Athletics News

    Nov. 25, 1996

    The Week in Review / Preview

    Sport                      Record  Conf. Record   Nat'l Rank      Last Week
    Men's Basketball           0-0     0-0            ---             def. Slam & Jam, 112-97
    Women's Basketball         0-0     0-0            ---             none
    Women's Cross Country      ---     ---            ---             Emebet Shiferaw seventh at NCAAs
    Football                   5-6     3-5            ---             lost to UCLA, 48-41 (2OT)
    Men's Golf                 ---     ---            5th (Golfweek)  none
    Women's Golf               ---     ---            29th (Rolex)    none
    Men's Swimming & Diving    2-0     2-0            6th (Speedo)    hosted Trojan Diving Invitational
    Women's Swimming & Diving  3-0     2-0            4th (Speedo)    hosted Trojan Diving Invitational
    Women's Volleyball         18-8    12-6           11th (AVCA)     lost to Oregon State, 3-1
                        def. Oregon, 3-0
    Men's Water Polo           19-2    7-1            1st (coaches)   def. UCLA, 12-10
    Season Complete           Record   Conf. Finish   Nat'l Finish    Notes
    Women's Soccer            15-5     4-3 (t4th)     ---             Isabelle Harvey Pac-10 scoring champ

    This Week

    Monday:
    Women's Cross Country, at NCAA Championships, at Arizona, 11 a.m.
    Friday:
    Women's Basketball, vs. Portland Saints, Lyon Center, 7:30 p.m.
    Women's Volleyball, vs. Kentucky, at Long Beach State, 5:30 p.m.
    Men's Water Polo, at MPSF Tournament, at California, vs. TBA, 10 a.m.
    Saturday:
    Men's Basketball, vs. Long Beach State, Sports Arena, 1 p.m. -- Fox Sports West
    Football, vs. Notre Dame, L.A. Memorial Coliseum, 5 p.m. -- ABC-TV
    Men's Water Polo, at MPSF Tournament, at California, TBA
    Sunday:
    Women's Basketball, at San Diego State, 4 p.m.
    Men's Water Polo, at MPSF Tournament, at California, TBA

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Men's Basketball

    Senior guard Stais Boseman and junior forward Gary Williams each scored 20 points to lead USC to a 112-97 exhibition victory over the Slam & Jam Dunk All-Stars last Monday at the Lyon Center. Trojan freshmen Jarvis Turner and Danny Walker both started and each finished with 18 points. Turner, a 6-foot-8 forward, also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

    USC opens the regular season this Saturday against Long Beach State.

    Women's Cross Country

    Senior Emebet Shiferaw placed seventh and earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday. She finished the 5.1-kilometer course in 17:53. Arizona's Amy Skieresz won the race in 17:04. Stanford won both the men's and women's team titles. Shiferaw is USC's first-ever All-American in women's cross country.

    Football

    For the sixth year in a row and in typical dramatic fashion in this crosstown rivalry, UCLA defeated USC, 48-41, in 2 overtimes at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. It was the most points the Bruins have scored in the series and the highest losing score in Trojan history. The loss -- which came despite a record-setting performance by USC wide receiver R. Jay Soward -- eliminated Troy from postseason consideration. USC held a 17-point lead with less than 7 minutes to play, but the Bruins scored quickly on their next 3 possessions.

    Soward caught a career-high 6 passes for 260 yards and 3 touchdowns. The yardage was NCAA freshman, USC and UCLA opponent single-game records, while the TD receptions tied the USC single-game mark. Senior linebacker Sammy Knight returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown.

    The All-Pac-10 team was announced on Monday. Knight, junior defensive end Darrell Russell and sophomore cornerback Daylon McCutcheon were named to the first team and senior tight end John Allred was named to the second team.

    Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving

    USC did well at its own event over the weekend at the McDonald's Swim Stadium, as sophomore Dorte Lindner won the women's 1-meter and 3-meter at the Trojan Diving Invitational. For the men, USC's Tim Allport was third in the 1-meter and fourth in the 3-meter.

    "I'm obviously very pleased," USC diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "We had about 104 entrants and the results for our team were very promising. Dorte Lindner, in both contests, far exceeded the minimum qualifying score to advance to the regional zone qualifying. She has demonstrated that she is the one to beat in the Pac-10. For the men, I'm very happy with Tim Allport's performance. Against divers from other Pac-10 schools that we have competed against, he has far outdistanced them. That's a big plus for us because we had no points in men's diving at the conference meet last year."

    Men's Tennis

    The team of freshman Johannes Mueller and junior Kyle Spencer won the doubles title at the Southern California Intercollegiates last weekend. Unseeded going into the tournament, the duo won each of their 4 matches, including a 9-8 win over Thomas Bohun and Andrew Cheney of UC Irvine in the final. In singles, Spencer reached the quarterfinals.

    Women's Volleyball

    The Women of Troy closed out the Pac-10 season with a split at the Oregon schools last weekend. USC lost to Oregon State, 15-13, 15-11, 14-16, 15-12, on Thursday, then rebounded to beat Oregon, 15-6, 15-13, 15-7, on Friday. The Women of Troy finished in a third-place tie in the Pac-10.

    Senior outside hitter Vesna Dragicevic, sophomore middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic and sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Kessy each reached double-figures in kills in both matches. Oregon State outhit USC, .254-.153, but the Women of Troy improved the next night, outhitting the Ducks, .232-.067.

    USC closes the regular season with a match against Kentucky on Friday night at Long Beach State.

    "Oregon State was a tough loss, but we bounced back against Oregon," USC Coach Lisa Love said. "We view the Kentucky match as our last tune-up before the NCAA Tournament. This is a great time of year. It's the start of a new season. We'll find out Sunday who we're playing and where we're going. I feel good about how we're playing and I look forward to the tournament and making a run at the national championship."

    Men's Water Polo

    Top-ranked USC closed the regular season with a 12-10 win against No. 3 UCLA at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center on Saturday in a nonconference battle. The Trojans jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first quarter, then held on as the Bruins tried to come back. Hrvoje Cizmic scored 5 points and Simun Cimerman had 3 for USC.

    This weekend, the Trojans will seek a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament title to go with its regular-season co-championship. The tournament starts Thursday at host California and runs through Sunday. The second-seeded Trojans' first game is Friday at 10 a.m. Depending on Thursday's results, the Trojans will meet either Pacific, Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara or Long Beach State, the Nos. 6-9 seeds.

    "This weekend is important because we paid the price last year by calculating too much," USC co-head coach Jovan Vavic said. "We might be the only team that can afford a loss and still make it to the NCAAs, but that's not what's on our minds. We're shooting to win it all. I believe we will see a very physical tournament, with very physical play from all of the top teams."

    Athletes of the Week

  • Hrvoje Cizmic, Men's Water Polo: Cizmic, a senior 2-meter man, scored 5 points in a win against UCLA on Saturday, earning him MPSF Player of the Week honors. Cizmic is second on the team with 50 points.

  • Dorte Lindner, Women's Diving: Lindner, a sophomore, won the 1-meter and 3-meter titles at the Trojan Diving Invitational over the weekend.

  • Emebet Shiferaw, Women's Cross Country: Shiferaw, a senior, became USC's first-ever All-American in women's cross country with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships on Monday.

  • R. Jay Soward, Football: Soward, a freshman, had one of the best days ever by a Trojan receiver against UCLA on Saturday. His 260 yards receiving set the school record, the UCLA opponent record and the NCAA record by a freshman. His 6 catches were a career high and his 3 touchdown catches tied a USC record.