Harrod's Double-Double Leads WSU Past USC Trojans
February 27, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Victoria Harrod totaled 15 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and four steals to lead Washington State to a 63-51 win over Southern California Saturday in Pacific-10 women's basketball at Friel Court.
The Cougars (11-15 overall, 5-12 in Pac-10 play) put five players in double figures to break a three-game losing streak despite being outrebounded 53-38. Cathy McNeely and Jennifer Kerns each had 11 points, and Yvonne Volkman and Tricia Lamb tossed in 10 apiece.
The Trojans (7-18, 3-13) lost their eighth consecutive road game, shooting only 28 percent from the field. Tiffany Washington scored 15 and pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds, 11 offensive, in the loss. Adrain Williams finished with 13 points and eight boards.
In a game full of scoring runs, WSU wasted no time before jumping on the Trojans. Behind five Harrod points and rebounds the Cougars shot out of the blocks to a 14-4 lead at 12:20. At 12:10, Williams' lay-in ended an almost seven minute stretch without a Trojan field goal, the first coming on Washington's jumper at 19:36.
Four minutes later, at 8:18, USC's Tashara Carter started a 10-0 Trojan-run that cut the Cougars' 11 point advantage down to only one, 20-19, with 5:53 left to play in the first half. McNeely responded with WSU's first three-point basket of the game and the Cougars went on to outscore the Trojans 10-0 in the last 5:47 and take a 30-19 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, the WSU scoring streak continued. Paced by four Harrod points, the Cougs scored nine unanswered to assume a 20 point lead, 39-19, with less than two minutes gone in the half. Although a pair of Tiffany Elmore free throws stopped the scoring streak at 17:43, it was not until Carter's jumper at 17:04 that USC ended a nine-minute run, dating back to 6:15 in the first half, without a field goal.
While the Trojans would share the wealth offensively and climb back to within 10 points 43-33 with 13:27 to play, they could get no closer. At 3:55, WSU had worked its lead back to 17 points, 61-44, behind six points from Kerns and four from Harrod and never looked back despite scoring only two points in the remaining minutes.
"I thought our kids played harder on defense, going out and getting steals and turning those steals into easy baskets," said WSU head coach Harold Rhodes. "I thought that was the difference in the game."
Next action for the Cougars will be against visiting Washington next Saturday in the final game of the season.
Southern California (7-18/3-13) - Krause 0-1 0-0 0, Carter 3-11 1-2 7, Washington 5-11 5-8 15, Elmore 2-18 4-7 8, Norwood 2-10 0-0 4, Williams 5-13 3-8 13, Houser 1-2 0-0 2, Sneed 1-1 0-0 2, Team 19-67 13-25 51.
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