Feb. 20, 2011
LOS ANGELES -
The USC Trojans defeated the California Golden Bears 80-67 in Los Angeles. Lindsay Sherbert led the team with 19 points.
After Cal briefly took a 4-3 lead on a jumper from sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth, the Trojans fired off a 14-0 run to take a 17-4 lead with just under 15 minutes to play. The Trojans put on a shooting clinic in the first half, making their first five shots and eight of their first nine. Trojan guard Ashley Corral went 5-for-5 from the three point line in the first 12 minutes of the game, helping the Trojans to expand the lead to 32-15.
After going down by 20, the Bears narrowed the gap to 16, 41-25, on a three-pointer by Lindsay Sherbert with 3:43 left in the period.
The Bears went to a pressing defense midway through the period in an attempt to slow down the Trojan offense, but the Trojans still managed to score 50 points in the half, the most given up in the first half by the Bear defense this season. USC held a 50-33 lead at halftime.
The Bears made a charge early in the second half. Another three-pointer from Sherbert cut the deficit to 12, 52-40. USC immediately answered by stripping the ball from Cal and getting a layup to end the run. The Bears again cut the lead to 12, 61-49, after an and-one by Sherbert followed by a jumper from Eliza Pierre. The Trojans answered on the other end with an and-one of their own, bumping the score up to 64-49.
The Bears made another late surge, pulling within 10, 68-58 with 4:15 remaining on a three-pointer from Pierre. USC kept their double-digit advantage, making a pair of free throws on their next possession to push it to 70-58. Ashley Corral sunk her seventh three of the game to extend the lead to 73-58. The Bears answered with Sherbert's fourth three of the game to make it a 73-61 game with just under three minutes remaining.
After back-to-back Cal fouls and USC converting on the free throws, the Trojans pushed the lead back to 16, 77-61, with 1:53 remaining. Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon drained a three with 40 seconds remaining, making it an 80-67 game, what would become the final score.
After being outscored 50-33 in the first half, Cal outscored the Trojans 34-30 in the second half.
Lindsay Sherbert, who hit four three-pointers, led the Bears with 19 points, one of four Bears to end the game in double figures. DeNesha Stallworth scored 14 with eight rebounds. Eliza Pierre scored 12 points, 10 of those coming in the first half. Layshia Clarendon scored 11 points with six rebounds.
The Bears, who fall to 14-12 and 6-9 in Pac-10 play, return home for their final homestand of the regular season, hosting Oregon on Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. That game will tip at 7 p.m.