Senior forward Cassie Harberts was named to the All-Pac-12 Team for the second consecutive year on Tuesday, leading four other Women of Troy to receive All-Conference honors ahead of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday.Best of the best · Senior forward Cassie Harberts was named to the All-Pac-12 team yesterday for the second straight season. Harberts averaged 16.2 points per game this season after posting an 18.0 average in 2012-2013. – Ricardo Galvez | Daily TrojanJunior guard Ariya Crook earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, junior forward Alexyz Vaioletama and sophomore guard Brianna Barrett made the conference’s All-Defensive Team Honorable Mention and guard Courtney Jaco landed All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention.In head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke’s first season at the helm, Harberts was the standout star for the Women of Troy en route to their 18-12 (11-7) record and fifth-place finish in the Pac-12. The four-year starter led the team in points per game (16.2), rebounds per game (7.5), minutes per game (32.9) and blocks (25). She asserted herself as the fulcrum of USC’s offense down low in the post, constantly drawing double-teams and fouls, as she led the team in free throw attempts (214) while converting 57 percent of her tries from the line. Harberts was one of 15 players and seven returnees to be named to the squad.Harberts tied three others for USC’s program-record 128 appearances in the Women of Troy’s final regular season game, and is poised to claim the record for herself in the team’s Pac-12 Tournament opener against Arizona on Thursday.If Harberts was the steady star for USC that teams knew they had to stop, Crook was the breakout performer who frequently showed offensive explosiveness to catch opposing defenses off-guard. The Torrance, Calif. native averaged 15.8 points and 2.3 assists per game, often utilizing her quickness to drive to the basket for easy lay-ups. In USC’s biggest win of the season, a 77-70 road upset over then-No. 19 Cal, Crook poured in 34 points, the most scored by a Woman of Troy since 2002.Both Vaioletama, the only USC player to start all 30 games besides Harberts, and Barrett molded reputations as defensive stoppers this season. Vaioletama led the team in steals (1.9) and defensive rebounds (4.8) per game, while also doubling her offensive output from last season in becoming USC’s third-leading scorer (8.5 ppg).Barrett, who received All-Defensive Team Honorable Mention for the second straight year, led the team in assists per game (2.8), was second in steals per game (1.4) and fourth in points (6.8 per game).Jaco established herself as a solid contributer off the bench, averaging 3.8 points per game and nailing 36.1 percent of her three-point attempts while averaging 14.1 minutes.The selections were culled from a vote of the league’s 12 women’s basketball head coaches.Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike won her second straight Pac-12 Player of the Year award, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer was honored with her fourth straight Coach of the Year award and Washington guard Kelsey Plum was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
The Nimba County branch of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) over the weekend arrested a 32-year old Nigerian with over US$7,000 worth of cocaine.Suspect Paul Omenyi Ikegbunam was arrested at the Immigration Check Point near Ganta, Nimba County.According to the DEA the cocaine was found concealed in a pair of African slippers the suspect had on his feet. The content was filled with the cocaine and the edges sewn with a thread.Security personnel took notice of the suspect when they observed him walking uncomfortably as though he was physically challenged (crippled) but the slippers were puffed up, suggesting that something was hidden in them.The DEA put the quantity of the cocaine to about 315.1 grams with the street value of US$7, 875 and L$677, 250.“This is our normal routine as DEA officers so we searched his bag and, not satisfied, we decided to search his slippers on his feet,” said one of the officers.The suspect, the DEA said, was hesitant at first to take off his slippers, “after we asked to search his slippers; but we took them any way from his feet and discovered that the cocaine was concealed in the slippers.”The officer explained that the suspect entered Liberia on board a taxi cab with plate number TX-0156, along with other passengers.He said later the driver, identified as John Kollie was asked to help security with further investigations.“If this man has ridden on a private car or on an NGO vehicle, which sometimes collect passengers on the side walk, the suspect would have had a free ride to Monrovia, thereby evading arrest,” an observer remarked at the DEA office in Ganta.Suspect Paul Ikegbunam told investigators that he traveled by road from Nigeria passing through several West African countries, including Togo, Ghana and La Cote d’Ivoire, and entered Liberia through the Loguatuo Port of entry in Gbelay-Geh District, near Karnplay City.“I rode on car from Lagos to the Ivory Coast before crossing to Liberia,” he was quoted by the DEA as saying.The suspect, has meanwhile pleaded for mercy, saying that the slippers were given to him by one John Obiora, also a Nigerian, residing in Lagos, Nigeria, but did not know it contained cocaine.He said it was his first time coming to Liberia and he claimed that Obiora, “told me that when I reach Monrovia, I should inform him so he can connect me with another Nigerian in Monrovia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)