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UCLA women’s basketball completes season sweep of rival USC

By in Press Enterprise on February 6, 2018

By Joey Kaufman

LOS ANGELES — The trajectory of their seasons continued in opposite directions.

The UCLA women’s basketball team handed USC an 84-70 defeat Monday evening, its second win over its crosstown rival in four days, securing a season sweep.

For the Bruins, the triumph also offered more than city bragging rights. It moved them into a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12 Conference and advanced their chances of earning a high seed in the NCAA Tournament.

It was a downturn for the Trojans, who remain on the wrong side of the tournament bubble with four losses in their past six games.

UCLA (19-4 overall, 10-2 Pac-12) never trailed against USC (15-8, 5-7) at the Galen Center and led by as many as 14 points midway through the third quarter. It mirrored its 59-46 win over the Trojans on Friday night at Pauley Pavilion, when it led from wire to wire.

Forward Monique Billings and guard Jordan Canada each scored a team-high 18 points on Monday, leading four Bruins in double figures. Canada added eight assists.

While the Trojans were never ahead, they moved within a point of UCLA midway through the fourth quarter. With 4:41 left, Minyon Moore was fouled on a drive to the basket. Moore made the first of her free-throw attempts, cutting the Bruins’ lead to 69-68, but she missed the second.

The Bruins responded with a 10-0 run and the Trojans were never that close again.

USC guard Aliyah Mazyck finished with a game-high 21 points, hitting four of her 11 3-point attempts.

For much of the evening, the Trojans were without Kristen Simon, their leading scorer, as she was limited to 16 minutes because of foul trouble and injury. Simon left the game with 6:51 left in the first quarter after a hard fall to the floor, returning four minutes later. Early in […]    

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