Women To Host No. 19 Arizona, Arizona State

Jan. 16, 2001

The Facts
USC women's basketball suffered its sixth-consecutive loss on Sunday (Jan. 14) to crosstown rival UCLA, 65-53. With a 5-8 overall record and 0-3 start in the Pac-10, the Women of Troy will open the conference home schedule this week against No. 19 Arizona and Arizona State. USC will face the Wildcats on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at the L.A. Sports Arena. The USC-Arizona State game will be played on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m at the Lyon Center.

To Note: This week's Arizona State (Jan. 20) game and the USC-Cal game on Feb. 2 will both be played at the USC Lyon Center located on the University Park Campus.

Women of Troy On The Air
Five 2000-01 Women of Troy games will be broadcast via the Los Angeles airwaves. KMPC-AM 1540 will broadcast the following games: USC at UCLA on Jan. 14, USC vs. Arizona State on Jan. 20, USC vs. Stanford on Feb. 4, USC vs. UCLA on Feb. 10 and USC vs. Washington State on March 10. Regional television sports announcer Jim Watson will handle the play-by-play, while former pro beach volleyball and college hoops star Mike Dodd will serve as the color analyst.

Game #13 - at UCLA (Jan. 14)
USC dropped their sixth straight with a 65-53 loss at UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 14. The Bruin's Michelle Greco led with 23 points, while Aisha Hollans and Ebony Hoffman paced the Women of Troy with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Greco scored 15 of her game-high point total in the second half which helped UCLA rally from a 30-25 halftime deficit. USC upped its advantage to as many as nine at 42-33 with 14:59 remaining in the game before the Bruins staged their comeback. UCLA outscored the Women of Troy 16-1 over the next five minutes to take a 49-43 lead with 9:40 to play. The Trojans managed to tie the game at 49 with 6:26 remaining when Hoffman converted a pair of free throws. She hit a shot in the lane for a 51-50 Trojan margin at the 5:45 mark, but it was the last lead of the contest for the Women of Troy. UCLA's Kristee Porter hit a lay-in on an assist from Greco as the Bruins regained the lead at 52-51. Greco then hit five out of six free throws to close out USC, who was held scoreless for the final 3:31 of the game.

Common Connections
Arizona State head coach Charlie Turner Thorne served as a graduate assistant for two years at Washington (1988-90) under Chris Gobrecht. 'The Washington staff was wonderful to work with,' states Turner Thorne in the 2001 ASU media guide. 'It was their influence that helped me truly believe in a unique style of pressure defense.'

There's No Place Like Home
The Women of Troy are finally returning home after playing the last seven of nine games on the road. So far this season, USC is 3-1 at home with its only loss coming to No. 3 Notre Dame on Dec. 28. The Trojans are 2-7 on the road. Last season, 11 of USC's 14 losses were on the road.

Injury Report
Senior Denise Woods suffered a sprain on her right ankle during practice on Thursday, Jan. 11. She did not play against UCLA (Jan. 14) but has been cleared for practice. She is listed as day-to-day.

Pac-10 Online Chats
Each Wednesday during conference play, a Pac-10 women's basketball player will drop in for a special chat and take questions on the conference race, women's hoops and the college basketball scene. The chats are featured on the Pac-10's official website, www.pac-10.org. Fans may send in their questions and they will be saved until the live chat begins. A full transcript of each chat will be posted weekly. The Women of Troy are scheduled to host a chat on Feb. 21.

Pac-10 Openers
USC is 9-6 all-time in Pac-10 openers - 5-2 on the road and 4-3 at home (*the 1989 opener was played at a neutral site) *** The Women of Troy are 7-8 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 17-11 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 now opened the Pac-10 season twice against Washington (1996 and 1997) and twice against Washington State (2000 and 2001).

Hoffman Among Pac-10 Leaders
Freshman Ebony Hoffman has broken into five Pac-10 stat categories this season. She ranks third in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and defensive rebounds (4.46 rpg), fourth in offensive rebounds (3.0 rpg), sixth in free throw percentage (76.5) and 16th in scoring (10.5 ppg).

Hollans Continues To Shine
After missing the first six games of the season (trying to rehab a slipped disk in her lower spine), freshman Aisha 'ReeCee' Hollans entered the lineup against Pepperdine (Dec. 15), providing a spark and a glimpse of this talented freshman class. For the game, she contributed 14 points (6-12) and six rebounds in just 20 minutes on the court. Since then she has led the team in scoring in 3-of-6 games, including a season-high 18 points against Washington (Jan. 7). She has contributed double digits in all six games, and leads the team with a 13.7 scoring average, while shooting 45.6 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 7.5 boards per game, while Aisha Hollans tops the charts with 13.7 points per game. The two have led in scoring and rebounding in the past 4-of-5 games, and in scoring the last five games.

News-N-Notes
*** For the first time this season, three freshmen (Ebony Hoffman, Aisha Hollans and Jessica Cheeks) started against UCLA (Jan. 14).
*** Carmen Krause tied a career-high with nine rebounds against the Bruins (Jan. 14).
*** A freshman has led in points and/or rebounds in all 13 games this season.

