USC’s upset bid of Stanford falls quick in slim loss

Cameron Brink turned Stanford’s profession chief in blocked photographs with six extra and scored 12 factors, together with a key putback with 1:04 left, and the No. 3 Cardinal beat No. 25 USC 50-47 on Friday evening to take sole possession of the Pac-12 lead.

Brink started the evening needing two blocks to interrupt Jayne Appel’s mark of 273 set from 2006-2010, then swatted away a layup by Kadi Sissoko on the 5:25 mark of the second for the report. Close household pal and supporter Stephen Curry and his daughter, Riley — alongside 49ers quarterback Trey Lance — sat on the baseline cheering for her. Brink already had the single-season report, shifting her complete to 99. She additionally grabbed 10 rebounds.

Okako Adika’s jumper with 1:41 remaining pulled the Trojans (19-7, 9-6) to 48-45 however Brink answered after a miss by Jones. Destiny Littleton scored 15 factors however missed a baseline three beneath stress simply earlier than the ultimate buzzer making an attempt to ship the sport into time beyond regulation.

Haley Jones added eight factors, 10 rebounds and 5 assists within the “Pink Game” as each applications wore pink to lift consciousness for breast most cancers. Stanford (25-3, 13-2 Pac-12) bounced again after having its 14-game profitable streak stopped by the Trojans in a 55-46 loss in Los Angeles on Jan. 15.

The Cardinal are alone in atop the Pac-12 after No. 4 Utah’s 82-72 loss at 18th-ranked Arizona earlier Friday.

Sissoko, main USC at 15 factors per recreation for a Trojans workforce averaging 65.8 factors, shot simply three of 15 for 9 factors.

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Adika made two early threes and Littleton additionally knocked one down from deep as USC went forward 11-5. Adika wound up with 13 factors however the Trojans had simply two factors within the paint, none from the bench and none within the quick break.

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Appel, now Jayne Appel-Marinelli, provided her congratulations to Brink by way of textual content message to the AP.

“From one Stanford big to another Stanford big: You have taken the torch and moved it to a higher level. Congratulations, Block Queen! Truly an accomplishment to be on the top with all the other Stanford greats!”

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USC: Sophomore heart Clarice Akunwafo went down laborious on her left leg with 5:55 left and grabbed at her knee earlier than going to the locker room. USC was averaging 9.3 steals per recreation and wound up with 5. The Trojans misplaced their nineteenth straight at Maples Pavilion relationship to a 62-59 win March 1, 2001. They are 7-33 all-time on Stanford’s house flooring.

Stanford: Stanford tried solely 4 three-pointers within the first half largely as a result of the Cardinal outscored the Trojans 26-0 within the paint earlier than the break. Up 48-41 with 3:47 to play the Cardinal dedicated a uncommon shot-clock violation. Stanford has gained 22 straight Pac-12 house video games.

Up subsequent for USC: On Sunday at California, coach Lindsay Gottlieb’s former program because the Golden Bears honor their Final Four workforce 10 years later.

Up subsequent for Stanford: Hosts UCLA on Monday for senior evening because the Cardinal conclude the house schedule.

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