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Juju Watkins sets USC scoring record with 51 points in upset of Stanford

The former Sierra Canyon (California) star went for 51 points in the Trojans’ 67-58 win over Stanford

Juju Watkins can’t stop breaking records.

The former Sierra Canyon (California) girls basketball star set USC’s single-game scoring record Friday night with 51 points in the No. 15 Trojans’ upset of No. 4 Stanford. 

The freshman guard went 14-for-26 from the field (6-for-11 from beyond the arc) and racked up 11 rebounds, two assists and four steals to lead the Trojans past legendary coach Tara VanDerveer and the Cardinal on the road, 67-58.

As it turns out, Watson’s electrifying performance rewrote more than USC’s record books.

In addition to becoming this season’s first Division 1 player to score 50 points in a game, Watkins became the first Division 1 player in the last 25 years to score that many points against an AP Top 10 team, according to ESPN. She is also the only Division 1 freshman in the past 25 years to rack up 50 points and 10 rebounds in a game. 

Watkins' 51 points against Stanford go down as the second most in Pac-12 history, trailing only WNBA superstar Kelsey Plum, who scored 57 points for Washington in a 2017 win over Utah.

Last year as a senior at Sierra Canyon, Watkins set a program record with 45 points in a win over Alemany. A week later, the All-American broke her own record with 60 points in a senior night victory against Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks.


-- Zach Shugan | | @SBLiveSports

(Featured photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports)