March Madness: USC women lose in overtime to South Dakota State

Future Littleton’s game-tying three-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation gave USC’s ladies’s basketball staff additional life.

However the Trojans squandered it. USC must wait one other 12 months for an opportunity at its first NCAA event victory since 2006.

Regardless of a report effort from Rayah Marshall, the eighth-seeded Trojans have been ousted within the first spherical of the NCAA event by No. 9 South Dakota State, shedding 62-57 in additional time at Virginia Tech’s Cassell Coliseum on Friday evening.

“Credit score South Dakota State,” second-year USC coach Lindsay Gottlieb mentioned. “They’re a extremely good staff. We knew that. They’re poised and skilled and we tried to make it actually arduous for them, and I assumed once they wanted to, they made the profitable performs. I’m actually proud. I’m pleased with our staff and I’m pleased with the individuals within the locker room. The journey we went on was an distinctive one. We want it have been longer.”

The Trojans (21-10) held the Jackrabbits (29-5) to their fourth-lowest scoring complete of the season, however USC’s defensive efforts weren’t sufficient. South Dakota State has now gained 22 straight video games and can face host and No. 1 seed Virginia Tech on Sunday.

Along with her double-double of 17 factors and 13 rebounds, Marshall blocked seven photographs, breaking USC’s single-season report for blocks. The mark was set within the 1992-93 season by Corridor of Famer Lisa Leslie, who had 95. Marshall completed this season, her sophomore marketing campaign, with 98.

“For me, I similar to to come back and compete,” Marshall mentioned. “I really feel like after I’m blocking photographs on the defensive finish, I’m sparking my staff stuffed with vitality. Undoubtedly going to should brag to Lisa a bit bit about that.”

Littleton scored 18 factors and Kadi Sissoko added 10 for USC.

South Dakota State was powered by two-time Summit League Participant of the 12 months Myah Selland, who ended with 29 factors and 9 rebounds. Paige Meyer chipped in 16 factors.

“Shoot, to me she’s a professional. She scores in any respect three ranges,” Gottlieb mentioned of Selland. “Their system and their offense makes it actually arduous. You possibly can’t actually double her proper as a result of they may kick out for threes. She is consistently transferring.”

USC and South Dakota State have been evenly matched, however the Trojans misplaced the rebounding battle by six, missed 5 free throws, and shot 31% from the ground.

The Trojans constructed an early benefit by opening the sport with a 12-2 run. South Dakota State — which entered with the nation’s Tenth-best scoring offense at 79.4 factors per sport — shot simply two of 12 from the ground within the first quarter.

South Dakota State chipped away at that deficit within the second quarter, and led by as many as seven factors within the third.

After falling behind, USC put collectively a 9-2 run within the fourth quarter and the 2 sides swapped leads earlier than Littleton’s well timed shot despatched the sport into an additional interval. Selland began additional time by sparking a 9-2 run to offer the Jackrabbits a cushion.

USC will lose no less than a pair of starters this offseason in Littleton and Sissoko, who’ve exhausted their eligibility. However No. 1 total recruit JuJu Watkins shall be arriving subsequent season.

“Clearly, we don’t wish to be out within the first spherical, however USC has not been right here in a really very long time,” Littleton mentioned. “So, that was my No. 1 objective coming right here, to get USC again into the NCAA event, and we checked that off the checklist.”