USC Picks Up Major Road Win at Washington State, Improves NCAA Tournament Odds

USC Picks Up Major Road Win at Washington State, Improves NCAA Tournament Odds

The USC women’s basketball team took a breather… but good teams take breathers when they come. What were the Trojans supposed to do? Not taking advantage of an unexpected plot twist? They needed to jump, and they did.

USC defeated Washington State on Friday night in Pullman. The Trojans won, 51-44, on a night when Washington State star Charlisse Leger-Walker was out of the lineup heading to her native New Zealand. to attend to a personal matter. That breaking news left Washington state shorthanded, adding to the need for USC to get a win. A loss would have seemed even worse to the NCAA selection committee, which is now paying more attention to the Trojans following their headline-generating win over Stanford.

A win keeps USC on track for the NCAA Tournament. The Trojans pick up a conference road win against another team in the bubble. They didn’t stumble after becoming just another target in the Pac-12.

Kadi Sissoko, who did not play in the upset win over Stanford, returned to the Trojans’ lineup on Friday and led all scorers with 19 points, 15 in the first half. Sissoko made six of USC’s 10 field goals in the first half. Sissoko’s USC teammates scored 21 of the Trojans’ 25 points in the second half. That’s not a lot of points, but with USC holding Washington State to 44 points, it was enough.

USC delivered another defensive clinic. After holding Stanford to 46 on Sunday, the Troy Women held WSU to an even lower point total. Washington State committed 18 turnovers, grabbed just five offensive rebounds, made just five 3-pointers (of 16) and made just three free throws. USC continued to stand out for not allowing easy baskets or free throws. WSU needed to beat the Trojans from the perimeter, and the Cougars couldn’t get the job done.

USC moves to 14-4 on the season, 4-3 in the Pac-12. The Trojans next play Washington on Sunday afternoon in Seattle.


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The story originally appeared on Trojans Wire

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