USC Women’s Basketball is off to a great start. The Women of Troy currently hold an 9-0 record, making them one of 18 undefeated teams in the nation. They could go into conference play undefeated and a ton of momentum heading into a tough Pac-12 conference. This season USC is looking to avoid the same fate as they did last year where the team started 8-0 before going 2-4 during a 6 game stretch.
Last season the Trojans finished with a 20-11 record, however they finished 9-9 in the Pac-12 and was left out of the NCAA Tournament. This year USC is looking to make their first trip to the tournament since 2014. Their play is showing that they could indeed make a significant push towards an at large berth in this year’s tournament. According to ESPN’s bracketologist Charlie Creme, the Trojans would be an 8 seed in the Chicago region if the tournament started today. They’ll have a challenging game on the road against Texas A&M, but the Trojans have proven so far that they are indeed ready to push their way into the tournament.
USC has gotten contributions from fellow guards Junior Minyon Moore, Senior Aliyah Mazyck, and Senior Mariya Moore. All three are averaging double digits in scoring. The veteran backcourt has led the way for USC during their great start. The Trojans defense has also been pretty impressive as they’re holding opponents to only 51.2 points a game and winning by a margin of 21 points while averaging 9.6 steals a game while forcing 19 turnovers a game. Many may say the quality of opponents will have a lot to do with it, but USC has looked good regardless who’ve they played.
The Women of Troy will have their work cutout for them come January as they enter a tough Pac-12 Conference. USC went 9-9 in the Pac-12 last season, however they challenged teams such as Cal, Stanford, Oregon, and Split with Oregon State. This season the Trojans could once again challenge the top teams in the Pac-12. If they continue their play and even improve, USC could shock everyone and win the conference in March.
While it’s still early and there’s plenty of basketball to be played, everyone should keep an eye out for this USC women’s basketball team. They have a possible WNBA first round pick in Minyon Moore along with two who could be drafted into the WNBA in 2019 and could push for the Pac-12 title. We will find out what they’re made of against Texas A&M on the road, but without we could see this team dancing come March.