Basketball Travels To UCSB Thursday, Faces Rival UCLA Sunday

Jan. 7, 2003

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This Week
Thursday, Jan. 9, at #21 UC Santa Barbara
7 p.m. - Santa Barbara, Calif. (The Thunderdome)
Listen to live audio on the internet at www.usctrojans.com

Sunday, Jan. 12, at UCLA
Noon - Westwood, Calif. (Pauley Pavilion)
Game to be aired live on Fox Sports West 2
Follow live stats and listen to audio on the internet at www.usctrojans.com

The Facts
The USC women's basketball team (6-8, 1-3 Pac-10) is looking for upsets this week as it faces a ranked UC Santa Barbara (7-2) team in a nonconference match-up, before taking on Pac-10 leading UCLA (9-4, 4-0 Pac-10). The Women of Troy travel to face the 21st-ranked Gauchos on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at Santa Barbara's Thunderdome. The game can be heard live at www.usctrojans.com and will be tape-delayed on Santa Barbara local cable, Cox Community 8, Thursday at 11 p.m. The Trojans take on the crosstown rival Bruins on Sunday, Jan. 12, at Noon at Pauley Pavilion. The first game of the 2002-03 Lexus Gauntlet competition will be aired live on Fox Sports West 2 and can be heard and followed with live stats at www.usctrojans.com.

USC is coming off a 92-44 victory over Washington State on Jan. 3 and a 83-81 overtime loss to Washington on Jan. 5.

All USC home games (and selected road games) can be heard live via the internet at www.usctrojans.com. To find the USC audio broadcast go to the 'Multimedia' link at the top of the homepage. You can also follow the game with Live Stats by going to the women's basketball schedule page.

Sunday's KMPC-AM Broadcast Rescheduled
Due to a scheduling conflict on KMPC-AM 1540 this Sunday, Jan. 12, the USC-UCLA game will only be heard on the internet at www.usctrojans.com. KMPC will air the Oakland Raiders' playoff game on Sunday, but will add USC's Jan. 26 game against Stanford (1 p.m.) to its broadcast schedule.

Battle For The Lexus Gauntlet
Sunday's meeting with UCLA will mark the first women's basketball match-up of 2002-03 in the Lexus Gauntlet trophy competition -- 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 is awarded to the school with the most points at year's end. The Women of Troy are looking secure the first five of 10 women's basketball points this Sunday. USC captured last year's inaugural trophy and this year leads UCLA, 20-15.

Craig Steps In To Lead Team
Junior transfer Rometra Craig joined the Women of Troy for her first game on Dec. 19 against SMU and is now leading the team in points (16.7 ppg) and steals (4.0 spg). She also ranks second on the team with 3.5 assists per game (Jessica Cheeks leads with 3.7 apg). In just six games, Craig has also surpassed nearly all of her career highs, including 23 points against Washington and seven steals against Washington State last week.

Hoffman Seeing Double
Forward/center Ebony Hoffman collected her sixth double-double of the season last week against Washington (Jan. 5) when she put up 21 points and 12 rebounds. She now has 22 career double-double performances.

Hollans Making A Name On The Boards
Guard Aisha Hollans has always been a threat on both ends of the court. She is currently averaging 11.7 points per game (third on the team), but also ranks second on the team (behind Hoffman) in rebounding with 6.0 boards per game. Against Oregon (Dec. 29), she led in rebounding and collected her first double-double of the season (sixth of her career) with 10 rebounds and 13 points. Hollans ranks 13th in the Pac-10 in rebounding (second among guards) and 16th in scoring.

Game Recap: Washington def. USC, 83-81 OT
For the fourth time in the last seven meetings, USC and Washington played into an overtime period, but the Huskies came out on top with an 83-81 victory on Jan. 5. Ebony Hoffman led USC with 21 points and 12 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Though the Huskies opened the game with a 6-2 lead, USC answered with eight-straight points of its own to go ahead 10-6 at 15:55. The Women of Troy managed to hold on to that lead for the remainder of the half. At 11:40 USC embarked on a 10-0 run to extend its lead to as much as 11 points (27-16) at 7:51, then entered halftime with a 34-29 advantage. The Trojans maintained the lead at the start of the second half, but with a couple of three-pointers, the Huskies were back in the game and trailing by only one, 50-49, at 9:47. Both teams matched each other point-for-point in the remaining minutes, forcing five tie scores. As the clock ran down, Aisha Hollans made a final layup that sent the game into overtime. The extra period was a back-and-forth battle until the Huskies made consecutive shots to go ahead, 81-75, with a minute left. USC did not back down and managed to knot the score once more on a Hollans' three-pointer, 81-81. But with 0:02 left on the clock, a jumper by Washington's Guiliana Mendiola gave the Huskies' the lead for good, 83-81.

