Holiday Home Stand Continues

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USC women's basketball is 3-0 inside the friendly confines of Galen Center this season, and the Women of Troy are in the midst of a seven-game home stand with a pair of games due up this week against Loyola Marymount (Thursday at 4 p.m.) and No. 16 Oklahoma State (Sunday at Noon).

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The Women of Troy sit at 7-2 overall with the hope that Alexyz Vaioletama, Jordan Adams and McKenzie Calvert could all return from injury.  This week's games conclude the Trojans non-conference slate before a titanic rivalry clash with UCLA to kick off Pac-12 play on December 30.

Courtney Jaco leads the Trojans with 23 made three-pointers.

Kostas Striking Cutino Pose

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Given annually to the nation's best player, the Peter J. Cutino Award is the Heisman Trophy of water polo. Kostas Genidounias was a Cutino finalist last season, and he matched that accomplishment again this year with an eye towards taking home the big prize when it is announced in June 2015.

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Genidounias, USC's all-time leading goal scorer, will go up against Stanford's Bret Bonnani and Alex Bowen for the coveted trophy. He is seeking to join Juraj Zatovic (2006), J.W. Krumpholz (2009 and 2010) and Joel Dennerley (2012) as men of Troy to win the Cutino Award.


Holiday Bowl Practice #7: Sarkisian Presser

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The Trojans return to the practice field this morning, but head coach Steve Sarkisian called their performance "extremely average" coming off the break.

USC will be without DT Antwaun Woods in the Holiday Bowl. He underwent surgery yesterday for a torn pectoral muscle.

Here is Sarkisian's complete post-practice presser:

Holiday Party in San Diego

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The Trojan Family is invading San Diego on December 27 for the Holiday Bowl, and you are all invited to the pregame party outside Qualcomm Stadium. The fun goes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and includes an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, hosted bar, games, Traveler, Song Girls and the Trojan Marching Band.

Admission is $100 for adults and $50 per child (ages 3-10). The party will be located in Section L of the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot.

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Reservations are due by Friday, December 19. That is a hard deadline so RSVP now!


2014 NFL Week 15

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The Best

Frostee Rucker, DE, Cardinals - 3 TFLs including a sack and forced fumble

Rucker.jpgRucker has carved out a nice pro career finding a home in Arizona with one of the league's best defenses. He was at his dominant best on Thursday Night Football terrorizing the Rams in the backfield with three tackles behind the line of scrimmage out of his four solo tackles.  He also stripped a ball loose as the Cardinals defeated St. Louis 12-6 in a touchdown-free game. Rucker is riding a hot streak with five sacks in his last five games.

Best of the Rest

Devon Kennard, LB, Giants - 7 tackles (6 solo) including 2 for loss and half a sack plus a pass defended

Clay Matthews, OLB, Packers - 4 solo tackles including 2 sacks

Silas Redd, RB, Redskins - 3 catches for 62 yards

Rey Maualuga, LB, Bengals - 6 tackles (3 solo) including one for loss

Jurrell Casey, DT, Titans - 3 tackles (2 solo) including one for loss and a pass defended

T.J. McDonald, S, Rams - 8 tackles (7 solo) including one for loss

Nickell Robey, CB, Bills - 3 solo tackles plus a pass defended

Leo Roars Again

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USC junior Leonard Williams picked up another All-American First Team nod as FOX Sports recognized him as one of the two best defensive tackles in the country. Williams already made ESPN's All-American First Team as a defensive end.

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For the second consecutive year, Nelson Agholor is a second team All-American, but this time the versatile junior was named as a wide receiver. In 2013, he was equally honored for his punt return skills.

Sophomore Su'a Cravens was named a third team All-American safety by the Associated Press.


Photo Gallery: Christmas Gift Delivery

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USC student-athletes spent their weekend passing out gifts to children in underprivileged Los Angeles neighborhoods.

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Here are the John McGillen photos:

NBA Box Score

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USC women's basketball played Sacramento State on Sunday without three of its top guns (Alexyz Vaioletama, Jordan Adams and McKenzie Calvert), and yet the Women of Troy put 100+ points on the scoreboard for the 35th time in program history. They needed every one of those points too as the Trojans prevailed 101-99 behind a career-night from Kiki Alofaituli who had 26 points and 10 rebounds to move to 7-2 on the season.

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Head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke was limited to a seven-woman rotation, but six Trojans scored in double figures. Kaneisha Horn posted a double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while freshmen post players Kristen Simon (17 points and 9 rebounds) and Amy Okonkwo (12 points on 6/6 shooting) are growing up fast.

Here is our Caroline Deisley after the game with Horn:

Holiday Bowl Practice #6: Notes

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The Trojans wrapped up the first phase of preparation for the Holiday Bowl on Sunday as head coach Steve Sarkisian got one last look at the future of his program before bearing down next week to implement the game plan for Nebraska. 

Here is the head coach after practice talking about who stood out this week and what the development process is like at USC...

3-Points: Army 85, USC 77

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The Trojans rallied in the second half but ultimately fell to the Black Knights in overtime snapping USC's four-game win streak.

Hot Flashes

The Trojans had plenty of opportunities where it looked like they were running away with the game in the second half. They started out on a 14-0 run before the Black Knights finally got a basket with 15 minutes remaining in the game. "We can't just take off in spurts because other teams can also go on runs and teams can get comfortable especially shooting the ball," said USC guard Katin Reinhardt. The Black Knights usually live or die by the three-pointer but tonight, the Trojans held them to just 7/32 from beyond the arc. The difference in the game was the fact that USC didn't make the shots when they needed to put the game away. The Black Knights kept shooting despite their off-night and eventually, they began to fall which led to an Army victory. 

Down to the Wire

The Trojans left 13 points at the free throw line missing a majority of them when it came down to the wire at the end of the game. Freshman Jordan McLaughlin led the Trojans with a career-high 24 points but his shot selection at the end of the game was a little questionable. "You have to have confidence and you have to be able to perform under pressure," said head coach Andy Enflied regarding his team's free throw shooting. "It has nothing to do with their technique. They have to step up to the line and make shots. I'm not going to make excuses for them."

The Buck Stops Here

The Trojans were carrying a four-game win streak headed into Saturday's game but the Black Knights put an end to that with an impressive comeback win. The Trojans face two more non-conference opponents in Boston College and Vermont to close out 2014 before starting conference play in the new year. "As it's getting closer and closer to conference season, teams are going to know what we do and we're going to know what they do but it comes down to who is playing hard. We have to do a better job of that," said Reinhardt.