The first quarter ended with Washington leading 19-13.
In the second period, USC would outscore UW, 9 points to 7 by the Dawgs, to pull within four points at halftime, 26-22.
In the first half, the Washington Huskies shot 45.8% (11 for 24) overall; including 45% (9 for 20) from two-point range and 50% ( 2 of 4) from three-point range.
All but three of UW’s made shots came from inside-the paint as the Huskies offense dominated inside.
For USC, the Trojans shot 42.9% (9 of 21) overall; including 41.2% (7 for 17) from two-point range and 50% (2 for 4) from three-point range.
A slight majority of USC’s made shots were from the left-side of the court, a balance of midrange shots and three-pointers— while also making 100% (2 for 2) of their shots at-the-rim (within 4.5 feet)
In the first half, Washington out-rebounded USC by a 13-12 margin; UW had less turnovers than the Trojans, 7 to 9; and the Dawgs had more points-off-turnovers than USC, by a 10 – 4 margin — yet only led by four points, 26-22.
The third period began with multiple turnovers by the Dawgs resulting in USC points — four UW turnovers in the first five minutes of the third period.
The Trojans took their first lead of the game midway through the third quarter, 31-30 with 5:25 on the clock.
In the third, Washington shot 45.5% overall (5 of 11) and 0.0% (0 for 1) from three-point range.