USC Women's Basketball: JuJu Watkins Breaks NCAA Freshman Scoring Record

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Put it in the record books.

USC Trojans star wing JuJu Watkins has officially broken the NCAA women's college basketball freshman scoring record. The record-breaking score came in a crucial game for Watkins, as the Trojans are in the midst of a matchup against UConn in USC's first NCAA Elite Eight appearance in thirty years. Their two teams are tied at the half, 33-33.

Watkins came into the game in second place with 891 points, trailing the record set by former San Diego State standout Tina Hutchinson in 1984, who scored 898 points in her freshman season.

In what will go down as one of the greatest freshman seasons in college basketball history, Watkins has made history once again, sealing her spot with this record.

During this season, Watkins has achieved almost every accolade and accomplishment imaginable. Watkins was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, a first-team All-American, the AP National Player of the Week twice, the ESPN National Freshman of the Year, and the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award a record fourteen times, among the extensive list of nominations and award honors she's received.

On top of these honors, Watkins is second in the NCAA in points per game behind just Caitlin Clark, averaging a whopping 27 points each contest. She's obliterated the USC record for most 30-point games by a freshman in school history, as well as the school's single game scoring record.

Breaking the freshman scoring record was the cherry on top to everything she has accomplished this season.


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Eva Geitheim

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