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?
Quarterback Josh Rosen of St. John Bosco won QB MVP honors today at the L.A. Nike Football Training Camp combine at Redondo Beach. Ricky Town (USC) and Blake Barnett (Notre Dame) also attended the camp.
Rosen is expected to commit to UCLA on March 20. Wide receiver Cordell Broadus, son of Snoop Dogg, took most reps with Rosen. Here’s a link with the unofficial results.
A sellout crowd is on hand today for the USC-UCLA baseball game and some have even been turned away. This game used to be played at Dodger Stadium but that tradition appears to have withered with yet another remodeling job at the stadium. The teams are currently scoreless in the fourth inning.
UPDATED: USC leads 2-0 in the 6th inning. But the Bruins come back and now lead 4-2 in the seventh inning. USC scores 2 runs to make up 5-3 deficit and it is tied in the 9th inning.
The Bruins score in top of the ninth to take a 6-5 lead.
USC defensive line coach Chris Wilson and UCLA running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu are in Redondo Beach today for a high school combine. They are allowed to attend because Wilson’s son, Caleb, and Polamalu’s son, Tre, are quarterebacks at Serra and Loyola, respectively.
USC commit Ricky Town from St. Bonaventure is also participating.
OK, let’s start over since UCLA made a mess of things against Washington State. USC is the 12th seed and plays Colorado on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in the first round. The winner plays Cal. And Andy Enfield officially finished last in the Pac-12.