For USC’s Michael Cooper and Oregon’s Paul Westhead, a new chapter – LA Times

By Baxter Holmes
Los Angeles Times


Paul Westhead and Michael Cooper go way back. Back to a day when basketball shorts were short, when Converse sneakers ruled, when Westhead coached the Lakers and Cooper was his defensive stopper.


That might not mean a lot when Westhead’s Oregon Ducks and Cooper’s USC Trojans play Friday in the State Farm Pac-10 women’s basketball tournament at the Galen Center.


Then again, it might.


Westhead’s Ducks play the same sneakers-to-the-accelerator offense his teams have always been known for. They rank fourth nationally in scoring, averaging 81.5 points. On Jan. 16 against Arizona, the Ducks ran up a school-record 112 points