Women Of Troy Open Pac-10 Season In Washington

Jan. 2, 2001

USC at Washington State
Thursday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m.

USC at Washington
Sunday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m.
Televised live on... Fox Sports West 2
or listen live on... www.gohuskies.com

The Facts
USC women's basketball (5-5) opens the 2000-01 conference season this week on the road against Washington State and Washington. With a difficult nonconference schedule, the Women of Troy begin Pac-10 play on a three-game losing streak after suffering a 70-61 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame on Thursday (Dec. 28). USC will face Washington State (5-5) Thursday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. in Pullman. With two days to rest, the Trojans battle the Huskies (7-3) on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. in Seattle. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports West 2.

Media Teleconference
The first Pac-10 coaches media teleconference of 2001 will be on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Media members may call in to speak to each Pac-10 women's basketball coach according to the following schedule: 9:35 a.m. - Charlie Turner Thorne (ASU), 9:40 - Joan Bonvicini (ARIZ), 9:45 - June Daugherty (WASH), 9:50 - Jenny Prezekwas (WSU), 9:55 - Chris Gobrecht (USC), 10 - Kathy Olivier (UCLA), 10:05 - Judy Spoelstra (OSU), 10:10 - Jody Runge (ORE), 10:15 - Caren Horstmeyer (CAL), 10:20 - Tara VanDerveer (STAN).

Game #10 - vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (Dec. 28)
Facing its second-straight ranked opponent, USC dropped a 70-61 decision against third-ranked Notre Dame on Thursday (Dec. 28) at the L.A. Sports Arena. The loss was the Women of Troy's first of the season on its own turf. Ruth Riley came up big for Notre Dame, scoring a season-high 23 points with six rebounds and one blocked shot. The Trojans used a 15-2 run to narrow the deficit to 44-41 with 13:59 to play after Jessica Cheeks entered the game to score seven points and make two steals, inspiring the surge. The Irish, however, went on a 17-1 run to extend their lead to 61-42 with 8:58 remaining. Freshmen Ebony Hoffman and Aisha Hollans each scored 11 points, and Hoffman had eight rebounds. The Trojans made just 32.8 percent of their field-goal attempts and missed 16 of 33 free throws in the effort.

Game Quotes
'(Notre Dame) doesn't give you anything inside,' said head coach Chris Gobrecht. 'It's very difficult when you have somebody that big and that much of an intimidating presence.'

'I think (USC) is one of the best defensive teams we've played,' said Notre Dame's Ruth Riley. 'They did a good job denying the wings and playing really strong, in-your-face defense.'

Washington Common Connection
From 1988 to 1996, USC head coach Chris Gobrecht 'put Washington women's basketball on the map. In 11 years (as Washington's head coach), she created a product that the city of Seattle embraced...,' as explained in the 2000-01 Huskie media guide. Gobrecht was the first women's basketball coach to lead the Huskies for five consecutive seasons, win 100 games, and reach the 300-win milestone in her career. She became the winningest coach in Washington history in just her fourth season, and in 10 of the 11, her teams posted 17 or more wins.

Pac-10 Openers
USC is 9-5 all-time in Pac-10 openers - 5-1 on the road and 4-3 at home (*the 1989 opener was played at a neutral site) *** The Women of Troy are 7-7 in the first road game of each Pac-10 season, and 9-5 in the first conference home game *** In the opening series of Pac-10 play, USC is 17-9 all-time and has defeated both opponents seven times (1999-00 vs. Wash/WSU, 1996-97 vs. Wash/WSU, 1993-94 vs. Oregon/OSU, 1992-93 vs. Arizona/ASU, 1991-92 vs. Oregon/OSU, 1990-91 vs. UCLA and 1987-88 vs. Oregon/OSU) *** The Trojans have opened the Pac-10 season twice against Washington (1996 and 1997) and once against Washington State (2000).

Against Ranked Opponents
Aside from having faced two consecutive top-15 opponents, USC's last three foes (Baylor, Texas Tech, Notre Dame) have also combined for an overall record of 28-1 this season.

Rank Rank
Before Gm. Team Date W/L Score After Gm.
No. 11 Texas Tech Dec. 22 L 85-59 No. 10
No. 3 Notre Dame Dec. 28 L 70-61 No. 3

Hollans Continues To Shine Off the Bench
After missing the first six games of the season, freshman Aisha 'ReeCee' Hollans entered the lineup against Pepperdine (Dec. 15), providing a spark and a glimpse of this talented freshman class. Hollans helped USC hold onto its halftime lead by hitting 4-of-4 shots off the bench, and adding a key block. For the game, she contributed 14 points (6-12) and six rebounds in just 20 minutes on the court. She has contributed double digits in all four games since, and currently leads the team, with a 13.5 scoring average, while shooting 45.5 percent.

It's A Freshman's Game
So far this season, USC's scoring and rebounding leaders are both first-year players. Ebony Hoffman leads with 7.9 boards per game, while Aisha Hollans tops the charts with 13.5 points per game.

Is This The Same Player?
No player has made a more drastic improvement this year than sophomore forward Tennille Grant. After only averaging 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds per game last season, Grant has returned as one of the team's most effective shooters. She currently leads the team with a 50.0 shooting percentage (min. 15 field goals). Grant has contributed 4.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in an average of 10.0 minutes on the court per game.

Just Can't Get Them Past Her
Since she entered the lineup in 1999-2000, opponents just can't get their shots past her. Senior center Denise Woods finished third in the Pac-10 last season with an average of 1.47 blocks per game. This year she quickly reclaimed her spot on the charts. She leads the conference with an average of 1.50 stops per game.

Opponents With NCAA Experience
This season USC must prepare for nothing less than NCAA caliber opponents. Eight of the Trojans last 10 nonconference opponents are 2000 NCAA Tournament teams (Drake, UCSB, St. Joseph's, San Diego, Pepperdine, Texas Tech and Notre Dame) Including conference opponents, the Women of Troy will face 12 total teams that played in the postseason last year (UCLA, Stanford and Oregon... ASU went to WNIT).

*** A freshman has led in points and/or rebounds in all 10 games this season.
*** There were 2,178 fans in attendance when the Women of Troy faced Notre Dame (Dec. 28), marking the highest USC home attendance figure in the last three years.

The Trojans shot 57.1 percent from three points range (10th among USC single game records) against the Lady Raiders (Dec. 22) *** USC had a season-high 30 turnovers against Baylor (Dec. 20) and Texas Tech (Dec. 22) - just three shy of making the program's top-10 list for most turnovers in a single game *** Camille Norwood set a career-high with five assists against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) *** With five consecutive wins between Nov. 24 and Dec. 15, USC enjoyed its longest win streak since winning five straight during the 1996-97 season *** The Trojans' 32 assists against Sac State (Dec. 9) rank sixth among program records *** USC's 26-point margin of victory over the Hornets (Dec. 9) was its largest since also beating Sac State by 42 points (84-42) last season (Dec. 11) at the Sports Arena *** Tashara Carter surpassed a career-high with seven assists against Sac State (Dec. 9) *** The USC-San Diego game was the first time the Women of Troy shot above 50 percent since January 9, 2000, when the Trojans shot 50.8 in a win over Washington *** Forward Tennille Grant surpassed a career-high with ten points and seven rebounds against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) *** Tashara Carter tied a career-high with four blocks against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) *** USC is 21-4 all-time in season openers (6-4 on the road, 10-0 at home and 5-0 at neutral sites) *** The Trojans are 22-2 all-time in home season openers.

Receiving Votes
USC received its first votes of the season the week of Dec. 19 in the AP Women's College Basketball Poll (3 votes) and the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 poll (2), but has since been dropped from the list. In the national preseason rankings, the Women of Troy were ranked No. 21 according to WOMENSCOLLEGEHOOPS.com, and No. 24 according to the Women's Basketball Journal, while receiving mention in numerous others.

The Three-Year Vet
Senior Tashara Carter enters the 2000-2001 season as the team's lone three-year veteran of the program, and the only player to play under Coach Gobrecht all three years. A recruit of former USC head coach Fred Williams, Carter endured the first years of instability and transition as the 1998-99 squad posted a 7-20 overall record and finished tied for ninth in the Pac-10. In three years, Carter has played in all 84 games and only missed four starts, helping guide the Women of Troy back to nation prominence.

