Women's Basketball Hosts Nevada On Saturday

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Dec. 11, 2001

This Week
Saturday, Dec. 15
vs. Nevada at 4 p.m. - Sports Arena

The USC-Nevada game can be heard live or followed (with Live Stats) via the internet at www.usctrojans.com.

The Facts
While preparing for finals and the end of the fall semester, the USC women's basketball team (3-5) will play only one game this week. The Trojans host Nevada (3-4) on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Sports Arena at 4 p.m. The game can be heard live, or followed with Live Stats, via the internet at www.usctrojans.com. The Women of Troy are coming off a 96-54 win over Cal State Northridge at home on Dec. 4 and a 62-49 loss at Notre Dame on Dec. 9.

The USC women's basketball team, which ended the 2001 season on a four-game win streak, looks
to carry its late-season momentum into 2002. Under fifth-year head coach Chris Gobrecht, the Women of Troy return nine letterwinners and three starters from last year's squad which posted a 13-15 overall record and 8-10 mark in the Pac-10 to finish tied for sixth place. In the final month of the 2001 season, USC managed to defeat Cal and Stanford on the road and Washington (which one week later would begin a run to the NCAA Elite Eight) and Washington State at home. This season, USC will look to All-American candidate Ebony Hoffman, fellow sophomores Aisha Hollans and Jessica Cheeks and senior three-year starter Tiffany Elmore to make the difference.

Previous Game Results
at Notre Dame
- Despite struggling offensive performances from both teams, Notre Dame edged USC, 62-49, on Sunday, Dec. 9. Both teams accounted for a combined 53 turnovers. The Trojans shot 32.8 percent from the floor while hitting 20 of 61 shots. The Irish shot 40.7 percent. Notre Dame held a slight edge on the boards, grabbing 41 rebounds to USC's 39. Both teams posted an identical 13 steals, but the Women of Troy were out-blocked 10 to 4 (the 10 blocks are the fourth-most ever by a USC opponent). USC's 49 points were the least scored by the Trojans since falling to Louisiana Tech, 66-47, on Dec. 7, 1996. Tiffany Elmore led USC with 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. The first two minutes were plagued with turnovers before a put-back by Aisha Hollans put USC on the board first. But at the 10-minute mark the Trojans found themselves facing an 11-point deficit (17-6) after missing 11-of-13 field goal attempts in the eight-minute span. The Irish managed to hold on to the margin to enter to break up 33-22. In the second half, Notre Dame led by as much as 16 (44-28) before a 13-5 run pulled the Trojans within eight (49-41) with 10:19 remaining in the game. USC would come no closer as the two teams could only add 11 and eight additional points, respectively, in the final 10 minutes.

vs. Cal State Northridge - With a game-high 24 points from Aisha Hollans, USC toppled the Cal State Northridge Matadors in a 96-54 victory on Dec. 4 in front of 1,182 at the Sports Arena. The 42-point win marked the Women of Troy's second-largest victory of the season (USC defeated Morgan State 87-39 on Nov. 21). Hollans led four USC players in double-digit scoring, including Ebony Hoffman (18 points) and Rachel Woodward (17 points) who contributed 10 rebounds apiece. The Women of Troy shot a much-improved 50.7 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from three-point range and 79.3 percent at the line. The Matadors were held to 38.2 percent shooting in the game and were out-rebounded, 46 to 24. After hitting the first field goal of the game, CSN would never see the lead again. The Trojans blew past the Matadors to go ahead by as much as 23 points (36-13) with five minutes left in the first half. USC entered the break up 45-24. The Women of Troy used a 26-8 run to open the second half and increased their advantage to 41 (73-32) at the 10:35 mark. Cal State Northridge trailed by as much as 47 points, twice, in the remaining minutes.

Common Connections: USC vs. Nevada
* USC assistant coach Stacy McIntyre spent three seasons (1995-97) prior to joining USC as an assistant coach at Nevada. While with the Wolfpack, she served as the recruiting coordinator and handled scouting responsibilities.
* Nevada head coach Ada Gee was a former assistant coach for the Women of Troy under head coach Marianne Stanley in 1992 and 1993. Gee helped lead USC to NCAA Elite Eight ('93) and Sweet Sixteen ('92) appearances before accepting the position at Nevada.
* Nevada sophomore guard Erica McGlaston was a prep teammate of USC guard Aisha Hollans. Both graduated in 2000 from Berkeley (Calif.) High.
* Nevada has six players who hail from California. USC has none from Nevada.

