Women To Host Oregon State, Oregon

Feb. 20, 2001

Game Broadcasts
USC vs. Oregon State

Friday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.
On the web ... www.usctrojans.com

USC vs. Oregon
Sunday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m.
On T.V. ... Fox Sports West
On the web ... www.usctrojans.com

The Facts
The USC women's basketball team (9-13, 4-8 Pac-10) began the second half of the Pac-10 season with a win over UCLA, but since then endured a heartbreaking loss to Arizona State 67-65 in Tempe on Thursday (Feb. 15) and a loss to Arizona 77-61 on Sunday (Feb. 18). Still fighting to finish in the top half of the conference race, USC returns home to host Oregon State and Oregon. On Friday (Feb. 23), the Women of Troy face the Beavers at 7 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 25), USC welcomes the Ducks at 1 p.m. - the game will be televised and aired live on Fox Sports West. Both games will be played at the Sports Arena.

Hoffman To Host Online Chat
Ebony Hoffman will host an online chat this Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 1:15 p.m. Log on to www.usctrojans.com or pac10.fansonly.com to submit your questions to USC's freshman scoring and rebounding leader. Fans may also send in their questions before Wednesday to be saved until the live chat begins. A full transcript of each chat will be posted weekly by the Pac-10

Game Promotions
'Girl Scouts Night' - All Girl Scouts (dressed in troup uniform) get in free.
Saturday, March 10, vs. Washington State

Last Week's Game Notes
* ASU's 38 free throws made and 47 free throws attempted were both USC opponent records.
* The Sun Devils win on Thursday (Feb. 15) completes the first-ever ASU season sweep of the Trojans in 23 years.
* Ebony Hoffman contributed her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Arizona (Feb. 18).
* Tiffany Elmore collected a career-high six steals against Arizona (Feb. 18).

Game #22 - USC Falls To Arizona
Despite a second-half run, No. 23 Arizona beat USC 77-61 Sunday in Tucson. The Wildcats, who shot 60 percent from the field, pulled away in the late stages of the first half after back-to-back lay-ins by Krista Warren which started a 10-3 run. Only down by six at the half (38-32), USC's hopes were crushed as Arizona built a 56-39 lead 12:51 into the period. The Women of Troy trimmed the lead to 60-53 with 11 straight points, including a pair of field goals apiece by Ebony Hoffman and Jessica Cheeks during the span. But a three-point play by Wildcats' Elizabeth Pickney with 7:11 left stopped USC's run and enabled the Wildcats to pull comfortably ahead.

Game #21 - USC Drops Heartbreaker To ASU
No. 24 Arizona State rallied past USC 67-65 Thursday night after making 38-of-47 shots at the line - a USC opponent record. The Trojans took a 36-31 halftime lead when Ebony Hoffman hit a shot in the lane and put back a missed free throw, and Tashara Carter made a buzzer-beater in the final 18 seconds. The Sun Devils trailed most of the game, but Brett Leonard hit two free throws with 4:30 left to give ASU a 59-57 lead they never relinquished. They took their biggest lead when coach Chris Gobrecht took two technicals with 2:21 remaining, sending ASU to a 66-59 advantage. The Women of Troy fought back, but could not get off a shot as time ran out. The Sun Devils made their first 18 foul shots before Levens missed one 6:00 into the second half. In the game, ASU hit 38-of-47 attempts at the line, while USC was held to only 10 free throw opportunities. From the field, the Trojans out-shot the Devils 43.1 (28-65) to 35.9 percent (14-39).

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.

Countdown To 1,000
Tashara Carter is just 69 points away from reaching the 1,000-point career mark. In order to do so, Carter will have to average 11.5 points in the last six games of the regular season. Carter would be the 16th player in USC history to reach the mark.

Hoffman Takes Rebounding Lead
For the first time this season, Ebony Hoffman ranks first among Pac-10 rebounding leaders (8.2 rpg).

Who Will Be the First?
Currently first and second in the conference, either USC's Ebony Hoffman (8.2 rpg) or Stanford's Nicole Powell (8.1 rpg) are on pace to become the first freshman to ever win the league rebounding title.

There's Never Been a Game She's Missed
Tashara Carter entered the 2000-2001 season as the team's lone three-year veteran of the program. In her career, Carter has played in all 106 games and only missed four starts. This season Carter is the only player to start and play in every game, surviving ten lineup changes.

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.

Injury Report
Camille Norwood did not play against Arizona State (Feb. 15) or Arizona (Feb. 18) due to a sprained left ankle she suffered during practice on Tuesday, Feb. 13. She will return to practice this week but is questionable for Friday's game.On Feb. 8, Aisha Hollans suffered a contusion (bruise) to her right shoulder and did not play against UCLA (Feb. 10). She reentered the lineup against ASU.

