Wednesday, November 24, 2010

USC Defeats Lady Dawgs


Southern Cal (3-1) used a 20-3 run early in the second half and withstood a pair of furious Georgia (3-1) rallies en route to a 71-63 victory at the Galen Center on Tuesday night.

The Women of Troy built an 11-point lead and made that margin hold up when the Lady Dawgs closed the gap to two points on three occasions.

Porsha Phillips notched her third double-double of the season with 11 points and a career-high 19 boards, and Jasmine James scored 15 points for the Lady Dawgs. Phillips' rebound count represented the most by a Georgia player since Katrina McClain had 22 boards against Valdosta State in December 1986.

Ashley Corral scored a game-high 17 points for the Women of Troy, including a trio of huge three-pointers, and Jackie Gemelos chipped in 14 off the bench.

After the teams traded early baskets, the Lady Dawgs used an 8-0 run to grab the game's first significant lead at 10-4 at the 13:04 mark.

Georgia gradually expanded that margin to 19-8 on a Phillips jumper before the Women of Troy chipped away to close within a bucket at 27-25 with 4:33 remaining in the period.

"We missed an opportunity early to create some distance," head coach Andy Landers said. "We built a lead but we came down and passed one time and launched a three. The problem with that is that we weren't making them do anything on defense. We were open, but we were three or four feet behind the three-point line."

Southern Cal finally knotted the score at 31-31 on a Gemelos three with 51 seconds left in the period and neither team scored before intermission.

Georgia opened the second stanza quickly and built a 39-33 lead before the Women of Troy embarked on their 20-3 surge.

After Southern Cal led 53-42 with 10:09 remaining, a Phillips stick-back started a 9-0 run. The Lady Dawgs failed to convert on two chances to tie the contest, including a painful rattle-out, hook shot from Tamika Willis.

A Len'Nique Brown three, a basket from Corral and a Kari LaPlante three throw put USC back ahead by eight before Georgia surged again. A three from Meredith Mitchell closed it to 59-57, but the Lady Dawgs couldn't get over the hump.

Phillips missed a baseline jumper, but it appeared that Georgia had secured the offensive rebound. Corral knocked the ball from Anne Marie Armstrong's hands and a scramble ensued. The ball rolled out of bounds and was last touched by James.

After a Gemelos three, Armstrong answered with a triple to make it 62-60. Briana Gilbreath hit a three from the right corner as Southern Cal outscored the Lady Dawgs 11-3 the rest of the way.

"As we got behind, we made a good run or two and cut it to two," Landers said. "Each time we either missed the shot or turned the ball over. We had some critical turnovers in the second half that in large measure weren't forced."

The Women of Troy were 13-of-16 from the line, while Georgia was just 4-of-11.

Georgia will remain in Los Angeles through the week and compete in the Courtyard Marriott Westside Loyola Marymount Thanksgiving Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Dawgs will face Denver in the tournament's opening round on Friday at approximately 6 p.m. ET.

1 comment:

  1. We will have to bounce back. Last game, we shot the ball well, which is key for this team this season with all our scorers we frankly didn't have the previous years.

    This game we shot poorly. Poor shooting from the field, poor from the 3-point line, and the defense against our free throws was tight tonight, wasn't it ?

    We have got to do a better job of shooting the ball well. If players go into a funk, someone has to come in off the bench and hit her shots.

    This was a team loss. Andy Landers has been telling our players that they have to defend better, and tonight our opponent defended better than we did.

    When you have 20 Turnovers, and shoot 4 for 11 from the charity stripe, you are being defended well; but, you cannot win like that shooting also 26-65 from the field.

    You just cannot jack the ball up.

    It helps their defense on you.

    Look to pass the ball. Take the extra pass. Make great plays to get the ball to your teammates.

    13 too many shots which missed from the field
    4 of 11 free throws

    You only get two 20 minute halves
    We missed 46 shots from the field or free throws

    Disappointing shooting
    No Defense when we saw good defense against us
    Better to happen early in the year when we can still learn from this

    I worry about the shooting on this team
    I think we need to get us some gals who can drill them

    You cannot miss 46 shots in 40 minutes and expect to win, turning the ball over once every other minute, and letting them play better defense than us too

    This tells us where we are
    I had hoped for more this season
    Miss a shot every minute
    Turn the ball over every other minute
    let them play better defense than you too
    If you are going to shoot it, make it; if not, pass it