Redshirt junior goalie Holly Parker tallied nine saves in the Trojan’s bout with the Anteaters. (Colin Huang | Daily Trojan) “This was a very, very tough game,” Pintaric said. “And it was a good young team with a lot of young players. And with just losing against UCLA in a close game last weekend, it’s always hard emotionally to come back and play next because this is the home opener. So [the] girls had some pressures on and actually I’m very proud of the girls actually coming up with a victory and because mentally it is very hard to play this game.” The win puts the Trojans at 7-1 on the season and in good shape to face the Anteaters again in the Barbara Kalbus Invitational this weekend in Irvine, Calif. Tehaney commented on how the Anteater’s hard press from the beginning was something they were prepared to deal with in order to score. McIntosh would again bring one in to open scoring late in the third after several turnovers and offensive fouls on both sides. With just over 30 seconds left, the Anteaters got one in with sophomore center Piper Smith taking the lead on another power play. The Trojans didn’t let the period end there, with Guiral drawing another 5-meter penalty foul and Mammolito sending one to the back of the cage to bring the game to 6-2. “I think we went into this game knowing that they were going to press us really hard,” Tehaney said. “So driving a lot and just making sure [to get] open, it was a key part. And you knew that they’re a hard-pressing team, so it was knowing beforehand.” The Trojans came into the first period strong with back-to-back goals from sophomore driver Grace Tehaney, the first within 30 seconds of the opening buzzer. With a goal from senior driver Denise Mammolito on a power play and a 5-meter penalty shot from senior driver Kelsey McIntosh drawn by sophomore 2-meter Mireia Guiral, the Trojans were up with 4 unanswered points. After preventing points from three straight UCI 6-on-5s, the Anteater’s junior attacker Calysa Toledo was able to slip one in to bring the score 4-1 going into halftime. “I always tell my team to be aggressive,” said head coach Marko Pintaric of the power play opportunities that were missed. “The best way to score in six-on-five is, you know, right at the beginning when a quick, you know, when when defense is not settled yet.“So I emphasize that before the meeting, I think we were not aggressive enough.” The No. 3 USC women’s water polo team held off a late-game goal surge from visiting No. 6 UC Irvine this Saturday at its season’s home opener at Uytengsu Aquatics Center to defeat the Anteaters 9-6. The Trojans were resilient, and senior drivers McIntosh and Elise Stein saw to it that their two goals late in the fourth would go unanswered, along with redshirt junior goalie Holly Parker bringing her save total to 9 to seal the game total at 9-6. As the fourth brought a four-goal surge from the Anteaters, it would be the Trojan senior line, with key assists from Tehaney, that kept the team from falling under. The Anteaters scored back-to-back on a power play and in even strength within the first few minutes of the period, but Mammolito answered back with a point on the power play. The Anteaters brought another set of back-to-back scores to bring the game to 7-6 with under five minutes to go.
The Clippers are 2-1 against the Jazz this season, but the Jazz won the most recent meeting when they buried 10 straight 3-pointers in the second half.“I can tell you if they do that again they’re going to win,” Rivers said.In the first two matchups, the Clippers won 88-75 and 88-72.That matchup involved multiple scuffles as well as technical fouls on J.J. Redick and Paul, the latter coming for shoving Gobert in the waning moments.“Last time, I thought we played well for I guess maybe three quarters or maybe two,” Blake Griffin said. “I don’t know. But obviously, we’re probably more than likely going to face them in the playoffs, so it’s good for momentum going into the playoffs.”The Jazz present an interesting matchup for the Clippers. Both teams are anchored defensively by traditional big men – DeAndre Jordan for the Clippers and Gobert – and feature hard-nosed veteran point guards.The Jazz’s biggest advantage is likely small forward Gordon Hayward, a first-time All-Star this season who leads Utah with 22 points per game. He missed the first game against the Clippers on Oct. 30, but on Feb. 13 the Clippers limited him to seven points on 2-of-12 shooting.In the matchup two weeks ago in Salt Lake City there were no such struggles. Hayward poured in 27 points, shooting 9 of 18, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.“They’re long,” Jamal Crawford said. “They pretty much have good size at every position when you look at it.” “Yeah,” Rivers said, “it’s going to be chippy — from this point on, with everybody.”The postseason matchup isn’t quite the certainty it seemed to be on March 13, when the Jazz beat the Clippers, 114-108, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Utah. Oklahoma City (41-30) has surged into the picture and currently is tied with the Clippers (43-30) in the loss column, but has played two fewer games.With nine games remaining, however, it’s still the most likely scenario.If the Clippers can beat the Jazz today/on Saturday they will move to within a half-game of the fourth seed in the Western Conference.“I don’t know what to say about that half-game stuff,” Chris Paul said. “I just know we need to win.” Clippers coach Doc Rivers acknowledges that Saturday’s showdown with the Utah Jazz qualifies as a “big game,” but not for the obvious reasons.“I think they’re all big now, not just because of the standings,” Rivers said. “They’re all big because we’ve had injuries all year. We haven’t had a chance to get right, to get going, so we have to view every game as preparation. We can’t take one game off. We have to look at every game as preparation.”Preparation, of course, for the likely scenario that they face Utah in the first round of the playoffs.The teams’ last meeting ended with Chris Paul shoving Jazz center Rudy Gobert and becoming entangled with the 7-foot-1 defensive stalwart, an exchange that seemed to set the tone for any future meetings. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error