Crook, DeSimone and Feathers Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes Of The Week|
Feb. 13, 2012
Ariya Crook of the women's basketball team, Gabriella DeSimone of the women's tennis team and Robert Feathers of the men's volleyball team were named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week today (Feb. 13) for the week of February 6-12.
Women's Basketball: Freshman guard Ariya Crook answered the call with senior Ashley Corral sidelined with injury and scored 11 points in the last 1:32 of overtime at Cal to lift USC to its first win over Cal in Berkeley since 2005 with a 76-75 victory. 19 of Crook's career-high 21 points came after halftime, and the Trojan scored all of USC's points during overtime to anchor a big win for the Trojans. She scored the winning layup for the Trojans with an impressive take with just five second left in overtime to win the game for USC. Her big 21-point game and winning heroics came after a 6-point effort against No. 4 Stanford two nights earlier.
Women's Tennis: USC freshman Gabriella DeSimone helped the Trojans to a historic run at the ITA National Team Indoors with two big wins in singles play to push USC to its first semifinal appearance since 2003 - and third appearance in USC history. DeSimone dominated in USC's first win over a top-10 opponent since 2009 when she beat #8 North Carolina's Gina Suarez-Malaguti 6-1, 6-1 in a 4-2 win for USC in the Round of 16. In the next day's quarterfinal, DeSimone clinched a 4-1 win for the Trojans with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Tennessee's Sarah Toti. DeSimone is now 11-5 overall and 6-1 in dual-match singles play so far in her freshman season. The USC women are off to their best season start since 1999 with a 7-1 opening to the 2012 season.
Men's Volleyball: USC freshman middle blocker Robert Feathers had 7 blocks to help the No. 6-ranked USC men's volleyball team sweep No. 10 Pepperdine, 25-23, 27-25, 25-16, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (Feb. 10) in USC's Galen Center. Feathers leads the nation in blocking at 1.77 per game.