The USC-Washington match-up was the second-straight overtime game these two teams have played (both have been in Seattle), and the second triple overtime game in USC program history (last was vs. LBSU on March 1, 1982) *** Against Washington (Jan. 7), Denise Wood tied a career-high with five blocks and Camille Norwood set a career mark with seven rebounds and tied a career mark with five assists *** Tiffany Elmore surpassed a career high with seven assists against the Cougars (Jan. 4) *** There were 2,178 fans in attendance when the Women of Troy faced Notre Dame (Dec. 28), marking the highest USC home attendance figure since the 1986-87 season when the Trojans averaged 1,061 fans per game *** 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.

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 49.1 shooting percentage (min. 15 field goals). Grant has contributed 4.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in an average of 10.5 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 1.75 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).

Against Ranked Opponents
No. 19 Arizona will be USC's third ranked opponent of the 2000-2001 season.

Rank								RankBefore Gm.	Team		Date		W/L, Score	After Gm.No. 11		Texas Tech	Dec. 22		L, 85-59	No. 10No. 3		Notre Dame	Dec. 28		L, 70-61	No. 3No. 19		Arizona		Jan. 18

Women of Troy Announce 2001 Recruits
Rachel Woodward of Murrieta Valley (Calif.) High, and Kimberly Gipson of Westchester (Calif.) High signed letters-of-intent with the USC women's basketball team for the 2001-2002 season. Woodward, a 6-foot-1 forward, is considered to be among the nation's top 50 prep players by various recruiting publications. She averaged 22.3 points and 14 rebounds a game as a junior and was honored as a Nike All-America, All-CIF first team selection and all-area pick. She averaged 21 points, 15 rebounds as a sophomore, and 19.5 points and 13.7 rebounds as a freshman. The All-Star Girl's Report rated her 33rd among the 2001 recruits. Also a much sought-after recruit, Gipson was ranked as high as 39th by the All-Star Girl's Report. She received All-L.A. city first team honors as a junior after averaging 21 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per game. The 6-foot-5 center was a 2000 Nike Camp invitee. She averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds as a sophomore.

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 372-260 (.589) 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 162-87 (.651) mark, and she ranks 37th among active Division I coaches with 372 career victories.

This Week's Opponents

Arizona (14-2, 4-0 Pac-10)
The Wildcats have won 13 of their last 14 games, matching the 2000 team for the program's best record ever through the first 16 games of a season ... With a 14-2 overall record and 4-0 mark in the Pac-10, this is the first time in program history that Arizona has opened conference play with four straight wins ... Arizona owns a seven-game win streak after defeating Washington State, 97-58, and Washington, 88-72, last week ... Junior forward Elizabeth Pickney leads the team with 15.8 points per game, including 17 against the Huskies (Jan. 13) ... Five Wildcats are averaging double figures in scoring ... Freshman forward Veranda James is averaging a team-leading 8.4 boards per outing ... Senior guard Reshea Bristol leads the Pac-10 with 7.4 assists per game ... Bristol is only nine points away from becoming the ninth Wildcat to reach 1,000 career points ... Head Coach Joan Bonvicini is in her 10th season at Arizona and returns two starters from last year's squad which finished tied for second in the Pac-10 (13-5) and advanced to the second round of the NCAAs.

Possible Starting Lineup	Position	Hgt.	Ppg	Rpg#35	Krista Warren		Forward		6-2	8.9	5.6#45	Elizabeth Pickney	Forward		6-4	15.8	6.4#50	LaKeisha Taylor		Center		6-4	10.5	6.5#10	Reshea Bristol		Guard		5-10	14.3	5.2#13	Aimee Grzyb		Guard		5-7	8.9	2.1

USC-Arizona Series Record
Thursday's game will be the 45th meeting between the Trojans and Wildcats. USC owns a 34-10 series advantage which began with a 21-game Trojan win streak. Arizona broke the streak with a 94-84 win in 1988-89. The Wildcats have found great success in the last four seasons. Since 1995-96, Arizona has defeated the Women of Troy in eight of the last 10 games. The Women of Troy have won 19-of-23 meetings at home.

The Last Time Against Arizona
USC 80, Arizona 68 - Feb. 17, 2000 - Sports Arena

Tashara Carter had 14 points to lead five players in double figures in an 80-68 upset over No. 15 Arizona on Thursday (Feb. 17). Tiffany Elmore scored 11 points and Danielle Golay, Tiffany Washington and Carmen Krause added 10 each for the Trojans who used a 19-2 run late in the first half to take a 35-20 halftime advantage. Leading by as many as 16 points in the second half, USC did allow Arizona to get within 69-64 on a jumper by Angela Lackey with 4:38 remaining. The Trojans made nine free throws over the final four minutes to clinch the win. The Wildcats led only once, 9-6 less than four minutes into the game.

