January 6, 1997
The Week in Review/Preview
Sport Record Conf. Record Nat'l Rank Last Week Men's Basketball 7-3 2-0 --- def. Washington, 77-58 def. Washington State, 106-73 Women's Basketball 8-3 2-0 --- def. Washington, 69-68 def. Washington State, 70-63 Men's Golf --- --- 5th (Golfweek) none Women's Golf --- --- 29th (Rolex) none Men's Swimming & Diving 2-0 2-0 6th (Speedo) none Women's Swimming & Diving 3-0 2-0 4th (Speedo) none 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 Wednesday: Men's Volleyball, vs. Cal State Northridge, North Gym, 7 p.m. Men's and Women's Diving, at All-American Diving Invitational in Texas, through Sunday Thursday: Men's Basketball, at California, 7:30 p.m. -- FOX Sports Net Friday: Women's Basketball, vs. California, Lyon Center, 7:30 p.m. Men's Volleyball, at UC Santa Barbara Invitational, all day Saturday: Men's and Women's Swimming, vs. Nebraska and Texas A&M, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 1 p.m. Men's Basketball, at Stanford, 3 p.m. -- FOX Sports Net Men's Volleyball, at UC Santa Barbara Invitational, all day Sunday: Women's Basketball, vs. Stanford, Lyon Center, 2 p.m.
The Trojans routed Washington State, 106-73, on Saturday at the Sports Arena in a game that represented USC's most one-sided conference victory since 1972. Troy's 106 points were also the most scored by a USC team in a Pac-10 game since 1982. USC senior Stais Boseman, playing his second consecutive game as the starting small forward, led all scorers with 23 points. He also had 5 assists and equaled his career high with 5 steals.
Sophomore guard Elias Ayuso added 15 points (3-of-3 from 3-point range) and senior Rodrick Rhodes, playing his second consecutive game as Troy's starting point guard, chipped in with 12 points and a game-high 7 assists. USC shot 62 percent from the field and 68 percent from 3-point land (13-of-19).
On Thursday, the Trojans defeated Washington, 77-58, at the Sports Arena in the Pac-10 opener for both schools. Rhodes scored a game-high 17 points for the Trojans while Boseman added 14. USC closed the first half with a 19-5 run to take a 39-32 lead at the break and built the lead to as many as 22 points in the second half.
USC swept Washington and Washington State on the road for the first time since the 1992-93 season. USC beat the Huskies on Thursday, 69-68, and came back 2 days later to beat the Cougars, 70-63.
Sophomore forward Jodi Parriott, who 1 game earlier missed on an opportunity to win the game at the foul line, got a second chance to be the hero. Against the Huskies, she rebounded a missed free throw with 2.3 seconds left and the Women of Troy trailing, 68-66. Parriott took 2 dribbles and heaved a shot from near halfcourt. The shot was off, but a Washington player was called for a foul, sending Parriott to the line for 3 free throws with no time left on the clock. Parriott, who finished with 22 points in her first career start, made all 3 free throws to give USC the win.
Against the Cougars, senior forward Tina Thompson led all scorers with 23 points and 10 boards and Parriott and sophomore guard Kristin Clark each scored 13. A 13-0 run in the second half gave USC a 51-44 lead with 13:48 left.
The Trojans open the 1997 campaign with a home match on Wednesday against Cal State Northridge and then head to the UC Santa Barbara Invitational this weekend.
Olympic gold medalist and pro beach volleyball star Pat Powers, who led USC to an NCAA championship in 1980 as a player, has returned to his alma mater as the USC men's volleyball coach. Powers was a member of the U.S. men's national team for 9 years (1978-86), starting at opposite hitter on a squad that won America's first-ever volleyball "Triple Crown": the 1984 Olympics, the 1985 World Cup and the 1986 World Championships.
Powers lettered 3 years at Troy (1978-80) and was a 2-time All-American first teamer and NCAA All-Tournament team member (1979-80). He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from USC in 1981.
He takes over a team that went 10-12 last season but returns a solid nucleus. Sophomore Gabe Gardner was a first team Freshman All-American in 1996 and led USC in kills with 490. Junior middle blocker Szilard Kovacs led USC in hitting at a .418 clip and in blocks with 111 in 1996. Senior middle blocker Eric Seiffert will be starting for his fourth season and senior swing hitter Chris Guigliano will be starting for his third.
Athletes of the Week
Stais Boseman, Men's Basketball
Boseman, a senior, started at small forward for the first time this season against the Washington schools and responded with 37 points in the 2 games. He tied a career high with 5 steals against the Cougars, bringing his career total to 171, just 8 short of the Trojan all-time record.
Jodi Parriott, Women's Basketball
Parriott, a sophomore forward, gave USC an unlikely win over Washington on Thursday when she was fouled on a desperation halfcourt shot with no time left and USC trailing, 68-66. She made all 3 free throws to give USC the win and scored 22 points in her first career start.