USC Undergraduate Student Government held its first open house Tuesday night to recruit new members for the 2013-14 school year. Students who attended the event at the USG office in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center received pizza, Red Bull along with information about USG’s various programs and committees.Representatives from USG’s Senate, Program Board and Executive Cabinet attended the event and met prospective members. USG Senior Director of Communications Olivia Diamond organized the event.“It was exciting to see a lot of new faces out here … We want everyone to know that joining USG is a great opportunity; it lets you make what you want to happen at USC happen,” Diamond said.Student applicants arrived with various ideas on improving on-campus events, such as concerts and social gatherings. Some students had already attended open meetings that USG’s Program Board held last year.“I like the meetings the Program Board has, and I want to get more involved,” said Jesse Torres, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering. “Most of all, I want the student body to be entertained, and [for there to be] a good atmosphere around campus.”Other students, particularly freshmen, said they were interested in USG because of previous experiences they had participating in high school student government.“Student government was sort of the peak of my time in high school,” said April Sandoval, a freshman majoring in business administration. I learned a lot about myself as a leader, and I want leadership to be a part of my college experience as well.”The open house is USG’s second major recruitment event this week, following a promotional event near Tommy Trojan on Tuesday afternoon.“I’m really pleased with the overall turnout,” said USG President Christian Kurth. I think of all the recent years, this is the biggest turnout we’ve had, especially for the first night.”USG officers will host a second open house Wednesday night for students who were not able to attend the first. USG officers are optimistic about the upcoming event.“Tomorrow we’re expecting even more people. We’re looking for students who are involved and ambitious,” Kurth said. “I’m hoping to break some records with applications.” Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan
The University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team is in desperate need of a win against Michigan State University at home Wednesday if they want to restore a shred of momentum in the Big Ten.The Badgers (5-14, 0-6 Big Ten) return to Madison on a six-game losing streak.Wisconsin’s most recent blunders came on the road last week at Pennsylvania State University and Ohio State University, dropping early leads to fall 76-46 and 70-61, respectively. Despite the disappointment of losing their sixth straight game in conference, the impact of the nine-point loss to the Buckeyes was more promising than negative as the Badgers competed the entire game for the first time in the new year.Women’s basketball: Badgers hope to slow down one of the best in Big Ten at OSUThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team will head to Columbus, Ohio Thursday to take on the No. 16 Ohio Read…The struggles for head coach Jonathan Tsipis and Wisconsin are a result of offensive inefficiency in the second half and an inexperienced roster that is still adjusting to a difficult Big Ten. Even with a stronger start at the beginning of the season, the Badgers average just around 14 points in the third quarter as of late and will need to address that concern quickly if they want to compete down the stretch against the Spartans Wednesday.As for MSU (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten), they are also using their matchup with UW as an opportunity to regain traction in the Big Ten. Sitting just one game out of fourth in the conference, every road game counts and the Spartans need to stop the bleeding of their own in Madison as they have dropped three-in-a-row to Rutgers University, Northwestern University and Purdue University.Unlike Wisconsin, Michigan State has shown it has the ability to score big on any night of the week, but needs to do so in order to get wins. The Spartans have not won in-conference without scoring at least 71 points and were able to put up 93 and 94 in victories against Nebraska University and Ohio State, handing the Buckeyes their only loss in the Big Ten.Andrew Salewski/The Badger HeraldWomen’s basketball: Despite strong start, UW falls short to PSUEven with a strong first-quarter performance, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team put another loss on the schedule thanks Read…Unlike Wisconsin, Michigan State has shown it has the ability to score big on any night of the week, but needs to do so in order to get wins. The Spartans have not won in-conference without scoring at least 71 points and were able to put up 93 and 94 in victories against Nebraska University and Ohio State, handing the Buckeyes their only loss in the Big Ten.On paper, the Spartans carry the advantage Wednesday as they rank second in the Big Ten in three-point FG percentage defense and fourth in three-point FG percentage on offense. Those rankings certainly don’t help when it’s taken into account that the Badgers offense relays almost solely on the deep shooting ability of their young squad.With the speed of Michigan State, Wisconsin will need to slow down the pace of play and hope to remain consistent on offense throughout the contest, making the Spartans play in the half court. No game is easy in the Big Ten on the road and the two squads are in for a slugfest at the Kohl Center.The game tips off at 7 p.m. CT and will air on BTN Plus.
