USC’s limitations are clear, but can certainly be improved upon

The USC Trojans lost at Utah and Colorado over the weekend. An 0-2 Mountain road trip isn’t a good result. Losing is never fun. Moral victories are not acceptable. Yet, for all that went wrong, USC has to realize that it can become really, really good before this season ends.

Buffaloes Wire summarized Colorado’s win over USC on Sunday:

“In need of a bounce-back performance after falling to No. 5 UCLA on Friday, the No. 3 Colorado Buffaloes women’s basketball team outlasted the No. 6 USC Trojans on Sunday, 63-59.

“The Buffs got a great inside/outside game from forward Quay Miller and point guard Jaylyn Sherrod. Sherrod scored 17 points and delivered an incredible pass for her lone assist of the game, hitting Aaronette Vonleh to give the Buffs a late two-point lead. Miller exploded for 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for her fourth double-double in the last five games.”

USC barely lost to a very good team on the road despite Rayah Marshall and Kaitlyn Davis scoring a combined five points in 48 minutes on the floor. Marshall was sick a week ago versus UCLA and played only 16 minutes versus Utah on Friday. She is regaining strength and rhythm. Davis was injured for much of December and hasn’t been as central a presence on the team in recent weeks.

The two recent losses aren’t encouraging, but the fact that USC was competitive with Colorado on the road, with Marshall and Davis at less than 100 percent, shows that the Trojans have so much room to grow. With Marshall and Davis playing well, USC will have a much, much higher ceiling than it does right now. If the Trojans come even somewhat close to that ceiling, they’re going to be very, very good, and they’ll be playing in late March of 2024.

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Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire