Athletics News

    Feb. 3, 1997

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Sport                 Record Conf. Record  Nat'l Rank       Last Week
    Baseball                    5-1       2-1         3rd (Base. Amer.)   def. Loyola Marymount, 7-2
                                                                          won 2 of 3 vs. Arizona State
    Men's Basketball           11-7       6-3         ---                 def. Oregon State, 71-68
                                                                          def. Oregon, 79-69
    Women's Basketball         14-4       8-1         ---                 def. Oregon State, 85-72
                                                                          def. Oregon, 73-65
    Men's Golf                  ---       ---         5th (Golfweek)      none
    Women's Golf                ---       ---        29th (Rolex)         none
    Men's Swimming & Diving     5-0       2-0         7th (Speedo)        none
    Women's Swimming & Diving   7-1       3-1         4th (Speedo)        def. California, 195-107
                                                                          lost to Stanford, 176-124
    Men's Tennis                2-1       0-0        21st (Rolex)         def. BYU, 7-0
    Women's Tennis              1-1       0-0        19th (Rolex)         lost to Fresno State, 5-4
    Men's Volleyball            2-3       1-1         ---                 lost to Long Beach State, 3-0

    Season Complete

    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

    This Week

    Monday: Men's Golf, at Ping Intercollegiate in Arizona, through Tuesday Tuesday: Men's Volleyball, vs. Brigham Young, North Gym, 7 p.m. Wednesday: Women's Tennis, vs. San Diego, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Thursday: Men's Basketball, vs. Stanford, Sports Arena, 7:30 p.m. -- FOX Sports West 2 Women's Basketball, at Stanford, 7:30 p.m. Men's and Women's Tennis, at Rolex Individual Indoors in Dallas, through Sunday Friday: Men's Volleyball, vs. Stanford, North Gym, 7 p.m. Men's Swimming, at Stanford, 1 p.m. Baseball, at Long Beach State, Blair Field, 7 p.m. Saturday: Women's Water Polo, vs. UC Santa Barbara, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 11 a.m. Men's Basketball, vs. California, Sports Arena, 12 p.m. -- FOX Sports Net Baseball, vs. Long Beach State, Dedeaux Field, 1 p.m. Men's Volleyball, vs. Pacific, Lyon Center, 7 p.m. -- FOX Sports West 2 Men's Swimming, at California, 1 p.m. Women's Basketball, at California, 2 p.m. -- FOX Sports Net Sunday: Baseball, at Long Beach State, Blair Field, 1 p.m.

    The Trojans took 2 of 3 from Arizona State over the weekend at Dedeaux Field in the earliest-played Pac-10 games ever. Game 1 saw senior lefthander Randy Flores (2-0) pick up the win in a 12-3 victory. Freshman catcher Eric Munson homered in a 7-run fourth inning. Arizona State bounced back to get a 7-3 win on Saturday, but the Trojans won the rubber game with a 9-6 win on Sunday as senior righthander Scott Henderson improved to 2-0. Sophomore second baseman Robb Gorr was 3-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBI and junior righthander Jack Krawczyk earned his first save. Earlier in the week, Henderson got his first win of the season in a 7-2 in over Loyola Marymount on Tuesday at Dedeaux Field. Senior shortstop Marc Mirizzi was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles.

    Men's Basketball
    USC completed its first 2-game road sweep of a conference opponent since the end of the 1994 season with a 79-69 victory over Oregon at McArthur Court on Saturday. Sophomore guard Elias Ayuso led all scorers with 21 points and was 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Senior swingman Stais Boseman also had a productive game, finishing with 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. The Trojans came back from a 7-point halftime deficit with 52 points in the second half. On Thursday night, the Trojans bounced back from a 2-game losing streak with a 71-68 win at Oregon State. Senior guard Rodrick Rhodes had a game-high 20 points and senior forward Jaha Wilson, starting his second game of the season, added 13 points. USC had the final rally, making a 7-0 run that changed a 63-61 Beaver lead with 4:24 left to a 68-63 Trojan advantage with 47 seconds left.

    Women's Basketball
    USC swept Oregon and Oregon State at home for the first time since 1994 as the Women of Troy defeated Oregon State on Friday, 85-72, and Oregon on Sunday, 73-65. Against the Beavers, senior center Michelle Campbell scored a game-high 23 points and senior forward Tina Thompson added 21 points and 12 rebounds. USC shot just 26.3 percent in the first half, taking a 29-27 halftime lead. The Women of Troy turned it on in the second half, shooting 62.5 percent and scoring 56 second-half points. Against the Ducks, Thompson scored 20 points and had 14 rebounds and sophomore guard Kristin Clark also scored 20 points. The game was tied 48-48 with 9:10 to go but a Thompson layup shortly after gave USC a lead it would not relinquish. Thompson's double-double was her fifth consecutive and 11th of the season.

    Women's Swimming and Diving
    Despite some outstanding performances by senior Kristine Quance, the Women of Troy managed a split on the Bay Area trip, defeating California, 195-107, on Friday but then losing to No. 1 Stanford, 176-124, on Saturday. Quance set a school record against the Golden Bears, winning the 200 fly in 1:57.78, and also won the 500 free and 200 IM. Against Stanford, she set a pool record in the 400 IM (4:12.18) and also won the 200 breast. Sophomore Lindsay Benko won 3 races against Stanford (200 free, 500 free, 200 back) and 2 against Cal (100 back, 200 back) and sophomore Dorte Lindner won 2 diving events against Stanford (1-meter, 3-meter) and 1 against Cal (1-meter).

    Men's Tennis
    The Trojans blanked Brigham Young, 7-0, last Thursday at Marks Tennis Stadium, and swept all 9 matches. Singles wins were earned by senior Fernando Samayoa, juniors George Bastl and Kyle Spencer, and freshmen Patrick Gottesleben, Johannes Mueller and Akram Zaman.

    Women's Tennis
    After winning 4 of the 6 singles matches, the Women of Troy were swept in the doubles and lost to Fresno State, 5-4, last Wednesday at Marks Tennis Stadium. Juniors Nicole London and Pam Trump and sophomores Karolina Baklarova and Eva Jimenez posted singles wins for USC.

    Men's Volleyball
    The Trojans hit just .136 in losing to host Long Beach State, 15-6, 15-9, 15-3, on Saturday. Sophomore opposite hitter Gabe Gardner had 11 kills and junior middle blocker Szilard Kovacs had 10 kills and 4 blocks to lead USC. The 49ers hit .354 and had a 12-6 blocking advantage.

    Athletes of the Week

    Elias Ayuso, Men's Basketball - Ayuso, a sophomore guard, scored a career-high 21 points in the win against Oregon (which saw the Trojans sweep their first weekend road series since 1994) and had 10 points against Oregon State, including 5 in USC's final go-ahead run.

    Marc Mirizzi, Baseball - Mirizzi, a senior shortstop, was flawless in the field and was one of the week's top hitters, going 5-for-12 with a home run, double and 3 RBI in the series against Arizona State. He also went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles against his old school, Loyola Marymount.

    Kristine Quance, Women's Swimming - Quance, a senior, won 5 individual races -- all in different events -- in 2 meets last weekend against Stanford and Cal. She set a school record in the 200 fly (1:57.78) and a Stanford pool record in the 400 IM (4:12.18).