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No. 9 UCLA cruises past USC 59-46

Monique Billings got the 40th double-double of her career with 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead No. 9 UCLA over USC 59-46 on Friday night.

Jordin Canada added 16 points, and the Bruins (18-4, 9-2 Pac-12) won their seventh consecutive game.

USC (15-7, 5-6) struggled mightily against the UCLA zone in the first half and shot many 3-pointers it didn’t want to take. Not much was working in the first half for the Trojans offensively as they were 6 for 29 from the field and just 1 for 14 from 3-point range.

Kristen Simon led USC with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

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The Trojans played better in the second half, cutting UCLA’s lead to single digits in the third and fourth quarters.

Canada needed just two points to move into third place on UCLA’s career scoring list, and she did that and then some, surpassing Rehema Stephens. Canada has 1,901 career points.

When USC cut the lead to nine points at 42-33 on Kristen Simon’s basket before the third-quarter buzzer, UCLA answered with consecutive baskets from Canada and Billings to push the lead back to double digits.

sports@latimes.com

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