Women's Basketball Hosts UCLA, Saturday

Feb. 5, 2002

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This Week
Saturday, Feb.9, vs. UCLA
4 p.m. at the Sports Arena

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 (12-10, 8-5 Pac-10), which dropped to fourth in the Pac-10 race last week, hosts crosstown rival UCLA (6-15, 3-10 Pac-10) on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. at the Sports Arena. The game is the final women's basketball meeting for the 2002 Lexus Gauntlet Challenge (USC leads with 5 points). 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 69-63 loss to Washington on Feb. 1 and a 79-38 victory over Washington State on Feb. 3.

Previous Game Results
vs. Washington State
- With 21-point performances from both Ebony Hoffman and Rachel Woodward, USC easily defeated Washington State, 79-38, on Sunday (Feb. 3). The Cougars' losing streak continued as the Women of Troy handed WSU its 15th straight loss of the season. In addition to Hoffman and Woodward's 42-point scoring contribution, Jessica Cheeks added 12 points for the Women of Troy. The Cougars, despite opening with the first basket and holding USC scoreless in the first three minutes, were quickly left behind. The Trojans entered halftime with a 38-24 lead. After the break, the Women of Troy made certain the game was not going to get any closer. USC embarked on a 16-0 run (22-0 counting the final four points in the first half) in the first seven minutes to go ahead by 30 (54-24). The Cougars were held without a field goal until the 10:42 mark. Washington State had its opportunity as USC went cold with eight minutes remaining, but in a four-minute window WSU only managed to hit three shots to bring the score to 68-36. The Cougar's 38 points marked a season low for a USC opponent in 2002.

vs. Washington - Despite a 19-point effort by Ebony Hoffman, USC fell to Washington, 69-63, at the Sports Arena on Friday (Feb. 1). Hoffman, who enjoyed her 10th double-double of the season with 14 boards, and Aisha Hollans (17 points) led the Women of Troy in scoring. In the first half, USC jumped out to an early 7-2 lead after Jessica Cheeks hit a three-pointer with 17:44 remaining. A layup by UW's Kayla Burt allowed the Huskies to claim their first lead of the game, 17-16, at the 11:41 mark. Washington built that lead to 25-18, capped by a basket by Sarah Keeler. USC returned with a 7-2 run of its own to tie the score at 27 and went into the break up by two, 33-31. The Women of Troy jumped out to a 39-34 lead in the second half. Again, the Huskies responded as Andrea Lalum hit three consecutive shots allowing Washington to reclaim the lead, 44-43, with 12:34 remaining. USC was never able to recover this time but did make it interesting in the end by hitting consecutive three pointers with only a minute left. Washington hit its free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

USC Women On KMPC-AM 1540
All of USC's remaining home games will broadcast on the Los Angeles airwaves on KMPC-AM 1540, including this Saturday, Feb. 9, vs. UCLA. Following is the schedule of remaining games: 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.

Battle For the Lexus Gauntlet
With a win over the Bruins in the first meeting on Jan. 9, USC captured the first five of a possible 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. USC currently leads 30-22.5.

Can't Decide On Wins Or Losses
USC has not won or lost consecutive games since Dec. 28 when it capped off a four-game win streak. Since then, the Women of Troy have alternated wins and losses in the last 11 games.

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.

Down The Stretch
Entering the final stretch of the conference season, with only five games remaining, here are USC's chances in the conference race. Stanford has nearly clinched the title, but the Women of Troy remain only one game behind second-place Arizona State and 1/2 game behind third-place Washington. USC still has one remaining meeting against the Cardinal and the Sun Devils.

Only Getting Better
Ebony Hoffman fought through some difficult games and difficult losses at the start of the 2002 season, but seems to have hit her stride since the start of conference play. Against nonconference opponents she averaged 12.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, but in conference play she has tallied 16.4 points and 10.1 boards per outing. In the month of November she averaged 12.3 points and 7.0 rebounds... this month she's up to 20.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per contest.