Mitchell Paid Her Dues
Redshirt freshman Portia Mitchell is back in the lineup much to everyone's delight. A highly touted 1999 recruit out of Narbonne High, Mitchell sat out during the 1999-2000 season after not meeting conditioning requirements. So a year of relentless training has paid-off for the 6-4 center after she proudly met her qualifying times (1 1/2 miles in under 13 minutes) in early September and began practicing with the team on Oct. 14.

Freshmen Among Nation's Best
The 2000-2001 freshman class was ranked as high as No. 14 by the Women's Basketball Journal and No. 16 by Athlon. In USA Today, Nancy Lieberman Cline named Ebony Hoffman as one of her top five freshmen of influence. Hoffman was ranked the No. 2 prep recruit of 2000 by USA Today and the Women's Basketball Journal. Guard Aisha Hollans was ranked 21st by the All-Star Girl's Report and the Women's Basketball Journal. The freshman class also includes 5-foot-7 guard Ryane Alexander.

The freshman class only becomes stronger by adding two 1999-2000 high school recruits. Center Portia Mitchell enters first season as an active player at USC after sitting out last year, and guard Jessica Cheeks also enters her first season after taking junior college courses in 1999-2000. Together, they were originally part of the top-10 recruiting class of 1999 (No. 8 by Athlon and No. 9 by the Women's Basketball Journal).

Head Coach Chris Gobrecht
Chris Gobrecht enters her fourth season at the helm of the USC women's basketball program. Replacing former head coach Fred Williams on May 8, 1997, Gobrecht returned to her alma mater to help guide the Women of Troy back to national prominence. Throughout 22 years of head coaching experience, Gobrecht has amassed a 372-257 (.592) career record with her programs at Cal State Fullerton (six years), Washington (11), Florida State (one) and USC. During her 11-year tenure at Washington, she was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1987 and 1988). Gobrecht remains the second-winningest coach in conference history with a 162-84 (.659) mark, and she ranks 37th among active Division I coaches with 372 career victories.

This Week's Opponents

Washington State (5-5)
The Cougars enter the conference season with a 5-5 overall record after dropping its final nonconference game against Montana, 80-66, at the Lady Griz Classic (Dec. 30)... In the first round of the tournament, the Cougs defeated Samford, 76-49, for their fifth win of the year, surpassing last year's win total by one... Center Brittany Hawk currently leads the squad with 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game... Guard Katie Nyseth leads with 2.2 steals per outing... Nyseth and Kelley Berglund, who is averaging 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds, each earned Lady Griz all-tournament honors... Berglund added a career-high 23 points and 10 boards against Montana... Nyseth paces the Pac-10 in assists (4.8) and is tied for the lead in three-point field goal percentage (.500)... Second year head coach Jenny Przekwas returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last year's squad which finished 1-17 in the Pac-10 (10th place) and 4-24 overall.

Possible Starting Lineup	Position	Hgt.	Ppg	Rpg
#5 Victoria Harrod Forward 6-0 5.2 3.2
#12 Whitney Martindale Forward 5-10 5.2 3.2
#20 Katie Nyseth Guard 5-3 7.3 3.5
#33 Brittney Hawks Center 6-2 9.5 5.0
#41 Jessica Ottmar Guard 6-0 5.0 3.7

USC-Washington State Series Record
Thursday's game will mark the 30th meeting between these two teams. The first was in 1981-82 in a preseason game before the Cougars joined the Pac-10. USC owns a 19-10 overall record against Washington State, after defeating the Cougars twice last season.

The Last Time Against Washington State
USC 62, WSU 59 - March 11, 2000 - Pullman, Wash.

Tiffany Elmore, Tiffany Washington and Danielle Golay combined for 41 points to lead USC to a 62-59 win over Washington State at Friel Court. Elmore led all scorers with 16 points, but none may have been important as her layin with 2:45 to play that boosted the Trojans to a 57-56 lead they never gave up. WSU took a 9-0 lead at the start of the game, while USC did not score until a layin nearly four minutes into the game. The Cougars led by as many as 12 points in the opening half and had a 10 point advantage in the final minute before Erica Mashia tossed in a three pointer with time running out on the shot clock. With seven ties and three lead changes in the final 13 minutes of the game, USC took its first lead 41-40 with 12:22 to play. One of two free throws at 3:29 gave the Cougars their final lead, 56-55, setting the stage for Elmore's crucial layin as USC outscored WSU 7-3 over the final three minutes. Yvonne Volkman led WSU with 12 points, while senior Alke Dietel added 11 for the Cougars, who were on top 35-28 at the half, but were outscored 34-24 over the final 20 minutes. The Women of Troy finished with a commanding 45-27 lead in rebounding.

