USC Women To Face San Francisco in First Round of WNIT

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March 10, 2002

Los Angeles, Calif. -- The USC women's basketball team will make its first postseason appearance in two years at the Women's National Invitation Tournament when it plays at San Francisco on Wednesday (March 13) at 7 p.m. (PST). The first round game will be played at USF's War Memorial Gym.

The Women of Troy have made 13 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, but this will be their second year participating in the WNIT. In 2000 USC advanced to the second round of the WNIT.

USC finished with a 15-13 overall record, and 11-7 mark in the Pac-10, while San Francisco finished 18-11 overall and 9-5 (tied second place) in the West Coast Conference. The winner of Wednesday night's game faces the winner of a first round match-up between Washington (17-11) and North Texas (21-8) either Saturday (March 16) or Sunday (March 17) at a site to be announced.

All games, including the semifinals and championship, will be hosted by participating schools at their home facility. The quarterfinals of the tournament will be March 19-21, the semifinals will be played on March 23-24, and the WNIT Championship will take place on March 26, 27 or 28.

'This is a great opportunity for us to show that we really are a good team,' said USC head coach Chris Gobrecht. 'Going to the WNIT is going to give us the opportunity to prove that, and a chance to finish our season on a good note. San Francisco is a quality team that beat Washington early in the year and they are going to be a tough first round match-up.'

This season, the Women of Troy finished tied for fourth place in the Pac-10 after contending for a second place finish for much of the season. USC earned a No. 4 seed in the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament but suffered a narrow loss to Oregon State in the quarterfinals, 69-68.

The 2002 squad is led by sophomore forward Ebony Hoffman and sophomore guard Aisha Hollans, who were each named to the 2002 All-Pac-10 first team. Hoffman leads the team with 9.0 rebounds per game and averages 14.5 points per outing. Hollans leads the team in scoring with 17.1 points per game in addition to an average of 6.4 rebounds. Freshman forward Rachel Woodward, a Pac-10 All-Freshman selection, also contributes double figures with 11.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

-- GO SC --

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