Los Angeles, Calif.----- Carla Toha Vilanova scored two first-half goals for San Jose State University, but the University of Southern California won its NCAA-record 50th consecutive match in a 19-3 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) women's water polo match.
Toha Vilanova's second score pulled the #14-ranked Spartans (9-14, 0-2 MPSF) to 7-3 with 2:31 remaining before halftime, but the #1-ranked Trojans (24-0, 2-0 MPSF) closed out the half with three unanswered goals for a 10-3 halftime lead.
Jacqui Maisey accounted for San Jose State's other goal, the team's first of the match to close the Spartans' scoring against their 10th top-10 opponent of the season. San Jose State now is 1-9 against top-10 teams.
"We played a good quarter-and-a-half, then we started making too many mistakes," said San Jose State head coach Gabor Sarusi.
Brigitta Games led all players with a single-match career best seven goals, five of them in the first half. Stephania Haralabidis, the conference's leading scorer now with 67 goals, scored four times including the final first-half goal with 0:01 before halftime.
San Jose State university women's water polo
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match
Uytengsu Aquatic Complex, Los Angeles, Calif.
March 25, 2017
|#14-San Jose State (9-14, 0-2 MPSF)||1||2||0||0||3|
|#1-USC (24-0, 2-0 MPSF)||4||6||6||3||19|
|San Jose State -- Carla Toha Vilanova, 2; Jacqui Maisey, 1.|
|USC -- Brigitta Games, 7; Stephania Haralabidis, 4; Maud Megens, Denise Mammolito, Ioanna Haralabidis, 2, each; Hayley McKelvey, Courtney Fahey, 1, each.|
|San Jose State -- Tayler Peters (2 quarters), 2; Katelynn Thompson, (2 quarters), 3.|
|USC -- Victoria Chamorro (3 quarters), 4; Holly Parker (1 quarter), 2.|
|San Jose State -- 4.|
|USC -- 5.|