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USC women rally from 17 down, knock off No. 16 Oregon State

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kristen Simon scored 21 points as USC rallied to beat No. 16 Oregon State 65-61 for its first Pac-12 Conference win Sunday at the Galen Center. Sadie Edwards added 17 points.
 
USC (11-4, 1-3) snapped a three-game losing streak after rallying from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter. Simon made an open basket inside to give the Trojans a 62-61 lead with 54 seconds left.
 
Oregon State (11-4, 2-2 Pac-12) was down by two but a Katie McWilliams turnover - her only one of the game - against pressure by USC with eight seconds left ensured there would be no last-second heroics for the Beavers.
 
Marie Gulich scored a team-best 16 points and Mikayla Pivec added 14. Pivec made a half-court shot at the first-quarter buzzer to give the Beavers a 22-13 lead. Oregon State extended it to 17 but USC would rally.
 
Oregon State made 7 3-pointers in the first half, one in the second half. USC rallied in the third quarter with a 10-0 run - buoyed by turnovers on four consecutive possessions for Oregon State - and pulled within four points at 49-45.
 
BIG PICTURE
 
Oregon State: The Beavers will return home following two losses on the road to UCLA (84-49) and USC and hope to get back on the winning track.
 
USC: The Trojans can feel good about themselves again by getting back in the conference picture with a victory Sunday.
 
UP NEXT
 
Oregon State: Hosts Arizona State on Friday.
 
USC: Plays at Colorado on Friday.


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