Los Angeles, Calif. – The Washington State women's basketball team won its second-straight conference road game, knocking off USC 64-52 Thursday at Galen Center. The win ended an 18-game losing streak to the Trojans and marked the first win over USC in Los Angeles in more than a decade.
WSU improved to 7-18 on the season and 2-12 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Trojans dropped to 13-11 in 2009-10 and 7-6 in conference play.
"Saying I'm proud of my team is an understatement," WSU Head Coach June Daugherty said. "We haven't had the success in the win column that we had hoped for this year, but they keep working and I am happy that they were able to get a great win on the road. They earned it, and they deserve it. There is no quit in this team."
Freshman guard KiKi Moore scored a game-high 19 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, and sophomore guard April Cook chipped in 18 points. The game's only double-digit scorers each had 11 points at halftime.
Cook, who was questionable with an ankle injury heading into the game, scored the team's first five points as the Cougars grabbed an early lead, but USC put together a 9-2 run to build a six-point advantage (13-7). Later in the half, the Women of Troy extended their lead to nine (19-10), but WSU scored seven-straight to chip away at the deficit. Moore tied the game at 20 with 5-minutes, 56-seconds left on the clock, and the Cougars finally broke through, regaining the lead with less than two minutes remaining before intermission.
WSU held a three-point lead at halftime (32-29), but the Trojans tied the game in the opening minutes of the final period. Although the Cougars didn't relinquish their lead in the second half, they weren't able to build much of a cushion until late in the period. Once the Trojans had tied the game, WSU didn't push ahead by more than four points until the game clock had reached 8:44 (48-42).
Once the Cougars had extended their lead to six, USC cut the deficit to three with less than five minutes remaining. WSU outscored the Women of Troy 11-2 over the game's final minutes however, and the Cougars won their first game in the City of Angels since Jan. 28, 1999 (65-58).
WSU has now won back-to-back conference road games for the first time since 1995-96. The Cougars ended a 13-year drought against the Sun Devils in Tempe two weeks ago.
Sophomore guard Danielle recorded a game-high four steals and redshirt junior center Katie Madison tied for the game high with four assists. Freshman center Carly Noyes recorded three blocks. The conference leader in the statistical category now has 49 in 2009-10, one away from becoming the second Cougar in school history to record 50 in a single season.
The Cougars continue their trip to Los Angeles Saturday against UCLA. Tip-off against the Bruins is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion.