Women Travel To Bay Area

Feb. 27, 2001

The Facts
USC women's basketball (9-15, 4-10 Pac-10) enters this week in search of its first win since defeating UCLA on Feb. 10. The Women of Troy travel to the Bay Area to face Stanford (15-8, 9-4) on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m., and Cal on Saturday, March 3, at 1 p.m. For the first time this season, both road games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.

Last Week's Game Notes
* Denise Woods tied her career high with five bocks against Oregon State (Feb. 23).
* This is the first time ever USC has lost to both Oregon and Oregon State at home.

Game #23 - USC Can't Get Past Oregon
Despite having three players score in double digits, Oregon defeated USC 74-66 before 1387 on Sunday. The Trojans forced the Ducks to commit five turnovers in the first six minutes of the game then embarked on an 11-2 run that put them up by 12 (20-8) at the 7:58 mark. However, Oregon kept their composure and was able to trim USC's lead to five by 6:12. The Women of Troy were able to withstand Oregon's offensive run and went into the break leading 34-27. After the half, the Ducks came out firing, going on an 11-0 run while holding the Women of Troy scoreless in the first four minutes of the half. With the run, Oregon took its first lead over the Trojans 38-34 at 16:20. The Ducks took a commanding 58-49 lead with only six minutes remaining. Two three-pointers by Aisha Hollans and a jumper by Jessica Cheeks cut the deficit to four points (65-61 at 3:29), but that was as close as USC would get. Oregon made key free throws down the stretch and capped the game with a buzzer-beating three-pointer.

Game #23 - Oregon State Handles USC
Despite an 18-point effort from Ebony Hoffman, USC fell to Oregon State 78-68 in front of 583 Friday at the Sports Arena. After trailing by as many as 12 points (25-13) at the start of the game, the Trojans fought back to close the gap 39-37 at the break. USC was fueled by a 10-0 run which was sparked by a three pointer by Tashara Carter at 7:52 and followed by five points from Hoffman. The Women of Troy outscored Oregon State 8-4 in the opening minutes of the second half to take its largest lead of the game 45-42, but a jumper from OSU's Leilani Estevan and seven-straight points from guard Nicole Funn put the Beavers ahead for good (51-45) with 13:31 remaining. Oregon State outscored USC 30-10 in the following 10 minutes. Though Ryane Alexander's three-pointer at 2:31 narrowed the Beavers' lead 72-68, USC was unable to post another field goal and OSU pushed to a 78-68 finish.

Bay Area Homecomings
The trip to the Bay Area will be a homecoming for three USC players. Freshman Aisha Hollans hails from Berkeley (Calif.) High where she led the Yellowjackets to four league championships and the CIF Division I Finals in 2000. In her four-year career at Berkeley, she accounted for more than 2,500 points and 1,450 rebounds. Senior Denise Woods transferred to USC from the University of San Francisco in 1998. Playing with the Dons for two seasons, she received All-West Coast Conference honors in 1997-98 after leading the conference in rebounding. Woods prepped at Holy Names High in Richmond, Calif. Sophomore Lauren Smith-Hams is a 1999 graduate of Pinewood High in Los Altos, Calif., where she was a four-time all-league first team selection and two-time MVP. As a senior she was named the Division V Player of the Year.

Common Connections
USC's Narbonne High graduates will face two former prep teammates on Saturday against the Golden Bears. Cal sophomore Amber White graduated from Narbonne in 1999 with Jessica Cheeks and Portia Mitchell, while newcomer Latasha O'Keith graduated with Ebony Hoffman in 2000.

Countdown To 1,000
Tashara Carter is just 48 points away from reaching the 1,000-point career mark. In order to do so, Carter will have to average 12.0 points in the last four games of the regular season. Carter would become the 16th player in USC history to reach the mark.

Leading The Pac In Offensive Boards
For the first time this season USC has jumped into the lead in a Pac-10 statistical category. The Women of Troy are averaging a conference-best 17.04 offensive rebounds per game.

Who Will Be the First?
Currently first and second in the conference, either USC's Ebony Hoffman (8.0 rpg) or Stanford's Nicole Powell (8.3 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 108 games and only missed four starts. This season Carter is the only player to start and play in every game, surviving 11 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.

