10:00 PM ET, January 6, 2006
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Eshaya Murphy had one of her best offensive performances to help Southern California defeat a Top 10 team for the first time in almost two years.Murphy tied a career high with 22 points and USC upset No. 9 Arizona State 58-50 Friday night."I felt like we could play the No. 1 team and we'd come out and give our best," Murphy said. "I was going to do what I needed to."The victory was USC's first against a Top 10 team since a win over Stanford on Jan. 25, 2004. Camille LeNoir added 13 points for the Trojans (9-5, 3-2 Pac-10), who snapped a two-game losing streak."This is such a great victory for us," Murphy said. "I think it gave us our confidence back."Kristen Kovesdy scored 11 points for the Sun Devils (12-2, 3-1), who had won nine consecutive games. Arizona State fell a half-game behind first-place Stanford with the loss."Sometimes, a loss helps you out because it helps you focus on things," Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne said. "One thing we have to do better as a team is evaluate and adjust."The Sun Devils held a 48-44 lead with 5:31 to play but USC used a 12-0 run to move ahead 56-48 with 43.4 seconds left. Murphy and LeNoir scored four points apiece during the rally."Camille made some big shots there at the end," USC coach Mark Trakh said. "I thought we played hard and I was happy with how we executed down the stretch."The Sun Devils shot 27 percent in the second half.The Trojans made 15 steals in forcing 23 turnovers. Murphy had four steals with LeNoir and Meghan Gnekow each making three.