The Trojans defeated Oregon State, 71-62 as Ariya Crook scored 16 points. USC (22-12) trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half before coming back. This is the first conference women’s basketball tournament title for the Trojans.
It is also a feather in the cap for new coach Cynthia Cooper. Now I think comparing the men’s and women’s teams is apples and oranges especially since the women’s program had more talent for Cooper to inherit.
But here’s an important distinction: Some of the women complementary players have gotten noticeably better as the season progressed to help Crook and star forward Cassie Harberts.
Can you say anyone on the men’s team has gotten better?