Stanford completed its fall season Tuesday at the Pac-12 Preview, played on Nanea Golf Course.
The third-ranked Cardinal placed three players in the top 25 of the stacked tournament, which featured many of the best women's players in collegiate golf.
Stanford's 7-over was good for sixth among the 12-team field. The Cardinal posted respective rounds of 292-289-302 on the par-71 course.
USC went 284-288-289 to rally for the team title, one stroke better than second-place UCLA.
"This wasn't our best event, but it exposed a lot of weaknesses in our crew, which will be beneficial heading into the offseason," Stanford coach Anne Walker said.
The Cardinal recorded five top-10 finishes in as many events, including a first-place showing at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in the fall.
Stanford will have plenty of time to fine-tune its game as it returns to action when it plays host to the Peg Barnard Invitational (Feb. 15-16) at Stanford Golf Course.
The 2012 edition of the event was highlighted by then-freshman Mariah Stackhouse's course-record 10-under 61. Stackhouse was 9-under with a 26 on the front nine of her final round.
Stackhouse's 3-under through the 54-hole Pac-12 Preview was good for seventh.
Mariko Tumangan followed rounds of 69 and 74 with a 78 for a 2-over 221 and 20th-place finish.
Lauren Kim (74-76-73) tied for 22nd, Casey Danielson (78-70-80) was 36th and Quirine Eijkenboom (78-74-77) tied for 37th.
Kim's even-par third round led all Cardinal on Tuesday. Eijkenboom was the lone Cardinal to reach 2-under at any point during the final 18, racking birdies on two of her first six holes before falling to 4-over on the day.
No. 6 Stanford looks to maintain its place in the tough Pac-12 Conference when it travels to Colorado for a match Friday and to Utah for a match Sunday.
The Cardinal (16-5, 9-3 Pac-12) split two matches last week, losing to USC and beating UCLA.
Colorado (15-7, 7-5 Pac-12) handed Washington its only loss of the season and will certainly be one of several conference teams to make the NCAA tournament.
Utah (17-7, 6-6 Pac-12) is also in the hunt for a postseason berth.
No. 10 Stanford closes the regular season against visiting California on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in a match televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
After that, Stanford (13-4-1 overall, 6-4 Pac-12) will wait for the NCAA tournament selection on Monday.
The Cardinal is a strong candidate to play host to
a first-round match, which would be on Nov. 15, regardless of Wednesday's result.