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Published: Tue, February 14, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

USC women upset No. 9 Oregon State, 70-50


Suddenly, the team with one of the nation's most explosive offenses started playing defense.

Two days after the NCAA committee released a preliminary bracket slotting the Bruins as a No. 4 seed and No. 15 in the country, UCLA (23-3, 10-3 Pac-12) earned its highest ranking since it was No. 3 on January 16.

OR rebounded from the UCLA loss by taking down USC 81-70.

ABOUT OREGON STATE (4-21, 0-12 Pac-12): Stephen Thompson Jr. didn't perform well in his return to his hometown Thursday night, shooting 4-for-15 and scoring 11 points in the loss to USC.

Forward Dillon Brooks and guard Tyler Dorsey each scored 19 to lead the Ducks.

OR closed within 75-72 on a basket by Pritchard, and then the freshman added a 3-pointer to get the Ducks within 77-75 before Ball hit a deep 3-pointer with 32 seconds left.

This matchup is intriguing as we all remember Colorado pulled off a big shocker when they upset the Ducks earlier in the season.

Ball was brilliant, as is usually the case these days, and he seemed to make a conscious effort to get inside more than he usually does in this one.

The Beavers have held the Bruins to their two lowest first-half point totals of the season. Holiday's go-ahead basket was part of a 33-15 run to end the game.

With freshman Lonzo Ball taking over at both ends of the court, No. 10 UCLA forced a second-half change in tempo that made everything fall into place. "I'm glad our team came together".

The Ducks cut the lead to 80-79 on two free throws by forward Jordan Bell with 22 seconds left. Bryce Alford's 3-pointer with 12:48 left made it 54-37.

Another first half of competitive play by Oregon State.

"Being a new team, we're finally learning to play with each other", said Lexi Bando, who had 12 points in the win.

"We played hard, but not well enough to win", head coach Andy Enfield said. "It's like at the 10-minute mark we were stuck in mud". Shaqquan Aaron led the way with 21 points from the bench on 7 of 10 shooting, including 5 of 6 from deep.

"I knew time was winding down".

"With any good team, he became a martyr", Stewart said. "It's something I've been working for my whole life".

Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Tommy Lasorda were on hand. OR was the highest ranked Pac-12 team as a 2 seed, despite the loss at UCLA. The Bruins have won all three, including in 1975 and 2007. She appeared to be shaken up by the fall and was quickly scooped up by a trainer and carried off the court. She eventually got up and walked off smiling on her own. Eventually, the same things are going to be said about Sean Miller. "Who was looking over me?" The same things were said about Jim Calhoun before he beat Gonzaga in 1999 and got to a Final Four. First came an explosive drive to the basket with an acrobatic finish, and then a ridiculous step back three from National Basketball Association range on the next possession to seal the game.

He described the game as being "the rocket ship" that popularized college basketball. She was looked at by the medical staff inside of UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, but she didn't require any extensive attention.

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