Feb. 24, 1997
The Week in Review/Preview
Sport Overall Conference Nat'l Rank Last Week
Baseball 16-3 2-1 2nd (Base. Wkly) def. Cal State Northridge 8-7, 3-0 at Long Beach State Classic
Men's Basketball 14-9 9-5 --- lost to UCLA, 82-60
Women's Basketball 17-6 11-3 --- def. UCLA, 87-74
Men's Golf --- --- 5th (Golfweek) none
Women's Golf --- --- 29th (Rolex) none
Men's Swimming & Diving 8-0 4-0 7th (Speedo) none
Women's Swimming & Diving 9-1 4-1 4th (Speedo) none
Men's Tennis 5-1 2-0 21st (Rolex) none
Women's Tennis 3-6 0-2 19th (Rolex) 1-2 at ITA Indoor Championships
Track 0-0 0-0 --- none
Men's Volleyball 7-5 5-3 12th (coaches) lost to UCLA, 3-1
def. UC Santa Cruz, 3-1
Women's Water Polo 1-6 0-2 --- lost to San Diego State, 6-2
Record Conf. Finish Nat'l Finish Notes
Women's Cross Country --- 6th --- Emebet Shiferaw an All-American
Football 6-6 3-5 (t5th) --- def. Notre Dame, 27-20 (OT)
Women's Soccer 15-5 4-3 (t4th) --- Isabelle Harvey was Pac-10's top scorer
Women's Volleyball 21-9 12-6 (t3rd) 13th (AVCA) Reached Round of 16 in NCAAs
Men's Water Polo 23-3 7-1 (1st) 2nd Grubbs, Zagar MPSF Players of Year
Women's Golf, at Pioneer Electronic Bruin Classic at Menifee Lakes CC, through Tuesday
Baseball, vs. Pepperdine, Dedeaux Field, 7 p.m.
Men's Volleyball, vs. LaVerne, North Gym, 7 p.m.
Men's Basketball, vs. Oregon, Sports Arena, 7:30 p.m. -- fX
Women's Basketball, at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Women's Swimming, at Pac-10 Championships in Federal Way, WA, through Saturday
Men's Volleyball, at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Baseball, at Stanford, through Sunday (7 p.m. Fri., 1 p.m. Sat. and Sun.)
Men's Tennis, at Pacific Coast Doubles in La Jolla, through Sunday
Men's Basketball, vs. Oregon State, Sports Arena, 7 p.m. -- FOX Sports West 2
Women's Tennis, at San Diego State, 1 p.m.
Women's Basketball, at Oregon State, 2 p.m. -- FOX Sports West
Men's Volleyball, at Pacific, 7 p.m.
Women's Water Polo, at UC Santa Barbara Tournament, through Sunday
Track, vs. CSUN, UC Irvine, CS Fullerton, CS Bakersfield, SDSU, Cromwell Field, 11 a.m.
USC had both the bats and arms going over the weekend, as USC won in 3 routs at the Long Beach State Classic. In the opener on Friday, the Trojans pounded out 19 hits and a season-high 18 runs in an 18-2 win over Mississippi. Sophomore outfielder Greg Hanoian had 4 hits and senior lefthander Randy Flores improved to 4-1.
In the second game, USC jumped out to a 6-0 lead and went on to defeat Notre Dame, 14-4. Sophomore second baseman Robb Gorr and freshman catcher Eric Munson each had 3 hits, including Munson's fifth home run of the year. Senior righthander Scott Henderson (4-1) got the win. In the finale, junior righthander Seth Etherton threw USC's first complete game of the year and led USC to a 7-1 win over the host 49ers. He allowed just 3 hits and 1 run and struck out 10.
Earlier in the week, junior third baseman Morgan Ensberg's 2-run home run with 1 out in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted USC to a dramatic 8-7 win over Cal State Northridge at Dedeaux Field.
UCLA defeated USC, 82-60, in front of a Pauley Pavilion then-record crowd of 13,382 on Wednesday. The Bruins led by just a point at halftime, 29-28, before rolling in the second half to the win. Senior center David Crouse led the Trojans with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while senior swingman Stais Boseman added 10 points.
Senior forward Tina Thompson's 19 points and 14 rebounds led USC to an easy 87-74 win over UCLA on Saturday night at the Lyon Center. The Women of Troy have won 11 of the last 12 against the Bruins.
Thompson's double-double was her 13th this season and the 55th of her career. USC also got 17 points and 5 steals from sophomore guard Kristin Clark and 13 points from senior center Michelle Campbell.
The Bruins got off to an 18-10 lead with 14:10 left in the first half. USC countered with an 8-0 run, sparked by two jumpers by freshman guard Kiyoko Miller, to tie the game at 18. The game was tied again, 24-24, when USC went on a 25-6 run over the final 7 minutes of the first half. USC's 49 first-half points were a season high. In the second half, USC's lead grew to as many as 25 points.
USC defeated Kansas, 5-2, in the first round of the ITA Indoor Team Championships in Madison, Wis., but then lost to No. 1 Florida, 7-0, in the quarterfinals, and to Wake Forest, 5-1, in a consolation match. Junior Pam Trump, sophomores Ditta Huber and Eva Jimenez and freshman Veronika Safarova had singles wins against the Jayhawks, while Huber had the only singles win against the Demon Deacons.
After losing to UCLA, 15-9, 4-15, 15-5, 15-6, on Wednesday at the North Gym, the Trojans rebounded with a 15-2, 12-15, 15-4, 15-10 win over UC Santa Cruz on Sunday. Sophomore opposite hitter Gabe Gardner led USC in kills both matches with 23 and 21, respectively. After hitting .238 against the Bruins, the Trojans improved to .315 against the Banana Slugs.
Women's Water Polo
The Women of Troy lost to host San Diego State, 6-2, in an MPSF match on Saturday. Senior Christina McCall and junior Miranda Lim scored goals for USC.
Athletes of the Week
Seth Etherton, Baseball - Etherton, a junior righthander, went the distance for USC's first complete game of the year and limited Long Beach State to 1 run on 3 hits and no walks while striking out 10 in USC's 7-1 victory. He retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced and improved to 4-0 on the season with a 1.75 ERA.
Tina Thompson, Women's Basketball - Thompson, a senior forward, will end her career with a 7-1 record against UCLA after leading USC to a victory on Saturday with 19 points and 14 rebounds. It was the Naismith Award candidate's 13th double-double this season and the 55th of her career.