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 23.2 opponent turnovers per game and rank second in steals (10.12) behind UCLA.

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 in scoring (12.2 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg), while Aisha Hollans follows closely with 11.2 points per game. Jessica Cheeks leads the team in assists (2.3 apg).

Hoffman Among Pac-10 Leaders
Freshman Ebony Hoffman has broken into six Pac-10 stat categories this season. She ranks first in offensive rebounds (3.33 rpg), second in rebounding (8.0 rpg), fifth in defensive rebounds (4.67 rpg), sixth in free throw percentage (76.8), seventh in blocked shots (1.00 bpg) and 15th in scoring (12.2 ppg).

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

Before Game	Team		Date		W/L		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 23 of 24 games this season.

Tiffany Elmore collected a career-high six steals against Arizona (Feb. 18) *** Ebony Hoffman contributed her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Arizona (Feb. 18) *** The Sun Devils win on Feb. 15 completed the first-ever ASU season sweep of the Trojans in 23 years *** ASU's 38 free throws made and 47 free throws attempted on Feb. 15 were both USC opponent records *** 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 376-267 (.585) 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 166-94 (.638) mark, and she ranks 37th among active Division I coaches with 376 career victories.

This Week's Opponents

Stanford (15-9, 9-5 Pac-10)
The Cardinal enters the week after splitting last week's series against Washington State and Washington and dropping to 15-9 overall and 9-5 in the Pac-10... Stanford defeated the Cougars, 87-78, but fell to the Huskies, 95-87 ... Against WSU, freshman Nicole Powell recorded just the third triple-double in school history with 10 points, rebounds and assists ... Against Washington, forward Lindsey Yamasaki tied a Stanford and Pac-10 single-game record with nine three-pointers for a game-high 34 points ... Stanford leads the conference in free throw percentage (71.4), three-point field goal percentage (37.5) and blocked shots (5.75 bpg) ... Powell and Yamasaki lead the team in scoring with an average of 13.6 and 12.7 points per game, and rank 10th and 12th in the Pac-10 ... Powell is first in the conference with 8.3 rebounds per game and 5.79 defensive rebounds per game, while third in assists with 4.92 per game.

Possible Starting Lineup	Position	Hgt.	Ppg	Rpg
#14 Nicole Powell Forward 6-2 13.3 8.2
#22 Enjoli Izidor Forward 6-0 7.1 2.7
#33 Sarah Dimson Forward 6-0 7.8 3.6
#53 Carolyn Moos Center 6-6 5.0 4.1
#42 Lauren St. Clair Guard 6-0 8.3 3.0

USC-Stanford Series Record
Saturday's game will mark the 41st meeting between these two squads. Stanford owns a 26-15 advantage in the series which began in 1979. What first started with a 13-game USC win streak, was reversed in the 90s. Since 1990, the Cardinal have won 22-of-24 games. Stanford owns a 14-game win streak against the Women of Troy and has not lost a game at Maples since the 1992-93 season when USC came away with a 81-73 upset victory.

The Last Time Against Stanford
Stanford 89, USC 75 - Feb. 4, 2001 - Los Angeles

Despite a career high 21 points by Ebony Hoffman, USC fell to Stanford 89-75 on Feb. 4. The Cardinal dominated from the opening buzzer, jumping out to a 10 point lead (18-8) in the first 10 minutes of the game. Stanford shot a blistering 72.7 percent in the first half and held USC to only 29.4 percent while extending its lead to 26 points at the break, 55-29. In the second half, the Women of Troy stepped up their defensive pressure and limited the Cardinal to only 36 percent shooting. Aided by a three-pointer by Hoffman, USC trimmed the deficit to only 15 points at the 5:45 mark (61-76). However, Stanford junior Lindsey Yamasaki scored a game-high 28 points and teammate Nicole Powell added 18 to lead the Cardinal to victory.

Cal (11-13, 7-7 Pac-10)
The Bears are enjoying their best season since 1992-93 when the team finished 10-8 in conference play and tied for fourth place ... Currently fifth in the Pac-10 race, Cal is 11-13 overall and 7-7 in conference play ... The team was swept last week with a narrow 78-71 defeat at Washington, and a 74-59 loss at Washington State ... Guard Courtney Johnson led the team against the Huskies with 16 points and against the Cougars with 21 ... She averages a team-high 14.3 points, 3.3 steals and 3.6 assists per game ... Ami Forney leads on the glass with 7.6 rebounds per game ... As a team, Cal ranks in the Pac-10's top-five in steals (9.88 spg), scoring defense (65.8) and field goal percentage defense (41.0) ... Forney is fourth in the Pac-10 in rebounding and Johnson leads the conference in steals.

