Healthy and hungry, Pili eats up Washington with 17 points

February 5, 2021

Alissa Pili

Hampered by multiple ankle injuries, Anchorage’s Alissa Pili hasn’t been herself on the basketball court.

The USC sophomore forward missed the first 10 games of the season and since returning has been limited, with injuries robbing her the ability to showcase a powerful post game that made her Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

Maybe it would have been easier to shut it down, but Pili stuck with it and has returned to form. She looks like her old self again.

Healthy and hungry, Pili ate up the Washington Huskies for a season-high 17 points in Seattle to power USC’s 63-54 Pac-12 win.

She was back in the starting lineup and scored 10 points by halftime, giving her double figures for the first time in five games this season.

No longer restricted, Pili logged a season-high 35 minutes, twice her previous high, and grabbed a season-high six rebounds. She also had a steal and blocked shot.

Injuries have really slowed down Pili this season. After missing a large chunk of games at the start of the season she rolled her ankle in her third game back. It happened against Stanford after just five minutes and she didn’t return to the game.

Honestly, her season looked to be in jeopardy.

A week later, however, she was back on the court against Arizona State. A week after that she was back to scoring double figures against Washington.

Pili makes USC viable in the Pac-12.

The Trojans are 3-1 in the league when she plays, 3-5 when she doesn’t. Her presence has keyed back-to-back wins that helped push USC to 6-6 in the Pac-12, the first time the team has been at .500 after an 0-4 start.