At This Time A Year Ago
Nine games into the 2000 Pac-10 season, USC was in a familiar position. The Trojans were 3-6 in conference play with nine games left. USC embarked on a 7-2 conference run, eventually earning a bid to the WNIT. It could be said that a win at home against UCLA on Feb. 12, 2000, turned the season around for the Women of Troy who went on to sweep Arizona and ASU at home the following weekend.

Defense Is their Game
Despite its shooting woes, USC has found success over the last three years thanks to a tough defensive effort. The Trojans currently average a conference-leading 23.3 opponent turnovers per game and rank second in steals (10.27) behind UCLA.

USC In The RPI's
In the latest WBCA/Summerville RPI report, USC is ranked No. 110 nationally and No. 33 in strength of schedule. According the Collegiate Basketball News, USC ranks 113th nationally and 47th in strength of schedule. The Pac-10 ranks first in nonconference strength of schedule and fifth in overall RPI.

It's a Freshman's Game
So far this season USC's scoring, rebounding, steals and assist leaders are all first-year players. Ebony Hoffman leads in scoring (12.1 ppg), rebounding (8.2 rpg) and steals (1.7 spg), while Aisha Hollans follows closely with 11.4 points per game. Jessica Cheeks leads with 2.5 assists per outing.

Hoffman Among Pac-10 Leaders
Freshman Ebony Hoffman has broken into seven Pac-10 stat categories this season. She ranks first in rebounding (8.2 rpg) and offensive rebounds (3.27 rpg), second in defensive rebounds (4.95 rpg), fourth in free throw percentage (78.0), seventh in blocked shots (1.00 bpg), 10th in steals (1.73 spg) and 14th in scoring (12.1 ppg).

Against Ranked Opponents
USC faced its fifth and sixth ranked opponents of the season last week against 24th-ranked Arizona State and 23rd-ranked Arizona.

Before Game	Team		Date		Score		After Game
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 W, 55-53 No. 23
No. 24 Arizona State Feb. 15 L, 67-65 No. 23
No. 23* Arizona Feb. 18 L, 77-61 No. 23**rank according to ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

News-N-Notes
*** A freshman has led in points and/or rebounds in 21 of 22 games this season.

For the first time this season, a freshman did not lead the team in points and/or rebounds in USC's victory against the Bruins (Feb. 10) *** Denise Woods tied a career high with five blocks against UCLA (Feb. 10) *** Against Stanford (Feb. 4) Ryane Alexander became USC's fourth freshman to enter the starting lineup *** The loss to Cal (Feb. 2) and Stanford (Feb. 4) marked the first time USC has been swept by these two teams since the 1989-90 season *** Carmen Krause tied a career high with three steals against Cal (Feb. 2) *** USC's posted its first sweep in Oregon since the 1993-94 season *** This is the second-straight win for USC over a ranked Oregon squad *** The win over Arizona (Jan. 18) marks the second straight for the Women of Troy against a ranked Wildcats squad *** 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), while tieing a career mark with 10 points *** 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.

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 376-265 (.587) 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 166-92 (.643) mark, and she ranks 37th among active Division I coaches with 376 career victories.

This Week's Opponents

Oregon State (12-11, 4-9 Pac-10)
The Beavers broke a six-game losing streak last week with a 94-60 rout over Washington State at home (Feb. 17), despite falling to Washington 77-70 on Thursday (Feb. 15) ... The losing streak had begun with a 69-67 overtime loss to USC on Jan. 27 ... Against the Cougars, five OSU players finished in double figures, including 20 points from Nicole Funn off the bench ... With last week's split, Oregon State remains ninth in the conference race with a 12-11 overall record and 4-9 mark in the Pac-10 ... Guard Felecia Ragland currently leads the team in points (19.4 ppg), rebounds (7.1 rpg) and steals (2.7 spg) ... Point guard Leilani Estevan leads the team with 101 assists this season (4.4 apg) ... The Beavers rank in the top-5 in 18-of-19 Pac-10 statistical categories, including second in scoring margin (+6.3) and rebounding defense (34.4 rpg) ... Ragland leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage (45.5), ranks second in scoring and third in steals ... She leads the Pac-10 in scoring in conference games and has posted double figures in 21-of-23 games this season.

