Coming Off Pac-10 Split, Women Travel To Oregon

Jan. 22, 2001

This Week's Game Broadcasts
USC at Oregon

Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.
Listen live on the web... www.goducks.com
USC at Oregon State

Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2:05 p.m.
Listen live on the web... www.osubeavers.com

The Facts
After posting their first Pac-10 victory of 2001 over 19th-ranked Arizona (Jan. 18), the USC women's basketball team suffered a 66-59 loss to Arizona State on Saturday (Jan. 20). With the split, the Women of Troy are currently 6-9 overall and 1-4 in conference play. This week USC travels to Oregon to face the No. 20 Ducks on Thursday (Jan. 25) at 7 p.m. in Eugene, then battle the Beavers of Oregon State on Saturday (Jan. 27) at 2:05 p.m. in Corvallis. Both games can be heard live on the web.

Upcoming Promotions
'Take A Kid To A Game'
- Saturday, Feb. 10, vs. UCLA
Bring three Hershey's wrappers and receive one free kids admission with the purchase of one adult admission.
'Girl Scouts Night'
- Saturday, March 10, vs. Washington State
All Girl Scouts (dressed in troup uniform) get in free.

To Note: The USC-Cal game on Feb. 2 will be played at the USC Lyon Center located on the University Park Campus.

USC Game Tracker
Watch and listen to USC women's basketball home games on www.usctrojans.com. With the new Fansonly Game Tracker, fans can follow the games stat-by-stat while listening to the audio broadcast.

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. ASU 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 volleyball and college hoops star Mike Dodd will serve as the color analyst.

Game #15 - Trojans Fall To ASU (Jan. 20)
Despite a 19-point effort from Ebony Hoffman, ASU defeated USC 66-59 in front of a sellout crowd of 1,410 at the Lyon Center on Saturday. The Sun Devils quickly took a 18-8 lead in the first nine minutes of the game and the Women of Troy responded by pulling within three (15-18) at the 8:25 mark. But eight turnovers in the remainder of the half negated the Trojans' effort and ASU entered halftime with a 32-24 advantage. Refreshed from the break, the Sun Devils held USC scoreless in the first four minutes of the half to take a 41-26 lead. The Trojans got as close as five points 40-45 at the 11:26 mark and 49-44 at the 8:55 mark, but turnovers and missed shots down the stretch proved too much for the Women of Troy to overcome. USC and ASU shot a comparable 43.6 and 44.4 percent and matched each other with 32 rebounds apiece. USC finished with 24 turnovers, the Devils had 21.

Game #14 - USC Upsets No. 19 Arizona (Jan. 18)
With three players in double figures, USC upset 19th-ranked Arizona 81-67 for its first Pac-10 win of 2001. Arizona led only once in the game following a layup by Reshea Bristol to put the Cats up 10-8, 5:35 into the game. Ahead by as much as 11 points (25-14) at 7:52, Tennille Grant sank 4-of-4 free throws in the final 1:30 to give the Women of Troy a seven point advantage (39-32) at the half. Upon returning to the floor, Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini was charged with a technical, giving USC two quick points at the line. The Women of Troy extended that lead with an 11-3 run which put the team ahead by 17 (52-35) at 16:19. The Trojans never looked back, extending the lead to as much as 20 points following two more free throws by Grant with six minutes remaining. USC was led by career-high performances from Grant and freshman Jessica Cheeks who added 10 and 18 points, respectively. Ebony Hoffman also contributed 17 points and five rebounds in the effort.

Common Connections
First year Oregon State assistant coach Jualeah Woods is a 1994 graduate of USC. The 6-0 forward played alongside Lisa Leslie for the Women of Troy (1991-94) under head coaches Marianne Stanley and Cheryl Miller. Woods started in nearly every game in her four years and averaged 6.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per outing.

Is It Good Or Bad?
The Women of Troy had their share of good and bad experiences against the Oregon schools last season. USC was the only Pac-10 team to sweep the conference champion Ducks in 2000, but on the flip side, Oregon State was one of only two Pac-10 teams to sweep the Trojans.

There's No Place Like Home
The Women of Troy are back on the road this week after a much needed week at home. Since mid-December USC has played s7-of-11 games on the road. This season the Trojans are 4-2 at home with their only losses coming to No. 3 Notre Dame on Dec. 28 and Arizona State (Jan. 20) at the Lyon Center. The Women of Troy are 2-7 on the road. Last season, 11 of USC's 14 losses were on the road.

Injury Report
Carmen Krause and Denise Woods are both fully recovered from ankle injuries and are cleared for full activity. Krause sprained her left ankle during practice on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and did not play against Arizona (Jan. 18), while Woods sprained her right ankle during practice on Thursday, Jan. 11, and did not play against UCLA (Jan. 14).

Player Update
Senior transfer Ayeshia Smith (Philadelphia, Penn. - Cowley County CC) is no longer on the team as of Monday, Jan. 15. Her departure was describe as a 'mutual decision.'

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.

Hoffman Among Pac-10 Leaders
Freshman Ebony Hoffman has broken into six Pac-10 stat categories this season. She ranks third in offensive rebounds (3.0 rpg), fourth in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and defensive rebounds (4.27 rpg), sixth in free throw percentage (77.0), eighth in blocked shots (0.93 bpg) and 13th in scoring (11.5 ppg).

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 50.9 shooting percentage (min. 15 field goals). Grant has contributed 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in an average of 11.4 minutes on the court per game. She recently had her best career performance against Arizona on Jan. 18, surpassing six different career marks.

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) and made her first start against Notre Dame (Jan. 28). She has contributed double digits in 7-of-9 games including a season-high 18 points against Washington (Jan. 7). Hollans currently leads the team with a 12.6 scoring average, while shooting 42.7 percent.

It's a Freshman's Game
So far this season, USC's scoring, rebounding and assist leaders are all first-year players. Ebony Hoffman leads with 7.3 boards per game, Aisha Hollans tops the charts with 12.6 points per game and Jessica Cheeks leads with 1.9 steals per outing.

Against Ranked Opponents
USC will face its fourth ranked opponent this week against No. 20 Oregon on Thursday (Jan. 25).

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
No. 19 Arizona Jan. 18 W 81-67 No. 25
No. 20 Oregon Jan. 25

News-N-Notes
*** Tennille Grant played a career-high 31 minutes against Arizona (Jan. 18) and surpassed career-highs in field goals made (2), field goal percentage (100.0), free throws made (6), free throws attempted (6) and free throw percentage (100.0). Also tied a career mark with 10 points.
*** Jessica Cheeks led with a season-high 18 points and four steals against Arizona (Jan 18).
*** The win over Arizona (Jan. 18) marks the second straight for the Women of Troy against a ranked Wildcats squad.
*** The last time the Women of Troy began conference play with a 1-4 record was in head coach Chris Gobrecht's first season at USC (1997-98). The team finished with a 7-11 Pac-10 mark. (The last time USC started with a 1-5 record was in 1989-90 under Marianne Stanley.)
*** A freshman has led in points and/or rebounds in all 15 games this season.

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) *** 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.

Just Can't Get Them Past Her
Opponents just can't get their shots past center Denise Woods who 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 ranks second in the conference with an average of 1.57 stops per game.

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 373-261 (.588) 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 163-88 (.649) mark, and she ranks 37th among active Division I coaches with 373 career victories.

This Week's Opponents

No. 20 Oregon (11-4, 4-1 Pac-10)
Despite a 67-64 loss at Washington State last week, the 20th-ranked Ducks still managed to hold onto the lead in the Pac-10 with a 4-1 conference record and 11-14 overall mark ... The team suffered the loss of leading scorer Angelina Wolvert (knee sprain) and Lindsey Dion (ankle sprain) at Washington (Jan. 18) and played without the two against the Cougars ... Oregon paces the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (47.9), field goal percentage defense (38.6), and is tied for the lead in rebounding defense (34.0 rpg) ... Wolvert is averaging 12.9 points per game, while Jenny Mowe leads the team on the glass with 5.7 rebounds per game ... Mowe also leads the league in blocked shots (1.8 bpg) ... Guard Jamie Craighead ranks first in the Pac-10 with a 47.7 three-point percentage and 2.73 three-pointers per game ... The Ducks have won two consecutive Pac-10 championships (1999, 2000) and made seven successive NCAA Tournament appearances ... Head Coach Jody Runge is in her eigth season at UO and returns three starters (with the exception of Shaquala Williams who tore her acl prior to the start of the season) and 12 letterwinners this season.

Possible Starting Lineup	Position	Hgt.	Ppg	Rpg
#23 Lindsey Dion Forward 5-10 8.1 3.6
#40 Angelina Wolvert Forward 6-3 12.9 4.6
#34 Jenny Mowe Center 6-5 8.3 5.7
#5 Kourtney Shreve Guard 5-7 7.3 2.5
#10 Jamie Craighead Guard 5-9 10.8 2.7

USC-Oregon Series Record
Thursday's game will be the 34th meeting between USC and Oregon. The Women of Troy improved to 23-10 in the all-time series after breaking a five-game losing streak to the Ducks with a 74-73 victory on Jan. 27 at home and a 69-63 upset victory in Eugene. On the road, USC owns a 10-6 record in Eugene, and has won 2-of-5 meetings since 1994-95.

The Last Time Against Oregon
USC 69, Arizona State 63 - Feb. 26, 2000 - Eugene, Ore.

Danielle Golay scored 11 of her team-high 19 points in the second half as USC held off Oregon 69-63. The Trojans controlled most of the first half, leading by as much as seven. The Ducks rallied, however, going on a 10-2 run in the last two minutes of the half to take a 36-33 lead into the lockerroom. USC took its biggest lead of the game, 58-46, with 5:53 remaining, but the Ducks fought back with a 13-4 run to trail just 62-59 with 1:52 left. The Women of Troy proved to be too resilient, converting 7-of-8 free throws, including 5-of-6 attempts by guard Camille Norwood, down the stretch to claim the victory. Both teams had trouble taking care of the ball as USC committed 31 turnovers while Oregon had 27, both season-highs. The Trojans out-rebounded the Ducks, 38 to 26.

Oregon State (10-5, 2-3 Pac-10)
The Beavers enter this week after defeating Washington State 64-46 on Thursday and falling to Washington 69-67 on Saturday ... Oregon State is currently 10-5 overall and 2-3 in the Pac-10 ... In last week's split, guard Nicole Funn contributed 29 points and is currently averaging 14.6 points per game ... Guard Felecia Ragland has posted double-doubles in the last four games and leads the team with 17.5 points a game ... The junior ranks second in Pac-10 scoring, steals (3.2 spg), three point percentage (45.9) and three-pointers made (1.87 ppg) ... The Beavers lead the conference in scoring defense (58.9) and three-point field goal percentage defense (28.1) ... Head Coach Judy Spoelstra was honored as the 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading the Beavers to a 14-16 overall record and fifth place finish in the Pac-10 (10-8) last season ... The team returned six letterwinners and one starter from last year's squad.

Possible Starting Lineup	Position	Hgt.	Ppg	Rpg
#22 Ericka Cook Forward 6-3 12.7 6.5
#42 Brina Chaney Center 6-5 5.1 4.3
#23 Syesha Thomas Guard 5-6 6.0 2.3
#31 Nicole Funn Guard 6-0 14.6 7.4
#34 Felicia Ragland Guard 5-9 17.5 6.5

USC-Oregon State Series Record
Saturday's game will mark the 33rd meeting between the Women of Troy and Beavers. USC owns a 22-10 advantage in the series which first began in 1977, and an 8-7 record against OSU on the road. Last season, USC dropped the first game of the series at home on Jan. 29, 57-53, then fell to the Beavers 73-66 in Corvallis.

The Last Time Against Oregon State
Oregon State 73, USC 66 - Feb. 24, 2000 - Corvallis, Ore.

Despite a double-double performance by Tiffany Washington (18 pts., 11 reb.), USC dropped a 73-66 loss at OSU, breaking its win streak and completing a sweep for the Beavers. Oregon State shot 69.4 (25-36) percent for the game and led by as many as 15 points with 12:28 to play, but was forced to hang on at the end. USC cut the margin to three points at 69-66 with 1:18 remaining following a jumper by Washington. In response, Sissel Pierce hit a layup to give the Beavers a 71-66 lead with :55 seconds left, and the Trojans came no closer. The Women of Troy had a 34-25 advantage on the boards, including a huge 22-4 edge on the offensive glass.

2000-2001 Women of Troy

#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 15 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 ... Added nine points and four assists off the bench against Arizona (Jan. 18).

#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 12 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) ... Did not play against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Hit 2-of-2 from the field for five points against Arizona State (Jan. 20).

#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 11 starts and appeared in 14 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 ... Starting at the point she had a season best performance with 18 points off of 7-of-12 shooting, three assists and four steals against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Struggled against Arizona State (Jan. 20) with seven turnovers despite three assists and eight points.

#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 14 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) ... Returned to the lineup against Arizona and contributed eight points (4-7).

#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 13 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 ... Did not play against Arizona (Jan. 18) to rest a mild sprain she suffered on her left ankle at practice on Jan. 16 ... Returned to the lineup against Arizona State (Jan. 20) and contributed three assists and four 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) ... Did not play against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Did not play against Arizona State (Jan. 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 15 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 ... Played a career-high 31 minutes against Arizona (Jan. 18) and surpassed career-highs in field goals made (2), field goal percentage (100.0), free throws made (6), free throws attempted (6) and free throw percentage (100.0) ... Also tied a career mark with 10 points against the Wildcats.

#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 8 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) ... Did not play against the Sun Devils (Jan. 20).

#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 15 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 ... Led with four steals and five boards against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Added three assists but only two points against Arizona State (Jan. 20).

#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 5 starts and played in 9 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 ... Contributed four rebounds, eight points and three assists against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Despite hitting 3-of-10 from the field, led on the boards with a season-high nine against Arizona State (Jan. 20).

#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 9 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) ... Played seven minutes and hit 1-of-1 from the field against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Contributed two assists in seven minutes on the court against Arizona State (Jan. 20).

#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 13 starts and appeared in 15 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) ... Guided USC with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in upset over Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Was the only player to finish in double digits for USC with a game-high 19 points against Arizona State (Jan. 20) ... Also added a season-best four blocks against the Sun Devils.

#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 8 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) ... Played five minutes and hit 1-of-1 against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Did not play against Arizona State (Jan. 20).

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