The USC Women of Troy have shocked the proverbial world, with a 72-68 win over the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal in the semifinals of the Women’s Pac-12 Tournament, at KeyArena in Seattle. With the victory, the Trojans will play either Washington State or Oregon State on Sunday night for a chance to win their first ever Pac-12 Tournament.
After an even first half that saw both teams take 32 points to the locker room, the Women of Troy roared out to a double-digit lead in the second half.
USC led by as many as 10 points with 10 minutes to play, before Stanford used a 20-7 run to quickly take the lead back.
Senior Cassie Harberts singlehandedly brought the Trojans back by scoring 10 straight points all by herself, to bring USC from down three to up seven with just over a minute left in the game.
Alexyz Vaioletama had arguably the best game of her career and led the Women of Troy with 19 points and 15 rebounds. She hit several big shots down the stretch to ultimately hold off Stanford, and was three of five from three-point distance.
It’s USC’s first win over Stanford since January of 2008, and just the second win over the in-state rival in the last decade.
With the win, the Trojans just might have put themselves into the Big Dance regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s final, as they entered the conference tournament on the bubble.
The loss is Stanford’s third of the season, and they had won eight Women’s Pac-12 Tournaments in a row. The Cardinal now will likely drop to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament when the seeding is unveiled on Monday, March 17th.