Possible Starting Lineup	Position	Hgt.	Ppg	Rpg
#42 Brina Chaney Forward 6-5 19.4 7.1
#22 Ericka Cook Center 6-3 12.3 6.6
#10 Leilani Estevan Guard 5-7 4.2 2.0
#23 Syesha Thomas Guard 5-6 6.7 2.3
#34 Felicia Ragland Guard 5-9 19.4 7.1

USC-Oregon State Series Record
Friday's game will mark the 34th meeting between the Women of Troy and Beavers. USC owns a 23-10 advantage in the series which first began in 1977, and an 14-3 record against OSU at home. This season, USC took the first game of the series in a 69-67 overtime win in Corvallis.

The Last Time Against Oregon State
USC 69, Oregon State 67 (ot) - Jan. 27, 2001 - Corvallis

USC earned a 69-67 overtime victory over Oregon State on Jan. 27 in Corvallis. The Trojans got on the scoreboard first, taking an early 3-0 lead but OSU went on a 17-6 run over the next nine minutes, helped in part by two USC technical fouls that resulted in four free throws by Oregon State. Eventually the Beavers took a narrow 35-34 advantage into the locker room at halftime. In the second half both teams struggled to score as fouls continued to start and stop action. Denise Woods' layup with 2:12 on the clock gave USC a 53-51 advantage. Both squads exchanged misses over the next two minutes until Leilani Estavan's high-arching four-footer tied the score with :04 ticks remaining to send the game into overtime. With 39 seconds left in the extra period Ebony Hoffman was sent to the line, then hit a layup to give the Women of Troy the lead for good and seal the victory.

Oregon (13-10, 6-7 Pac-10)
The Ducks defeated Washington 64-40 in overtime on Saturday (Feb. 17) after enduring an upset loss to Washington State 77-76 on a last-second shot on Thursday (Feb. 15) ... With the split, Oregon hangs on to sixth place in the conference race with a 13-10 overall record and 6-7 Pac-10 mark ... The win over Washington broke a five game losing skid ... Since last facing the Women of Troy, Oregon has lost six of eight games ... With two double-doubles last week, forward Angelina Wolvert added a career high 17 rebounds against Washington and led with 32 points against Washington State ... Wolvert currently leads the team with 13.6 points and 1.4 steals per game ... Center Jenny Mowe leads with 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per outing ... Lindsey Dion leads with 2.4 assists per game ... Mowe leads the conference in blocked shots, while guard Jaime Craighead ranks first in three-pointers made (2.74 per game) ... Oregon is one of the Pac-10's best offensive teams, ranking second in field goal percentage (45.9), first in field goal percentage defense (38.7) and second in three-point field goal percentage defense (31.0).

Possible Starting Lineup	Position	Hgt.	Ppg	Rpg
#40 Angelina Wolvert Forward 6-3 13.6 5.2
#54 Brianne Meharry Forward 6-1 9.7 4.7
#34 Jenny Mowe Center 6-5 7.8 5.8
#5 Kourtney Shreve Guard 5-7 6.0 2.6
#10 Jamie Craighead Guard 5-10 10.9 2.8

USC-Oregon Series Record
Sunday's game will be the 35th meeting between USC and Oregon. The Women of Troy improved to 24-10 in the all-time series after winning their third-straight (second against a ranked Oregon squad) against the Ducks with a 55-53 victory in Eugene on Jan. 25 to open the 2001 series. At home, USC is 13-3 against Oregon.

The Last Time Against Oregon
USC 55, No. 23 Oregon 53 - Jan. 25, 2001 - Eugene

USC recorded a 55-53 upset victory over No. 20 Oregon on Jan. 25, at Eugene's Mac Court. The Ducks used a 4-0 run at the end of the first half to take a 29-26 lead at the break, and added a 6-0 run to hold a 35-26 advantage 2 1/2 minutes into the second half. There were three lead changes and three ties in the final five minutes, but Ebony Hoffman's hook over the Ducks' Jenny Mowe with 42 seconds left, coupled with her free throw with 13 seconds remaining, gave the Women of Troy the final lead. She sealed the win with a steal with two seconds remaining. Tashara Carter also added 12 points in the effort. USC out-rebounded Oregon 47 to 31, including 21 offensive rebounds, and managed to hold the Ducks to just three field goals in their final 26 possessions.

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 19 starts and played in 22 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) ... Resumed her starting role against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Had 10 points against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Added five points and five rebounds against Cal (Feb. 2) ... Led with nine rebounds against the Cardinal (Feb. 4) ... Led with 13 points and added seven rebounds in win over UCLA (Feb. 10) ... Added 10 points off of 4-of-7 shooting and tied a season-best with two blocks ... Contributed a career-high six steals in addition to nine points against Arizona (Feb. 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 2 starts and played in 18 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) ... Had one assist and one steal in nine minutes against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Added five points and two assists against Stanford (Feb. 4) ... Started against the Bruins (Feb. 10) and played 20 minutes ... Sprained her left ankle at practice on Feb. 13 ... Did not play against Arizona State (Feb. 15) or Arizona (Feb. 18).

