Athletics News
    Nov. 25, 1997

    USC Athletics The Week in Review / Preview

    LAST WEEK
    Sport                          Record   Conf.     Nat'l Rank               Last Week
    Men's Basketball                 2-1    0-0      none                      def. Loyola Marymount, 92-88
    Men's Swimming and Diving        2-0    2-0      t2nd (Speedo)             hosted Trojan Diving Invitational
    Women's Swimming and Diving      2-0    2-0      5th (Speedo)              hosted Trojan Diving Invitational
    Women's Cross Country            --       --     30th (Coaches)            8th at District VIII           
    Football                         6-5    4-4(5th)                           lost to UCLA, 31-24
    Men's Golf                                       12th (Golfweek)           none     
    Women's Golf                     --      --      20th (Rolex)              none
    Women's Volleyball              21-5    13-5(2nd)7th (AVCA)                lost to Arizona, 3-2;def. Arizona State, 3-0 
    Men's Water Polo                17-6  5-3 (4th)  4th (AWPCA)               def. UCLA, 11-10 
    * Note
    Season Complete Record Conf. Record National Finish Notes
     
    Women's Soccer - 16-3-1      7-2 (2nd)   23rd (Soccer Buzz)  Set school record for wins 
    Women's Cross Country - 30th (Coaches)  Penc 11th at District VIII Meet 
    
    This Week
    Tuesday:

    Women's Basketball, vs. Long Beach State, Sports Arena, 5:45 p.m.
    Men's Basketball, vs. UC Santa Barbara, Sports Arena, 8 p.m. (FSW2)

    Friday:

    Men's Water Polo, at MPSF Championships, Belmont Plaza, through Sunday

    Saturday:

    Men's Basketball, at San Diego State, 7 p.m.

    Men's Basketball

    Junior forward Adam Spanich hit a 19-foot jumper with 24 seconds left to break an 86-86 tie and help lift the Trojans to a 92-88 victory over host Loyola Marymount on Friday. Spanich had 13 points, while Troy also got career highs from senior forward Gary Williams (23 points) and Jarvis Turner (19 points).

    Football

    USC lost its seventh straight to rival No. 7 UCLA, falling 31-24 to the Bruins at the Coliseum on Saturday. USC stayed with the Bruins for the entire first half and went into the break tied, 21-21. But after falling behind by 10 points, USC got a field goal by junior kicker Adam Abrams with 2:08 to play. The Trojans then recovered an onside kick, but a fourth-down desperation pass was intercepted.

    Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving

    Senior Natalya Chikina won the women's platform to lead USC at the Trojan Diving Invitational over the weekend. Other Trojans who placed were: sophomore Caryn Doller (fourth, women's platform; seventh, women's 1-meter), freshman Taylor Sherman (seventh, women's platform), sophomore Meghan Newlin (eighth, women's 3-meter) and sophomore Shawn Schuessler (fifth, men's 1-meter; fifth, men's 3-meter) and sophomore Ben Stiefel (eighth, men's 3-meter).

    Women's Volleyball

    Though the Women of Troy split two matches to end the regular season, their second-place tie in the Pac-10 is their highest finish ever, and their regular-season winning percentage of .808 is the best since 1984. USC will find out its placement in the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 30. USC lost at Arizona, 10-15, 16-14, 15-12, 5-15, 15-13, as junior middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic had 21 kills and junior outside hitter Jennifer Kessy had 20 kills and a career-high 31 digs. USC then came back with a 15-7, 15-8, 15-6 victory at Arizona State behind Marinkovic's 18 kills.

    Men's Water Polo

    Senior driver Mateo Juric scored three goals, two in the fourth quarter, to help rally the Trojans to an 11-10 victory over UCLA on Saturday at the McDonald's Swim Stadium. The two teams will meet again in the first round of the MPSF Tournament on Friday. The Bruins had an 8-7 lead entering the final period, but the Trojans scored three goals in the first three minutes to take a 10-8 lead, then held on.

    Athletes of the Week
    Natalya Chikina, Women's Diving

    Chikina, a senior, easily won the women's platform at the Trojan Diving Invitational, scoring 419.00 points, more than 60 points ahead of her closest competitor.

    Mateo Juric, Men's Water Polo

    Juric, a senior driver, scored two of his three goals in the fourth quarter to lead USC to an 11-10 win over UCLA.

    Gary Williams, Men's Basketball

    Williams, a senior forward, had a career-high 23 points and a team-high eight rebounds to help the Trojans to a victory over Loyola Marymount.