Women's Basketball Puts on a Clinic for the Ages

    RS sophomore Jordan Adams leads a ball-handling drill during a clinic with the Senior Women's Basketball Association.
    Oct. 27, 2014

    The USC women's basketball team greeted members of the Senior Women's Basketball Association at the Galen Center for a clinic led by Associate Head Coach Beth Burns this past Saturday.

    For first-year players like forward Amy Okonkwo, Saturday served as an opportunity to see how the upperclassmen display their passion for basketball.

    "It's really wonderful to be able to work with the Senior Women's Basketball Association," Okonkwo said. "They're all wonderful ladies, they're working very hard and I'm just proud to be a part of this program. It's a very uplifting experience."

    Coach Burns and the Trojans instilled the tenets of effort and passion in the visitors from the SWBA's San Diego, Long Beach and Pasadena branches.

    After Trojan players introduced themselves to the participants, it was time to work. The athletes ran their guests through warm-up drills and split them into smaller groups to work on different basketball skills such as ball handling to layups.

    C.J. Moloney of San Diego was thrilled to learn from the Women of Troy and catch up with an old friend.

    "We took a big bus up here today in support of Beth Burns because we're excited that she's coaching [at USC] now," Moloney said. "We were friends with her back in San Diego."

    The USC women's basketball team prides itself on high energy and dedication to the game, traits embodied in this group of passionate women.

    "There's a clear love of the game, love of life and we're all here sharing that spirit," Moloney said. "It's a beautiful thing."

    The Senior Women's Basketball Association is a nonprofit organization based in San Diego, California. Members of the SWBA must be at least 50 years of age, enjoy basketball and show good sportsmanship.



    The Women of Troy tip off their 2014-2015 season on Nov. 13 at South Carolina.