It wasn't pretty, but the USC women's basketball team found a way to win Sunday evening, beating Long Beach State, 82-74.
The Women of Troy endured a poor fourth quarter that included an injury delay of more than 20 minutes when 49ers guard Anna Kim fell hard to the ground after being fouled from behind on a fast break. Long Beach State outscored USC, 26-14, the final quarter, but it too late.
"We played a great third quarter...ummm...an average first and second quarter, but we absolutely did not finish the game the way we should have," USC head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said. "Part of it was because of the injury and we are all hoping and praying that Anna is okay. It doesn't feel good, but we're happy to come away with the victory."
USC dominated the third quarter, going on a 27-2 run that spanned nearly six and a half minutes. Sadie Edwards had seven of her 10 points during the stretch while Kristen Simon scored six points in the run. Simon finished with 19 points and an impressive 15 rebounds -- six on the offensive end.
But the leading scorer for the Women of Troy was freshman Minyon Moore. She finished with a career-high 23 and had seven assists to go with five rebounds and three steals.
"I love the energy that Minyon brings when she comes in the game, both offensively and defensively. She really gives us a spark," Cooper-Dyke said. "For me, I'm very happy with where she is and the progress she' s made, but I'm equally on her to constantly get better. Strive for greatness. Strive to make adjustments in your game to do better the next time. Every single night."
Watch USC head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and players Kristen Simon and Minyon Moore, above, talk about the Trojans' victory over Long Beach State and the loss of senior guard Jordan Adams, who is out for the season after tearing her ACL in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout.
You can also check out the USC highlights from Sunday's game here:
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