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Women's basketball: USC preparing to play Toledo for WNIT title

Photo: Trojans guard Briana Gilbreath shoots the ball as Stanford Cardinal forwards Joslyn Tinkle, 44, and forward Kayla Pedersen, 14, defend at the Galen Center. Credit: Kirby Lee / U.S. PresswireUSC’s women’s basketball team will play Toledo on Saturday in the WNIT championship game at Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio.

USC (24-12) will attempt to win its fifth consecutive road game. The Trojans, who opened the tournament at home against UC Santa Barbara, advanced to the final with victories at Nevada, Brigham Young, Colorado and Illinois State.

USC defeated Illinois State, 63-36.

Trojans Coach Michael Cooper, who won several NBA titles as a player with the Lakers, said the Trojans are at home away from home.

 “Championships are won on the road—that’s what Pat Riley used to say,” Cooper said in a phone interview on Friday.

Naama Shafir, a junior guard from Israel, averages 14.6 points a game for Toledo (28-8), which advanced to the final with an 83-60 victory over Charlotte and has a 17-game home winning streak.

USC is seeking its first postseason tournament title since winning the NCAA title in 1984.

“We’re all clicking,” said junior guard Briana Gilbreath, who averages a team-best 14.4 points a game for the Trojans. “People are making shots and we’re doing everything right.”

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-- Gary Klein

Photo: Trojans guard Briana Gilbreath shoots the ball as Stanford Cardinal forwards Joslyn Tinkle, 44, and forward Kayla Pedersen, 14, defend at the Galen Center. Credit: Kirby Lee / U.S. Presswire.

 
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