Women's Basketball Begins Pac-10 Play This Week

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Dec. 18, 2001

This Week
Thursday, Dec. 20, vs. Oregon State at 7 p.m. - Sports Arena

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

Saturday, Dec. 22, vs. Oregon at 4 p.m. - Sports Arena
The game will be televised live on Fox Sports West 2
and can also be heard live or followed (with Live Stats) via the internet at www.usctrojans.com.

The Facts
The USC women's basketball team (4-5) begins conference play this week by hosting Oregon State (4-5) on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. and Oregon (5-4) on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 4 p.m. Both games can be heard live via the internet at www.usctrojans.com. Saturday's USC-Oregon game will be televised live on Fox Sports West 2. The Women of Troy are coming off an 86-48 win over Nevada - its final nonconference opponent - on Saturday, Dec. 15.

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 Nevada - With 20-point contributions from Tiffany Elmore and Aisha Hollans, USC defeated Nevada 86-48 in front of 657 on Dec. 15 at the L.A. Sports Arena. USC shot a season-best 51.5 percent from the floor and held Nevada to 33.3 percent shooting in the game. Four Trojans finished in double digits, including Ebony Hoffman who posted her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Rachel Woodward added 15 points. USC led 12-0 before Nevada was able to hit its first field goal of the night thanks to a lay-up by Crystal Williams at 15:59. The Wolfpack only generated seven points in the first 10 minutes of the game and trailed by as much as 30 points (42-12) before embarking on a brief 9-6 run to enter halftime down 48-21. The Women of Troy maintained a solid 30-point lead in the second half and allowed Nevada to come no closer before posting the final 38-point margin of victory.

USC In Pac-10 Openers
USC is 9-6 all-time in Pac-10 openers - 5-2 on the road, 4-3 at home and 0-1 at a neutral site *** The Women of Troy are 7-8 in the first road game of each Pac-10 season, and 10-5 in the first home game *** In the opening series of Pac-10 play, USC is 17-11 all-time and has defeated both opponents seven times (1999-00 vs. Wash/WSU, 1996-97 vs. Wash/WSU, 1993-94 vs. Oregon/OSU, 1992-93 vs. Arizona/ASU, 1991-92 vs. Oregon/OSU, 1990-91 vs. UCLA and 1987-88 vs. Oregon/OSU) *** The Trojans have opened the Pac-10 season four times against the Oregon schools - three times against Oregon State (1992, 94, 95) and once against Oregon (1988).

Common Connections: USC vs. Oregon State
Second-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 nearly every game in her four years and averaged 6.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per outing.

An Early Pac-10 Start
Thanks to the first-ever Pac-10 women's basketball tournament set to take place at the end of the 2002 season (March 1-4), conference play is starting two weeks ahead of schedule. For the first time ever, the Women of Troy will play Pac-10 games in the month of the December. Even as a member of the WCAA (1977-85) and Pac West (1986) conferences, USC only has played one conference game in December (the Trojans defeated San Diego State, 102-66, in San Diego on Dec. 14, 1982).

Women of Troy Taking over The Charts
With solid contributions from its entire bench, USC has taken over the Pac-10 statistical charts. The Trojans have five players listed among the top 20 rebounders and four among the top 20 scorers (USC has more players listed in these two categories than any other school - Arizona is next with six). Three Women of Troy are listed in the top 10 for blocked shots, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds and two among the top 10 in steals.

Doubling Up
Sophomore forward Ebony Hoffman has posted four double-doubles in nine games this season.

Scoring Threat
Sophomore guard Aisha Hollans has scored more than 20 points in five games this season and has tallied more than 15 points in seven of nine.

Constant Rotation
USC has gone through six different starting lineups in nine games. 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 (11.7 ppg) and Rachel Woodward (11.0 ppg). Of the four, three average more than 5.9 rebounds per game, Hoffman (7.6 rpg), Hollans (6.2 rpg) and Woodward (5.9 rpg).

Some Things Are Hard To Miss
Among all the statistics that are compiled, a few of them are hard to deny: USC is 3-0 when posting less turnovers than its opponent, 0-3 when outrebounded, 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 6.3 rebounds per outing. The rebounding mark ranks 10th among conference leaders and ranks second among Pac-10 guards (she trails OSU's Felicia Ragland by 0.1 rebound). Hollans is also the only guard to make the top 10 in blocked shots.

USC Signs Meghan Gnekow To Letter Of Intent
On Dec. 3, 5-foot-11 forward Meghan 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-4 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
24 vs. No. 12 Florida Paradise Jam - V.I. W, 71-68
Dec. 9 at No. 23 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. L, 62-49

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.

Team News N' Notes
USC shot a season-high 51.5 percent against Nevada (12/15) *** The 39 points scored by Morgan State (11/21) were the seventh fewest ever allowed by USC *** The 87-39 final score against Morgan State marked the largest margin of victory (48 points) since USC defeated Cal State Northridge, 95-31 (64 points), on Dec. 7, 1993 *** Morgan State posted the second-fewest field goals (12) an opponent has ever recorded against USC *** The Lady Bears 25.3 percent shooting rank the fourth lowest for a USC opponent *** Tennessee's 106 points were the third-most an opponent has ever scored against the Women of Troy and the Vols were the first team to reach 100 points since USC fell to Stanford on Feb. 6, 1997, 103-69.

Player News N' Notes
Tiffany Elmore shot a career best 75.0 percent (9-12) and tied a career high with nine field goals made against Nevada (12/15) *** Portia Mitchell tied a career high with three blocks against Notre Dame (12/9) *** Against CS Northridge (12/4), Carmen Krause set a new career record with five steals, Ryane Alexander tied a career high with eight points, Aisha Hollans tied a career high with two blocks and Erin Young tied a career high with two steals *** Against BYU (11/29), Aisha Hollans set a new career mark with 10 rebounds and tied a career record with two blocks and Jessica Cheeks set a new career high for rebounds with eight *** Against Texas (11/25), 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 *** Against Florida (11/24), Aisha Hollans once again surpassed her career mark with 29 points and Ryane Alexander posted her first career block *** Against Morgan State (11/21), Aisha Hollans collected a career high five assists, Carmen Krause tied a career high with nine rebounds, Portia Mitchell set new career highs with four field goals made, 10 total points, 17 minutes played and equalled a personal best with seven field goals attempted *** Against Tennessee (11/18), 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 and free throw attempts with nine and Portia Mitchell surpassed her career-best mark with three blocks *** Against Saint Joseph's (11/16), Jessica Cheeks surpassed a career high by collecting seven assists, Ebony Hoffman set a career high with three, 3-pointers 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 and 10, 3-point field goal attempts, while tying her record with three, 3-pointers made.

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 384-272 (.586) 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 384 career victories.

Opponent Notes

Oregon State (4-5) -- Oregon State has had its ups and downs this season. The Beavers are 4-5 overall and have been unable to put together back-to-back wins. Most recently, OSU defeated Wyoming, 70-55, on Dec. 15 after dropping consecutive games to Portland (Dec. 6) and Kansas State (Dec. 9). The team is led by returning all-conference guard Felicia Ragland, who tops the league in scoring (22.0 ppg) and steals (3.4 spg). Center Erika Cook leads the team in rebounding with 7.1 boards per game. Under seventh-year head coach Judy Spoelstra, Oregon State returned four starters (seven letterwinners) from last year's squad which finished tied for sixth place in the Pac-10 (8-10) and advanced to the first round of the WNIT. The Beavers went 16-13 overall in 2001.

USC-Oregon State Series Record -- Last season, USC broke a three-game losing streak to Oregon State with a 69-67 win in Corvallis on Jan. 27. The Beavers sought revenge by defeating the Women of Troy, 78-68, in Los Angeles on Feb. 23. The series record between these two teams stands at 23-11 in USC's favor. The Trojans are 14-4 on their home turf.

Oregon State Probable Starters
No. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg

40 Michelle Estell Forward 5-11 4.9 3.8 1.0 0.7
45 Hollye Chapman Forward 6-2 10.8 6.3 0.8 0.6
42 Brina Chaney Center 6-5 4.9 4.7 0.3 0.4
10 Leilani Estavan Guard 5-7 8.6 3.1 6.7 2.8
34 Felicia Ragland Guard 5-9 22.0 6.3 1.9 3.4

Oregon (5-4) -- Oregon is 5-4 entering conference play and is coming off a loss to BYU, 74-58, on Dec. 12 (USC also fell to BYU on Nov. 29). Prior to facing the Cougars, the Ducks had won three consecutive against St. John's (Nov. 30), Kansas (Dec. 1) and Utah (Dec. 8). The team is led by guard Shaquala Williams (the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year who sat out last season with a medical redshirt), who is averaging 15.6 points and 4.4 assists per game. Center Alyssa Fredrick leads with 5.6 rebounds per game. Head coach Bev Smith is in her first season at the helm of the Oregon program. She inherited two starters and eight total letterwinners from last year's squad which finished 17-12 overall and advanced to the first round of the NCAAs. Oregon finished fourth in the Pac-10 in 2001 with a 10-8 mark.

USC-Oregon Series Record -- USC and Oregon have produced a heated rivalry over the last few years. The Trojans have defeated the Ducks in three of the last four meetings - twice upsetting a ranked Oregon squad. Saturday's game will be the 36th meeting between the two teams. The Women of Troy own a 24-11 overall record against Oregon after splitting the series last season with a 55-53 win on the road (Jan. 25) and a 74-66 loss at home (Feb. 25). USC is 13-4 against Oregon at home.

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

00 Edniesha Curry Guard 5-6 11.7 4.0 4.1 1.8
03 Shaquala Williams Guard 5-6 15.6 3.3 4.4 1.6
10 Jamie Craighead Guard 5-9 8.1 2.2 2.6 0.3
52 Ndidi Unaka Forward 6-0 4.8 3.7 0.7 1.1
31 Alyssa Fredrick Center 6-3 8.8 5.6 0.3 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:
vs. Nevada (12/15): started, 20 points (tied a career high with 9 FG made, career high 75.0 percent shooting), 4 rebounds, 1 block... 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:
vs. Nevada (12/15): DNP... 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:
vs. Nevada (12/15): started, 6 points (3-7), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... 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:
vs. Nevada (12/15): DNP... 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:
vs. Nevada (12/15): started, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals... 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:
vs. Nevada (12/15): played 3 minutes... 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:
vs. Nevada (12/15): 1 assist, 1 steal... 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:
vs. Nevada (12/15): started, 20 points (8-18), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 3 steals... 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:
vs. Nevada (12/15): 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... 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:
vs. Nevada (12/15): started, double-double with 13 points (5-13), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, 3 steals... 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:
vs. Nevada (12/15): 15 points (6-9), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... 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:
vs. Nevada (12/15): 2 points (1-1)... 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:
vs. Nevada (12/15): 8 points (3-3), 2 rebounds... 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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