JuJu Watkins 51 points 15 USC's 67 points No. 4 in Stanford's defeat

JuJu Watkins was unstoppable on Friday. (AP Photo/Josie Lebay)

JuJu Watkins looked like a special talent from his first game at No. 15 USC, but he took it to another level Friday.

The nation's true freshman and former top 4 prospect fired Stanford to a historic title, scoring a record 51 points in a 67-58 loss. We repeat that for emphasis: He scored 51 points in a game where his team scored 67 points.

And she did it with shots like these:

The USC locker room took some time to celebrate after the game:

The only other scorers for USC were Mackenzie Forbes (12 points), Rhea Marshall (two points) and Clarice Agunwafo (two points). Watkins shot 14-for-26 from the field with 11 rebounds, four steals and two assists.

The rest of the Trojans combined to shoot 7-of-38.

The outburst boosts Watkins' season scoring average to 27.2 points per game, second nationally behind Kaitlyn Clark (32.1 ppg). He hasn't scored fewer than 15 points in a game this season and has surpassed 25 points in 12 of 18 games. That included another stunner from then-undefeated UCLA.

We once said that any day that USC player Lisa Leslie breaks the record has to be a good day. To extend that point, any day a USC player breaks Cheryl Miller has to be a good day.

Watkins did it in three quarters, matching Miller's rookie record of 40 points in a single-game 30-minute game. ESPN Stats & Info. He scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to break the program record held by Sherry Nelson since 1989.

See also  EXCLUSIVE: US amusement park operators Cedar Fair, Six Flags in merger talks - sources

It was the most points scored by any women's college basketball player this season, surpassing Colorado star Celia Watson's 47 points.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *