Aleighsa Welch had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Tiffany Mitchell added 20 points and 10 boards, and top-seeded South Carolina overwhelmed No. 9 seed Oregon State 78-69 on Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Kiki Alofaituli scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half, and Southern California earned its first Pac-12 Conference tournament title by rallying for a 71-62 win over Oregon State on Sunday night.
For the past several seasons, talent, potential and a parade of All-Americans that should have returned Southern California into a premier program underachieved. That all changed Sunday as the Trojans earned their first NCAA berth since 2006.