Game Recap: USC def. Washington State, 92-44
Behind a career-high 23 points from Rometra Craig, USC cruised past Washington State, 92-44, on Jan. 3. In addition to Craig's performance, USC had three other players finish in double figures, including Ebony Hoffman with 19 points, Meghan Gnekow with a career-best 17 and Aisha Hollans with 13 points. Hoffman led with nine rebounds in the game and Craig posted a team-best and career-high seven steals. The Women of Troy held the Cougars scoreless until 17:19 when a free throw put WSU on the scoreboard for the first time, 6-1. For the first 10 minutes of the half the Cougars scored only five points as USC led 18-5 at the halfway mark. The Trojans outscored Washington State 20-to-14 in the remaining minutes to enter the break ahead 38-19. Hoffman scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half. USC led by as much as 52 points twice in the second half before rolling to the 92-44 victory. The Women of Troy shot 51.1 percent from the field in the outing, including a 54.1 percent effort in the second half.

UC Santa Barbara Connections
* UCSB sophomore guard Haddy Sarr and USC junior guard Tiffany Hicks were teammates at Iowa Western Community College last season.
* Freshman Meghan Gnekow will be closer to home in Santa Barbara. Gnekow hails from nearby Santa Ynez and prepped at Santa Ynez County Union High.

UCLA Connections
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.
* Bruin freshman guard Lisa Willis and USC juniors Ebony Hoffman and Jessica Cheeks all attended Los Angeles' Narbonne High.
* USC assistant coach Shannon Perry and UCLA assistant coach Tia Jackson were teammates at Iowa in 1995. Jackson graduated in 1995, while Perry completed her eligibility in 1998.
* Third-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.
* Lindsey Brooks, the daughter of USC first-year assistant coach Steve Brooks, is a 2001 graduate of UCLA. Brooks' wife Kathleen also attended UCLA.

Keep Your Eye On The Ball
There is one category that the Trojans have definitely dominated this season - turnovers! Despite averaging 22.5 turnovers in the first 14 games, the Women of Troy have used it to their advantage by forcing opponents to turn the ball over 25.6 times per outing. With a fast-paced pressure defense, USC has also managed to collect 12.0 steals per game.

Nonconference Schedule Provides Maximum Test
There were no 'easy' games for the Women of Troy on the 2002-03 nonconference schedule. Prior to the start of the Pac-10 season, USC played 10 games, faced five ranked opponents (No. 29 Colorado State, No. 4 Kansas State, No. 10 Notre Dame, No. 5 UConn and No. 4 Tennessee), took five road trips with stops in Colorado (twice), Kansas, Connecticut and Texas, and played four home games.

Player News N' Notes
* Rachel Woodward collected a career-high 11 rebounds and Jessica Cheeks tied her career high with eight assists against Washington (Jan. 5).
* Rometra Craig and Meghan Gnekow both recorded career-high scoring efforts against Washington State (Jan. 3) with 23 and 17 points, respectively. Craig also had a career-high seven steals.
* Jessica Cheeks made a career-high three three-pointers and shot a career-high 50.0 percent (3-6) from three-point range against Oregon (Dec. 29).
* Ebony Hoffman hit a career-high 9-of-9 (1.000) free throws at Colorado (Dec. 21).
* Kim Gipson posted a career high three assists against Colorado (Dec. 21).
* Aisha Hollans collected a career high 15 rebounds and tied a career high with five assists against SMU (Dec. 19).
* Ebony Hoffman matched her career high with four blocks against Pepperdine (Dec. 4).
* Rachel Woodward scored a career high 22 points against Notre Dame (Nov. 29).
* Ebony Hoffman posted a career high seven steals in win over New Mexico (Nov. 23).
* Ebony Hoffman collected a career-high 18 rebounds in a double-double effort against Northern Arizona (Nov. 15).

Team News N' Notes
The last time USC was swept in the conference opener was in 1996 when the Trojans fell to both Washington and Washington State to open Pac-10 play *** The last four meetings between USC and Oregon State, including the Trojans' 63-61 loss on Dec. 27, have been decided by a total of four points *** Before beating No. 19 Colorado State in the first week of the season, the last time the Women of Troy beat a ranked opponent was on Jan. 19, 2002 when they defeated No. 23 Arizona State.

USC Boasts Nation's Second-Toughest Schedule
The Women of Troy accepted the nation's No. 2 toughest challenge this season, according to the WBCA and its preseason nonconference strength of schedule rating. Overall, the Trojans ranked No. 17 in strength of schedule. The 2003 schedule featured Notre Dame (Nov. 29) and New Mexico (Nov. 23) at the Sports Arena and Tennessee (Dec. 14), who boasts the No. 1-rated toughest schedule, at the Forum, road games against Pepperdine (Dec. 4), SMU (Dec. 18), Colorado (Dec. 21) and UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 9), and a Dec. 8 match-up at defending national champion Connecticut in Hartford, Conn.

Head Coach Chris Gobrecht
Chris Gobrecht is in her sixth 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 24 years of head coaching experience, Gobrecht has amassed a 402-289 (.582) 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 171-102 (.628) mark and she ranks among the top 50 active Division I coaches with 401 career victories.

Opponent Notes

No. 21 UC Santa Barbara (7-2, 1-0 Big West) -- The 21st-ranked Gauchos are coming off a conference victory over Can State Fullerton last week as they prepare to host three games this week. UCSB will face Cal State Northridge on Tuesday, Jan. 7, before hosting USC, Thursday. The only common opponent between USC and UCSB this season has been Colorado State. The Gauchos were defeated by the Rams on Dec. 29, 55-44. UCSB has five players averaging double figures, including forward Kristen Mann who leads with 15.3 points per game. Center Lindsay Taylor leads with 9.0 rebounds per game. Head coach Mark French is in his eighth year at UCSB.

USC-UCSB Series Record -- USC and UCSB will meet for the 21st time in program history this Thursday. The Gauchos own a 11-9 advantage in the series, but the Women of Troy captured the most recent victory when they beat the Gauchos 60-55 in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, 2000. UCSB had won the three previous meetings.

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

USC 65.4 -0.7 38.8 23.6 70.0 37.9 15.1 22.5 12.0 2.4
UCSB 69.7 +7.2 42.6 31.0 73.4 43.6 14.7 19.3 6.8 4.2


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

14 Lisa Willett F 6-0 10.2 4.2 1.0 1.0
15 Brandy Richardson F 6-0 7.0 9.8 2.6 1.0
13 Lindsay Taylor C 6-8 14.7 9.0 0.9 0.4
10 Jess Hansen G 5-8 11.7 3.7 2.9 1.1
21 Mia Fisher G 5-9 10.6 5.4 2.2 1.0

UCLA (9-4, 4-0 Pac-10) -- UCLA took sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 last week after sweeping Washington (72-46) and Washington State (93-51). This is the Bruins' best start in conference play since winning its first six contests in 2000. Its current five-game win streak was preceeded by three-straight losses, including a 88-67 loss to Pepperdine - the only nonconference common opponent between USC and UCLA this season. Guard Michelle Greco leads the team in scoring with 19.2 points per game, while freshman forward Julia Pitts leads with 5.9 rebounds per game. Head coach Kathy Olivier is in her 10th season at the helm of the Bruin program.

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 61st meeting between the Women of Troy and Bruins (according to USC records). Last season, USC earned its first victory at Pauley Pavilion in five years with a 67-57 victory on Jan. 13, then swept the Bruins for the first time since 1997 and the first time under head coach Chris Gobrecht, thanks to a 71-58 win at home on Feb. 9. The Trojans own a four-game (32-28) advantage in the series and are 15-11 at Pauley Pavilion.

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

USC 65.4 -0.7 38.8 23.6 70.0 37.9 15.1 22.5 12.0 2.4
UCLA 79.2 +0.2 45.7 35.3 67.9 39.1 16.3 16.4 13.2 2.5


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

10 Whitney Jones F 5-10 6.9 4.2 1.3 1.5
35 Jamila Veasley F 6-1 3.0 5.3 0.6 1.0
1 Natalie Nakase G 5-2 3.9 1.5 3.2 0.8
20 Michelle Greco G 5-9 19.2 4.2 2.8 2.9
32 Nikki Blue G 5-8 14.3 5.2 3.7 1.8

Player Profiles

#3 Rometra Craig (Guard * Junior TR)
Rometra Craig will begin her first season with the Women of Troy on Dec. 19, 2002... Transferred from Duke midway through the 2001-02 season and must sit-out one complete year to become eligible... Became eligible to join the team on Dec. 19... A talented guard who brings additional speed and aggressiveness to USC's backcourt... An All-American caliber player.
This Season:
at SMU (12/19): Made her USC debut against the Mustangs off the bench, 18 points (7-11), 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 steals... at Colorado (12/21): 19 points (7-15), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 3 steals... at OSU (12/27): made her first start at USC, 13 points (5-14), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 2 steals... at Oregon (12/29): started, 14 points (6-13), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals... vs. WSU (1/3): started, career-high 23 points (10-16), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, career-high 7 steals... vs. Wash (1/5): started, 13 points (4-13), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal...

#4 Reva Evero (Forward * Freshman)
Reva Evero enters her first season with the Women of Troy as a walk-on.
This Season:
Added to the roster on Nov. 22... vs. New Mexico (11/23): DNP... vs. Notre Dame (11/29): DNP... vs. Pepperdine (12/4): DNP... at UConn (12/8): DNP... vs. Tenn (12/14): DNP... at SMU (12/19): DNP... at Colorado (12/21): DNP... at OSU (12/27): did not travel... at Oregon (12/29): did not travel... vs. WSU (1/3): played 1 minute... vs. Wash (1/5): DNP...

#5 Meghan Gnekow (Guard * Freshman)
Meghan Gnekow enters her first season at USC after starring at Santa Ynez (Calif.) County Union High... A guard with the potential of playing at the 2 or 3 spots... Expected to help the team because of her perimeter shooting... An athletic player who can handle the ball and make things happen.
This Season:
vs. NAU (11/15): 4 points (1-5), 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. CSU (11/15): 4 points (2-6), 4 rebounds... vs. KSU (11/20): 12 points (5-12), 4 rebounds, 2 steals... vs. New Mexico (11/23): 5 points (1-6), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 7 steals... vs. Notre Dame (11/29): 2 rebounds, 1 steal... vs. Pepperdine (12/4): 6 points (2-3), 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks... at UConn (12/8): 3 points (0-8), 6 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. Tenn (12/14): DNP...8 points (3-5), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block... at SMU (12/19): 9 points (3-4), 1 rebound... at Colorado (12/21): 1 assist... at OSU (12/27): 2 rebounds... at Oregon (12/29): 2 points (1-5), 3 rebounds... vs. WSU (1/3): career-high 17 points (5-7), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. Wash (1/5): 3 points (1-3), 5 rebounds...

#10 Jessica Cheeks (Guard * Junior)
Jessica Cheeks begins her third season with the Women of Troy... Was moved to the point guard position as a freshman, but may return to a more natural 2/3 position as a junior... Is a great asset to the team because of her size and agility in the backcourt... An all-around athlete with great instincts for the game... A returning starter.
This Season:
vs. NAU (11/15): started (at two guard), 13 points (6-13), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals... vs. CSU (11/15): started, 11 points (5-11), 7 rebounds, 7 assists... vs. KSU (11/20): started, 7 points (1-9), 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 steals... vs. New Mexico (11/23): started, 15 points (7-10), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. Notre Dame (11/29): started, 10 points (4-8), 2 rebounds, 3 assists... vs. Pepperdine (12/4): started, 14 points (6-11) - including game-winner - 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals... at UConn (12/8): started, 3 points (1-7), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. Tenn (12/14): started, 6 points (3-14), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals... at SMU (12/19): started, 4 points (2-5), 1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 steals... at Colorado (12/21): started, 8 points (3-7), 3 rebounds, 3 assists... at OSU (12/27): 7 points (2-8), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals... at Oregon (12/29): started, 13 points (5-14), career-high 3, 3-pointers, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal... vs. WSU (1/3): started, 4 points (2-6), 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals... vs. Wash (1/5): started, 8 points (4-14), 6 rebounds, tied a career-high with 8 assists, 3 steals...

