Women of Troy Look To Continue Winning Ways In Bay Area

Dec. 26, 2001

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This Week
Friday, Dec. 28, at California at 2 p.m. - Berkeley, Calif.
Sunday, Dec. 30, at Stanford at 2 p.m. - Stanford, Calif.

Both games will be broadcast live via the internet at www.usctrojans.com.

The Facts
With a strong start to the Pac-10 season, the USC women's basketball team (6-5, 2-0 Pac-10) -- winners of four of its last five games -- looks to continue its winning ways this week with games against California (4-5, 0-2) and sixth-ranked Stanford (10-1, 2-0). The Women of Troy face the Golden Bears on Friday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. in Berkeley, then travel to Palo Alto to face the Cardinal on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live via the internet at www.usctrojans.com. USC is coming off a 69-65 win over Oregon State on Thursday (Dec. 20) and a 83-73 victory over Oregon on Saturday (Dec. 22) to open Pac-10 play.

USC, 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.

Previous Game Results
vs. Oregon - With a career-high 27 points from Ebony Hoffman, USC earned its second-straight Pac-10 victory with an 83-73 win over Oregon on Saturday (Dec. 22). Hoffman added a team-high 11 rebounds. Aisha Hollans also posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards. The Trojans shot 48.2 percent in the game, outrebounded the Ducks 43 to 25 and held a slight edge from the start. Leading by as much as eight points (28-20) midway through the half, the Trojans increased the lead to 12 with just seconds remaining thanks to a three-pointer by Jessica Cheeks who was 2-of-2 from beyond the arc in the first half. The Women of Troy entered the break ahead 43-34. The Ducks stormed back at the start of the second period and cut the lead to four (43-39) in the first minute. After allowing the Trojans to build a nine-point cushion, the Ducks came back again with two break-away layups and a shot in the paint to tie the score, 56-56, at 8:33. The Women of Troy regained the advantage for good with two shots at the line and led by as much as 12 points (68-56 at 5:40) in the final stretch.

vs. Oregon State - With her second consecutive 20-point performance, Tiffany Elmore led USC to its first Pac-10 win of the season with a 69-65 decision over Oregon State on Thursday, Dec. 20. Oregon State trailed at the start, but a layup by OSU's Juleen Smith tied the score at 17 apiece (8:19). It was a close battle throughout as the teams entered halftime knotted at 34-34. Neither team led by more than six points in the game. USC took its largest lead, 52-46, at the 10:20 mark, thanks to an eight-point swing fueled by a two-pointer by Elmore and four points by Ebony Hoffman. Following five lead changes and another tied score at 57-57, the Women of Troy took the lead for good when Jessica Cheeks buried a three-pointer with 4:15 remaining to give USC a 60-59 advantage. Elmore followed with a layup and a jumper seconds later to give USC a 64-59 cushion with 3:31 left on the clock. The Beavers managed to come as close as 64-63 at 2:06, but could not get past the Trojans in the final minutes.

Bay Area Homecoming
The trip to the Bay Area will be a homecoming for two USC players. Sophomore 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. Junior 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 vs. Cal
USC's Narbonne High graduates will face two former prep teammates on Friday (Dec. 28) with the Golden Bears. Cal junior Amber White graduated from Narbonne in 1999 with Jessica Cheeks and Portia Mitchell, while sophomore Latasha O'Keith graduated with Ebony Hoffman in 2000.

Common Connections vs. Stanford
USC junior Lauren Smith-Hams and Stanford newcomer Sebnem Kimyacioglu both attended Pinewood Prep School in Los Altos, Calif. The two played together on the varsity squad in 1998 and 1999.

Leading The Pac-10 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 17.45 offensive rebounds per game and lead second-place Stanford by a 2.18 margin. This has been a strong category for the Trojans in recent years. USC finished second to UCLA last season with a 16.72 average.

Facts are Hard To Deny
Among all the statistics that are compiled, a few of them are hard to deny: USC is 5-1 at home, 5-1 when leading at the half (0-4 when trailing at the half), 5-1 when leading with five minutes remaining (0-5 when trailing with five minutes remaining), 6-1 when outrebounding opponents (0-3 when opponents outrebound), 5-1 when playing on Pacific Standard Time (0-3 on Eastern Standard Time).

Hollans Leading Pac-10 Guards
Shooting guard Aisha Hollans not only ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring with an average of 18.5 points per game, but she is also averaging 6.5 rebounds per outing. The rebounding mark ranks eighth among conference leaders and tops Pac-10 guards.

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
Dec. 9 at No. 23 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. L, 62-49
Dec. 30 at No. 6 Stanford Stanford, Calif.

Doubling Up
Sophomore forward Ebony Hoffman has posted five double-doubles in 11 games this season.

Scoring Threat
Sophomore guard Aisha Hollans has scored more than 20 points in six games this season and has tallied more than 15 points in seven of 11.

Double Scoring Threat
And if Aisha Hollans isn't the one scoring, then senior Tiffany Elmore picks up where she leaves off. Elmore posted her second-consecutive 20-point performance against Oregon State on Dec. 20. After shooting a career-high 75 percent from the field against Nevada (Dec. 15), Elmore shot 69.0 percent against the Beavers. She is 22-of-33 (66.7 percent) in the last three games.

USC In Pac-10 Openers
USC is 10-6 all-time in Pac-10 openers - 5-2 on the road, 5-3 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 11-5 in the first home game.

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 four players listed among the top 20 rebounders and three players listed among the top 20 scorers (USC has more players listed in these two categories than any other school - Arizona is next with six). Two Women of Troy are also listed in the top 10 for steals, blocked shots offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds.

Even Contributions
The Trojans have four players averaging double figures in scoring, Aisha Hollans (18.5 ppg), Ebony Hoffman (14.2 ppg), Tiffany Elmore (12.3 ppg) and Rachel Woodward (10.7 ppg). Of the four, three average more than 5.0 rebounds per game, Hoffman (7.8 rpg), Hollans (6.5 rpg) and Woodward (5.1 rpg).

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.

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
Ebony Hoffman scored a career high 27 points against Oregon (Dec. 22) *** Aisha Hollans tied a career high with 10 rebounds against Oregon (Dec. 22) *** Portia Mitchell grabbed a career-high six rebounds against Oregon State (Dec. 20) *** 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 386-272 (.587) career record with her programs at Cal State Fullerton (six years), Washington (11), Florida State (one) and USC. During her 11-year tenure at Washington, she was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1987 and 1988). Gobrecht remains the second-winningest coach in conference history with a 162-92 (.638) mark and she ranks 34th among active Division I coaches with 386 career victories.

Opponent Notes

California (4-5, 0-2 Pac-10) -- After opening the season with four straight wins, Cal is riding a five-game losing streak - including losses at Arizona (Dec. 21), 66-61, and Arizona State (Dec. 23), 63-49, to start the Pac-10 schedule. Four of the Bears' five losses have been by six points or less and were lost in the final minutes of the game. The young squad, led by second-year head coach Caren Horstmeyer, starts two freshmen and a sophomore. Center Ami Forney is the only returning starter and leads the team in scoring (15.3 ppg), rebounding (6.2 rpg), field goal percentage (57.4) and blocked shots (0.4 bpg). Forney also leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage. USC and Cal finished tied for sixth in the Pac-10 last season with a 8-10 conference record. The Bears posted an 12-16 overall mark in 2001.

USC-Cal Series Record -- Cal and USC will meet for the 37th time in program history on Friday (Dec. 28). The Trojans own a 25-11 (.694) record in the series and an 9-8 mark on the road. Since 1998-99, USC has split the series with the Bears. Last season, the Trojans endured a 61-55 loss to the Bears at home on Feb. 2, but returned to defeat Cal 91-74 in Berkeley on March 3, 2001. Then-freshman and Berkeley native Aisha Hollans sparked USC's road performance with 26 points, eight rebounds and five steals.

Team Comparisons
Team Ppg Margin FG% 3-FG% FT% Rpg Apg TOpg Spg Bpg

USC 74.2 +7.2 42.8 26.1 69.9 41.5 13.3 24.3 10.1 4.3
Cal 59.9 +2.9 38.4 29.9 62.1 37.6 12.8 25.3 10.7 1.6

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

5 Kristin Iwanaga G 5-6 7.0 2.7 3.2 1.4
33 LaTasha O'Keith G 5-7 7.8 4.0 1.6 1.7
23 Amber White F 6-0 4.2 4.2 4.4 2.3
30 Kiki Williams F 6-1 6.8 4.0 0.7 0.3
42 Ami Forney C 6-2 15.3 6.2 0.8 1.2

No. 6 Stanford (10-1, 2-0 Pac-10) -- No. 6 ranked Stanford is off to its best Pac-10 start since the 1997-98 season. The Cardinal opened conference play last week on the road with a 81-57 win at Arizona (Dec. 19) and a 75-66 victory at Arizona State (Dec. 21). Freshman guard Kelley Suminski led Stanford against the Wildcats with 24 points and sophomore Nicole Powell (the 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year) led the team against the Sun Devils with 25 points and 11 rebounds. But through 11 games this season, is senior Lindsey Yamasaki who leads the Cardinal with 18.5 points per game while Powell leads with 9.1 boards per outing. In her 16th year at The Farm, head coach Tara Vanderveer has three returning starters (10 returning letterwinners) from last year's squad which earned a share of the conference title with a 12-6 Pac-10 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAAs to finish with a 19-11 overall mark. The Cardinal currently leads the Pac-10 in 12-of-18 categories except scoring defense (ranks 5th with 65.2 dppg), free throw percentage (5th), 3-point field goal percentage defense (8th, 37.8), rebounding defense (2nd, 31.6), steals (10th), turnover margin (5th, +1.73) and offensive boards (2nd, 15.27). Suminski leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (64.5) and center Cori Enghusen ranks first in blocked shots (1.91).

USC-Stanford Series Record -- Saturday's game will mark the 43rd meeting between these two squads. Stanford owns a 26-16 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-25 games. Prior to last season's final meeting, Stanford owned a 14-game win streak against the Women of Troy. The streak (which included an 89-75 victory at the Sports Arena on Feb. 4, 2001) came to an end when the Trojans upset the Cardinal, 62-59, on March 1, 2001, at Maples Pavilion. It marked USC's first win at Maples since the 1992-93 season. The win also sparked the Women of Troy's four-game win streak to end the season.

Team Comparisons
Team Ppg Margin FG% 3-FG% FT% Rpg Apg TOpg Spg Bpg

USC 74.2 +7.2 42.8 26.1 69.9 41.5 13.3 24.3 10.1 4.3
Stanford 83.7 +18.5 48.6 42.1 66.7 42.3 19.5 16.8 5.8 5.7

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

24 Susan King G 5-7 3.5 3.0 2.5 1.5
25 Lindsey Yamasaki G 6-1 18.5 5.5 2.6 0.9
5 Kelley Suminski G 5-9 10.6 2.4 2.4 0.7
14 Nicole Powell F 6-2 16.9 9.1 4.9 1.5
41 Bethany Donaphin F 6-2 8.0 4.6 0.8 0.3

Player Profiles

#3 Tiffany Elmore (Guard * Senior)
Tiffany Elmore is in 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. Oregon (12/22): started, 9 points (4-8), 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 2 steals... vs. OSU (12/20): started, led with 20 points (9-13), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block... 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 is in 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. Oregon (12/22): DNP... vs. OSU (12/20): DNP... 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 is in 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. Oregon (12/22): started, 12 points (4-9), 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, 4 steals... vs. OSU (12/20): started, 5 points (2-4), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals... 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 is in her first season with the Women of Troy as a walk-on freshman guard.
This Season:
vs. Oregon (12/22): DNP... vs. OSU (12/20): DNP... 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 is in 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. Oregon (12/22): started, 4 points (1-4), 4 rebounds, 1 steal... vs. OSU (12/20): started, 6 points (2-2), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... 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 is in 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. Oregon (12/22): DNP... vs. OSU (12/20): 2 points, 1 steal... 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 is in 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. Oregon (12/22): DNP... vs. OSU (12/20): DNP... 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 is in 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. Oregon (12/22): started, double-double with 21 points (7-15), 10 rebounds (ties a career high), 2 assists, 3 steals... vs. OSU (12/20): started, 4 points (2-13), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals... 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 is in 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. Oregon (12/22): 2 rebounds... vs. OSU (12/20): 1 assist... 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 is in 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. Oregon (12/22): started, double-double with (career high) 27 points (7-11), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 2 steals... vs. OSU (12/20): started, 14 points (6-9), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals... 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 is in 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. Oregon (12/22): 8 points (3-6), 2 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. OSU (12/20): 11 points (3-8), 1 rebound, 2 assists... 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 is in 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. Oregon (12/22): played 3 minutes... vs. OSU (12/20): 5 points (1-2), career high 6 rebounds... 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 is in 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. Oregon (12/22): 2 points (1-2), 1 rebound... vs. OSU (12/20): 2 points (1-2)... 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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