Moore’s career night is too much for Washington State

Freshman Minyon Moore put up a career-high 32 points in USC's rout of Washington State Friday. Photo by Benita West/T.G.Sportstv1.
Freshman Minyon Moore put up a career-high 32 points in USC’s rout of Washington State Friday. Photo by Benita West/T.G.Sportstv1.

Los Angeles, Calif. – With most of Los Angeles suffering through a torrential downpour, it was Minyon Moore who brought a different kind of rain to USC’s Galen Center Friday.

Scoring a career-high 32 points, the freshman guard became the first Trojan to notch 30 points in a game since Cassie Harberts back on Jan. 19, 2014, in leading the team to an 80-64 rout of Washington State.

Kristen Simon and Courtney Jaco also notched double figures for USC – Simon, with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Jaco with 12 points.

Following a tightly-contested opening period that ended with the Women of Troy up by only three points, USC utilized a strong second quarter to distance themselves from the visitors. Sparked by Moore, who had 18 points at halftime, the Trojans went up by as many as 14, outscoring the Cougars 9-2 in the final four minutes to lead 39-25 at the break.

The hosts led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter before Washington State mounted a comeback. Employing an 8-0 scoring run, the Cougars were able to chip away at the Trojan lead, cutting it to 51-41. But that was as close as they would come, as Jaco scored the game’s next six points to put out Washington State’s fire.

Four Cougars scored in double digits, led by Alexys Swedlund’s 13 points. Caila Hailey had 12 points, Nike McClure 11, and Maria Kostourkova, 10.

USC is now 14-12 overall and 5-10 in conference. Sunday’s match up with No. 9 Washington will mark their final home game of the 2016-17 season, and will honor their senior class before tip off at 3 p.m.