever our competition is.”
Boley went 9-of-14 from the floor, 7-of-11 from three-point range for a season-high 25 points to lead the way today for Oregon.
Ionescu finished 12 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds, notching her team-leading 14th double-double of the year and 52nd of her career.
The Trojans concluded a stretch of playing five ranked opponents in six games, beating only the ranked Oregon State Beavers and unranked California.
USC will be back in action when they visit the Washington Huskies in a 7 p.m. battle on Friday, Feb. 21.