A clash between two powerhouse rivals that have only lost to each other all season might top the list of statement games.The No. 1 USC women’s water polo team will treat their fans to such a matchup as they visit the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal (21-1, 6-0) on Saturday at 4 p.m. You are excused if, amid all the excitement surrounding this contest, you overlook the USC women’s water polo team’s Friday away game against the No. 6 San Jose State (16-11, 2-4) Spartans — just trust that the Women of Troy (19-1, 5-0) are not.Foes · Stanford handed two-meter Kristen Dronberger and the Women of Troy their only loss of the season at the Stanford Invitational in February. Dronberger was held scoreless against the Cardinal that day. – Gary Fung | Daily Trojan A grounded group all season long, this team knows that if it flounders against the Spartans, Saturday’s game will not matter nearly as much. After a 15-5 win against San Jose State at the UC Irvine Invitational, the Women of Troy improved to 20-0 all time against their MPSF foe. But, according to senior utility Forel Davies, history is irrelevant.“Like any team we go up against, we need to establish a good press and keep tight lanes,” Davies said.When discussing the Spartans, players might as well have been reading from a teleprompter, intent on communicating that their focus extends to all opponents. However, the players’ fiery spirit and quirky personalities shone through when asked about the Stanford game. The Women of Troy responded excitedly when asked if they want to send Stanford a message for the postseason with a strong showing on Saturday.Having met twice already, these teams know each other well.Stanford is led by two-meter Melissa Seidemann, who tops the Cardinal with 40 goals on the season. Cardinal goalies Amber Oland and Kate Baldoni split time between the pipes, and both have impressive goals-against averages.Understandably, the players were reluctant to offer any specific insight into their game plan but reiterated that their success is largely dependent on their defensive effort and execution. Often, their offense is successful when they generate turnovers and have quick odd-man advantages the other way.Having already matched up against the Cardinal once before, the Women of Troy are reading for an attack they know will be strong.“We expect them to play great two-meter defense and to come out hard,” junior two-meter Kristen Dronberger said. “They will probably look to stop [senior driver] Kally [Lucas] and [junior driver] Joelle [Bekhazi] and focus on our shooters.”This game will determine the top seed for the MPSF, which could prove important in the conference tournament. Although many pundits expect these two teams to meet in the finals regardless of the Saturday’s outcome, this weekend’s game will play a large role in establishing momentum.The Women of Troy are eager to prove that their early-season loss was a fluke and that their team, which now leads the MPSF in both goals per game and goals allowed per game, can be considered among the best in USC women’s water polo history.
Daily tomato consumption appeared to cut the development of skin cancer tumors by half in a study conducted by the Ohio State University.The new study of how nutritional interventions can alter the risk for skin cancers appeared online in the journal Scientific Reports.MethodologyIn the study male mice were fed a diet of 10 percent tomato powder daily for 35 weeks. The mice were then exposed to ultraviolet light. It was discovered that the mice experienced, on average, a 50 percent decrease in skin cancer tumors compared to mice that ate no dehydrated tomato.Co-relation between tomato and cancerIt’s theorized the co-relation between tomatoes and cancer is from dietary carotenoids. The pigmenting compounds that give tomatoes their color, may protect skin against UV light damage, said Jessica Cooperstone. She’s co-author of the study and a research scientist in the Department of Food Science and Technology in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.Previous research indicated male mice develop tumors earlier after UV exposure and that their tumors are more numerous, larger and more aggressive, than female mice.Cancer treatment different in genders“This study showed us that we need to consider gender when exploring different preventive strategies,” said the study’s senior author, Tatiana Oberyszyn, a professor of pathology and member of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.“What works in men may not always work equally well in women and vice versa.”Previous human clinical trials suggest that eating tomato paste over time can dampen sunburns, perhaps thanks to carotenoids from the plants that are deposited in the skin of humans after eating, and may be able to protect against UV light damage, Cooperstone said.“Lycopene, the primary carotenoid in tomatoes, has been shown to be the most effective antioxidant of these pigments,” she said.In the new study, the Ohio State researchers found that only male mice fed dehydrated red tomatoes had reductions in tumor growth. Those fed diets with tangerine tomatoes, which have been shown to be higher in bioavailable lycopene in previous research, had fewer tumors than the control group, but the difference was not statistically significant.Cooperstone is currently researching tomato compounds that may impart other health benefits.Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common of all cancers, with more new cases each year than other cancers combined, according to the American Cancer Society.“Foods are not drugs, but they can possibly, over the lifetime of consumption, alter the development of certain diseases,” Cooperstone said.