LOS ANGELES — Destiny Littleton scored 18 factors and had six assists as Southern California pulled off a program-defining win on Sunday with a 55-46 upset of No. 2 Stanford.
Okako Adika tallied 11 factors and 11 rebounds, whereas Taylor Bigby and Kayla Williams added 9 factors every because the Trojans set the tone with their protection and held on late to finish a 14-game dropping streak in opposition to the Cardinal, who had received 51 straight in opposition to unranked opponents.
It was USC’s first victory over Stanford because the 2014 Pac-12 event.
“I simply thought we actually took care of enterprise this weekend, which is the understatement of the century,” USC coach Lindsay Gottlieb stated. “Stanford is so good. They’re No. 2 within the nation. I believed we executed the sport plan, had been tremendous robust and made performs the entire sport. I have not even regarded on the stat sheet, as a result of who cares, proper ?”
USC (13-4, 3-3 Pac-12) held Stanford to 4 factors within the first quarter, its lowest for any interval this season. The Trojans led by as many as 11 factors early within the fourth quarter earlier than closing out the victory, eight days after a heartbreaking one-point loss to then-No. 12 UCLA.
Cameron Brink registered 11 factors and 14 rebounds for Stanford (17-2, 5-1), which noticed its 12-game profitable streak come to a halt. The defeat additionally ended the Cardinal’s 39-game profitable streak over Pac-12 competitors.
Haley Jones had 12 rebounds for Stanford however was held to eight factors after getting into the competition with 13.3 per sport.
“It wasn’t simply turnovers; it was unhealthy pictures,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer stated. “I do not know that we will do something any worse. This must be all-time low when it comes to execution offensively, lack of screening. They acquired to the free throw line 26 instances. Even with all of these unhealthy issues, it was a six-point sport with three, 4 minutes left.”
Stanford held USC to 27.3% taking pictures from the sector, however the Trojans made up the distinction by going 8-of-19 from 3-point vary and making 17 of 26 free throws. Stanford was 4-of-21 from distance and 8-of-10 from the foul line.
USC regarded up for the duty early with a suffocating protection that pressured six turnovers within the first quarter and held Stanford to 2-of-10 taking pictures within the opening 10 minutes whereas taking an 11-4 lead.
Stanford rallied to tie the sport 19-19 with 1:09 left within the first half earlier than a five-point USC burst put the Trojans up 24-19 on the break.
USC made an announcement to shut the third quarter. Clarice Akunwafo blocked Lauren Betts’ shot with three seconds left within the interval. Williams then used the time to get into the entrance court docket and drain a 24-footer on the buzzer for a 43-33 benefit, USC’s largest of the sport to that time.
“[Akunwafo] confirmed up at the moment, and he or she acquired that key block. I’ll keep in mind it endlessly,” stated Littleton, a South Carolina switch in her first season at USC. “It was a momentum swing, and we got here down and hit a 3. That was due to [Akunwafo].”
USC practically held Stanford to single digits within the fourth quarter, as effectively, permitting 13, with 4 of these coming within the closing seconds. The solely different time Stanford was held to single digits in 1 / 4 this season was a seven-point efficiency within the fourth in its solely different defeat, in opposition to South Carolina on Nov. 20
“We have not shot the ball very well within the final couple of video games,” VanDerveer stated. “But we now have to be grittier. I simply really feel like we now have to be a way more aggressive, aggressive, grittier group. Obviously, some pictures did not go down, however possibly it is taking higher pictures. Our area aim proportion [30.9%] was abysmal, and theirs was not a lot better.”