Washington (7-3)
The Huskies begin the conference season with a 7-3 overall record... Their three losses came at Indiana in overtime, 77-74, against No. 1 UConn, 100-54, and Colorado State, 66-64... Notable wins have been against Michigan, 73-60 and Nebraska, 69-57... Prior to the Holidays, Washington defeated Loyola Marymount and James Madison to win the Seattle Times Husky Classic... Freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola was named MVP of the tournament after contributing 37 points and 15 rebounds in the two games... Mendiola has led the team on the boards in 7-of-12 outings, and twice in scoring... She leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game, and ranks second with 12.5 points... Offensively, the Huskies are guided by 14.0 points per game from guard Megan Franza... Franza and Mendiola each average 1.4 steals per game... Washington paces the Pac-10 in rebounding offense (45.0 rpg) and defense (28.0 rpg)... Fifth-year head coach June Daugherty has accumulated a 66-59 record at Washington... Last season's squad finished 8-22 overall and 4-14 (ninth place) in conference play... The Huskies return all five starters and 10 letterwinners from 1999-00.

Possible Starting Lineup	Position	Hgt.	Ppg	Rpg	
#13 Giuliana Mendiola Guard 5-10 12.5 7.8
#14 Megan Franza Guard 5-11 14.0 3.6
#24 Kellie O'Neill Forward 6-2 11.2 5.7
#32 Jill Pimley Guard 5-6 4.0 3.0
#42 LeAnn Sheets Center 6-2 6.5 6.4

USC-Washington Series Record
Washington is one of two Pac-10 schools (Stanford is the other) that owns a winning record against USC. Since their first meeting in 1986-87, the Trojans have posted a 12-16 mark against the Huskies. Last season, the Women of Troy swept Washington which began with a Pac-10 season-opening victory (77-66) at home. USC has only won four games (4-10) in Seattle.

The Last Time Against Washington
USC 88, Washington 76 (ot) - March 9, 2000 - Seattle, Wash.

USC rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit and scored 22 points in overtime to down Washington, 88-76, at Key Arena. All five Women of Troy starters scored in double figures as Tiffany Elmore led the way with a season-high 21 points. Danielle Golay added 13 of her 15 points after halftime, and Tiffany Washington recorded her third double-double of the season with 13 points and a season-best 14 boards. The Huskies were led by freshman Loree Payne, who equalled her career-high with 28 points. Megan Franza finished the night with 15 points, including a clutch three pointer that sent the game into Washington's first overtime contest of the year. The Huskies shot 50 percent from the field and led by as many as 17 in the first half, holding a 31-14 advantage with just over six minutes to play before the break. The Trojans first lead of the game did not come until the second half at 12:09, 45-44, on the strength of a 19-4 run. Both teams alternated with the lead as Golay evened the score at 55-55 with 6:52 to go. Down 66-63, Franza hit her only three pointer of the game with 0.5 on the clock to send it to overtime. Franza carried the momentum into the extra period, scoring the first bucket on a driving layin, but the game belonged to the Women of Troy as USC scored the next 11 points to put the game away.

2000-2001 Women of Troy

#1 Ayeshia Smith
Guard * 5-5 * Senior * Philadelphia, Pa. * Cowley County CC
Ayeshia Smith begins her senior year at USC and second year in the basketball program... Looking to make an impact this year after losing her junior season to injury (broken finger)... A scoring threat on the floor, she adds energy to the point guard position.
This Season: Has made 1 start and appeared in 6 games.
Started against Creighton (Nov. 17) and collected one steal and two assists in 15 minutes ... Against Drake (Nov. 19), went 2-for-5 in 13 minutes ... Played three minutes off the bench against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Did not play against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Came off the bench to add four points, three rebounds and two assists against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Did not play against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Played four minutes against Baylor (Dec. 20)... Did not play against Texas Tech (Dec. 22) ... Did not play against Notre Dame (Dec. 28).

