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Just Out of Jaco's Reach

Last night, USC women's basketball fell to No. 11 UCLA, but Courtney Jaco's career showing was a bright spot for the Trojans.

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Jaco racked up 27 points and hit seven 3-pointers, both new career marks for the senior. In doing so, she moved into No. 2 in USC's all-time 3-pointers made list. She now has 184 in her USC career.

Despite Jaco's impressive output, the Trojans fell, 74-59. Team photographer John McGillen captured all the action at the Galen Center last night.

Trojan Wish - Jayleen Cox

IMG_0493.JPGOn Friday, a young man named Jayleen Cox attended the first sporting event of his life.

Eighteen-year-old Jayleen and his family watched the USC women's basketball game vs. Oregon on Friday night as part of USC's Trojan Wish program.

Jayleen was diagnosed with a mild case of autism at the age of two and by four years old he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Jayleen lost his ability to walk at age 10 and has been in a power wheelchair ever since.

Recently, an organization called Walking Strong gifted the Cox family a wheelchair accessible 2016 Dodge Caravan minivan, allowing them to take their son out to places that weren't possible after he became wheelchair-bound.

This included Friday night's women's basketball game, where Jayleen got a pair of USC sunglasses and a fanny pack, met USC's Song Girls, participated in the high five line and player intros, and watched the game courtside with his family.

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Back-to-Back Bruin Battles

USC_womens_basketball_ucla-2687.jpgUSC women's basketball aims to stop a five-game skid when it hosts No. 11 UCLA tomorrow night. It's the first of two games in a row against the Bruins, as the Trojans head to Pauley Pavilion on Sunday for another crosstown showdown.

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A little over a year ago, unranked USC toppled No. 15 UCLA at the Galen Center, and tomorrow night, the 10-7 Trojans will fight for a similar upset. This season, UCLA is 13-4 and has three players averaging double figures: Monique Billings (18.0 pts and 10.9 reb), Jordin Canada (17.4 pts) and Kennedy Burke (12.4 pts). Though the Bruins are a respectable 4-2 in Pac-12 play, they've yet to win a conference road game.

Three Trojans also average double figures. Forward Kristen Simon is just shy of a double-double, with 15.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Guard Sadie Edwards averages 11.6 PPG, and freshman guard Minyon Moore (who made her first career start on Sunday) sits at 11.4.

Tomorrow night's matchup kicks off at 8 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans at the Galen Center will receive a gold USC basketball T-shirt.

For those not in attendance, the game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.

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California Queen

Destiny Littleton had a pretty good weekend. Trojan fans might not know the USC women's basketball signee out of Bishop's (La Jolla, CA) yet, but she set California's all-time scoring record on Saturday and was named a McDonald's All-American on Sunday.

The 5-foot-9 guard dropped 30 points to bring her all-time total to 3,838 -- one point more than the previous record-holder, Charde Houston -- and she's still not done with her senior season.

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Littleton, who leads the nation with 51 PPG this season, was a lock for the McDonald's All-American Game. Current Trojans Jordan Adams and Sadie Edwards also earned the distinction during their high school years.

This year's McDonald's All-American game will take place on March 29 in Chicago.


Hoopin' at Home

_DSC0784.jpgUSC women's basketball aims to shake a three-game losing streak when Oregon and Oregon State come to town this weekend.

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On Friday night, the Trojans, who are unranked but received votes in the latest AP Poll, host the 12-5 Ducks, with whom they split matches last year. USC will honor America's military with Joint Forces Appreciation Night and the first 250 fans will receive a commemorative long sleeve shirt.

The Trojans face a tougher test against No. 10 Oregon State on Sunday night. Beavers guard Sydney Wiese averages 16.3 PPG and dropped 26 points in OSU's OT win over Stanford on Jan. 8, which helped OSU earn NCAA Team of the Week honors. USC aims to stop a five-game losing streak against the Beavers on an SC Sunday.

