Athletics News

    March 3, 1997

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Sport                 Overall  Conference   Nat'l Rank       Last Week
    Baseball                   17-6         2-4        11th (Coll. Base.)   def. Pepperdine, 7-1
                                                                            0-3 at Stanford
    Men's Basketball           16-9        11-5         ---                 def. Oregon, 72-69
                                                                            def. Oregon State, 83-62
    Women's Basketball         18-7        12-4         ---                 lost to Oregon, 70-53
                                                                            def. Oregon State, 86-60
    Men's Golf                  ---         ---         5th (Golfweek)      none
    Women's Golf                ---         ---        29th (Rolex)         15th at Bruin Classic
    Men's Swimming & Diving     8-0         4-0         7th (Speedo)        none
    Women's Swimming & Diving   9-1         4-1         4th (Speedo)        2nd at Pac-10 Championships
    Men's Tennis                5-1         2-0        21st (Rolex)         none
    Women's Tennis              4-6         0-2        19th (Rolex)         def. San Diego State, 5-4
    Men's Track and Field       3-0         0-0        10th (T&F News)      3-0 at home meet 
    Women's Track and Field     4-0         0-0         ---                 4-0 at home meet
    Men's Volleyball            8-7         5-5        13th (VB Mag.)       def. La Verne, 3-0
                                                                            lost to Stanford, 3-2
                                                                            lost to Pacific, 3-1
    Women's Water Polo          2-8         0-2         ---                 2-2 at UC Santa Barbara Tournament

    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: Baseball, at Nevada, 2 p.m. Men's Golf, at Aldila Collegiate at San Diego State, through Tuesday Tuesday: Men's Tennis, vs. San Diego, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Men's Volleyball, vs. Loyola Marymount, North Gym, 7 p.m. Thursday: Women's Basketball, vs. Washington State, Lyon Center, 7:30 p.m. Men's Basketball, at Washington State, 7 p.m. Men's Swimming, at Pac-10 Championships at Belmont Plaza, through Saturday Friday: Women's Tennis, vs. Arizona State, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Baseball, vs. California, Dedeaux Field, 7 p.m. Men's Tennis, at Arizona, 1 p.m. Women's Golf, at Spartan Invitational at San Jose State, through Sunday Saturday: Women's Tennis, vs. Arizona, Marks Tennis Stadium, 12 p.m. Baseball, vs. California, Dedeaux Field, 1 p.m. Women's Basketball, vs. Washington, Lyon Center, 3 p.m. -- FOX Sports West Men's Volleyball, vs. Pepperdine, Lyon Center, 7 p.m. -- FOX Sports West 2 Men's Basketball, at Washington, 3 p.m. Men's Tennis, at Arizona State, 12 p.m. Sunday: Baseball, vs. California, Dedeaux Field, 1 p.m.

    Stanford swept the Trojans in a 3-game series at Sunken Diamond over the weekend. In game 1, USC was shut out for the first time since 1994 in a 4-0 loss. The Cardinal outlasted the Trojans, 5-4 in 12 innings, in game 2. After USC tied the game, 4-4, in the top of the sixth, it stayed that way thanks to solid relief pitching until the bottom of the 12th when Stanford loaded the bases with no outs and scored on a throwing error. Game 3 was a slugfest, as Stanford won 22-13 after taking a 9-0 first-inning lead. Junior second baseman Wes Rachels was 6-for-14 with 2 RBI and a double on the weekend.

    Men's Basketball
    USC strengthened its NCAA Tournament hopes with a sweep of Oregon, 72-69, and Oregon State, 83-62, at the Sports Arena. Entering the final weekend of the season, USC stands in a tie for second place in the Pac-10. Senior forward Jaha Wilson had a huge weekend in his final 2 home games, getting 17 points and 11 rebounds against the Ducks and 21 points and 7 boards against the Beavers. Two David Crouse free throws gave USC a 67-66 lead over Oregon with 1:52 to play. The Trojans built that to a 72-67 lead following 2 Gary Johnson free throws. Oregon had a chance to tie the game on a last-second 3-pointer, but missed. Crouse, a senior center, had his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Senior swingman Stais Boseman had a game-high 22 points and senior guard Rodrick Rhodes had 11 assists in the win over the Beavers. USC had a 5-point lead at halftime, 32-27, and blew the game open in the second half.

