The USC women’s basketball team looked like they were turning a corner this year after last year’s bitterness of barely missing the NCAA Tournament.
USC beat Gonzaga and Georgia at home in November, barely lost to Xavier in Cincinnati and beat North Carolina State in Raleigh.
But a strong showing in a tough preseason schedule has given way to an inconsistent Pac-10 season.
But the Women of Troy have lost four of five games heading into this weekend’s road set at the Oregon schools. They have no wins against top-tier Pac-10 teams (a loss to Stanford, two losses to UCLA, a loss to Cal and another to Arizona State).They are 13-8 and 5-5 in the Pac-10. And with eight Pac-10 games to go and the Pac-10 Tournament, USC likely need six or seven wins to solidify their NCAA position. The Women of Troy’s RPI (according to NCAA RPI) is at 30 this week.
But there is no more room for any slip-ups. Unexpected losses, a stumble in Oregon, for example, could end USC’s hopes to get into the NCAA tournament.
Last year, USC finished 19-12 and didn’t get in. Doesn’t seem like 18 wins is going to do it.