Athletics News

    January 13, 1997

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Winter Update
    Sport                     Record  Conf. Record    Nat'l Rank         Last Week
    Men's Basketball            7-5        2-2           ---             lost to California, 83-71
                                                                         lost to Stanford, 85-70
    Women's Basketball          9-4        3-1           ---             def. California, 91-57
                                                                         lost to Stanford, 77-76
    Men's Golf                  ---        ---       5th (Golfweek)      none
    Women's Golf                ---        ---      29th (Rolex)         none
    Men's Swimming & Diving     4-0        2-0       7th (Speedo)        def. Nebraska, 167.5-132.5
                                                                         def. Texas A&M, 226-72
    Women's Swimming & Diving   5-0        2-0       3rd (Speedo)        def. Nebraska, 213-87
                                                                         def. Texas A&M, 233-67
    Men's Volleyball            0-1        0-0      11th (VB Magazine)   lost to Cal State Northridge, 3-1
                                                                         seventh at UCSB Invitational

    A Look Back
    Season Complete             Rec    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)     ---           Jim Millinder Pac-10 Coach of the Year
    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           Williams, Vavic MPSF Coaches of Year

    This Week
    Thursday:   Men's Basketball, vs. Arizona, Sports Arena, 7 p.m.
                Women's Basketball, at Arizona, 7 p.m. (MST)
                Women's Tennis, at Washington, Pac-10 Individual Indoors, through Sunday
    Friday:     Men's Tennis, vs. UC Santa Barbara, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m.
    Saturday:   Men's Basketball, vs. Arizona State, Sports Arena, 1 p.m.
                Women's Basketball, at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (MST)
                Women's Crew, at San Diego Erg Sprints, 8 a.m.
                Men's and Women's Diving, at UCLA, Bruin Diving Invitational, through Sunday
    Sunday:     Baseball, vs. Alumni, Dedeaux Field, 12 p.m.

    Weekly Wrap-Up

    Men's Basketball

    The Trojans had a rough trip up to the Bay Area, falling to California, 83-71, on Thursday and to Stanford, 85-70, on Saturday. Senior center David Crouse had a season-high 21 points and 9 rebounds against the Golden Bears, but Troy couldn't handle Ed Gray, who scored 28. Junior forward Gary Williams added 14 points and 8 rebounds for USC.

    Senior guard Stais Boseman scored a team-high 19 points against Stanford and freshman forward Jarvis Turner scored a career-high 17 points and 8 rebounds off the bench. Stanford All-American guard Brevin Knight had 27 points, 5 assists and 5 steals.

    USC was hindered by the absence of senior guard/forward Rodrick Rhodes, who did not play against California because of a sprained knee and managed just 12 minutes against Stanford, and senior forward Jaha Wilson, who was suspended for the Stanford game.

    Women's Basketball

    USC nearly shot down the No. 3 team in the country and nearly ended Stanford's Pac-10 record of 30 straight conference wins, but the combination of Kate Starbird and Charmin Smith proved to be a little too much in a 77-76 Cardinal victory at the Lyon Center on Sunday. Starbird scored 40 points and Smith made a go-ahead, game-winning lay-up with 9 seconds left. Senior forward Tina Thompson scored 25 points for the Women of Troy. USC battled back from second-half deficits of 9 and 8 points to take a 76-75 lead with 22.8 seconds left on senior center Michelle Campbell's lay-up.

    On Friday, the Women of Troy spoiled Marianne Stanley's return as they defeated California, 91-57, at the Lyon Center. Thompson scored 19 points and had 8 rebounds, sophomore forward Adrain Williams had 12 points and 13 rebounds and sophomore forward Jodi Parriott scored 16.

    Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving

    The men's and women's swimming teams swept Texas A&M and Nebraska in dual-meet action on Saturday at the McDonald's Swim Stadium. The Women of Troy beat the No. 25 Aggies, 233-67, and the No. 16 Cornhuskers, 213-87. The Trojans defeated the Aggies, 226-72, and the No. 15 Cornhuskers, 167.5-132.5.

    The Women of Troy were led by senior Kristine Quance, who won both the 100 and 200 breast, and sophomore Karen Campbell, who took the 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 free.

    The Trojan men were led by senior Jeff Julian, who won the 200 fly, 500 free and tied for first in the 200 free.

    Men's Volleyball

    The Trojans opened the season with a 17-16, 15-13, 13-15, 15-7 loss to Cal State Northridge on Wednesday at the North Gym. Sophomore opposite hitter Gabe Gardner had 27 kills and senior middle blocker Eric Seiffert had 26 kills for the Trojans.

    USC then went on to the UC Santa Barbara Invitational, where the Trojans finished seventh. USC defeated UC Irvine, 15-11, 15-8, in the seventh-place game. USC did post a pool-play win over eventual champion UC Santa Barbara.

    Athletes of the Week

    Karen Campbell, Women's Swimming - Campbell, a sophomore transfer from Indiana, placed first in 3 events in Saturday's meet against Texas A&M and Nebraska. She won the 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 free.

    Jeff Julian, Men's Swimming - Julian, a senior who was a 2-time All-American last season, won 2 events and tied for first in another at Saturday's meet against Texas A&M and Nebraska. He won the 200 fly, 500 free and tied for first in the 200 free.