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Schwartz, Daniels lead Washington to upset over No. 11 USC

Huskies have won two of last three games

By JILL PAINTER LOPEZ, , Associated Press,
Published: January 28, 2024, 4:54pm
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Washington forward Dalayah Daniels (14) blocks a shot by Southern California forward Kaitlyn Davis (24) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024.
Washington forward Dalayah Daniels (14) blocks a shot by Southern California forward Kaitlyn Davis (24) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) Photo Gallery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lauren Schwartz scored 21 points and Dalayah Daniels added a double-double to lead Washington to a 62-59 upset win over No. 11 Southern Cal on Sunday.

USC’s Kayla Padilla scored 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point range to pull the Trojans within one late. JuJu Watkins scored 19 points but had an off day shooting, making just 8 of 27 shots.

Washington (13-6, 3-5 Pac-12 Conference) has won two of its last three games. USC (14-4, 4-4) has lost two of its last four.

“It’s the first time I thought we came out and said, ‘We’re wearing USC on our jerseys and therefore we’re going to win,’ ” USC coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “You can’t win like that.”

The Trojans cut the lead to 60-59 on Padilla’s 3-pointer with two seconds left. McKenzie Forbes was whistled for a foul with less than a second remaining and Schwartz made both free throws to seal it.

Gottlieb said she was hoping for a five-second call on the last Washington possession and thought Forbes poked the ball from behind Schwartz.

Schwartz scored 12 of her 21 points in the first half. Maybe no points were bigger than her 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter that gave Washington a 54-48 lead. Daniels finished with 12 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.

“Just proud of our fight today,” Washington coach Tina Langley said. “I thought we did a good job of team defense. A lot of different players stepping up at different times on the defensive end. Offensive execution, we’re continuing to grow in that. Thought we made some big steps.”

It was all Washington early. The Huskies had the lead for all but 1:10 in the first half and led by as many as 13 in the second quarter. The Huskies outscored USC 19-10 in the second period to build a 34-23 halftime lead. Watkins scored the final two baskets of the second quarter for USC, including a layup just before the halftime buzzer.

“I thought there was no adjustment I could make in the gameplan,” Gottlieb said of her halftime speech. “There were curse words. There was emotion. We had to have a different level of want and intensity. I thought we were getting cooked individually. I thought we were settling on offense. We weren’t good on anything. It was a matter of trying to change that energy. I’m not taking anything away from Washington. They’re a really good team who does what they do very well.”

The Huskies played their second consecutive game without starter Jayda Noble, who didn’t make the trip to Los Angeles for an undisclosed reason.

“We just played four quarters. At UCLA (in a loss), we only played three quarters,” Schwartz said. “I think we played it all and played the scout right. It’s an amazing feeling. It’s such a great conference. To have this win after the UCLA game is a great win.”

BIG PICTURE

Washington: The young Huskies played UCLA well for a half and won at USC, proving they can make some serious noise in the Pac-12 Tournament.

USC: The Trojans have to hope for no early tip-offs in the NCAA Tournament. The noon tip-off didn’t seem to agree with them.

UP NEXT

Washington: The Huskies host Utah on Friday.

USC: The Trojans play at Stanford on Friday.


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