LOS ANGELES -- Kate Gaze scored 22 points, Jackie Nared added 15 of her 21 in the second half and Saint Mary's defeated Southern California 71-55 on Thursday night.
Lauren Nicholson added 12 points for the Gaels (9-1), who forced 24 turnovers that led to 27 points. They shot 47 percent in the second half.
Cassie Harberts had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Trojans (5-5), who shot 52 percent in the first half, but they had 15 turnovers and trailed by two at the break.
Saint Mary's used an 8-0 run to push its lead to 11 points with 5:55 left. Harberts scored four straight points to get USC within seven. But the Trojans were forced to foul after again falling behind by double digits.
Mechelle Voepel explains what the biggest transition is for Breanna Stewart moving from UConn to the WNBA, as well as if she will be perceived around the league as a villain.