GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Arizona 78, Southern California 77

TUCSON, Ariz. - Aari McDonald scored 30 points and Cate Reese added 25, helping No. 7 Arizona rally from an 11-point deficit to outlast Southern California 78-77.

The Wildcats (3-0, 2-0 Pac-12) picked up their first marquee win of the season on Friday, beating No. 9 UCLA for their third win in the past four games against top-10 teams. Arizona found itself in another tight game against the Trojans (1-2, 0-2) and fell into an 11-point hole early in the third quarter.

The Wildcats rallied behind McDonald and Reese, who keyed a 22-3 run that carried into the fourth quarter to put them up eight.

Arizona still had a hard time shaking USC, needing to hold on instead of roll on to an easy win.

USC fell behind 77-72 with 22 seconds left, but kept fighting. Madison Campbell hit a 3-pointer and Endyia Rogers made two free throws after Reese went 1 for 2 to cut it to one, but the Trojans couldn't get the ball back for a final shot.

Endyia and Angel Jackson led USC with 18 points each.

This game started off as an offensive duel, the teams combining to make 17 of 31 shots in a tight first quarter.

The shooting pace slowed slightly in the second half, but it remained close. USC spread the scoring around and made 15 of 29 shots in the first half to lead 37-34. McDonald carried the load for Arizona, scoring 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

USC continued the torrid shooting pace, making four of its first eight shots to stretch the lead to 53-42. McDonald and Reese answered, combining for 11 straight points to tie the game at 53-all. Arizona closed the third quarter on an 18-3 run to lead 60-56.

Arizona went up 77-72 on two free throws by Reese with 22 seconds left and held on after Campbell's 3 cut it to two.


Associated Press

December 6, 2020