10:00 PM ET, January 12, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Eshaya Murphy led Southern Cal with 18 points and 10 rebounds Thursday night in an 81-60 victory over Washington State.Jamie Hagiya added 16 points and seven assists for the Trojans (11-5, 5-2 Pac-10). Amanda DuRocher led Washington State (6-9, 0-6) with 13 points.The Cougars have lost eight games in a row and 10 consecutive Pac-10 games, dating back to last year.The Trojans led 18-17 midway through the first half before a 14-0 run gave them clear control of the game. Camille LeNoir capped the run with one of Southern Cal's 11 3-point field goals.USC led 41-29 at the half. The Trojans expanded their lead to 65-39 before Washington State lost second-leading scorer Charmaine Jones indefinitely with a high ankle sprain with 10:55 left to play.The Cougars, who lost to Southern Cal 77-75 in overtime last year in Pullman, could not stop USC's combination of solid 3-point shooting and dominant inside play. The Trojans shot 45 percent from the field, including 52 percent on 3-pointers (11-for-21), and hit 80 percent at the free-throw line.Murphy and Hagiya both went 4-for-6 on 3-pointers. The Trojans' 11 3-pointers tied their season high. Chloe Kerr worked inside for 14 points and seven rebounds.WSU, last in the Pac-10 in most key offensive categories, shot just 37 percent from the field despite hitting 11 of 20 3-point attempts (55 percent).The Cougars shot 64 percent at the line, were outrebounded 43-34 and made five more turnovers (23) than the Trojans. Kate Lenz scored 10 points for WSU.