Who Has The Coolest Name In Women's Basketball??
NCAABasketball.net posted a web poll this week looking for the coolest name among NCAA Division I women's basketball players. USC guard Jessica Cheeks is listed among the five favorites and currently has 11 percent of the fan votes.

Constant Rotation
USC has gone through six different starting lineups in eight games this season. The following two boast a 1-0 winning record: Mitchell/Hoffman/Woodward/Hollans/Cheeks and Hoffman/Krause/Woodward/Hollans/Cheeks.

Even Contributions
The Trojans have four players averaging double figures in scoring, Aisha Hollans (19.8 ppg), Ebony Hoffman (12.8 ppg), Tiffany Elmore (10.5 ppg) and Rachel Woodward (10.3 ppg). Of the four, three average more than 6.0 rebounds per game, Hoffman (7.3 rpg), Hollans (6.3 rpg) and Elmore (6.0 rpg).

Some Things Are Hard To Miss
Among all the statistics that are compiled, a few of them are hard to deny: USC is 2-0 when posting less turnovers than its opponent, 0-3 when playing on Sundays, 0-3 when playing on Eastern Standard Time, 0-4 when trailing at the half and 0-5 when trailing with five minutes remaining.

Just A Couple Of Points Away
Three of USC's five losses have been by an average of just 4.3 points, including a pair of two-point defeats (one in overtime versus BYU).

Hollans Leading Pac-10 Guards
Shooting guard Aisha Hollans not only ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring with an average of 19.8 points per game, but she is also averaging 6.2 rebounds per outing. The rebounding mark ranks ninth among conference leaders and leads Pac-10 guards.

USC Signs Megan Gnekow To Letter Of Intent
On Dec. 3, 5-foot-11 forward Megan Gnekow signed a letter of intent to join the Women of Troy basketball program in 2002. Gnekow prepped at Santa Ynez Valley Union High in Santa Ynez, Calif., and was named Santa Barbara County Player of the Year as a junior after averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Pirates.

Roster Additions
Since the start of the season, head coach Chris Gobrecht has made two additions to the 2002 Women of Troy roster. Freshman guard Leslie Donester was recently added and will be wearing No. 12. She is a 5-foot-5 walk-on from Walnut, Calif., who prepped at Walnut High. Ashley Conrad, a 5-9 redshirt freshman walk-on from Santa Catalina High in Carmel Valley, Calif., will add greater depth to the guard position. Conrad was a four-year letterwinner at Santa Catalina and averaged 15.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and five assists as a senior. She was a three-time All-Mission Trail Athletic League (CCS) selection (as a sophomore, junior and senior) and was named to the all-county team as a junior and senior. Conrad will wear No. 5.

Against Ranked Opponents
Before the Florida match-up, the last time USC defeated a ranked opponent was last season when the Trojans beat then-No. 20 Oregon, 55-53, on Jan. 25, 2001. Following are this season's results against Top 25 teams:

Nov. 18 at No. 2 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. L, 106-66
Nov. 24 vs. No. 12 Florida Paradise Jam - V.I. W, 71-68

An Exhausting Start For The Women Of Troy
Life on the road is not easy, just ask the Trojans. To start the 2002 season, USC played five games in only 10 days - four of the five were on the road and two of five were against ranked opponents (No. 2 Tennessee and No. 12 Florida). During that span, the Women of Troy only spent 59 hours at home. Since the start of the season, the Trojans have changed time zones eight different times and boarded 11 different flights.

Gobrecht Collects 50th Win At USC
Head coach Chris Gobrecht posted her 50th win at USC when the Trojans defeated No. 12 Florida on Nov. 24. To date, the fifth-year Women of Troy head coach owns a 50-67 overall record at USC.

Players Surpassing Career Highs Night After Night
In only the first eight games of the season, USC players have already started outdoing their personal career records:
Against Saint Joseph's: Jessica Cheeks surpassed a career high by collecting seven assists (previous record - 6)... Ebony Hoffman set a career high with three, 3-pointers (previous record - 1) and tied a personal best with 16 field goal attempts and three, 3-point field goal attempts... Aisha Hollans set new records with 18 field goal attempts (previous record - 17) and 10, 3-point field goal attempts (previous record - 7), while tying her record with three, 3-pointers made.
Against No. 2 Tennessee: Aisha Hollans broke the record she set for field goal attempts against Saint Joseph's with 24 against the Vols and set new personal records with eight free throws made (previous record - 6) and free throw attempts with nine (previous record - 7) ... Portia Mitchell surpassed her career-best mark with three blocks (previous record - 1).
Against Morgan State:
Aisha Hollans collected a career high five assists (previous record - 3)... Carmen Krause tied a career high with nine rebounds... Portia Mitchell set new career highs with four field goals made (previous record - 1), 10 total points (previous record - 4), 17 minutes played (previous record - 16) and equalled a personal best with seven field goals attempted.
Against No. 12 Florida:
Aisha Hollans once again surpassed her career mark with 29 points (previous record - 26 vs. Tennessee)... Ryane Alexander posted her first career block.
Against Texas:
Jessica Cheeks tied a career-high with four steals ... Portia Mitchell set a new career highs for rebounds with seven, and tied her personal record with three blocked shots (previous record - 4).
Against BYU:
Aisha Hollans set a new career mark with 10 rebounds (previous record - 9) and tied a career record with two blocks... Jessica Cheeks set a new career high for rebounds with eight (previous record - 7).
Against CS Northridge:
Carmen Krause set a new career record with five steals (previous record - 3)... Ryane Alexander tied a career high with eight points... Aisha Hollans tied a career high with two blocks... Erin Young tied a career high with two steals.Against Notre Dame: Portia Mitchell tied a career high with three blocks.

Head Coach Chris Gobrecht
Chris Gobrecht enters her fifth 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 383-272 (.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 160-92 (.635) mark and she ranks 34th among active Division I coaches with 383 career victories.

Opponent Notes

Nevada (3-4) -- Nevada is coming off a 83-50 loss to in-state rival UNLV on Dec. 9. With a 3-4 overall record, the Wolfpack have earned wins over Memphis (82-65 on Nov. 16), San Francisco (69-67 on Nov. 24) and UC Riverside (66-65 on Nov. 25), but have lost their last three consecutive games against Wyoming (82-78 ot on Dec. 1), Colorado State (84-58 on Dec. 3) and UNLV. Led by ninth-year head coach Ada Gee, Nevada returned six letterwinners, including three starters, from the 2001 squad which posted a 16-13 record last season. The Wolfpack finished tied for fourth in the Western Athletic Conference with a 9-7 mark. Among the top returners, junior Kate Smith currently leads the team with 13.4 points per game this season. Senior Katie Golomb follows closely with 12.6 points per game and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds per outing.

USC-Nevada Series Record -- This will be the first meeting between these two teams.

Nevada Probable Starters
No. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg

12 Ashley Bastian Guard 5-6 10.0 2.6 1.9 0.4
13 Laura Ingham Guard 5-4 5.3 4.0 5.9 2.1
20 Crystal Williams Guard 5-8 8.0 3.0 1.6 0.9
24 Katie Golomb Forward 6-1 12.6 6.6 1.3 0.1
50 Kate Smith Center 6-2 13.4 5.1 1.7 0.9

Player Profiles

#3 Tiffany Elmore (Guard * Senior)
Tiffany Elmore begins her senior season with the Women of Troy... A player who brings life to the team both on and off the court... A talented and athletic player who will be looked upon to make great contributions in her final season... A returning starter on the perimeter and two-time All-Pac-10 selection (honorable mention 1999 and 2000).
This Season:
at Notre Dame (12/9): started, 11 points (5-11), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals... vs. CSN (12/4): started, 15 points (5-9), 2 rebounds... vs. BYU (11/29): started, 17 points (5-11), 6 rebounds, 1 steal... vs. Texas (11/25): started, 4 points (1-5), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. Florida (11/24): 4 points (2-6), 7 rebounds, 2 steals... vs. Morgan St (11/21): DNP (injury)... at Tenn (11/18): DNP (injury)... at St. Joe's (11/16): started, 11 points (4-8), 2 rebounds, suffered a neck sprain at 15:31 in the second half and was forced to leave the game.

#5 Ashley Conrad (Guard * Freshman)
Ashley Conrad begins her first season with the Women of Troy as a redshirt freshman... Enrolled at USC in the spring of 2001 and was named to the Dean's List ... A walk-on who will add depth at the guard position.
This Season:
at Notre Dame (12/9): DNP... vs. CSN (12/4): DNP... vs. BYU (11/29): DNP... vs. Texas (11/25): DNP... vs. Florida (11/24): DNP... vs. Morgan St (11/21): DNP... at Tenn (11/18): DNP... at St. Joe's (11/16): DNP.