#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 14 starts and appeared in 21 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 ... Had a season-high five assists in addition to three steals against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Suffered from 1-of-8 shooting but added three assists against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Tied a season-high with five assists against Cal (Feb. 2) ... Contributed seven points and three assists against Stanford (Feb. 4) ... Hit 3-of-7 for eight points against the Bruins (Feb. 10) and led with four assists ... Surpassed her season high with six assists against Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... Had eight points against Arizona (Feb. 18).

#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 and played in 21 games.
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) ... Had three blocks against Oregon State (Jan. 29) ... Hit 2-of-3 against the Cardinal (Feb. 4) ... Off the bench, she led with 13 points and tied a career-high with five blocks against UCLA (Feb. 10) ... Added four points in seven minutes on the court against Arizona State (Feb. 15).

#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 9 starts and played in 20 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 ... Made two steals against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Added another two steals and four points against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Equaled a career high with three steals against Cal (Feb. 2) and tied a season high with nine points ... Contributed nine points against UCLA (Feb. 10) while hitting 5-of-5 at the line ... Added seven points and two rebounds against ASU (Feb. 15) ... Finished with five points and three rebounds against Arizona (Feb. 18).

#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 11 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) ... Did not play against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Did not play against Cal (Feb. 2) ... Did not play against Stanford (Feb. 4) ... Entered the game for three minutes and hit one three-pointer against Arizona State (Feb. 15).

#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 20 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 ... Contributed six rebounds against Oregon (1/25) ... Played 11 minutes against Stanford (Feb. 4) ... Did not play against UCLA (Feb. 10) ... Did not play against Arizona State (Feb. 15).

#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 14 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) ... Did not play against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Did not play against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Played five minutes against Cal (Feb. 2), adding two points a rebound and an assist ... Played 13 minutes against Stanford (Feb. 2) ... Played 11 minutes against Arizona State (Feb. 15).

#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 22 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) ... Finished with 12 points and six rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Shot a season-best 75.0 percent, hitting 6-of-8 for 12 points against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Had five rebounds and five points against Cal (Feb. 2) ... One of two players to finish in double figures against Stanford (Feb. 4) with 13 points ... Fell one rebound short of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards, alongside three assists and three steals against UCLA (Feb. 10) ... Added 10 points and four rebounds against Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... Finished with 10 points against Arizona (Feb. 18).

#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 15 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 a season-high 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) ... Had eight points and five rebounds against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Led with 16 points and added two blocks against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Off the bench, led the team with 14 points going 4-of-6 from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range, and 4-of-4 at the line against Cal (Feb. 2) ... Had nine points against Stanford (Feb. 4) ... Did not play against the Bruins (Feb. 10) after injuring her right shoulder during practice on Feb. 8 ... Back in the lineup, she finished with seven points and six rebounds against Arizona State (Feb. 15).

#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 made 3 starts and played in 15 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) ... Played six minutes against Oregon (Jan. 25) and forced one turnover by taking a charge ... Played five minutes against Cal (Feb. 2) with two points, an assist and a rebound ... Made her first collegiate start against Stanford (Feb. 4), adding three points, a steal and an assist ... Played 14 minutes against the Bruins (Feb. 10) and tallied two assists and a steal ... Played a season high 22 minutes and added three steals and four points against Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... Surpassed her season-highs with eight points and two rebounds against Arizona (Feb. 18).

#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 20 starts and appeared in 22 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 ... Earned her first (and the team's first) double-double of the season with 19 points and a season-best 17 rebounds to lead USC in upset over Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Recorded another double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Honored as the Pac-10 Player of the Week for her performances against the Ducks and Beavers, after averaging 15.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in the series ... Fell two boards short of a double-double with 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks against Cal (Feb. 2) ... Tied a season high with 21 points against Stanford (Feb. 4) ... Added only four points and seven rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 10) ... Led with 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals against Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... Collected her third double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Arizona (Feb. 18).

#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 12 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) ... Played five minutes against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Did not play against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Did not play against Cal (Feb. 2) ... Was 1-for-1 against the Cardinal (Feb. 4) in four minutes on the court ... Did not play against UCLA (Feb. 10) ... Tied a season high with four rebounds against Arizona State (Feb. 15).

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