Quinn smiled a bit, then nodded at Murphy. It was the least Murphy could do for her longtime friend after her Trojans defeated Quinn’s Bruins for the fifthstraight time, 62-55 in front of a program-record 9,749 fans Saturday afternoon at Galen Center. “As a competitor, you can’t think like that in a game, that somebody is your friend. You just want to win,” said Murphy, who finished with a team-high 13 points. “But I have a ton of respect for her. I can’t wait until she’s the No. 1 draft pick in the WNBA next season. I’m going to be the first one buying her jersey.” Murphy isn’t far off in that analysis. Most WNBA experts expect Quinn to be among the first three players selected in the draft this spring. But for all of her accomplishments at UCLA, she hasn’t had much success against the Trojans. USC has beaten UCLA in different ways during its five-game winning streak in the series. Saturday, the Trojans’ balanced offense and physical defense were the difference. Nine players scored for USC (15-9,9-5 Pacific-10 Conference) in Saturday’s game. Murphy (13 points, 11 rebounds) and seniors Jamie Funn (10 points, sevenrebounds) and Jamie Hagiya (10points, five assists) led the way. USC’s bench outscored UCLA’s 15-0. “Our bench usually does some damage for us,” UCLA coach Kathy Olivier said. “Today, they didn’t. “Every time Noelle caught the ball, she was swarmed. That’s what’s happened all year. We need other people to step up when that happens.” Quinn finished with a game-high 18points, 14 of which came in the second half. Lindsey Pluimer added 14points, scoring 12 in the first half. UCLA (13-13, 7-7) led for all but 30seconds of the first half and took a 29-28 lead into halftime. The Trojans ramped up their defense and took the lead for good on Hagiya’s 3-pointer a few minutes into the second half. The Trojans had chances to put UCLA away, but never led by more than four points until the final minute of the game. That’s when the record crowd became a factor, as USC greats Cheryl Miller, Rhonda Windham and Lisa Leslie led cheers from the sideline. With the score tied 55-55 with 3:53remaining, the Trojans went into a full-court press and forced UCLA into five turnovers. The Bruins did not score another point. “Our defense was really good the last three minutes,” USC coach Mark Trakh said. “Our pressing was very effective. … It was that grind it out, gut it out kind of game.” It was the first time in seven meetings that a game between USC and UCLA had been decided by more than four points. “I think it’s just two teams playing hard,” USC senior Chloe Kerr said when asked why all the recent games have been so close. “Even it if was open gym, we’d be going hard against the Bruins.” down the stretch [email protected] (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was probably somebody else’s job, but Eshaya Murphy insisted on doing it herself. She grabbed the glass of water from a USC staffer, walked in front of the group of media assembled for UCLA’s news conference and set it down in front of Bruins senior guard Noelle Quinn.