#20 Alessandra Albrizzio (Guard * RS Freshman)
Alessandra Albrizzio enters her first season with the Women of Troy as a walk-on.
This Season:
vs. NAU (11/15): DNP... vs. CSU (11/15): DNP... vs. KSU (11/20): DNP... vs. New Mexico (11/23): DNP... vs. Notre Dame (11/29): DNP... vs. Pepperdine (12/4): DNP... at UConn (12/8): DNP... vs. Tenn (12/14): made first collegiate appearance, played one minute... at SMU (12/19): did not travel... at Colorado (12/21): did not travel... at OSU (12/27): DNP... at Oregon (12/29): DNP... vs. WSU (1/3): played 1 minute... vs. Wash (1/5): DNP...

#21 Erin Young (Forward * Senior)
Erin Young enters her senior year with the Women of Troy at forward... After joining the team as a freshman walk-on guard, she earned a scholarship for her final three seasons... Her shooting abilities are crucial to the team... Looks to become much more explosive after quiet sophomore and junior campaigns.
This Season:
vs. NAU (11/15): started (only 2nd career start), 4 points (1-4), tied career high with 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block (first of career)... vs. CSU (11/15): started, 6 points (1-6), 5 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. KSU (11/20): started, 6 points (3-7), 2 rebounds... vs. New Mexico (11/23): started, 5 points (1-6), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 7 steals... vs. New Mexico (11/23): started, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Notre Dame (11/29): started, 1 rebound... vs. Pepperdine (12/4): 2 rebounds... at UConn (12/8): started, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Tenn (12/14): started, 2 points (1-1), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... at SMU (12/19): started, 2 points (1-1), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block... at Colorado (12/21): 8 points (4-5), 2 rebounds, 2 steals... at OSU (12/27): 2 points (1-4), 2 rebounds... at Oregon (12/29): started, played 18 minutes... vs. WSU (1/3): 2 points (1-3), 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals... vs. Wash (1/5): 2 points (1-1)...

#23 Aisha Hollans (Guard * Junior)
Aisha Hollans begins her third season with the Women of Troy... One of the most gifted guards in the conference and a crucial player to have on the court at all times... Named to the 2002 All-Pac-10 First Team... A 2003 ALL-AMERICAN candidate... A returning starter on the perimeter.
This Season:
vs. NAU (11/15): DNP (academic suspension)... vs. CSU (11/15): 8 points (4-16), 4 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. KSU (11/20): 11 points (4-17), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... vs. New Mexico (11/23): 6 points (3-9), 3 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. Notre Dame (11/29): 9 points (3-9), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. Pepperdine (12/4): 17 points (5-10), 6 rebounds, 1 assist... at UConn (12/8): started, 11 points (4-16), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals... vs. Tenn (12/14): started, 6 points (3-11), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals... at SMU (12/19): 14 points (7-13), career high 15 rebounds, tied a career high 5 assists, 1 steal... at Colorado (12/21): started, 9 points (4-15), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 steals... at OSU (12/27): started, 20 points (9-19), 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals... at Oregon (12/29): started, double-double with 13 points (6-15), 10 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. WSU (1/3): started, 13 points (5-8), 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals... vs. Wash (1/5): started, 15 points (5-10), 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals...

#24 Tiffany Hicks (Guard * Junior TR)
A transfer from Iowa Western Community College, Tiffany Hicks begins her first season at USC... She has two years of eligibility available with the Women of Troy... A classic point guard who will be relied upon heavily this season... A very responsible player who will defend and get the ball to all the right people.
This Season:
vs. NAU (11/15): started, 9 points (4-10), 2 rebounds3 assists.. vs. CSU (11/15): started, 3 points (1-3), 5 assists, 3 steals... vs. KSU (11/20): started, 2 points (1-4), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals... vs. New Mexico (11/23): started, 4 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. Notre Dame (11/29): 2 rebounds, 8 assists... vs. Pepperdine (12/4): started, 2 points (1-5), 2 assists, 1 steal... at UConn (12/8): 1 point, 2 rebounds, 1 steal... vs. Tenn (12/14): 3 points (1-4), 2 assists, 3 steals... at SMU (12/19): started, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals... at Colorado (12/21): 2 points (1-3), 1 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... at OSU (12/27): 1 point (0-2), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... at Oregon (12/29): 1 rebound, 4 assists... vs. WSU (1/3): 2 points (1-3), 2 rebounds, 1 steal... vs. Wash (1/5): 2 rebounds...

