USC fends off feisty Washington St. 47-44 behind Moore’s 16
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Minyon Moore scored 16 points and Aliyah Mazyck scored 14 to lead seventh-seeded USC to a 47-44 win over Washington State on Thursday night in the first round of the Pac-12 Women’s Tournament.
The Trojans advance to play No. 2 seed Stanford on Friday.
Borislava Hristova started the fourth quarter with a 3-point play and a layup to put the Cougars up 36-35 with 8:55 left. Sadie Edwards put USC up for good with a pair of free throws and Kisten Simon followed with a layup for 39-36 margin. Moore’s jumper with 6:05 left made it 41-36 and neither team scored for two minutes.
Nike McClure hit a shot to bring Washington State within 41-38, Moore responded with a 3 and McClure followed that with a 3-point play. Sadie Edwards’ free throw made it 45-41 and McClure countered with another 3-point play with 46 seconds to go.
On the next Trojans (19-10) possession, Kirsten Simon and Sadie Edwards missed attempts but USC corralled offensive rebounds off both and forced the Cougars to foul. Moore ended the game with a layup and the Cougars never got another shot off.
Simon grabbed 12 rebounds and Jordan Adams grabbed 10.
McClure led 10th-seeded Washington State (10-19) with 12 points.