Marinacci and Wise Named USC Student-Athletes of the Week|
March 4, 2013
Women's Basketball: USC senior Christina Marinacci climbed up into the USC top-10 all-time for career rebounds this past weekend to help the Trojans to a winning road trip to finish up the regular season on a winning note. After a career-high 18 rebounds against Arizona lifted Marinacci up to No. 10 all-time, the senior added six more against Arizona State to take over at No. 9 all-time. She also provided 16 points in the win over the Wildcats -- which snapped an eight-match losing streak by the Trojans -- to haul in her seventh career double-double in the game. Marinacci would then tally a team-high 13 points at Arizona State, including a 7-of-8 effort from the free-throw line. That included two clutch free throws in the final 30 seconds of play to put the Trojans out of reach of the Sun Devils for a 67-60 win that made it a winning road trip for USC.
Men's Basketball: Senior Eric Wise led USC to a home sweep of the Arizona schools and move USC's conference record to 9-7, tied for fifth, one year after going 1-17 in conference. In the 89-78 win vs. No. 11 Arizona, Wise led all scorers with 22 points. Wise scored 7 of USC's first 10 points to set the tone for USC in the upset win and his 22 points were a season high. It was USC's first win over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 10 Arizona on Feb. 24, 2011. In the one-point win vs. ASU which moved the Trojans ahead of the Sun Devils in the conference race, Wise led USC's balanced attack with 12 points. He scored 8 of those in the second half, none bigger than the two free throws he hit with 19 seconds left and USC clinging to a 55-52 lead as ASU was in the midst of a 15-4 run and had cut USC's 14-point lead to 3.