Christina Marinacci Named Pac-12 Player of the Week|
March 5, 2012
Junior forward Christina Marinacci entered USC's final regular-season games - must-wins for the Trojans as they aim for a spot in the postseason - averaging 8.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. After the road trip, Marinacci had secured her fourth double-double of the year in a win at Washington and was USC's second leading scorer in a win at WSU, leading USC with 18.5 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game on the trip. For her standout efforts, Marinacci becomes the first Trojan this season to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week, with this as her first career pick.
Against the Huskies, Marinacci supplemented her double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds with a career-high four steals to help USC pull out a tight win over UW. Two days later, Marinacci went big again with 18 points to beat out the Cougars. With Marinacci's big games, USC extends to a season-best six-game win streak and secured the No. 3 seed into the Pac-12 Tournament.
The Women of Troy take an 18-11 overall record into the tourney, having earned a first-round bye to meet either Oregon State or Washington State in a 7:15 p.m. quarterfinal on Thursday (March 8) at the Galen Center.