Women's Hoops Travels To Oregon, Oregon State

Jan. 22, 2002

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This Week
Thursday, Jan. 24
at Oregon at 7 p.m.
Eugene, Ore.

Saturday, Jan. 26
at Oregon State at 2 p.m.
Corvallis, Ore.

Both games can be heard live at www.usctrojans.com.

The Facts
The USC women's basketball team (10-8, 6-3 Pac-10) heads into the second round of the Pac-10 season this week against the Oregon schools. The Women of Troy travel to Oregon (10-8, 5-4 Pac-10) on Thursday, Jan. 24, for a 7 p.m. tipoff in Eugene, then face Oregon State (10-9, 6-3 Pac-10) on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. in Corvallis. Both games can be heard live on the web at www.usctrojans.com. USC is coming off a split last week with a 78-74 loss to Arizona on Thursday (Jan. 17) and an upset victory over No. 23 Arizona State, 68-49, on Saturday (Jan. 19).

Previous Game Results
vs. No. 23 Arizona State - USC upset No. 23-ranked Arizona State, 68-49, in front of 3,808 at the Sports Arena Saturday (Jan. 19) afternoon. The Women of Troy got key double-double performances from both Ebony Hoffman (13 points, 12 rebounds), who returned from a one-game suspension, and Carmen Krause (10 points, 10 rebounds), who enjoyed consecutive double-double outings (the first of her career). The game remained close at the start until USC built a 28-17 lead with 5:16 remaining by forcing Arizona State to commit seven turnovers. However, with a big defensive push of their own, the Sun Devils used a 7-0 run in the final minutes to enter the break only down by four, 28-24. The Women of Troy dominated the second half, jumping out to a 34-27 lead in the first five minutes. After two consecutive steals by Erin Young, the Trojans extended that lead to 10 (47-37) at the 10- minute mark. Key rebounding by USC (which outrebounded ASU 47 to 36) down the stretch kept the Sun Devils from getting back into the game. The Trojans were up by as many as 21 points in the final minutes.

vs. Arizona - Arizona withstood an 11-0 USC run in the final four minutes of the game to defeat the Women of Troy, 78-74, Thursday (Jan. 17) at the Sports Arena. The Trojans played without starting forward Ebony Hoffman (one-game suspension) and starting guards Tiffany Elmore (injury) and Aisha Hollans (violating team rules). USC jumped out to a quick 13-4 lead in the first half, but turnovers allowed Arizona to creep back into the game and tie the score at 20-20 with less than six minutes remaining. The Women of Troy were outscored 16-9 in the final five minutes and entered the break down by seven, 36-29. In the second half, Carmen Krause, who finished the game with a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds, hit three consecutive shots to close the gap to 36-35. The Wildcats kept their composure to gain a 71-55 advantage with 6:04 left on the clock before the Women of Troy embarked on an 11-0 run of their own. Arizona's Aimee Grzyb and Lakeisha Taylor hit key free throws down the stretch and the Wildcats kept the Trojans from scoring in the last possession to win the game. USC also got career-best performances from Rachel Woodward (21 points, 10 rebounds), Lauren Smith-Hams (11 points, 3-of-7 3FG) and Kim Gipson (12 points, 6 rebounds).

Midway Through the Pac
USC is officially midway through the Pac-10 season and preparing for its second meeting with Oregon and Oregon State. It's evident that the 6-3 Trojans have made numerous improvements this season as compared to last year when USC was 3-6 in conference play going into the second half.

Common Connections vs. Oregon State
Second-year Oregon State assistant coach Jualeah Woods is a 1994 graduate of USC. The 6-0 forward played alongside Lisa Leslie for the Women of Troy (1991-94) under head coaches Marianne Stanley and Cheryl Miller. Woods started nearly every game in her four years and averaged 6.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per outing.

Injury Report
Tiffany Elmore suffered a severe left ankle sprain against Washington on Jan. 6. She is expected to resume practicing this week and is listed as questionable for this week's games.

Career Night For USC Bench
Without three starters (Ebony Hoffman, Tiffany Elmore, Aisha Hollans) against Arizona (Jan. 17), the USC bench was forced to put forth a great effort... and they did. Carmen Krause (one of only two starters remaining) had a career-best performance with her first-ever double-double (21 points, 11 rebounds). Freshman Rachel Woodward (a non-starter) stepped-up with a season-high 21 points and 10 rebounds to help make up for the 44 average points and 21 average rebounds usually provided by the missing starters. Lauren Smith-Hams and Kim Gipson, who average just 8.6 minutes a game, also added career-highs with 11 and 12 points apiece in 23 and 28 minutes, respectively.

Woodward Proving To Be one Of Top Freshmen
Despite only starting eight of 18 games, Rachel Woodward is starting to prove why she's one of the top all-around freshmen in the Pac-10 this season. Following are Woodward's contributions to the team as compared to Stanford's T'Nae Thiel and Arizona's Dee-Dee Wheeler - two other newcomers making an large impact this season:

		Minpg	Ppg	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	Spg	Bpg
Woodward (F) 26.2 11.4 44.5 20.8 65.0 5.3 1.4 1.0 0.7
Thiel (F) 22.1 7.1 56.6 16.7 75.9 5.9 1.5 0.4 0.4
Wheeler (PG) 30.6 12.2 42.9 35.3 77.3 3.8 3.8 2.2 0.3

Against Ranked Opponents
Arizona State is the second ranked opponent the Women of Troy have upset this season. 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
Jan. 19 vs. No. 23 Arizona State Los Angeles W, 68-49

Still The Best since 1997
With a 6-3 record so far in the Pac-10 season, this still remains USC's best conference record since 1997. Under then-head coach Fred Williams, the 1997 Women of Troy were 8-1 nine 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).

Receiving Votes
USC received two votes (No. 49) in this week's ESPN/USA Today Top 25.

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

Leading The Pac-10 In Offensive Boards
The Women of Troy are averaging a conference-best 17.56 offensive rebounds per game and lead second-place UCLA by a 0.85 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 18.2 points per game, but she is also averaging 7.0 rebounds per outing. The rebounding mark ranks sixth among conference leaders and tops Pac-10 guards.

Doubling Up
Sophomore forward Ebony Hoffman has posted nine double-doubles in 16 games this season. She now has collected 13 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 11 of 17. She also has posted four double-doubles.

Even Contributions
The Trojans have four players averaging double figures in scoring, Aisha Hollans (18.2 ppg), Ebony Hoffman (14.1 ppg), Tiffany Elmore (11.7 ppg) and Rachel Woodward (11.4 ppg). Five also average more than 5.0 rebounds per game, Hoffman (8.9 rpg), Hollans (7.0 rpg), Elmore (5.2 rpg, Woodward (5.3 rpg) and Carmen Krause (5.8 rpg).

Team News N' Notes
USC had 3,808 in attendance against Arizona State (Jan. 19) - the 16th largest crowd in USC history and the largest since 1983 *** The Trojans defeated their second ranked opponent this season with a 68-49 win over No. 23 Arizona State (Jan. 19) *** USC used its 10th starting lineup against Arizona (Jan. 17) and was without three starters (Hoffman, Hollans, Elmore) in the four-point loss *** The Women of Troy's win over UCLA on Jan. 13 was USC's first at Pauley Pavilion since 1997 and Chris Gobrecht's first as USC head coach *** 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
Against Arizona (Jan. 17), Carmen Krause collected her first career double-double with a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds, Erin Young had a career-high three assists and Lauren Smith-Hams tied a career-high 11 points and 3-of-7 three-pointers *** Against UCLA (Jan. 13), Ebony Hoffman tied her career high with four blocks *** 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 and 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 390-275 (.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 166-95 (.636) mark and she ranks 34th among active Division I coaches with 390 career victories.

Opponent Notes

OREGON (10-8, 5-4 Pac-10) -- Oregon is coming off a 61-53 loss to crosstown rival Oregon State marking the first time it has lost the Civil War at MacArthur Court since 1993. Of their four conference losses, the Ducks have fallen to Stanford, OSU, Arizona State and USC. The team is led by junior guard Shaquala Williams, who averages 16.7 points and 4.3 assists per game. Forward Catherine Kraayeveld leads the team on the boards with 6.8 rebounds per outing. Williams also leads the conference in free throw shooting with a 88.1 percentage.

USC-Oregon Series Record -- The Trojans have defeated the Ducks in four of the last five meetings - twice upsetting a ranked Oregon squad. Thursday's game will be the 37th meeting between the two teams. The Women of Troy own a 25-11 overall record against Oregon after a win in the first meeting of this season on Dec. 20 in Los Angeles. USC is 11-6 against the Ducks at Mac Court.

The Last Time... With a career-high 27 points from Ebony Hoffman, USC earned an 83-73 victory over Oregon on Dec. 22 in Los Angeles. Hoffman also added a team-high 11 rebounds and Aisha Hollans contributed 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. Then, 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.

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

USC 73.7 +7.1 42.6 25.4 69.8 42.6 14.3 22.6 9.8 4.2
Oregon 69.3 +3.2 42.9 31.4 68.8 36.1 14.8 18.1 8.1 3.8

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

00 Edniesha Curry G 5-6 11.7 3.4 3.1 1.7
03 Shaquala Williams G 5-6 16.7 3.0 4.3 1.7
10 Jamie Craighead G 5-9 7.4 2.7 2.4 0.6
33 Catherine Kraayeveld F 6-3 8.2 6.8 1.3 1.1
31 Alyssa Fredrick F 6-3 7.9 4.7 0.3 0.7

OREGON STATE (10-9, 6-3 Pac-10) -- Oregon State is coming off a 61-53 win at Oregon - the first there since 1993. In conference play, the team has fallen to USC, Washington and Stanford. Senior guard Felicia Ragland leads the Pac-10 in scoring (20.5 ppg), three-point field goals (2.74 3pg) and steals (2.95 spg). Sophomore Leilani Estevan, who averages 9.2 ppg, leads the Pac-10 in assists (6.0 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (2.19). Forward Ericka Cook leads the team on the boards with 6.0 rebounds per game, while Ragland follows closely with 5.9 per outing.