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (10-17-1, 5-14-1-1 Big Ten) was in Ann Arbor this weekend where they were swept by the Michigan Wolverines (13-12-3, 8-8-2-1) to extend their losing streak to five games, their longest of the season.The Badgers went into Ann Arbor looking to turn things around after losing their previous three games, including being swept by Minnesota at home last weekend. Unfortunately, the Wolverines, who are 6-1-1 in the new year, were too much for the Badgers to handle.Men’s Hockey: Badgers swept by Minnesota in final border battle of regular seasonAs soon as the puck dropped in front of an almost entirely sold-out crowd at the Kohl Center Friday night, Read…Game one of the series started slow with just one goal in the first period from the Wolverines. The Badgers scored early into the second period to tie up the score, but unfortunately, the Wolverines offense would pick up from there.Sophomore goalie Daniel Lebedeff struggled as the first game of the series was dominated by Michigan offensively. Lebedeff allowed five goals through 39 minutes of play before being replaced by senior Johan Blomquist. The Wolverines led the entire time in their 8–4 win, including a hat trick from freshman Nick Granowicz and goals from five other players on the team. The eight goals scored by the Wolverines were the most allowed by the Badgers all season.The Badgers looked to even up the series and avoid a sweep Saturday night. Michigan was up 4–1 in the third period, but the Badgers were able to cut the lead to just one following goals from sophomores Linus Weissbach and K’Andre Miller. Michigan went on to score with just six seconds left in the game, ending the Badgers weekend with another loss, this time by a score of 5–3.Men’s Hockey: New year calls for fresh startEntering the 2019-20 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey season, a lot of optimism surrounded the team. A collection of veteran Read…Following their fifth straight loss, the Badgers are likely to finish the season at the bottom of the Big Ten standings. The team has two more Big Ten series left this season, one against the Penn State Nittany Lions and the other in two weeks against The Ohio State University Buckeyes in Columbus to cap off the regular season.The Badgers look to end their losing streak as they face Penn State this coming weekend at the Kohl Center in a two-game series. Game one will take place Friday night, followed by game two on Saturday night. Both games are set to begin at 7:00 p.m. and can be listened to on WIBA. Saturday night’s game will also be broadcast on FSW.
Oregon State and Oregon make for some of the toughest Pac-12 competition USC has faced this season. The Trojans lost to No. 22 Arizona State, No. 12 Arizona and No. 8 Stanford in the past two weeks, dropping their conference record to 4-8. “We just practice our sets, make sure we get out on shooters, make sure we are defending off the line,” Jackson said. “I guess it’s trusting each other — that’s big for [our] defense.” Oregon has put up a staggering 85.9 points per game this season — the most in Division I. “We [need] to work on urgency to the shooter,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “Containing the ball, we [need] to contain the post and we [need to] guard all their sets.” The Trojans have only six games left before the Pac-12 tournament begins. Oregon State and Oregon are two of the toughest teams in the country and could provide a gauge of how USC can expect to fare come tournament time. Aside from the offensive threat posed by Jones, senior guard Mikayla Pivec presents a serious challenge in the paint with an average of 9.7 rebounds per game. Pivec will be matched up with a USC lineup led by senior forward Kayla Overbeck and freshman forward Alissa Pili. However, last weekend’s Bay Area tour also proved that freshman forward Angel Jackson has plenty of potential. Oregon’s offensive production is currently operating at an impressive .503 efficiency rate with the help of Herbard and arguably the best player in women’s college basketball, likely No. 1 WNBA Draft pick senior guard Sabrina Ionescu. “The chemistry is good, the kids are really good, our culture is good,” Trakh said. “They’re excited [and] they want to play so think our program right now is in a really good position moving forward.” The Ducks are currently 7-1 on the road and have repeatedly held opponents off with over 30-point wins — don’t expect them to be intimidated by a hostile environment at Galen. Jackson went 9-11 from the field with 19 points and nine rebounds in USC’s 75-67 win over Cal. In Sunday’s game against Stanford, Jackson added to her stat sheet with seven rebounds and 9 points. The trio of her, Pili and Overbeck can put up the defensive effort necessary to frustrate OSU. The USC women’s basketball team returns to Galen Center to face off against No. 11 Oregon State Friday and No. 3 Oregon Sunday. Friday’s game is USC’s first home game of the month after going 2-2 during its last four road games. During this week’s practices, Trakh’s team ran through all of Oregon’s offensive sets to set the pacing for the defense. According to Jackson, awareness of each teammate’s responsibility on the opponent’s side of the court is key to stopping shots. Freshman center Angel Jackson put up a career-high 19 points on an extremely efficient 82% shooting against Cal last Friday. (James Wolfe / Daily Trojan) USC tips off against Oregon State Friday at 7 p.m. and against Oregon Sunday at 1 p.m. During last weekend’s 79-59 loss against Stanford, USC fell to a 28-point deficit by halftime after going only 21% from the field. Given the sharp shooters coming to Galen Center this weekend, the Trojans are going to need to improve if they hope to keep up. OSU’s freshman forward Taylor Jones and Oregon’s senior forward Ruthy Hebard rank No. 13 and No. 3 in the country in field goal percentage.