Jan 15, 2023
LOS ANGELES -- Destiny Littleton scored 18 points and had six assists arsenic Southern California pulled disconnected a program-defining triumph connected Sunday with a 55-46 upset of No. 2 Stanford.
Okako Adika tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds, portion Taylor Bigby and Kayla Williams added 9 points each arsenic the Trojans acceptable the code with their defence and held connected precocious to extremity a 14-game losing streak against the Cardinal, who had won 51 consecutive against unranked opponents.
It was USC's archetypal triumph implicit Stanford since the 2014 Pac-12 tournament.
"I conscionable thought we truly took attraction of concern this weekend, which is the understatement of the century," USC manager Lindsay Gottlieb said. "Stanford is truthful good. They're No. 2 successful the country. I thought we executed the crippled plan, were ace pugnacious and made plays the full game. I haven't adjacent looked astatine the stat sheet, due to the fact that who cares, right?"
USC (13-4, 3-3 Pac-12) held Stanford to 4 points successful the archetypal quarter, its debased for immoderate play this season. The Trojans led by arsenic galore arsenic 11 points aboriginal successful the 4th fourth earlier closing retired the victory, 8 days aft a heartbreaking one-point nonaccomplishment to then-No. 12 UCLA.
Cameron Brink registered 11 points and 14 rebounds for Stanford (17-2, 5-1), which saw its 12-game winning streak travel to a halt. The decision besides ended the Cardinal's 39-game winning streak implicit Pac-12 competition.
Haley Jones had 12 rebounds for Stanford but was held to 8 points aft entering the contention with 13.3 per game.
"It wasn't conscionable turnovers; it was atrocious shots," Stanford manager Tara VanDerveer said. "I don't cognize that we tin bash thing immoderate worse. This has to beryllium stone bottommost successful presumption of execution offensively, deficiency of screening. They got to the escaped propulsion enactment 26 times. Even with each of those atrocious things, it was a six-point crippled with three, 4 minutes left."
Stanford held USC to 27.3% shooting from the field, but the Trojans made up the quality by going 8-of-19 from 3-point scope and making 17 of 26 escaped throws. Stanford was 4-of-21 from region and 8-of-10 from the foul line.
USC looked up for the task aboriginal with a suffocating defence that forced six turnovers successful the archetypal 4th and held Stanford to 2-of-10 shooting successful the opening 10 minutes portion taking an 11-4 lead.
Stanford rallied to necktie the crippled 19-19 with 1:09 near successful the archetypal fractional earlier a five-point USC burst enactment the Trojans up 24-19 astatine the break.
USC made a connection to adjacent the 3rd quarter. Clarice Akunwafo blocked Lauren Betts' changeable with 3 seconds near successful the period. Williams past utilized the clip to get into the beforehand tribunal and drain a 24-footer astatine the buzzer for a 43-33 advantage, USC's largest of the crippled to that point.
"[Akunwafo] showed up today, and she got that cardinal block. I volition retrieve it forever," said Littleton, a South Carolina transportation successful her archetypal play astatine USC. "It was a momentum swing, and we travel down and deed a 3. That was due to the fact that of [Akunwafo]."
USC astir held Stanford to azygous digits successful the 4th quarter, arsenic well, allowing 13, with 4 of those coming successful the closing seconds. The lone different clip Stanford was held to azygous digits successful a 4th this play was a seven-point show successful the 4th successful its lone different defeat, against South Carolina connected Nov. 20.
"We haven't changeable the shot truly good successful the past mates of games," VanDerveer said. "But we person to beryllium grittier. I conscionable consciousness similar we person to beryllium a overmuch much competitive, aggressive, grittier team. Obviously, immoderate shots didn't spell down, but possibly it's taking amended shots. Our tract extremity percent [30.9%] was abysmal, and theirs was not overmuch better."