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USC Women's Basketball Crowned Pac-12 Champions

The Women of Troy defeat Oregon State 71-62 to win their first Pac-12 Championship, and get an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Four days ago the USC women's basketball team asked, "Why not us?" to win the Pac-12 Championship title.

Four days later the Women of Troy knocked off Arizona, Arizona State, No. 1 ranked Stanford and Oregon State (71-62) to take home their first Pac-12 Championship.

The Women of Troy celebrate winning their first Pac-12 Championship Title.
The Women of Troy celebrate winning their first Pac-12 Championship Title.

It wasn't an easy win for USC as they trailed at the half 36-29. However, to start the second half the Women of Troy went on a 12-0 run.

With one minute remaining in the game the Women of Troy secured a seven point lead. USC outscored Oregon State 42-26 in the second half. 

As time expired USC's bench exploded on to the court to celebrate winning the 2014 Pac-12 Championship.

Guard Ariya Crook finished with 16 points, and won the Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player Award.

Forward Cassie Harberts finished with 12 points and five rebounds.

With the win the Women of Troy secure a spot in the NCAA tournament. First-year head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke leads USC to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006. 

After the win, USC alum Lisa Leslie took to twitter to congratulate the Women of Troy.

"So proud of the @USCWBB team! I love how Coop has them pressing and mixing up the defense!! #FightOn," Leslie tweeted.

USC finished the regular season 21-12 overall and 11-7 in Pac-12 play.

To watch full game highlights click here.

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