    Women's Basketball
    The Women of Troy split their road trip to Oregon, losing to the Ducks, 70-53, on Thursday but beating the Beavers, 86-60, on Saturday to move into third place in the Pac-10. Nothing went right in the loss to the Ducks as USC trailed at halftime, 42-17, after shooting just 28.6 percent in the first half. Senior forward Tina Thompson led USC with 14 points, all in the second half. Thompson then had 25 points and 9 boards against the Beavers, and USC also got 15 points apiece from senior center Michelle Campbell and sophomore guard Kristin Clark.

    Women's Golf
    Sophomore Johanna Josefsson finished in a tie for 21st as the Women of Troy placed 15th at the Pioneer Electronic Bruin Classic at the Menafee Lakes CC last week. Tulsa won the tournament. Junior Ida Danielsson tied for 28th.

    Women's Swimming
    USC placed second at the Pac-10 Championships in Federal Way, Wash., behind Stanford, which has now won 11 straight titles. It was USC's highest conference finish since 1987. Senior Kristine Quance won the 200 and 400 IM and the 200 breast, senior Hope Gittings won the 200 back and set a school record while placing second in the 100 back, sophomore Lindsay Benko won the 200 free and junior Jean Ellis Todisco was first in the 200 fly. USC set school records in the 200 and 400 medley relays. In the diving competition, junior Natalya Chikina won the women's 3-meter and freshman Tim Allport was first in the men's 1-meter.

    Women's Tennis
    USC posted a 5-4 win at San Diego State on Saturday. Though the Aztecs swept the first 3 singles slots, sophomore Eva Jimenez, freshman Veronika Safarova and junior Pam Trump all won at the bottom half of the ladder. In doubles, wins by the team of junior Nicole London and Jimenez at No. 2 and sophomore Karolina Baklarova and Safarova at No. 3 clinched the win for USC.

    Track and Field
    The USC men's and women's track and field teams opened their home seasons in victorious fashion by winning 19 events at Cromwell Field on Sunday, as the men won in a 5-way meet and the women won in a 6-way meet. Individual winners for the Trojan men were Brandon Pacheco (1500m, 3:53.5), Kevin Oates (long jump, 23-5 1/4), Bengt Johannson (hammer throw, 224-6), William Erese (110m H, 14.35), Henrik Kjaereng (javelin, 214-4), Kedjeloba Mambo (triple jump, 48-7 1/4), Isaac Turner (800m, 1:49.43) and Gordon Hovey (discus, 176-5). For the women, individual winners included Grazyna Penc (1500m, 4:23.24), Carrie Martin (hammer throw, 163-1), Asha Jayasinghe (400m, 54.65), Pamela Simpson (long jump, 19-3 1/4), Kristie Johnston (800m, 2:08.91), Emelie Fardigh (high jump, 5-10) and Natasha Danvers (400m H, 59.66).

    Men's Volleyball
    After blasting La Verne, 15-2, 15-10, 15-12, on Tuesday at the North Gym, the Trojans headed north and lost to Stanford, 10-15, 12-15, 15-7, 15-9, 15-10, on Friday and Pacific, 17-16, 15-7, 7-15, 17-16, on Saturday. The Trojans won the first 2 games against the Cardinal, but couldn't put Stanford away. Sophomore opposite hitter Gabe Gardner had 28 kills against the Cardinal and 37 against the Tigers.

    Women's Water Polo
    USC went 2-2 at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament, beating Michigan, 11-1, and the Shores club team, 9-6, while losing to California, 7-3, and UC Santa Barbara, 6-4. Senior 2-meter player Christina McCall had 6 goals in the 4 games.

    Athletes of the Week

    Hope Gittings - Gittings, a senior on the women's swimming team, won the 200 back and set a school record (54.56) while placing second in the 100 back at the Pac-10 Championships

    Jaha Wilson - Wilson, a senior forward on the men's basketball team, had 38 points and 18 rebounds in the wins over the Oregon schools.