USC-Oregon State Series Record -- With a 69-65 victory over Oregon State to start the 2002 conference season, USC improved to 24-11 in the all-time series. The Trojans are 9-7 when playing in Corvallis and defeated the Beavers at Gill Coliseum, 69-67, last year.

The Last Time... With a 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 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, giving the Trojans 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.

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

USC 73.7 +7.1 42.6 25.4 69.8 42.6 14.3 22.6 9.8 4.2
Oregon State 64.8 +0.4 39.3 33.3 66.4 39.4 15.2 17.8 9.5 3.7

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

22 Ericka Cook F 6-3 8.1 6.0 2.4 1.3
3 Juleen Smith F 5-5 3.8 1.8 1.2 0.9
42 Brina Chaney C 6-5 5.1 4.6 0.5 0.5
10 Leilani Estavan G 5-7 9.2 2.8 6.0 2.1
34 Felicia Ragland G 5-9 20.5 5.9 1.8 2.9

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. ASU (1/19): DNP - injury... vs. Arizona (1/17): DNP - injury... at UCLA (1/13): DNP - injury... at Wash (1/6): started, 11 points (5-14), 6 rebounds, suffered a severe left ankle sprain at 11:08 in the second half... at WSU (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: vs. ASU (1/19): DNP... vs. Arizona (1/17): DNP... at UCLA (1/13): DNP... at Wash (1/6): did not travel... at WSU (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 T... Was moved into the point guard po 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. ASU (1/19): started, 6 points (3-12), 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block... vs. Arizona (1/17): started, 7 points (3-12), 5 assists, 4 steals... at UCLA (1/13): started, 8 points (3-11), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... at Wash (1/6): started, 2 points (1-5), 1 rebound, 7 assists, 1 steal, fouled out... at WSU (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:
vs. ASU (1/19): DNP... vs. Arizona (1/17): DNP... at UCLA (1/13): DNP... at Wash (1/6): DNP... at WSU (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:
vs. ASU (1/19): started, double-double with 10 points (4-5), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. Arizona (1/17): started, career-high 21 points (8-14) and 11 rebounds for first career double-double, 1 assist... at UCLA (1/13): started, 14 points (4-6), 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... at Wash (1/6): started, 9 points (3-5), 5 rebounds, 2 assists... at WSU (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, 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. ASU (1/19): played 11 minutes... vs. Arizona (1/17): tied a career-high with 11 points (4-8), 3-7 three-pointers, 1 rebound, tied career-high with 3 assists, 1 steal... at UCLA (1/13): 3 points (1-1), 1 assist... at Wash (1/6): DNP... at WSU (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:
vs. ASU (1/19): 6 points (2-2 3FG), 1 assist, tied career-high 2 steals... vs. Arizona (1/17): 1 rebound, career-high 3 assists... at UCLA (1/13): 4 points (1-5), 4 rebounds, 1 block (first of her career)... at Wash (1/6): tied a career high with 5 rebounds, 1 assist... at WSU (1/4): 1 rebound, 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:
vs. ASU (1/19): started, 16 points (6-16) all in the second half, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block ... vs. Arizona (1/17): DNP - suspended for game for violating team rules... at UCLA (1/13): started, 12 points (4-7), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 7... at Wash (1/6): started, 26 points (9-16), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals, fouled out... at WSU (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:
vs. ASU (1/19): 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Arizona (1/17): started, 2 assists, 1 steal... at UCLA (1/13): played 7 minutes... at Wash (1/6): 2 points (1-1), 1 rebound, 2 assists... at WSU (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:
vs. ASU (1/19): started, double-double with 13 points (4-11), 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 2 steals... vs. Arizona (1/17): DNP - one-game suspension for UCLA ejection... at UCLA (1/13): started, double-double with 12 points (6-9), 12 rebounds, 2 assists, tied a career high with 4 blocks, 2 steals, ejected at 5:32 in second half for fighting (along with UCLA's Shalada Allen)... at Wash (1/6): started, 10 points (4-12), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals... at WSU (1/4): suspended for game for violating team rules...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:
vs. ASU (1/19): started, 13 points (5-12), 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block... vs. Arizona (1/17): started, double-double with 21 points (10-18), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals... at UCLA (1/13): started, 11 points (5-11), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block... at Wash (1/6): 13 points (5-10), 5 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal... at WSU (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:
vs. ASU (1/19): DNP... vs. Arizona (1/17): 2 points (1-1), 2 rebounds, tied a career-high with 2 steals... at UCLA (1/13): DNP... at Wash (1/6): DNP... at WSU (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:
vs. ASU (1/19): 4 points (2-2), 8 rebounds... vs. Arizona (1/17): started, 12 points (6-12), 6 rebounds, 1 block... at UCLA (1/13): 3 points (1-1), 1 rebound... at Wash (1/6): 6 points (3-3), 1 rebound, 1 steal... at WSU (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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