Women's Basketball Travels To Washington State, Washington

Jan. 2, 2002

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This Week
Friday, Jan. 4, at Washington State at 7 p.m. - Pullman, Wash.
Sunday, Jan. 6, at Washington at 7 p.m. - Seattle, Wash.
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The Facts
The USC women's basketball (7-6, 3-1 Pac-10) -- off to its best start in the Pac-10 since 1997 -- prepares to travel to the Washington schools this week. The Women of Troy -- winners of its last 4-of-5 and five of its past seven -- face Washington State on Friday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. in Pullman, then travel to Washington on Sunday, Jan. 6, for a 7 p.m. tipoff in Seattle. Live stats for the USC-Washington game will be broadcast on the internet at www.gohuskies.com. USC is coming off a 69-53 win at California on Dec. 28 and a 78-66 loss at No. 6 Stanford on Dec. 30.

The USC-Washington game time was recently changed to 7 p.m. to accommodate the Seattle Seahawks' game at Husky Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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. No. 6 Stanford
- USC came up short down the stretch in a 78-66 loss at No. 6 Stanford on Sunday, Dec. 30. Ebony Hoffman scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Tiffany Elmore added 19 points for the Women of Troy, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Elmore became the 17th player in USC history to reach the 1,000-point mark. The Women of Troy had to deal with a severe case of food poisoning in addition to Stanford. Aisha Hollans, who finished with 10 points, did not start for the first time this season as a result. Stanford held its biggest lead of the game, 25-9, with 7:28 left in the first half. USC rallied to within six before the Cardinal took a 36-28 lead into halftime. Stanford outscored the Women of Troy 16-6 over the final five minutes. Rachel Woodward's turnaround jumper with 5:11 remaining pulled USC within two, 62-60, but a 3-pointer less than a minute later gave the Cardinal some breathing room.

vs. California - With its fourth consecutive victory, USC defeated California, 69-53, on Friday (Dec. 28) at Haas Pavilion. The Women of Troy were led by Aisha Hollans, Ebony Hoffman and Jessica Cheeks. Hollans and Hoffman posted double-doubles with 14 rebounds apiece and 19 and 13 points, respectively. Cheeks contributed 16 points in addition to a career-high eight assists and six steals. USC led by seven at the end of the first half, 35-28, and built its lead to 13 at 45-32 with 16:36 remaining in the game. The Bears didn't let the Trojans out of their sight, putting on a 15-4 run over the next 5:35 to pull within two (49-47). Cal outshot USC (45.1 percent to 39.5 percent) from the floor, but the Women of Troy helped their cause by dominating the offensive glass. USC outrebounded Cal, 50-29. It was this tenacious rebounding that helped USC go on a 10-2 run to rebuild its lead back to double figures (59-49) with 6:22 on the clock. The Bears still had time to recover but were hurt by five of their 28 turnovers in the final minutes of the game.

Pac-10 Conference Call Resumes Tuesday
The Pac-10 will resume its coaches conference call on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Members of the media can participate in the conference call by calling USC assistant SID Vicky Hammond or the Pac-10 office for the phone number, or you can listen to a taped replay beginning at 4 p.m. that same day by calling (402) 220-9927. Head coach Chris Gobrecht's segment will take place 9:55-10 a.m.

Best Since 1997
With a 3-1 record to start the Pac-10 season, USC is off to its best start in conference play since 1997. Under then-head coach Fred Williams, the 1997 Women of Troy also started off 3-1n (defeating Washington, 69-68, Washington State, 70-63, and California, 91-57, before narrowly falling to Stanford, 77-76) then went on to win their next five consecutive. That season the Trojans went 13-5 in the Pac-10 and finished third (their best finish since then).

Elmore Reaches Millennium Mark
Senior Tiffany Elmore made it into the USC record books on Sunday (Dec. 30) by collecting her 1,000th career point. She did so with her second field goal against the Cardinal with 6:12 remaining in the first half. With 19 points in the game, Elmore's career total is now 1,015.

Common Connections vs. Washington
From 1988 to 1996, USC head coach Chris Gobrecht 'put Washington women's basketball on the map. In 8 years (as Washington's head coach), she created a product that the city of Seattle embraced...,' according to the 2001-02 Husky media guide. Gobrecht was the first women's basketball coach to lead the Huskies for five consecutive seasons, win 100 games, and reach the 300-win milestone in her career. She became the winningest coach in Washington history in just her fourth season, and in seven of the eight years, her teams posted 17 or more wins.

Climbing The Charts
USC is quickly climbing the charts with its strong start to the conference season. According to this week's WBCA/Summerville RPI reports, the Women of Troy are currently ranked 60th and their strength of schedule ranking has jumped to 69th. On Dec. 16, USC was rated 129th and 111th in strength of schedule.

Leading the Pac-10 In Offensive Boards
The Women of Troy are averaging a conference-best 18.23 offensive rebounds per game and lead second-place Stanford by a 3.16 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.

Hollans Leading Pac-10 Guards
Shooting guard Aisha Hollans not only ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring with an average of 17.8 points per game, but she is also averaging 6.7 rebounds per outing. The rebounding mark ranks eighth (rank as of Dec. 26) 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, 106-66Nov. 24	vs. No. 12 Florida	Paradise Jam - V.I.	W, 71-68Dec. 9	at No. 23 Notre Dame	South Bend, Ind.	L, 62-49Dec. 30	at No. 6 Stanford	Stanford, Calif.	L, 78-66

Doubling Up
Sophomore forward Ebony Hoffman has posted seven double-doubles in 13 games this season. She now has collected 11 career double-doubles.

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 eight of 13.

Double Scoring Threat
And if Aisha Hollans isn't the one scoring, then senior Tiffany Elmore picks up where Hollans 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. Against Stanford on Dec. 30. (with Hollans playing limited minutes due to food poisoning), Elmore added 19 points and nine rebounds.

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. (Rankings as of Dec. 26.)

Even Contributions
The Trojans have four players averaging double figures in scoring, Aisha Hollans (17.8 ppg), Ebony Hoffman (14.7 ppg), Tiffany Elmore (12.3 ppg) and Rachel Woodward (10.2 ppg). Three average more than 5.0 rebounds per game, Hoffman (8.6 rpg), Hollans (6.7 rpg) and Carmen Krause (5.0 rpg).

Team News N' Notes
Against Stanford (Dec. 30), USC posted a season-low 12 turnovers *** The Trojans recorded their first road win of the season with a 69-53 victory over Cal on Dec. 28 *** 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 had a career-best performance at the line against Stanford (Dec. 30), hitting 7-of-7 *** Aisha Hollans tied a career high with two blocks and set a new career record with 14 rebounds against Cal (12/28) *** Jessica Cheeks surpassed her career high with eight assists and six steals at Cal (12/28) *** Ebony Hoffman scored a career high 27 points 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 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 387-273 (.605) 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 163-93 (.637) mark and she ranks 34th among active Division I coaches with 387 career victories.

Opponent Notes

Washington State (2-11, 0-3 Pac-10) -- After experiencing a bit of success at the start of last year's Pac-10 season (sweeping USC and UCLA to open the conference schedule), Washington State is struggling in 2002. The Cougars entered Pac-10 with a 2-8 record after only posting wins over Portland State (55-49) and Gonzaga (80-72) in nonconference play. Since then they have dropped the last three conference games and last eight overall contests. WSU is coming off a 57-33 loss at Oregon State on Dec. 28 and a 76-47 loss at Oregon on Dec. 30. Head coach Jenny Przekwas is in her third season at the helm of the WSU program and led the 2001 squad to an 11-17 overall record and ninth place conference finish (6-12). The team returned two starters and eight letterwinners from last year's squad. Senior center Brittney Hawks and freshman guard Francine McCurtain lead the team with 12.6 and 12.1 points per game, respectively. Hawks also leads with 10.2 rebounds per outing.

USC-Washington State Series Record -- Friday's game will mark the 32nd meeting between these two teams. The first was in 1981-82 in a preseason game before the Cougars joined the Pac-10. USC owns a 20-11 overall record against Washington State, after falling to WSU, 79-78, to open the 2001 Pac-10 season, then defeating the Cougars, 84-51, in Los Angeles. The Trojans are 8-7 all-time against the Cougars in Pullman.

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

USC 73.2 +6.4 41.8 24.1 69.0 41.9 13.7 22.9 10.5 4.3
Washington St 56.8 -17.5 34.4 31.7 62.5 39.3 13.1 20.3 7.5 4.5

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

33 Brittney Hawks C 6-2 12.6 10.2 1.8 1.6
11 Jessica Collins G 5-6 5.2 2.7 0.7 0.2
12 Whitney Martindale G 5-10 6.4 2.3 1.0 0.4
32 Francine McCurtain G 5-9 12.1 4.4 2.5 1.3
41 Jessica Ottmar G 6-0 5.6 2.6 3.5 1.5

Washington (7-5, 2-1 Pac-10) -- Washington is coming off a loss at Oregon (69-56) and win at Oregon State (74-58) on Dec. 28 and 30. The Huskies have alternated wins and losses for much of the season and began the conference schedule with a 98-64 win over Washington State. The team finished its nonconference schedule with a 5-4 record, posting victories over Montana State, Northeastern, Boise State, St. Mary's and Indiana and falling to Wisconsin, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Michigan. Led by sixth-year head coach June Daugherty, the Huskies returned five letterwinners (including three starters) from the 2001 squad which advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight and finished the season with a 22-10 overall record and share of the Pac-10 title. The team is led by returning junior guard Loree Payne, who is averaging 14.9 points per game. Junior forward Emily Autrey (13.7 ppg) and sophomore center Andrea Lalum (11.3 ppg) also average double figure points, while Lalum leads the team in rebounding (7.3 rpg). The team will face UCLA on Friday, Jan. 4, before the USC match-up.

USC-Washington Series Record -- Washington is one of two Pac-10 schools (Stanford is the other) that owns a winning record against USC. Since their first meeting in 1986-87, the Trojans have posted a 13-17 mark against the Huskies. Last season, the Women of Troy fell to the Huskies in the opening series of the season in Seattle, but defeated a then-ranked Washington squad, 88-76, in Los Angeles. USC owns a 4-11 record on the road against the Huskies.

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

USC 73.2 +6.4 41.8 24.1 69.0 41.9 13.7 22.9 10.5 4.3
Washington 74.1 +9.3 40.8 33.5 73.9 38.6 16.1 16.7 9.1 2.7

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

21 Andrea Lalum F 6-4 13.7 7.3 1.4 1.2
23 Emily Autrey F 6-0 11.3 3.5 1.0 1.1
13 Giuliana Mendiola G 5-6 9.9 5.9 5.2 1.3
22 Loree Payne G 6-0 14.9 2.8 2.0 1.4
33 Kristen O'Neill G 6-1 6.3 3.5 1.7 1.7

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:

at Stanford (12/30): started, reached 1000th career point on second field goal, 19 points (6-16), tied career high with 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... at Cal (12/28): started, 5 points (2-8), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals... 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: at Stanford (12/30): DNP... at Cal (12/28): DNP... 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:

at Stanford (12/30): started, 5 points (1-8), 1 rebound, 5 assists, 2 steals... at Cal (12/28): started, 16 points (8-15), 2 rebounds, career high 8 assists and 6 steals... 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:

at Stanford (12/30): did not travel... at Cal (12/28): did not travel... 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:
at Stanford (12/30): started, 6 points (3-4), 6 rebounds, 1 assist... at Cal (12/28): started, 2 points (1-4), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... 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:
at Stanford (12/30): played 4 minutes ... at Cal (12/28): DNP... 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:
at Stanford (12/30): DNP... at Cal (12/28): DNP... 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:
at Stanford (12/30): 10 points (5-13), 1 rebound, 1 steal... at Cal (12/28): started, double-double with 19 points (8-23), career high 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals... 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:
at Stanford (12/30): 2 assists... at Cal (12/28): 3 rebounds, 1 assist... 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:
at Stanford (12/30): started, double-double with 22 points (7-17), 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal... at Cal (12/28): started, double-double with 13 points (6-11), 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks, 2 steals... 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:
at Stanford (12/30): started, 4 points (2-9), 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... at Cal (12/28): 11 points (4-11), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 4 steals... 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:
at Stanford (12/30): 1 rebound... at Cal (12/28): DNP... 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:
at Stanford (12/30): played 3 minutes... at Cal (12/28): 3 points (1-3), 1 steal... 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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