1/17/20 LOS ANGELES, CA - The USC Trojans knocked off nationally rank #7 UCLA Bruins in double-overtime 70-68 to get their first win in the Pac-12 Conference. Aliyah Jeune led the Trojans in scoring with 27 points 13 rebounds, followed by Alissa Pili 19 points, and Desiree Caldwell 10 points.
Japreece Dean, who is averaging 33.5ppg., led UCLA in scoring with 24 points 10 rebounds, and Charisma Osborne 20 points as the Bruins went down as the last undefeated team in the country.
The Trojans who lost their first meeting at Pauley Pavilion 83-59 played with more purpose, more grit, played with the will to win something that you can't teach but comes from within.
USC led UCLA at the end of the first quarter led by one-point 16-15 but went on a 14-2 run and led at halftime 30-17 as the Bruins' fans were trying to figure out was going with their undefeated team. Jeune led all players with 10 points. The Trojans defense held the Bruins to 0-15 shooting from the floor.
"In our first meeting, USC had won five games in a roll didn't play as well, but after losing five games in a roll, they played with more determination tonight," UCLA head coach Cori Close said."
The third quarter was a whole different story as the Bruins were down seventeen-points 36-19, made 10 of 18 shots, erased a 17-point deficit to trail the Trojans by just two-point 43-41 at the end of the quarter.
The Bruins in the fourth quarter regain the lead 44-33 after a three-point shot by Charisma Osborne. UCLA led USC 51-46 before Jeune made a three-point shot made the score 51-49 with 2:13 left in the game. The game went into overtime after two free throws by the Trojans
Kayla Overbeck tied the game 51-51.
In the first overtime with the Trojans leading 59-56 looking to give the Bruins their first loss of the season, Dean drove from the right side of the court to the basket, passed the ball to the left side of the court to a wide-open Natalie Chou nailed a three-point shot to tie the game 59-59 sending the game to double-overtime.
During the second overtime period, UCLA took control of the game up by six-points 66-60 after a basket by Dean. USC went on a 7-0 run got the lead back now led 67-66 after a basket by Jeune with 1:10 left in the game. Dean refused to let the Bruins lose gave them the lead back 68-67 with 45 seconds left in the game.
The Trojans would regain the lead 70-68 after a basket by Alissa Pili, who was fouled on the shot, made one free-throw with 27 seconds left in the game. USC held on to beat UCLA 70-68 to improve their record to
(9-8, Pac-12, 1-5) and UCLA (16-1, Pac-12, 5-1).
"Tonight our player had the will to win, never stop playing hard, did the small things to win and gave it their all was the key to our win," Associate Head Coach Aarika Hughes said."
Indeed it was a great victory for a very young Trojans' team who committed 22 turnovers to let the Bruins back in the game can learn a lot from a game like the one they played tonight. For more photos from this game, the gallery is located below the post. All the photos are by Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1. #NCAA, #Pac12, #USCTrojans, #UCLABruins, #TGSportstv1,