Possible Starting Lineup	Position	Hgt.	Ppg	Rpg
#22 Brook Coulter Forward 5-10 3.9 2.1
#31 Lauren Ashbaugh Forward 6-2 7.7 5.7
#42 Ami Forney Center 6-2 10.0 7.6
#4 Kenya Corley Guard 5-8 13.3 3.2
#10 Courtney Johnson Guard 5-8 14.3 3.4

USC-Cal Series Record
Cal and USC will meet for the 35th time in program history on Saturday. The Trojans own a 24-11 record in the series and an 8-8 mark on the road. Since 1998-99, USC has split the series with the Bears but has lost both games in Berkeley. USC's and UCLA's losses at home this season to the Golden Bears on Feb. 2 and 4 marked a program first. Cal has never swept both L.A. schools in one season.

The Last Time Against Cal
Cal 61, USC 55 - Feb. 2, 2001 - Los Angeles

Cal earned its first win in Los Angeles in 11 years with a 61-55 win over the Women of Troy at the Lyon Center on Feb. 2. The Trojans trailed by as many as 11 points (17-6) at the start of the first half after going nine minutes without a field goal. But with two consecutive jumpers by Carmen Krause, the Women of Troy took the lead to enter the break with a six point advantage, 29-23. Cal knotted the score 33-33 five minutes into the second half, but a 12-2 USC run fueled by consecutive three-pointers, gave the Trojans their largest lead of the game, 45-35 at 9:17. Despite the burst USC could not maintain the effort, allowing Cal to tie the score at 53-53 and 55-55 with 3:28 and 2:13 left on the clock. The Golden Bears would go on to take the win after hitting 4-of-4 at the line and a layup for the six-point edge in the final two minutes.

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 24 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) ... Did not start against OSU (Feb. 23) but added eight points in 17 minutes ... Went 7-of-8 at the line to add nine points and three assists against Oregon (Feb. 25).

#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 19 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) ... returned to the court against OSU (Feb. 23) and added three points and two rebounds ... Did not play against Oregon (Feb 25).

#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 23 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) ... Struggled against Oregon State (Feb. 23), going 0-for-6 from the field ... Had a team-high 12 points and three steals against Oregon (Feb. 25).

#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 16 starts and played in 23 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) ... Reentered the starting lineup against Oregon State (Feb. 23) and tied a career high with blocks in addition to six points and nine rebounds ... Had four rebounds and four points against Oregon (Feb. 25) .. Fouled out against the Ducks.

#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 10 starts and played in 22 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) ... Did not start against Oregon State (Feb. 23) and played 10 minutes ... Had five points and two rebounds against Oregon (Feb. 25).

#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 12 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) ... Did not play against Oregon State (Feb. 23).

#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 22 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) ... In just 14 minutes on the court against Oregon State (Feb. 23) she 4-of-4 at the line to finish with eight points, two assists and three rebounds ... Had two points and three rebounds against Oregon (Feb. 25).

#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 21 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 24 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) ... Had nine points, five rebounds and three blocks against Oregon State (Feb. 23) ... Added a team-best 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals against Oregon (Feb. 25).

#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 7 starts and played in 17 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) ... Reentered the starting lineup against Oregon State (Feb. 23) and finished with 10 points and four rebounds ... Finished with 10 points and seven rebounds against Oregon (Feb. 25).

#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 5 starts and played in 17 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) ... Added five points and two rebounds against Oregon State (Feb. 23) ... Had three points and two rebounds against Oregon (Feb. 25).

#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 22 starts and appeared in 24 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) ... Led with 18 points against Oregon State (Feb. 23) ... Had nine points, four rebounds and a team-best four assists against Oregon (Feb. 25) ... Fouled out against the Ducks.

#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) ... Did not play against Oregon State (Feb. 23) ... Did not play against Oregon (Feb. 25).

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