UCLA women beat USC for second time in a week

UCLA forward Monique Billings (25) scored 18 points to help lead the Bruins to a second win over rival USC in a week.
(Danny Moloshok / Associated Press)

Monique Billings and Jordin Canada each scored 18 points to lead No. 8 UCLA to an 84-70 win over USC on Monday night.

Billings also had 11 rebounds for her 41st career double-double. It was the second time in four days UCLA beat USC.

UCLA (19-4, 10-2 Pac-12) moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12 with Oregon and Stanford. It was the Bruins’ eighth consecutive win and they moved up one spot in the national rankings earlier in the day.


Aliyah Mazyck had a team-best 21 points for the Trojans (15-8, 5-7 Pac-12). Minyon Moore made one of two free throws to pull USC within 69-68 in the fourth quarter, but the Trojans wouldn’t get any closer as the Bruins closed the game on a 15-2 run.

USC senior Kristen Simon played just three minutes in the first half and was on the bench in foul trouble, but finished with 12 points. She made a 3-pointer to beat the third-quarter buzzer to pull USC within five points at 61-56.

UCLA led 44-33 at halftime and outrebounded USC, 47-28.


UCLA: The Bruins did what they were supposed to do in beating the Trojans again and are riding the momentum into a stretch of playing three ranked opponents over their next four games.

USC: The Trojans can’t let consecutive losses against one of the top teams in the country affect them since they play another ranked opponent in Arizona State this week.


UCLA: Hosts Arizona on Friday.

USC: Hosts Arizona State on Friday.