A complete defensive game combined with a productive second half shooting performance against the California Bears led to the USC Trojans’ sixth consecutive victory.
“That was a good game for us,” remarked USC head coach Andy Enfield. “We played good defense for 40 minutes. We struggled in the first half, then we played like we have been in the second half.”
The Trojans were sluggish on offense through the first half. The team shot just 32 percent from the field.
After scoring five of the Bruins first six points, UCLA star point guard Jordin Canada went down. Pauley Pavilion fell silent as all eyes turned to Canada who remained sitting on the court until she was helped to the bench and eventually back to the locker room to be examined further.
“I was diving for the ball and I think one of the Stanford players stood on top of me and my head slammed into the floor, so that’s why I have this big knot,” Canada said pointing to a raised red knot on her head.
UCLA shot lights out inside Pauley Pavilion Thursday evening in an 83-64 victory over the Utah Utes. UCLA senior guard Aaron Holiday, who was named to the Wooden Award midseason watch list earlier in the day, scored a team high 20 points including 4-for-4 from long-range and added six assists.
“There aren’t many who are better than him,” remarked UCLA head coach Steve Alford of Holiday. “He’s shooting at an elite level and he’s helping our young guys a lot.”