January 25, 2015

Cardinal's two good halves beat the Trojans

After the UCLA game, Tara said, "I wish we were more a first-half team sometimes." She got her wish today.

The Trojans scored first, but the Cardinal took the lead 1½ minutes into the game, increased it to 13 points on a 19-4 run and led by nine at the break.

They kept up the attack all through the second half, never letting the Trojans back into the game, and won 71-60.

Although the Trojans won the battle of the boards 41-32, Cardinal defense held them to an inadequate 36% shooting from the field.

Trojan defense held Cardinal three-point shooters in check — Bonnie sank only two treys and Lili, Bri and Amber each sank one. But the Cardinal were hot on the inside where they made 54%. They also got to the line where they hit a sizzling 20 of 24.

Lili was on fire tonight. Her strategy was "attack the rim", which she did with great success. When she didn't make the shot, she usually drew a foul and hit 12 of 14 free throws. She was the Cardinal's top scorer with 21 points, her most since the game in Hawai'i two months ago. She also dished two assists and grabbed four rebounds.

Bird was definitely seeing the basket tonight. She turned and shot and hit five times on five attempts. She also had six rebounds, two blocks and a steal.

Kaylee scored on four of five attempts, two of them lovely back-door cuts with assists from Amber.

In other Pac-12 action today, the OSU Beavers made beating the ASU Sun Devils look easy and are now the only undefeated team in the conference. The Bears came back from a 12-point deficit in the first half to beat the Bruins 72-57 and hold on to fourth place in the conference.

Here are game reports and commentary:

The box score and play-by-play,

A video interview of Lili after her bounce-back game against USC

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