No. 7/8 Stanford, USC Clash In Pac-10 Tourney Semifinal
March 4, 2007
2007 PAC-10 TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS
No. 7/8 Stanford Cardinal (26-4, 17-1 Pac-10)
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USC Women of Troy (17-12, 10-8 Pac-10)
Pac-10 Tournament semifinal action continues this evening when No. 7/8 Stanford (26-4, 17-1 Pac-10) and USC (17-12, 10-8 Pac-10) match up for the second time in a week. Stanford has now won seven straight, including a 65-55 win over Arizona in the quarterfinals last night. USC, fresh off an 81-77 win last night over Washington, is an NCAA Tournament hopeful and can improve its stock with a victory tonight.
KZSU 90.1 FM is your source for extensive coverage of at this year's Pac-10 Tournament. All tournament games will be broadcast live, with Jake Kelman calling the action.
2007 Pac-10 Tournament Lineup
Two semifinals will be played this afternoon, kicking off with Arizona State/California at 2 p.m. The winner of that game squares off against Stanford/USC tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. The Pac-10 Tournament champion receives the conference's automatic NCAA bid.
Some think USC (17-12, 10-8) has done enough already to garner an NCAA Tournament berth. Last night's 81-77 triumph over Washington in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals should help, and an upset win tonight of Stanford would be icing on the cake. The Women of Troy are just 3-3 in their last six games, including back-to-back losses to end the regular season. USC outrebounds its opponents by a +4.6 margin and shoots 70.8-perecent from the foul line. Players to watch include: Shay Murphy (17.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 67 three-pointers, 113-132 free throws), Chloe Kerr (11.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 44 blocks) and Jamie Hagiya (10.1 ppg, 129 assists, 52 three-pointers).
Stanford All-Time vs. USC
Stanford holds a 38-18 advantage in the all-time series. That includes a nine-game winning streak, as the Cardinal has not lost to the Trojans since Jan. 25, 2004 in a 59-56 defeat. The series began in 1979, with the Cardinal winning 68-61 at home.
Who To Watch Against USC
Kristen Newlin has made more shots against USC than any other Pac-10 foe. In nine games, Newlin is 37-73 from the field while pulling down 6.2 rebounds per contest. In five career games against the Trojans, Jillian Harmon is 21-49 from the field while averaging 6.8 rebounds per game. Brooke Smith is shooting 48.7-percent overall (40-82) in eight career games against USC.