Woodward one Of Top Freshmen
Despite only starting 11 of 22 games, Rachel Woodward has proved 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 (forward) 26.8 11.3 44.5 20.0 68.5 5.0 1.6 1.0 0.7
Thiel (forward) 22.1 6.5 53.1 16.7 75.9 5.9 1.4 0.5 0.4
Wheeler (point guard) 28.3 11.9 44.9 36.7 73.2 3.4 3.3 2.0 0.3

Doubling Up
Sophomore forward Ebony Hoffman has posted a conference-leading 10 double-doubles in 20 games this season. She now has collected 14 career double-doubles.

Injury Report
Tiffany Elmore suffered a severe left ankle sprain against Washington on Jan. 6. She resumed practicing on Tuesday, Jan. 29, but has yet to play in a game. She is listed as probable for UCLA.

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 an 8-5 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 9-2, 11 games into the Pac-10 season (twice falling to Stanford). That season the Trojans went 13-5 in the Pac-10 and finished third (their best finish since then).

Leading The Pac-10 In Offensive Boards
The Women of Troy average a conference-best 17.95 offensive rebounds per game and lead second-place UCLA by a 1.38 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 17.2 points per game, but she is also averaging 6.4 rebounds per outing. The rebounding mark ranks seventh among conference leaders and tops Pac-10 guards.

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 13 of 21. She also has posted four double-doubles.

Even Contributions
The Trojans have four players averaging double figures in scoring, Aisha Hollans (17.2 ppg), Ebony Hoffman (14.8 ppg), Tiffany Elmore (11.7 ppg) and Rachel Woodward (11.3 ppg). Five also average more than 5.0 rebounds per game, Hoffman (9.0 rpg), Hollans (6.4 rpg), Elmore (5.2 rpg, Woodward (5.0 rpg) and Carmen Krause (5.5 rpg).

Team News N' Notes
At USC (Feb. 3), the Washington State set various Trojan opponent records: their 38 points ranks fifth among the all-time lowest and the 13 field goals and 22.8 field goal percentage both rank third lowest against USC *** The last time USC won a game on a last-second shot was on Jan. 27, 2000, in a 74-73 victory over Oregon *** 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
Aisha Hollans tied a career high with five assists, Rachel Woodward equalled her career best with 21 points and Ryane Alexander tied a career high with four assists against Washington State (Feb. 3) *** Playing a career-high 22 minutes, Ryane Alexander collected a career-best four assists and five rebounds *** Carmen Krause collected a career high six assists against Oregon (Jan. 24) *** 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 392-277 (.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 168-97 (.634) mark and she ranks 34th among active Division I coaches with 392 career victories.

Opponent Notes

UCLA (6-15, 3-10 Pac-10) -- UCLA is coming off a split last week against the Washington schools. The Bruins defeated Washington State, 79-55, on Feb. 1 to end a five-game losing streak. Two of UCLA's three conference victories have been against the Cougars. UCLA fell to Washington, 68-48, on Feb. 3. The Bruins' Whitney Jones is averaging 8.3 points per game, while Shalada Allen and Natalie Nakase average 8.2. Center Malika Leatham leads on the boards with 6.0 rebounds per game. As a team, UCLA leads the conference in steals (10.52 per game) and ranks second in turnover margin (+3.57) and offensive rebounds (16.57). The Bruins will face Long Beach State on Tuesday, Feb. 5, before traveling to the Sports Arena on Saturday.

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 60th meeting between the Women of Troy and Bruins (according to USC records). USC earned its first victory at Pauley Pavilion in five years on Jan. 13 and is looking for its first sweep of the Bruins since 1997 and the first under head coach Chris Gobrecht. The Trojans hold a three-game (31-28) advantage in the series.

The Last Time... Led by Carmen Krause in her final game as a Trojan in Westwood, USC defeated UCLA, 67-57, in front of 5,331 on Jan. 13 at Pauley Pavilion. The victory was the Women of Troy's first at Pauley since 1997, and Chris Gobrecht's first-ever in Westwood as USC's head coach. It seemed one-sided from the start as the Women of Troy took a 43-23 lead into the break. USC shot 60.7 percent from the field in the first half and held the Bruins to 24.2 percent. Krause scored a career-high 14 points just in the first 20 minutes. The Bruins returned to the court with renewed intensity for the second half, but with each field goal UCLA managed to sink at the start, the Trojans responded to maintain a 17-point advantage after the first 10 minutes. What was to follow was a series of fouls and technical fouls which allowed the Bruins to come within 10 (67-57) as time ran out after hitting 6-of-10 shots at the line down the stretch. Ebony Hoffman and UCLA's Shalada Allen were ejected from the game with 5:32 on the clock. Gobrecht was charged with her first technical foul at 4:56 and a second at 1:12, leading to her ejection. Krause, who finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds, led four Women of Troy in double figures. Hoffman contributed 12 points and 12 rebounds and tied a career high with four blocks.