Arizona State (10-6, 2-2 Pac-10)
With a split against the Washington schools last week, Arizona State enters this week with a 10-6 overall record and 2-2 mark in the Pac-10 ... Since opening the season with four straight wins, the Sun Devils have alternated a loss with a win six times, going 6-6 in the last 12 games ... ASU is coming off a loss against the Huskies, 66-62, and a win over the Cougars, 83-70 ... Junior center Melody Johnson led the team against Washington with her second double-double of the season with 22 points and a career-high 11 rebounds ... Johnson leads the team in scoring in conference play (17.5 ppg), and ranks second overall (14.2 ppg) ... She also ranks first with an average of 6.4 boards per outing ... Junior guard Amanda Levens is just a tenth of a point ahead in scoring, averaging 14.3 points per game ... The Sun Devils lead the conference in scoring defense (58.8 ppg) and turnover margin, forcing 5.12 more turnovers per game ... Head Coach Charlie Turner Thorne is in her fifth season at ASU ... Last season she led the Devils to a 14-15 overall record, WNIT berth and seventh-place finish in the Pac-10 (7-11).

Possible Starting Lineup	Position	Hgt.	Ppg	Rpg#23	Betsy Boardman		Guard		6-1	10.9	3.7#13	Leah Combs		Forward		6-2	4.1	4.6#35	Melody Johnson		Center		6-2	14.2	6.4#4	Amanda Levens		Guard		5-9	14.3	2.9#33	Natalie Tucker		Guard		5-9	5.9	3.3

USC-Arizona State Series Record
The ASU-USC series has been the most successful for the Trojans in conference play. With a 40-5 overall series record in Troy's favor, Saturday's game will mark the 46th meeting between these two squads. The Women of Troy are 21-2 against the Sun Devil in Los Angeles.

The Last Time Against Arizona State
USC 76, Arizona State 70 - Feb. 19, 2000 - Sports Arena

Tiffany Elmore added 16 points to lead five USC players in double figures, as the Women of Troy won their third-straight by defeating Arizona State, 76-70, at the USC Lyon Center. Arizona State led by as many as 10 points (18-8) early in the first half. With 4:22 remaining, Erica Mashia hit a key three-pointer giving the Trojans their first lead of the game as they eventually entered halftime with a 34-32 advantage. The two teams alternated with the lead for the first nine minutes of the second period, until a layup by Tiffany Washington at 10:29 embarked a 13-2 USC run which included three ASU turnovers. The Sun Devils were twice able to come within two points late in the game, but the Trojans' consistency at the line sealed the victory. USC was nearly perfect from the line (19-of-21) and posted only 15 turnovers in the game - both season-best performances.

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) ... Did not travel to Washington schools ... Did not play against UCLA (Jan. 14).

#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 12 starts and played in 13 games.
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) ... Added a career-high seven assists against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Fell one point and one rebound short of a double-double against Washington (Jan. 7) while leading the team with nine boards ... Did not start against UCLA (Jan. 14) but played 16 minutes.

#5 Camille Norwood (ka-MEAL 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 11 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) ... Set a career high with seven rebounds and tied a career high with five assists against Washington (Jan. 7) ... Hit 2-of-3 shots against the Bruins (Jan. 14).

#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 9 starts and appeared in 12 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 ... Led with three steals against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Started against Washington (Jan. 7) but fouled-out with only two points, one board and one steal ... Started against the Bruins (Jan. 14) and added seven points and four rebounds.

#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 12 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) ... Shot 50 percent (4-8) against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Tied a career-high with five blocks against Washington (Jan. 7) ... Sprained her left ankle on Jan. 11 and did not play against UCLA (Jan. 14).

#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 3 starts and played in 12 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) ... Collected six rebounds and eight points after going 8-for-11 from the line against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Started against Washington (Jan. 7) and sparked the Trojans' lead by hitting the team's first 3-of-5 field goals ... Fouled out against the Huskies ... Started against the Bruins (Jan. 14) and tied a career high with nine rebounds.

#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) ... Did not play against Washington (Jan. 7) ... Did not play against UCLA (Jan. 14).

#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 13 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) ... Collected nine points just in the first half after going 4-for-6 from the field against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Played 16 minutes against the Bruins and tied a career high with two steals.

#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) ... Did not play against Washington (Jan. 7) ... Did not play against the Bruins (Jan. 14).

#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 13 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) ... Added eight points, three assists and three steals against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Shot 44.4 percent against Washington (Jan. 7), but 20.0 percent at the line and finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists and steals ... Fouled out against the Huskies.

#23 Aisha 'ReeCee' 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 3 starts and played in 7 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 ... Posted double figures for the fifth-straight game with 10 points, three assists, three steals and six boards, but shot 4-of-12 from the field against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Did not start against Washington (Jan. 7) but led with 18 points ... Led with 14 points against the Bruins (Jan. 14) and added seven rebounds.

#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 7 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) ... Did not play against Washington (Jan. 7) ... Did not play against UCLA (Jan. 14).

#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 11 starts and appeared in 13 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 ... Led the team with eight rebounds and a season-high 21 points against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Did not start against Washington (Jan. 7) but led with four steals, added 14 points and shot 62.5 percent ... Added 13 points, six rebounds against UCLA (Jan. 14).

#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) ... Did not play against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Did not play against Washington (Jan. 7) ... Did not play against UCLA (Jan. 14).

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