#3 Tiffany Elmore
Guard * 5-10 * Junior * Sacramento, Calif. * Florin HS

Tiffany Elmore begins her junior season with the Women of Troy as one of two returning starters... Primarily a two-guard, she was the go-to player last season and played a big role in a lot of key wins... Will establish herself as one of the top guards in the conference this season... A 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection and Pac-10 Player of the Week (Feb. 21).
This Season: Has made 10 starts.
Against Creighton (Nov. 17) she collected eight points (4-12) ... Led with 11 points (4-9), two assists and two steals at Drake (Nov. 19) ... Added 14 points and four steals against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Struggled offensively, hitting 1-of-9 shots, but provided two blocks and four steals against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Collected six rebounds against San Diego (Dec. 2) despite shooting 1-for-6 ... Returning to her hometown, she led with 20 points (8-14) against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Has her second-straight 20+ point game, leading the team with 22 points against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Committed six turnovers against Baylor (Dec. 20)... Added 12 points against Texas Tech (Dec. 22), hitting 5-of-13 from the field ... Finished with nine points and five rebounds, but committed four turnovers against Notre Dame (Dec. 28).

#5 Camille Norwood
Guard * 5-8 * Junior * Los Angeles, Calif. * Washington HS

Camille Norwood enters her junior season with the Women of Troy... A player who has proven to be one of the steadiest performers on the team... Her progress made a huge impact last season and she expects to do the same this year... A dependable player who is tough to rattle at the point.
This Season: Has made 1 start and played in 8 games.
Is expected to played limited minutes in nonconference play while still rehabbing from ACL surgery she underwent in July ... Played eight minutes off the bench against Creighton ... Played eight minutes off the bench and made one steal against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Contributed two assists and two points in 18 minutes against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Played 14 minutes against San Diego (Dec. 2) ... Made her first start of the season against Sac State (Dec. 9), adding four assists despite four turnovers ... Set a new career-high with five assist against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... In eight minutes on the court against Texas Tech (Dec. 22), she added five points (2-of-2 from the field), two assists, two steals and three turnovers ... Had three points and two steals against Notre Dame (Dec. 28).

#10 Jessica Cheeks
Guard * 5-9 * Freshman * Los Angeles, Calif. * Narbonne HS

Jessica Cheeks begins her first season with the Women of Troy... A player with great instincts for the game... An excellent shooter who provides a terrific backcourt threat... Will be able to play well with a three guard lineup.
This Season: Has made 7 starts and appeared in 9 games.
Led with 10 points (3-8), seven boards and three assists against Creighton (Nov. 17) ... Made her first collegiate start against Drake (Nov. 19) but had nine points with a 3-of-13 effort ... Added eight points, four steals and hit 2-of-4 from three-point range against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Added eight points against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Posted double figures against San Diego (Dec. 2) with 13 points hitting 6-of-8 from the field ... Did not play against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Contributed 10 points and two assists against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Added only four points and one steal against Baylor (Dec. 20) ... Led with four steals against Texas Tech (Dec. 22) ... Despite not starting against Notre Dame (Dec. 28), sparked a 15-2 run with seven points and two steals to bring USC within three.

#13 Denise Woods
Center/Forward * 6-3 * Senior * Richmond, Calif. * Univ. of San Francisco

Denise Woods begins her senior year with the Women of Troy... She will be looked upon for her maturity and leadership on a young team... She has made a huge commitment in her final season and is prepared to play at a peak level... Will make an impact in the conference in the post.
This Season: Has made 10 starts.
Shot 50.0 percent (3-6, 7 points) with two boards against Creighton (Nov. 17) ... Had six rebounds and three blocks against Drake (Nov. 19) ... Led with 16 points , three blocks and five boards against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Hit 4-of-6 for 11 points against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Continues to improve with another top performance against San Diego (Dec. 2), including a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds ... Began USC's first scoring run against Sac State (Dec. 9) by accounting for the first five of six field goals in the game and finishing 14 points (7-9) ... Despite 3-of-12 shooting, she led with three blocks and added nine points against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Led with 14 points and seven rebounds against Baylor (Dec. 20) ... Was 1-of-8 from the field and finished with seven turnovers against Texas Tech (Dec. 22) ... Finished with seven points and four rebounds against Notre Dame (Dec. 28).

