After shooting just 24 percent and scoring 18 points in the first half, the USC women's basketball team rallied for a 64-57 victory over SMU to win the SMU Thanksgiving Classic tournament in Dallas, Texas. The Women of Troy have now won five games in a row after the come-from-behind victory.
In the second half, the Trojans (5-1) found the hot hand, hitting 15 of their 30 shots to erase a five-point halftime deficit. All five USC starters scored in double figures with Kaneisha Horn leading the way with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Jordan Adams seems to have really have turned the corner as the redshirt sophomore scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven assists without having a turnover. She also had four steals. Alexyz Vaioletama had 11 points while guards Briana Barrett and Courtney Jaco both had 10 points each.
Once again, the Women of Troy used their defense to jumpstart their offense. They forced 24 turnovers, collecting 18 steals led by Jaco's five swipes.
SMU (3-3) was led by Gabrielle Wilkins, who had 12 points. Taylor Brahme also provided 12 points off the bench on 6-of-8 shooting.
With the win, USC collects the SMU Thanksgiving Classic title in the four-team tournament. The Trojans have a week off before they play at St. Mary's next Saturday.
Here's Alexyz Vaioletama and Jordan Adams talking after the game: