Women's Hoops Faces Crosstown Rival UCLA, Sunday

Jan. 9, 2002

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This Week
Sunday, Jan. 13, at UCLA at 2 p.m.
Pauley Pavilion

The game can be heard live on KMPC-AM 1540 and can be followed with the Fansonly GameTracker at www.usctrojans.com.

The Facts
The USC women's basketball team (8-7, 4-2 Pac-10) completes a five-game road swing when it travels cross town to face rival UCLA (5-9, 2-4 Pac-10) on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. The game is the first of two women's basketball meetings for the 2002 Lexus Gauntlet Challenge. Fans will be able to listen to the game on KMPC-AM 1540 or log on to www.usctrojans.com to follow the Fansonly Gametracker. The Women of Troy are coming off a difficult overtime loss, 80-79, to Washington on Sunday (Jan. 6) and a victory over Washington State, 87-66, on Friday (Jan. 4).

USC Women On KMPC-AM 1540
The first of six 2002 Women of Troy games will be broadcast on the Los Angeles airwaves this Sunday. KMPC-AM 1540 will broadcast the following games: USC at UCLA on Jan. 13, vs. Washington on Feb. 1, vs. Washington State on Feb. 3, vs. UCLA on Feb. 9, vs. Stanford on Feb. 22 and vs. Cal on Feb. 24. USC's Pete Arbogast will handle the play-by-play, while former California hoops star Sherrise Smith (1996-99) will serve as the color analyst.

Previous Game Results
vs. Washington
- USC dropped an 80-79 overtime decision thanks to the Huskies' Loree Payne whose sharpshooting first sent the game into OT then sealed the win for Washington on Sunday (Jan. 6). Payne shot just 2-for-11 in regulation but hit the Huskie's two biggest shots of the game - a buzzer-beater to tie the score at 71-71 in regulation and the winning basket in overtime. The Women of Troy managed to outdo the Huskies in shooting, rebounding and assists, but suffered due to 26 team turnovers and only seven steals. Washington collected 21 turnovers and 18 steals. Aisha Hollans led the Trojans with 26 points and eight rebounds, including a career-best 7-of-7 at the line. At the start of overtime, three USC players were in foul trouble and the Women of Troy were playing without Tiffany Elmore (second half ankle injury). The game featured 26 lead changes and 17 ties, including an 11-minute span in the middle of the second half in which neither team led by more than two points. The Trojans opened up a six-point lead, 67-61, with 4:16 remaining, but the Huskies forged a 10-4 run to end the half, capped by Payne's leaning 18-footer in the final second of regulation. The two teams swapped the lead six times in the overtime period, the last on Payne's layin with four seconds remaining.

vs. Washington State - USC defeated Washington State, 87-66, on Friday (Jan. 4) in Pullman, Wash. Aisha Hollans led the Trojans with 23 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double this season while Ryane Alexander posted a career-high 10 points. Ebony Hoffman sat out due to a one-game suspension for violating team rules. USC collected 54 boards and shot 42.9 percent in the game. Washington State finished with 42 rebounds and 36.4 percent field goal shooting. The Women of Troy used a 12-2 run to start the game and never looked back, taking a 42-20 lead into halftime. The Cougars quickly reduced the lead to 11 (44-33) at the start of the second half. The 13-2 WSU run was largely due to four USC turnovers and six straight points by Cougar freshman guard Francine McCurtain, who finished with a season-best 23 points in the game after going scoreless from the field in the first half. But the Trojans weathered the Cougars' rally and came away with the 21-point victory.

Hollans Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Aisha Hollans was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Dec. 31-Jan. 6. Hollans led USC in scoring and rebounding last week, shot 46 percent from the field (18-of-39) and was perfect from the foul line (11-of-11). In the two games she averaged 24.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists. Against Washington she posted 26 points, eight rebounds and tied her career-high with two blocks. She also hit a personal-best 7-of-7 free throws against the Huskies. In USC's win over Washington State, Hollans scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The Player of the Week honor is the first of Hollans' career and the 28th all-time selection for USC.

Battle For the Lexus Gauntlet
USC is looking to capture the first five of a posible 10 points to be awarded in women's basketball for the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge -- a season-long competition between USC and UCLA. This unique program awards points for the winner of each Bruin-Trojan head-to-head contest throughout the year and the Lexus Gauntlet trophy will be awarded to the school with the most points at year's end. At this point (prior to the men's basketball match-up on Thursday), USC leads 20-15.

Injury Report
Tiffany Elmore left the game at Washington with 11:02 remaining after suffering a severe left ankle sprain. Elmore will not practice this week and doctors will re-examine her on Tuesday (Jan. 15) to determine when she can return.

Still The Best Since 1997
With a 4-2 record to start the Pac-10 season, this still remains USC's best start in conference play since 1997. Under then-head coach Fred Williams, the 1997 Women of Troy were 5-1 six games into the Pac-10 season (narrowly falling to Stanford, 77-76, for their only loss). That season the Trojans went 13-5 in the Pac-10 and finished third (their best finish since then).

Common Connections vs. UCLA
In addition to the fact that the two teams share the city, the local recruits, the fans and the media, USC and UCLA women's basketball have their share of common connections.
* Women of Troy second-year assistant coach Colleen Matsuhara spent a good portion of her career in Westwood. Matsuhara served as the Bruins assistant coach for three years (1978-80) during which the Bruins won the AIAW national championship in 1978. From 1983 to 1985, she was an assistant athletic director at UCLA, handling event management and scheduling for 12 sports. After spending 13 years away from Westwood, Matsuhara returned to UCLA as the color analyst for its radio broadcasts (1998-2000).
* Second-year USC director of operations and marketing Patrick Auerbach graduated from UCLA in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and business.
* UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier served as an assistant coach at USC for three years (1984-86) and helped lead the Women of Troy to the NCAA Championship in 1984 and a runner-up finish in 1986.

Women Of Troy Among National Rankings
USC ranks 23rd nationally in rebounding margin with a 7.6 average edge over its opponents. UConn leads with an 18.0 margin. Aisha Hollans ranks 40th among scorers with 18.7 points per game. Penn State's Kelly Mazzante leads the category with 26.3 points per outing.

Gobrecht Looking For 200th Conference Win
Head coach Chris Gobrecht is one win away from her 200th all-time conference victory. Her 199-165 conference record includes a 164-94 mark in the Pac-10 (USC 1998- , Washington 1987-96), an 0-16 ACC record (Florida State 1997), a 10-2 record in the Pac West (Washington 1986) and a 25-53 record in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (Cal State Fullerton 1980-85).

Leading the Pac-10 In Offensive Boards
The Women of Troy are averaging a conference-best 18.20 offensive rebounds per game and lead second-place UCLA by a 2.41 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 18.7 points per game, but she is also averaging 7.2 rebounds per outing. The rebounding mark ranks sixth among conference leaders and tops Pac-10 guards.

Doubling Up
Sophomore forward Ebony Hoffman has posted seven double-doubles in 14 games this season. She now has collected 11 career double-doubles.

Scoring Threat
Sophomore guard Aisha Hollans has scored more than 20 points in eight games this season and has tallied more than 15 points in 10 of 15. She also has posted four double-doubles.

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. L, 78-66

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 scorers and three players listed among the top 20 rebounders (USC has more players listed in these two categories than any other school - Oregon State is next with six). Three Women of Troy are also listed in the top 10 for steals and offensive rebounds.

Even Contributions
The Trojans have four players averaging double figures in scoring, Aisha Hollans (18.7 ppg), Ebony Hoffman (14.4 ppg), Tiffany Elmore (11.7 ppg) and Rachel Woodward (10.7 ppg). Three average more than 5.0 rebounds per game, Hoffman (8.5 rpg), Hollans (7.2 rpg) and Tiffany Elmore (5.2 rpg).

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 Stanford with 6:12 remaining in the first half. Elmore's career total is now 1,032.

Rometra Craig Transfers To USC
Rometra Craig, a 2000 consensus prep All-American women's basketball player who spent the 2001 season at Duke as a key freshman reserve, transferred to USC this January. Per NCAA transfer rules, Craig must sit out for one full year. She will become eligible at Troy on Dec. 19, 2002 (the day following the completion of USC's 2002 fall semester). At that time, she will join the Women of Troy as a redshirt sophomore. The 5-foot-10 guard/forward graduated from Archbishop Mitty High in Portola Valley, Calif., in 2000. As a senior she averaged 23.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 2.3 assists per game. Aside from All-American honors from the WBCA, Nike, Parade, Student Sports, USA Today and Street & Smith, Craig was named the 2000 USA Today California Player of the Year. She played in the WBCA All-America game alongside current USC sophomore Ebony Hoffman. Craig entered Duke as a member of the nation's No. 1-ranked recruiting class of 2000. As a freshman, she averaged 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals with four starts and an average of 18.7 minutes per game. Duke finished the season with a No. 5 ranking by the Associated Press and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Team News N' Notes
USC's overtime loss at Washington (Jan. 6) was the Women of Troy's third-straight game sent into extra minutes in Seattle (USC won the overtime game in 2000, lost in triple overtime in 2001) *** 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
Hitting 7-of-7 at the line against Washington (Jan. 6), Aisha Hollans set a new career mark in free throw percentage *** Ryane Alexander added a career high 10 points against Washington State (Jan. 4) *** 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, 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 388-274 (.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 164-94 (.636) mark and she ranks 34th among active Division I coaches with 388 career victories.

Opponent Notes

UCLA (5-9, 2-4 Pac-10) -- UCLA has been hit with a number of obstacles this season, including the loss of its top two scorers, Michelle Greco (as of Dec. 12) and Kristee Porter (as of Jan. 4). The Bruins are 5-9 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-10 after falling to Washington, 86-53, and defeating Washington State, 76-64, last week. The Bruins have also garnered victories over Liberty, Ohio State, BYU and California this season. With Greco and Porter out, the team is led by junior guard Jalina Bradley, who is averaging 7.7 points per game, and senior center Malika Leatham, who averages 6.4 rebounds per game. UCLA leads the conference in steals (10.5 spg) and turnover margin (+5.43).

USC-UCLA Series Record -- This crosstown rivalry remains the longest standing and most evenly matched series in USC program history. Sunday's game will mark the 59th meeting between the Women of Troy and Bruins (according to USC records). The home team has won each of the last four meetings, but the Trojans still hold a two-game (30-28) advantage in the series standings.

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

USC 74.5 +6.9 42.2 24.2 70.7 42.8 14.4 23.0 10.2 4.1
UCLA 59.8 -12.8 33.6 27.2 58.1 38.4 16.9 16.9 10.5 2.9

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

10 Whitney Jones F 5-10 7.1 3.4 1.9 1.1
32 Malika Leatham F 5-2 7.1 6.4 0.4 0.4
33 Shalada Allen C 6-2 7.6 4.9 0.1 0.7
1 Natalie Nakase G 5-2 7.4 3.4 5.4 1.9
21 Jalina Bradley G 5-7 7.7 3.4 1.9 1.1

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 Washington (1/6): started, 11 points (5-14), 6 rebounds, suffered a severe left ankle sprain at 11:08 in the second half... at Washington State (1/4): started, 6 points (3-8), 8 rebounds, 1 assist... 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 walk-on... Enrolled at USC in the spring of 2001 and was named to the Dean's List.
This Season:

at Washington (1/6): did not travel... at Washington State (1/4): did not travel...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 Washington (1/6): started, 2 points (1-5), 1 rebound, 7 assists, 1 steal, fouled out... at Washington State (1/4): started, 7 points (2-6), 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals...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 Washington (1/6): DNP... at Washington State (1/4): DNP...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 Washington (1/6): started, 9 points (3-5), 5 rebounds, 2 assists... at Washington State (1/4): started, 10 points (5-10), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal...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 Washington (1/6): DNP... at Washington State (1/4): 1 rebound...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 Washington (1/6): tied a career high with 5 rebounds, 1 assist... at Washington State (1/4): 1 rebound, tied a career high with 2 assists...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:

Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 7... at Washington (1/6): started, 26 points (9-16), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals, fouled out... at Washington State (1/4): started, double-double with 23 points (9-23), 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals...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 Washington (1/6): 2 points (1-1), 1 rebound, 2 assists... at Washington State (1/4): career-high 10 points (3-3), 2 assists, 2 steals...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 Washington (1/6): started, 10 points (4-12), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals... at Washington State (1/4): DNP, suspended for game...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 Washington (1/6): 13 points (5-10), 5 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal... at Washington State (1/4): 15 points (5-12), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block...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 Washington (1/6): DNP... at Washington State (1/4): 4 points (1-3), 1 rebound, 1 block, 1 steal, fouled out...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 Washington (1/6): 6 points (3-3), 1 rebound, 1 steal... at Washington State (1/4): 12 points (5-11), 7 rebounds, 1 steal...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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