#14 Carmen Krause
Forward * 6-1 * Junior * Prescott, Ariz. * Prescott HS

Carmen Krause returns for her junior season with the Women of Troy... An athlete who plays with passion and intensity... Her defense has improved tremendously over the past two seasons and the team will rely on her toughness at the post.
This Season: Has made 1 start and played in 9 games.
Played 13 minutes against Creighton (Nov. 17) and 23 minutes with nine points (2-5) against Drake (Nov. 19) ... Hit 2-of-4 off the bench against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Made her first start against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) and contributed four points, rebounds and assists ... Did not play against San Diego (Dec. 2) ... Hit 2-of-4 from the field, including 1-of-1 three-pointers for six points against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Collected four quick fouls against Baylor (Dec. 20) to play only seven minutes ... Contributed four rebounds against Notre Dame (Dec. 28).

#15 Lauren Smith-Hams
Guard * 5-7 * Sophomore * Los Altos, Calif. * Pinewood HS

Lauren Smith-Hams begins her sophomore season with the Women of Troy... Recruited to be a shooting force for the team at guard, but instead became one of the team's most solid defenders... This season, she will again be utilized on defense and will be relied on as one of the team's most reliable shooters off the bench.
This Season: Has played in 7 games.
Added four points in 13 minutes against Creighton (Nov. 17) and five points in 22 minutes against Drake (Nov. 19) ... Did not play against UCSB (Nov. 24) and St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Came off the bench for 11 minutes against San Diego (Dec. 2) and hit 2-of-3 from the field ... Was 2-of-3 from three-point range for six points against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Did not play against Baylor (Dec. 20).

#20 Tennille Grant
Forward * 5-10 * Sophomore * Kansas City, Mo. * Northeast HS

Tennille Grant returns for her sophomore season with the Women of Troy... She has worked hard in the off-season to get stronger and improve her defense... Will likely be used as a post or wing player this year... A natural player who can score with her back to the basket.
This Season: Has played in 10 games.
Recorded eight points on 4-of-6 shooting against both Creighton (Nov. 17) and Drake (Nov. 19) Only played two minutes off the bench against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Surpassed her previous career-highs with 10 points and seven rebounds against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Played 14 minutes against San Diego (Dec. 2) with four points and two rebounds ... Shot 50.0 percent (3-6) and added seven rebounds against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Hit 4-of-9 from the field for eight points against Baylor (Dec. 20), despite four turnovers ... Only played six minutes against Notre Dame (Dec. 28).

#21 Erin Young
Guard * 5-11 * Sophomore * Dallas, Tex. * Highland Park HS

Erin Young enters her sophomore season with the Women of Troy as a walk-on guard... Will return to the court with high expectations after a solid freshman campaign... Looks to become a more consistent shooter, primarily at the two... Has an exceptional ability to learn and will continue to get better with each season.
This Season: Has played in 7 games.
Played nine minutes against Drake (Nov. 19) ... Came off the bench early and played nine minutes with two assists against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Played three minutes against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Added one rebound and one steal in four minutes against San Diego (Dec. 2) ... Grabbed five rebounds in 15 minutes on the court against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Did not play against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Did not play against Notre Dame (Dec. 28).

#22 Tashara Carter
Forward * 6-0 * Senior * Harbor City, Calif. * Bishop Montgomery HS

Tashara Carter begins her senior season with the Women of Troy as one of two returning starters... A do-everything player at forward, she contributes points, rebounds, assists and steals... She brings experience as the only three-year starter on the team... A 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection.
This Season: Has made 10 starts.
Contributed six points and six rebounds against Creighton (Nov. 17) ... Added six points, 10 rebounds against Drake (Nov. 19) ... Fouled out after only adding four points and two boards against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... With an outstanding performance, she led with 14 points (4-10), 10 rebounds, four blocks and four assists against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Was the second-leading scorer against San Diego (Dec. 2) with 14 points (6-8) in addition to two assists, two steals and five rebounds ... Added a career-high seven assists and three steals against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Had 12 points after hitting 8-of-10 at the line, in addition to four assists and five steals against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Led with five assists against Baylor (Dec. 20) ... Was called for a technical foul at 16:20 in the second half ... Had nine points and three rebounds, steals and turnovers against Texas Tech (Dec. 22) ... Had nine points and six rebounds against Notre Dame (Dec. 28).