Junior forward Kristen Simon leads the Trojans into battle, averaging nearly a double-double this season (15.7 points, 9.7 rebounds per game). Guards Minyon Moore (12.2) and Sadie Edwards (10.5) are also scoring in double figures this year.

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Trojans Beat Up on the Buffs

Last night, USC women's basketball blew out No. 20 Colorado in its Pac-12 opener to earn its second win of the season over a ranked opponent.

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The Women of Troy got out to an early lead and went ahead by as many as 30 points on their way to a 79-54 upset. With the win, they move to 10-2 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.

Four players scored in double figures for the Trojans: Sadie Edwards (16), Courtney Jaco (14), Minyon Moore (12) and Aliyah Mazyck (11). Kristen Simon was just a point away from a double-double, as she posted 9 points and 11 rebounds.

In the end, USC shot 47.0 percent from the field to Colorado's 30.6.

After the huge upset, USC sets its sights on undefeated Utah. The Women of Troy host the Utes on Sunday at noon at the Galen Center. Tickets are $1 at the door!

Simon Says Success

USC women's basketball compiled a solid non-conference resume with plenty more opportunities to impress as Pac-12 play begins this week. The Women of Troy are 9-2 with a Top 25 win at Texas A&M and a close loss to No. 5 Mississippi State.

The conference is loaded this season as seven teams are currently in the Top 25 with three others receiving votes, including the Women of Troy (No. 29 in the nation). USC will open its Pac-12 schedule at home this week, hosting No. 20 Colorado (Friday at 6 p.m.) and undefeated Utah (Sunday at Noon).

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While the Women of Troy were dealt a serious blow when senior Jordan Adams was lost for the season due to a knee injury, junior forward Kristen Simon has shouldered the load. She leads the team in scoring (15.5 ppg), rebounding (10.1 rpg) and minutes.

The double-double machine has recorded six this season after eight last year. She has scored 20+ points three times and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds in the win over Long Beach State. Simon's career-high is 21 rebounds in a single game (vs. Washington in 2015-16), ranking fourth in program history.

For a team that will rely heavily on youth, particularly in the back court, Simon's veteran presence will be key to navigating through the choppy Pac-12 waters as the Women of Troy hope to return to the NCAA Tournament.


Trojans Smash Anteaters

WBB.jpgThe Women of Troy rang up their biggest win of the season yesterday, beating UC Irvine by 38 points to finish out their nonconference slate.

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Despite a nearly even shooting percentage in the first half, USC surged to a 36-18 lead over the Anteaters at the break. The Trojans' staunch defense gave them the clear advantage, as they finished the game with 17 steals (their second-most of the season) and 41 points off turnovers, and outrebounded UCI, 43-29.

The 4th quarter of yesterday's game was USC's highest-scoring quarter all season. Already leading by 18 points, the Trojans exploded for 34 points in the 4th, cementing an 83-45 win.

Four Trojans finished in double figures, with Aliyah Mazyck (pictured) leading the way. The sophomore had 16 points on a career-high 4 three-pointers, while Sadie Edwards added 15, Kristen Simon posted 11 and Courtney Jaco finished with 10. Simon is averaging a double-double this season, with 15.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

With the win, USC takes a 9-2 record into Pac-12 play. Colorado comes to town on Dec. 30, and the Women of Troy kick off the New Year by hosting Utah on Jan. 1. Click here for tickets!

Trojan Outreach Treats Kids to Holiday Fun

USC's Trojan Outreach program embodied the spirit of giving by putting on two events at USC's Galen Center this weekend and visiting a local children's hospital today.

1H8A4918.JPGOn Saturday before the men's basketball game vs. Troy, Trojan Outreach partnered with Excel Like 12 to host approximately 280 children from organizations such as Beyond the Bell, LAPD's Watts Bears, LAPD's Jeopardy and the Fundamentals Foundation at a holiday party. Prior to the hoops game, Reuben Peters of USC Football spoke to the children about being well-rounded, excelling in everything they do and appreciating Christmas. He then, with the help of men's basketball players Bennie Boatwright and Derryck Thornton, passed out gift bags to each of the children. The children were treated to dinner and stayed to watch USC beat Troy, 82-77.