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

USC 72.6 +6.0 41.9 27.0 69.3 42.2 14.1 22.2 9.9 3.9
UCLA 58.5 -13.0 33.3 23.8 60.5 38.8 11.6 18.4 10.5 2.3

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

10 Whitney Jones F 5-10 8.3 4.4 1.5 2.1
35 Jamila Veasley F 6-1 1.8 3.6 0.5 0.7
32 Malika Leatham C 5-2 6.2 6.0 0.5 1.2
1 Natalie Nakase G 5-2 8.2 3.2 5.5 1.8
21 Jalina Bradley G 5-7 6.3 3.5 1.6 1.0

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. WSU (2/3): DNP - injury... vs. Wash (2/1): DNP - injury... at OSU (1/26): DNP - injury... at Oregon (1/24): DNP - injury... 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. WSU (2/3): played in first collegiate game, 1 assist in one minute of play ... vs. Wash (2/1): DNP... at OSU (1/26): DNP... at Oregon (1/24): DNP... 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 Troy... 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. WSU (2/3): started, 6 points (2-6), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal ... vs. Wash (2/1): started, 12 points (6-11), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals...at OSU (1/26): started, 14 points (5-13), 3 rebounds, 3 steals, hit game-winning shot... at Oregon (1/24): started, 12 points (4-11), 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals... 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. WSU (2/3): played in first collegiate game, 2 points in one minute of play ... vs. Wash (2/1): DNP...at OSU (1/26): did not travel... vs. Oregon (1/24): did not travel... 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. WSU (2/3): started, 3 points (1-6), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals ... vs. Wash (2/1): started, 4 points (2-4), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal...at OSU (1/26): started2 points (0-4), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals... at Oregon (1/24): started, 4 points (2-5), 4 rebounds, career high 6 assists, 3 steals... 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. WSU (2/3): 4 points (2-4), 3 rebounds, 1 steal ... vs. Wash (2/1): DNP...at OSU (1/26): played five minutes... at Oregon (1/24): 6 points (2-2 3FG), 1 rebound... 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. WSU (2/3): 2 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. Wash (2/1): DNP...at OSU (1/26): DNP... at Oregon (1/24): 2 points (0-3), 3 rebounds... 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. WSU (2/3): started, 6 points (2-10), 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. Wash (2/1): started, 17 points (7-15), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal...at OSU (1/26): started, 14 points (6-17), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... at Oregon (1/24): started, 15 points (6-17), 4 rebounds, 1 steal... 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. WSU (2/3): 2 points (1-1), tied a career-high 4 assists... vs. Wash (2/1): 3 points (1-3), 1 rebound, 2 assists...at OSU (1/26): 3 points (1-4), career-high 5 rebounds and 4 assists... at Oregon (1/24): 6 points (2-3 3FG), 1 rebound... 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. WSU (2/3): started, 21 points (8-14), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals... vs. Wash (2/1): started, double-double with 19 points (8-22), 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals...at OSU (1/26): started, 16 points (6-15), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals... at Oregon (1/24): started, 13 points (5-19), 7 rebounds, 2 steals... 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. WSU (2/3): started, 21 points (8-14), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 3 steals... vs. Wash (2/1): started, 10 points (3-10), 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 steal...at OSU (1/26): started, 7 points (3-4), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... at Oregon (1/24): started, 5 points (2-8), 6 rebounds, 3 assists... 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. WSU (2/3): 8 points (3-5), 2 rebounds... vs. Wash (2/1): DNP...at OSU (1/26): DNP... at Oregon (1/24): 2 rebounds, 1 block... 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. WSU (2/3): 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 steals... vs. Wash (2/1): 4 points (2-2), 2 rebounds, 1 block...at OSU (1/26): 4 points (1-1), 8 rebounds, 1 block, 2 steals... at Oregon (1/24): 2 points (1-3), 7 rebounds... 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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