Los Angeles, Calif. – With a heave from well beyond the three-point line at the end of the third quarter Sunday, Minyon Moore ignited more than just the crowd in USC’s 65-50 upset over No. 16 Arizona State.
Facing a six-point deficit, Trojan guard Courtney Jaco notched a three-point basket at the 4:13 mark of the third quarter, which led to 15-2 run. Moore’s shot at the end of the period turned into a four-point play with her made free throw.
USC’s momentum continued to close the game, as they distanced themselves from the Sun Devils in the fourth.
The game started off with both teams essentially trading baskets. The lead changed hands six times en route to a one-point Sun Devil advantage at halftime.
Sadie Edwards led the Trojans with 17 points, and Kristen Simon added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Jaco had 11 points and Moore, 10.
Simon said Moore’s shot was critical for the team.
“That was a game changer,” she said. “We were a little shaky in the third quarter, so it gave us a lot of momentum coming in the fourth quarter.”
USC got it done on all facets of the game, shooting an impressive 54 percent from the field, in addition to forcing 18 ASU turnovers. The Women of Troy capitalized on those forced turnovers, scoring 16 points off of them.
“What a gritty win. What a great defensive game by my Women of Troy,” coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said.
“It was great to see the fight. We talk about ‘Fight On’ and it’s a mantra, but for us it’s an action. It’s something that we need to do every single moment we step on that court.”
For Arizona State, the loss marked their third straight after starting Pac-12 play 5-2.
“We let them do what they wanted to do,” coach Charli Turner Thorne said of USC.
“We didn’t do a good job in taking away their strengths, but they stepped up. Give them credit, they’re hungry. They haven’t really had their full team healthy. Simon missed games and people have missed games. They’ve been in every game.”
Sophie Brunner led the Sun Devil’s effort, scoring 14 points in 26 minutes of play. Quinn Dornstauder also finished in double figures with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Trojans hit the road for four games, beginning Friday when they visit No. 10 Stanford.