On Sunday, Trojan Outreach hosted a Girls Play Holiday --- an event focused on inspiring young girls to believe in themselves, the power of being a girl and the power of exercise and healthy living. After listening to assistant coach Taja Edwards speak, the group of approximately 600 girls from the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks' "Girls Play LA" program enjoyed a sports-themed carnival inside Galen Center, where they tossed footballs, practiced their golf putting and tried to bowl perfect strikes. After the girls watched the women's basketball game, the team surprised the girls by handing out gift bags.

Today, the football team got in on the holiday fun by visiting the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Head coach Clay Helton, defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze, and players Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, Leon McQuay III, Michael Hutchings, Jalen Greene and Nico Falah visited a group room of children receiving dialysis treatment, then met with individual patients and families who were Trojan fans. Coach Helton promised to treat each of the children to a USC game next season through USC's Trojan Wish program. Trojan Outreach gave a gift bag to each child and also donated 50 presents to CHLA's "North Pole," its center for holiday activities.

In total, Trojan Outreach handed out 3,000 gifts, which was made possible by the donations of Grant & Bowman, Inc.

Almost an Upset

USC women's basketball nearly knocked off No. 5 Mississippi State at the Galen Center yesterday, but fell just short, losing 76-72.

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In the championship game of the Women of Troy Classic, the undefeated Bulldogs (12-0) edged the Trojans (8-2) despite USC leading for more than 26 minutes of the game.

The Trojans built up a 7-point lead thanks to 24 points from Sadie Edwards, 15 points from Kristen Simon and 14 points from Minyon Moore. Asiah Jones also had a standout game, registering 8 blocks --- the most by a Trojan since Lisa Leslie's 8 in 1993 and the third-most in USC women's basketball history.

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The Bulldogs took the lead with 2:20 to go on 2 free throws, which seemed to be the theme of the later part of the game. Mississippi State finished 23-of-29 from the charity stripe, while USC hit 14-of-18.

Despite the loss in the title game, USC's Simon was named to the Women of Troy Classic All-Tournament team. Next up for Simon and the Trojans is a trip to UC Irvine on Wednesday before Pac-12 play begins.

Two Trojans of the Week

pac12player-simon.jpgKristen Simon and Minyon Moore of USC women's basketball were named the Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the week, respectively, following their efforts in USC's two recent wins.

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In USC's upset win over Texas A&M in College Station, Simon led the way with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Just a few days later against Sacramento State, Simon posted a career-high 23. Simon's 16.3 PPG ranks sixth in the Pac-12 so far this season.

Moore posted 7 points in the win over the Aggies (USC's first over a ranked opponent since beating UCLA in January), before putting up 13 points and 15 assists against the Hornets. Those 15 assists are the second-most in USC history (Rhonda Windham, 17, 1981). Moore leads all Pac-12 freshmen in assists (5.88 per game) and is the highest-scoring freshman in the conference, averaging 13.1 PPG.

Both Moore and Simon earned the Pac-12 weekly awards for the first time in their career. They'll take a break before their next chance to win another, as USC's next game is on Dec. 16 vs. Grambling State in the Women of Troy Classic. Click here for tickets!


Trojans Upset Texas A&M

USC women's basketball knocked No. 19 Texas A&M in College Station today, handing the No. 19 Aggies their first loss of the season.

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Despite trailing for most of the game, including a seven-point deficit at halftime, the Trojans mounted a comeback to win, 66-62. Forward Kristen Simon, who leads the team in scoring and rebounding this year, scored 10 points in 10 minutes to fuel USC's late push. She finished with 20 points, while guard Sadie Edwards added 18. Edwards (pictured) was key down the stretch, nailing a go-ahead bucket with 40 seconds to go in the game.

The win was USC's first over a ranked opponent opponent since beating No. 15 UCLA last year, and pushed the Women of Troy to 6-1 this season.

