The Fresno State women’s basketball came so close to a big victory Wednesday evening at USC.
Bulldogs star Candice White’s made basket at the buzzer was disallowed and the undefeated Trojans escaped with a 62-61 victory at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Fresno State has lost seven straight against Pac-12 opponents since winning 68-59 at Oregon on Dec. 21, 2014. The Bulldogs’ last meeting wtih USC came earlier that season, a 68-50 loss at USC.
White had given Fresno State (3-2) a 61-60 lead with two free throws with 1:01 left and the Bulldogs forced a turnover on the next USC possession, only to throw the ball away on their possession.
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Miraya Moore scored with 5.9 seconds left to put the Trojans (7-0) ahead and Fresno State called a timeout to advance the ball to the front court. The Bulldogs ran a play for Aly Gamez whose shot was off the mark and rebounded by USC’s Asiah Jones, who was fouled with 0.4 seconds left.
The Bulldogs got one more chance when Jones missed both free throws and Fresno State rebounded, then once again advanced the ball to the front court on its final timeout.
But with 0.1 on the clock, the only legal shot was a tip-in. White caught the inbounds pass on the way up and got off a 15-footer but by rule it didn’t count.
White finished with 22 points.
Fresno State led for 21 1/2 minutes from the second quarter until USC went ahead 60-59 on Moore’s fre throws with 1:59 left.
Fresno State is back on the road Sunday at Eastern Washington and Dec. 7 at UCLA. The Bulldogs’ next home game is Dec. 12 against Santa Clara.