#32 Ebony Hoffman (Forward * Junior)
Ebony Hoffman enters her third season with the Women of Troy... One of the most dominating post players in the conference who had outstanding freshman and sophomore campaigns... Named to the 2002 All-Pac-10 First Team... Competed with the 2002 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Team this summer... A 2003 ALL-AMERICAN candidate... A returning starter in the post.
This Season:
vs. NAU (11/15): started, double-double with 14 points (5-11) and career-high 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals... vs. CSU (11/15): started, 5 points (1-5), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. KSU (11/20): started, 10 points (4-10), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals... vs. New Mexico (11/23): started, 18 points (6-11), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, career-high 7 steals... vs. Notre Dame (11/29): started, 10 points (4-11), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 block... vs. Pepperdine (12/4): started, double-double with 20 points (7-11) and 15 rebounds, 3 assists, career-high 4 blocks, 2 steals... at UConn (12/8): started, double-double with 22 points (6-17) and 14 rebounds, 2 blocks, 3 steals... vs. Tenn (12/14): started, 10 points (3-9), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, suffered mild concussion... at SMU (12/19): started, double-double with 11 points (3-5) and 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 3 steals... at Colorado (12/21):started, double-double with 23 points (6-10) and 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... at OSU (12/27): started, 13 points (4-8), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... at Oregon (12/29): started, 25 points (23 in the 2nd half), 7 rebounds, 4 steals... vs. WSU (1/3): started, 19 points (8-14), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals... vs. Wash (1/5): started, double-double with 21 points (7-15), 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 steal...

#33 Rachel Woodward (Forward * Sophomore)
Rachel Woodward enters her second season with the Women of Troy... A talented passer who runs the floor well... She can catch, pass and finish on the move... Works well in transition and possesses strong rebounding skills... Brings great size to the forward position... Named to the 2002 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team... A returning starter.
This Season:
vs. NAU (11/15): started, 15 points (5-15), 4 rebounds, 3 assists2 steals... vs. CSU (11/15): started, 20 points (9-13) including game-winning three-pointer, 8 rebounds, 1 block... vs. KSU (11/20): started, 13 points (4-9), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 2 steals... vs. New Mexico (11/23): started, 11 points (3-11), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. Notre Dame (11/29): started, career high 22 points (10-19), 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. Pepperdine (12/4): started, 3 points (1-4), 2 rebounds, 1 block, 2 steals... at UConn (12/8): started, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals... vs. Tenn (12/14): started, 2 points (1-7), 2 rebounds... at SMU (12/19): started, 18 points (9-18), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1block, 3 steals... at Colorado (12/21): started, 13 points (4-6), 4 rebounds... at OSU (12/27): started, 5 points (1-5), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 2 steals... at Oregon (12/29): 4 points (2-9), 2 rebounds off the bench... vs. WSU (1/3): started, 9 points (2-8), 4 rebounds, 1 steal... vs. Wash (1/5): started, double-double with 14 points (5-10), career-high 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal...

#44 Kim Gipson (Center * Sophomore)
Kim Gipson begins her second season with the Women of Troy... A terrific, big-time physical player who has continued to excel as her skills and understanding of the game have improved... An exceptional, bright athlete whose natural skills will bring her much success.
This Season:
vs. NAU (11/15): 4 points (2-2), 2 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. CSU (11/15): 2 points (1-3), 3 rebounds... vs. KSU (11/20): 3 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. New Mexico (11/23): 1 rebound, 1 assist... vs. Notre Dame (11/29): 6 points (3-4), 1 rebound, 1 steal... vs. Pepperdine (12/4): started, 2 points (1-5), 3 rebounds, 1 steal... at UConn (12/8): 4 points (1-1), 3 rebounds... vs. Tenn (12/14): 2 points (1-4), 1 rebound... at SMU (12/19): 4 points (1-3), 3 rebounds... at Colorado (12/21): started, 4 points (2-4), 4 rebounds, career high 3 assists, 1 steal... at OSU (12/27): started, 1 assist... at Oregon (12/29): 2 points (1-3), 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. WSU (1/3): 3 points (1-3), 2 rebounds... vs. Wash (1/5): 5 points (2-4), 2 rebounds, 2 assists...

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