#23 Aisha Hollans
Guard * 5-10 * Freshman * Berkeley, Calif. * Berkeley HS

Aisha Hollans begins her first season with the Women of Troy... An extremely talented young athlete who possesses all the qualities of a great wing player... Brings a completely different dimension to the game with her ability to create opportunities... A gifted and knowledgable basketball player.
This Season: Has made 1 start and played in 4 games.
Missed first six games due to a back injury ... Began practicing with the team the week of Dec. 4 ... Entered her first collegiate game on Dec. 15 against Pepperdine and contributed six rebounds and 14 points off of 6-of-12 shooting ... Again added double figures in her second game with 12 points against Baylor (Dec. 20) ... Played 24 minutes off the bench and led with 17 points against Texas Tech (Dec. 22), including 3-of-5 three pointers ... Made her first collegiate start against Notre Dame (Dec. 28) and led with 11 points despite 3-of-12 shooting.

#24 Ryane Alexander
Guard * 5-7 * Freshman * Copperas Cove, Tex. * Copperas Cove HS

Ryane Alexander begins her first season with the Women of Troy... A classic point guard who likes to dish the ball and run the show when she is on the court... A hard-nosed player with great intensity and toughness... The type of player who does what the team needs her to do at all times.
This Season: Has played in 6 games.
Made her collegiate debut against UCSB (Nov. 24) and played 15 minutes in which she made a crucial defensive stop to clinch the win for the Trojans ... Played seven minutes against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Played seven minutes against San Diego (Dec. 2) ... Played six minutes against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Did not play against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Did not play against Notre Dame (Dec. 28).

#32 Ebony Hoffman
Forward * 6-2 * Freshman * Harbor City, Calif. * Narbonne HS

Ebony Hoffman enters her first season with the Women of Troy... A player with the potential to have a dominating influence and make a significant impact on the team... One of the country's best post players, she can run the floor and hit an outside shot... She plays a power-quickness game which will make her an exceptional player in the Pac-10.
This Season: Has made 9 starts and appeared in 10 games.
Made first collegiate start against Creighton (Nov. 17) and went 1-for-12 from the field with five points and three rebounds ... Against Drake (Nov. 19), she led with 11 rebounds but still suffered with 2-of-10 shooting ... Fouled out against the Bulldogs ... In her best performance, she added 12 points (5-10), five rebounds and three assists against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Did not start but led with 14 points (4-8) and added four rebounds and two blocks against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Resumed her starting position against San Diego (Dec. 2) and led with eight rebounds and three steals, in addition to 11 points ... Was one rebound and two assists shy of a triple-double against Sac State (Dec. 9) after contributing 14 points and a team-high nine boards and eight assists ... Contributed a team-high 11 rebounds and three blocks against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Fouled out against the Waves ... Led with seven rebounds and three steals against Baylor (Dec. 20) ... Was called for a technical four at 16:20 in the second half ... Led with 13 rebounds and four assists against Texas Tech (Dec. 22), but suffered from 1-of-8 shooting and six turnovers in the game ... Fouled out against the Lady Raiders ... Finished with a team-high 11 points and eight rebounds against Notre Dame (Dec. 28) ... Fouled out against the Irish.

#35 Portia Mitchell
Center * 6-4 * RS Freshman * Los Angeles, Calif. * Narbonne HS

Portia Mitchell begins her redshirt freshman year at USC... A player with great size, a soft touch around the basket and excellent skills... Her commitment to her conditioning last year has already payed off this season... Mitchell ran a mile and a half in 13 minutes, one second on Sept. 8 to fulfill her requirements and begin team workouts... The team will benefit greatly from having her at the post.
This Season: Has played in 7 games.
Made her collegiate debut against Creighton (Nov. 17), collecting three rebounds in six minutes ... Played two minutes against Drake (Nov. 19) ... Added three rebounds in six minutes of play against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Did not play against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Collected three rebounds in seven minutes off the bench against San Diego (Dec. 2) ... Played eight minutes against Sac State (Dec. 9) but hit only 1-of-7 from the field ... Played three minutes against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Did not play against Texas Tech (Dec. 22) ... Did not play against Notre Dame (Dec. 28).

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