#10 Jessica Cheeks (Guard * Sophomore)
Jessica Cheeks begins her second season with the Women of Troy... Was moved into the point guard position last season... Became a great asset for the team to have her size and agility at the point... A returning starter.
This Season:
at Notre Dame (12/9): 6 points (2-7), 1 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... vs. CSN (12/4): 2 points (1-4), 1 rebound, 5 assists off the bench... vs. BYU (11/29): started, 3 points (0-5), career high 8 rebounds, 3 assists... vs. Texas (11/25): started, 11 points (4-10), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 4 steals... vs. Florida (11/24): started, 8 points (2-4), 3 rebounds... vs. Morgan St (11/21): started, 15 points (6-13), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals... at Tenn (11/18): started, 5 points (2-9), 1 rebound, 3 steals, led with 4 assists... vs. St. Joe's (11/16): started, 12 points (3-7), collected a career high 7 rebounds and 7 assists, 3 steals.

#12 Leslie Donester (Guard * Freshman)
Leslie Donester begins her first season with the Women of Troy as a walk-on freshman guard.
This Season:
at Notre Dame (12/9): did not travel... vs. CSN (12/4): DNP... Missed the first six games... Added to the roster on Dec. 3.

#14 Carmen Krause (Forward * Senior)
Carmen Krause returns for her senior season with the Women of Troy... An important inspirational leader who motivates the team with the same heart she plays with... An outstanding defender who will be relied upon for her toughness in the post.
This Season:
at Notre Dame (12/9): started, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. CSN (12/4): 8 points (3-6), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, career-high 5 steals... vs. BYU (11/29): started, 7 points (1-5), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Texas (11/25): started, 5 points (1-3), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block... vs. Florida (11/24): started, 6 points (2-5), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1steal... vs. Morgan St (11/21): 6 points (2-6), 1 assist, led with 9 rebounds... at Tenn (11/18): 5 points (1-6), 5 rebounds, 2 steals... at St. Joe's (11/16): started, fouled out with 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal.

#15 Lauren Smith-Hams (Guard * Junior)
Lauren Smith-Hams begins her junior season with the Women of Troy... Was quieter off the bench as a sophomore, but maintained a strong level of defense... A significant scoring threat who will fight for her position on the court.
This Season:
at Notre Dame (12/9): 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. CSN (12/4): 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. BYU (11/29): DNP... vs. Texas (11/25): DNP... vs. Florida (11/24): DNP... vs. Morgan St (11/21): 1 rebound, 2 assists... at Tenn (11/18): 1 assist... at St. Joe's (11/16): 2 points (1-3), 2 assists.

#21 Erin Young (Guard/Forward * Junior)
Erin Young enters her junior season with the Women of Troy as a walk-on guard... Her shooting abilities are crucial to the team... Looks to become more explosive after a quiet sophomore year.
This Season:
at Notre Dame (12/9): DNP... vs. CSN (12/4): 1 assist, tied a career high with 2 steals... vs. BYU (11/29): DNP... vs. Texas (11/25): DNP... vs. Florida (11/24): DNP... vs. Morgan St (11/21): 4 points (2-4), 2 rebounds, 1 assist... at Tenn (11/18): 3 points (1-4), 1 steal... at St. Joe's (11/16): played 1 minute.

#23 Aisha Hollans (Guard * Sophomore)
Aisha Hollans begins her second season with the Women of Troy... One of the most gifted guards in the conference who had a difficult time last season while recovering from an early season injury... An important player to have on the court at all times... A returning starter on the perimeter and returning All-Pac-10 selection (freshman honorable mention).
This Season:
at Notre Dame (12/9): started, 10 points (3-8), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals... vs. CSN (12/4): started, 24 points (9-18), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, tied a career high with 2 blocks, 1 steal... vs. BYU (11/29): started, double-double with 15 points and career-high 10 rebounds, 2 assists, tied a career high with 2 blocks... Named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team... vs. Texas (11/25): started, 14 points (5-14), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block... vs. Florida (11/24): started, led with a career high 29 points (11-24) and nine rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist ... vs. Morgan St (11/21): started, led with 19 points (7-14), collected a career-high five assists, had 6 rebounds, 1 steal... at Tenn (11/18): started, tied a then-career-high with 26 points (9-24) and surpassed career-highs with 8 free throws made, 9 free throw attempts and 24 field goal attempts, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... at St. Joe's (11/16): started, led with 21 points (8-18), hit 3-of-10 three-pointers, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block.

#24 Ryane Alexander (Guard * Sophomore)
Ryane Alexander begins her second season with the Women of Troy... Proven to be a hard-nosed player with great intensity and toughness... Possesses a great sense of commitment to running the offense... Looks to develop consistency with experience.
This Season:
at Notre Dame (12/9): started, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. CSN (12/4): started, tied a career high with 8 points (6-6 at the line), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. BYU (11/29): played 10 minutes... vs. Texas (11/25): started, 14 points (5-14), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block... vs. Florida (11/24): 1 assist, first career block... vs. Morgan St (11/21): 5 points (1-4), 3 rebounds, 1 assist... at St. Joe's (11/16): 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 rebound.

#32 Ebony Hoffman (Forward * Sophomore)
Ebony Hoffman enters her second season with the Women of Troy... One of the most dominating post players in the conference who had an outstanding freshman campaign... Underwent shoulder surgery this March and looks to be a healthier and more experienced player this season... A returning starter in the post who earned All-Pac-10 (honorable mention) and a Freshman All-American (WBJ and Basketball Times) honors last season.
This Season:
at Notre Dame (12/9): started, 10 points (3-8), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals... vs. CSN (12/4): started, double-double with 18 points (8-14), 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 3 steals... vs. BYU (11/29): started, double-double with 14 points (6-13), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal... Named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team... vs. Texas (11/25): started, led with 18 points (7-9), 4 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. Florida (11/24): started, 10 points (4-10), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 steals... vs. Morgan St (11/21): started, 13 points (4-9), led with 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals... at Tenn (11/18): started, 2 points (0-5), 3 rebounds, 3 steals, fouled out... at St. Joe's (11/16): collected 16 of 17 total points (6-16) in second half, hit career-high 3 (3-5) three-pointers, led with 10 rebounds for first double-double, 2 steals.

#33 Rachel Woodward (Forward * Freshman)
Rachel Woodward enters her first season with the Women of Troy... A talented passer who runs the floor well... She can catch, pass and finish on the move... Will work well in transition without having to compromise her strong rebounding skills... Brings great size to the forward position.
This Season:
at Notre Dame (12/9): 8 points (3-10), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. CSN (12/4): double-double with 17 points (6-11), 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. BYU (11/29): double-double with 13 points (5-15), 10 rebounds, 1 block... vs. Texas (11/25): 6 points (1-3), 4 rebounds... vs. Florida (11/24): started, 8 points (4-9), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 block... vs. Morgan St (11/21): started, 11 points (5-8), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block... at Tenn (11/18): started, 16 points (7-14), led with 7 rebounds and 5 steals... at St. Joe's (11/16): started, 5 points (2-6), 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal.

#35 Portia Mitchell (Center * RS Sophomore)
Portia Mitchell begins her redshirt sophomore year at USC... Her continued development will make a strong impact on the team... A player with good skills and great size... Continues to mature as a hard-working, responsible player.
This Season:
at Notre Dame (12/9): 2 points (1-4), 1 assist, tied a career high with 3 blocks... vs. CSN (12/4): 1 block... vs. BYU (11/29): played 3 minutes... vs. Texas (11/25): 4 points (2-4), career-high 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal... vs. Florida (11/24): 2 points (1-3), 4 rebounds...vs. Morgan St (11/21): made first career start, career high 10 points (4-7) and 17 minutes played, 2 rebounds... at Tenn (11/18): set a career-high with 3 blocks, tied a career-high with 4 points (1-5), also had 3 rebounds, 1 assist, fouled out... at St. Joe's (11/16): played 2 minutes.

#44 Kim Gipson (Center * Freshman)
Kim Gipson begins her first season with the Women of Troy... A terrific, big-time physical player who will excel as her skills and understanding of the game improve... An exceptional and bright athlete whose natural skills will bring her much success... She possesses the type of demeanor a coach always wants on the floor.
This Season:
at Notre Dame (12/9): 2 points (1-2)... vs. CSN (12/4): 4 points (2-4), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 bloc, 1 steal... vs. BYU (11/29): 4 points (1-2), 1 rebounds... vs. Texas (11/25): played 4 minutes... vs. Florida (11/24): 4 points (2-3), 2 rebounds...vs. Morgan St (11/21): 4 points (2-5), led with 9 rebounds, 1 steal... at Tenn (11/18): started, 2 points (1-1), 5 rebounds... at St. Joe's (11/16): 4 points (1-6), 3 rebounds.

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