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Kaitlyn, Artem Receive Perfect Score, Hug Carrie Ann Inaba

first_imgIt’s getting down to the wire on Dancing With the Stars! During the Monday, November 9, episode, the remaining contestants had the chance to pay tribute to one of their favorite musicians during Icons Night. However, many of the stars became icons of the ballroom!Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev performed on a very dramatic Argentine tango to Britney Spears‘ “Toxic” that wowed the judges. Derek Hough, Bruno Tonioli and even Carrie Ann Inaba — who has been very tough on Kaitlyn and Artem — raved over the routine.- Advertisement – Justina won the first matchup, earning two extra points. Skai won the second and AJ won the last. Unfortunately, AJ and Johnny landed in the bottom in the two. Bruno chose to save Johnny, Derek chose to save AJ. Ultimately, it came down to Carrie Ann, who chose to save Johnny.Scroll through the gallery below to find out all the scores from Monday’s show. – Advertisement – Another powerful dance was done by Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten. The duo performed a strong paso doble for her tribute to Janet Jackson. In addition to being a huge fan of her music, Skai revealed that she wanted to honor the icon because of her activism. During her package, the Disney Channel alum detailed the racism she’s experienced during her life and revealed she has missed out on roles due to the color of her skin. At the end of her paso doble, “use your voice” was written on the back wall of the ballroom.In the second round, each duo competed in a dance-off challenge with another pair. Justina and Sasha danced the cha-cha to Lady Gaga and Beyonce‘s “Telephone” against Kaitlyn and Artem; AJ and Cheryl danced the jive to Ricky Martin‘s “Cup of Life” against Johnny and Britt; and Nelly and Daniella danced the salsa to Wham‘s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” against Skai and Alan. (Nev and Jenna earned immunity based on last week’s leaderboard.)- Advertisement – “I know it’s been a rough couple of weeks, but I have to say, I have to give you a standing ovation. That was incredible. We push you because we want you to reach your ultimate,” the judge told the pair. “Every line was amazing. Every lift. … Everything about it was amazing. Everything that we’ve been wanting from you was in this routine.”After her comments, Artem and Katilyn ran over to embrace Carrie Ann in a hug. The former Bachelorette also noted that even when the Hawaii native was a tough critic, she “knew it came from that place” of love, “even if it was hard to hear.”Kaitlyn Bristowe Artem Chigvintsev Receive Perfect Score DWTSKaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev perform on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ ABCThe pair received a perfect 30 — their first of the season — and it wasn’t the only perfect score given on Monday night. Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart earned a perfect 30 for their quickstep to Amy Winehouse‘s “Valerie.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Women’s basketball preps to continue winning streak

first_imgAfter a weekend sweep of Colorado and Utah, the women’s basketball team returns to the Galen Center to face off against Stanford and Cal. Against Cal, senior forward Kristen Simon recorded 20 points and 11 rebounds. However, it wasn’t enough as USC fell 64-76. Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanLast Friday, the team demolished Colorado in an offensive showcase as they pounded the Buffaloes for 86 points en route to a 35-point victory. Against Utah, both teams had trouble scoring the basketball, but ultimately, the Trojans were able to maintain an early lead and took down the Utes, 58-47. Junior guard Aliyah Mazyck led the way in both games, scoring a career-high 29 points against Colorado and led the team again with 20 against Utah. But defense was key in both victories. “I think, this weekend, our defense really flourished,” senior guard Sadie Edwards said.  “I think we really executed and disrupted other teams on the defensive end. We didn’t let them get into a rhythm or do what they wanted to do or what they were comfortable doing, so I think that’s something that we can control and carry over to this weekend.”This Friday, the team will welcome the Stanford Cardinal to the Galen Center. Stanford currently sits at 11-7 with a 5-1 Pac-12 conference record. One of their victories came against the Trojans back on New Year’s Eve when they held on to win 72-65. In that game, senior guard Brittany McPhee led the way for Stanford, stuffing the stat sheet with 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Stanford outshot USC with a 45.5 percent overall field goal percentage to the Trojans’ 35.5 percent and out-rebounded the Women of Troy 41-31. Stanford is led by the tandem of McPhee and junior forward Alanna Smith, but Stanford has a deep team that can all contribute and have been steady at executing in half-court settings. “Both of [Cal and Stanford’s] games are different so Stanford is really, really, really good at executing in the half court. They obviously play for an incredible coach; they play extremely hard. We watched film and we’ve looked at a lot of the mistakes that we’ve made in that game, so I think we’re really looking forward to getting on the court and just competing,” Edwards said. “I think it’s going to be a good game, I think it’s going to be a great weekend for us and an incredible opportunity.”Then on Sunday, No. 21 Cal comes to Galen Center with a 13-4 overall record and a 4-2 Pac-12 conference record. This game will also be a rematch as the Golden Bears defeated the Trojans 76-64 on Dec. 29. The Trojans were once again outgunned in their previous game against Cal, as they shot 38.1 percent to Cal’s 45.6 percent. The Trojans were led by senior forward Kristen Simon in this contest as she posted a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds but she was matched by junior center Kristine Anigwe with 16 points and 13 rebounds double-double. The Golden Bears sport a deep team, capable of scoring in bunches and with efficiency; Kristine Anigwe remains the biggest offensive threat as she averages around 18 points and is coming off a dominant weekend where she totaled 56 points and 27 rebounds over two games. “Cal also executed really well in the half court against us but Cal has one of the best players in the country in [Anigwe]. We trust our preparation. We’ve learned and we’ve grown a lot even though that was just two weeks ago. I think we’re a lot better now than we were and we’re just going to go out there and compete, play hard.”With an electrifying rout of Colorado last weekend, the Trojans are hoping their momentum can continue against two strong teams in Cal and Stanford. The Trojans’ defense was notable in the past two games against Colorado and Utah. Their disruption and focus helped them stop Colorado’s offense in the second half and kept Utah from cutting into the lead. They will have to key in on their defense to stop Cal’s high-powered offense and Stanford’s deep reserves. “We gave up a lot of transition points against Stanford the first time around, so that’s something we can always control; we can get back on defense, we can stop the ball, we can run the floor harder,” Edwards said. “We gave up a lot of offensive rebounds, which is also something we can control; box out. And there was a few of their actions that we got beat on, we watched them in film, we’ve made an adjustment now, we’ve gone over it today, we’ve drilled it, we have great practice guides that come in and help us going over that so we’ll be prepared for that.”The Trojans will face Stanford on Friday at 8 p.m. and battle No. 21 Cal on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be televised on Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Networks.last_img read more