Next up for USC a trip to the state capitol to take on Sacramento State on Saturday at 7:35 p.m.


Women of Troy off to 5-1 Start

USC women's basketball beat Long Beach State, 82-74, last night, in its first home game since winning the Great Alaska Shootout.

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A pair of freshmen were key in securing the victory, as Minyon Moore led all scorers with 23 points and Valerie Higgins added 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Aside from the two young guns, junior Kristen Simon contributed her third straight double-double, with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Through six games, Simon leads the team with 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, while Moore leads the team in assists (5.2 per game) and steals (2.8 per game).

The Trojans were up 7 at halftime, but pulled away in the third quarter. Using a 17-0 run, USC went up 58-43. The 49ers cut into the big lead, but the Trojans secured an 8-point win in the end.

Next up for USC is a 9 a.m. PT tilt with Texas A&M in College Station on Wednesday.

Shoe-In for Notre Dame

USC football is partnerning with the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work to conduct a sneaker drive dedicated to tackling homelessness.

Head coach Clay Helton and his wife, Angela, have begun to work on a multi-faceted initiative to help members of the homeless community in Los Angeles. In the month of November, their goal is to collect 5,000 pairs of sneakers, with a special emphasis on large men's sneakers.

"There are so many misconceptions about the homeless," Angela said. "Many people are working and doing the best they can for their children. Clay and I wanted to help. We wanted to do our part."


McGillen Gallery: USC WBB vs. UC Riverside

USC women's basketball beat UC Riverside, 67-49, last night to move to 2-0 on the season. Freshman Minyon Moore paced the Women of Troy with 20 points, six assists and six steals.

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USC team photographer John McGillen was at the Galen Center to capture every moment of the Trojans' double-digit win:

USC Triumphs Over the Rainbow

USC women's basketball opened the season with a 76-44 blowout over Hawai'i on Friday evening.

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Junior forward Kristen Simon led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds. In total, 12 Trojans got on the board, with three in double figures. USC outrebounded Hawai'i, 44-26, and outshot the Rainbow Wahines, 50 percent to 30.

Check out the photo gallery from USC's season-opening win!

Wild Weekend in Troy

The fall sports calendar explodes this weekend all over campus as well as the critical football game up in Seattle. Please come out and support the Trojans!

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

USC women's basketball signed two impressive recruits on National Signing Day today: Shalexxus Aaron and Destiny Littleton.

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Aaron is a 6-foot-1 guard from Riverside, CA who has basketball in her blood. Her brother, Shaqquan, is a redshirt sophomore slated to start on USC's men's basketball team. Her oldest brother as well as their parents also played basketball. She's ranked as the No. 16 guard in the nation.

Littleton comes to Troy from San Diego, where she earned California All-State First Team honors as a senior guard. The 2015 USA Basketball U16 National Team member is ranked as the No. 9 guard in the nation.

Women's Basketball Poster

The Women of Troy begin the season on November 11 as the front end of a doubleheader which will be capped by the men's basketball season opener at 8 p.m. The rest of the schedule can be found here or below on this year's poster featuring Courtney Jaco, Alexis Lloyd, Jordan Adams and Ivana Jakubcova.

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Trojans Live: Cal Preview

In anticipation of the Thursday night showdown with Cal, USC head coach Clay Helton, tailback tandem Ronald Jones II and Aca'Cedric Ware, and Arizona Cardinals DL Frostee Rucker joined Trojans Live on Monday night at The Lab. Also, USC women's basketball season begins November 11, so Ivana Jakubcova and Sadie Edwards capped the show.

Helton broke down the Bears who have one of the nation's top offenses.

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Rucker explained the secret to an 11-year NFL career and praised his former Wild Bunch II teammates.

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Jakubcova and Edwards previewed their season ahead and the reason they transferred to USC.

Click here to watch the Women of Troy on Trojans Live.

And, here are Jones and Ware talking about stepping into the starting role without Justin Davis, Halloween costumes and the power of dreadlocks.

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