Basketball Hosts Bay Area Schools This Week

Jan. 20, 2003

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This Week
Friday, Jan. 24, vs. California at 7 p.m. - Sports Arena
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Sunday, Jan. 26, vs. #5 Stanford at 1 p.m. - Sports Arena
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The Facts
Coming off a split in Arizona, the USC women's basketball team (7-11, 2-5 Pac-10) returns home for a showdown with its Bay Area foes. The Women of Troy host California (6-9, 2-4 Pac-10) on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Sports Arena. On Sunday, Jan. 26, USC faces No. 5-ranked and conference-leading Stanford (14-1, 6-0 Pac-10) for a Superbowl pregame showdown at 1 p.m. also at the Sports Arena. Both games can be heard on the Los Angeles airwaves on KMPC-AM 1540 or on the internet at www.usctrojans.com. The Women of Troy are coming off a 79-76 loss at 22nd-ranked Arizona (Jan. 16) and a 58-53 victory over Arizona State (Jan. 18).

All USC home games (and select 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 select games with Live Stats by going to the women's basketball schedule page.

Catch Women of Troy Over L.A. Airwaves!
USC's flagship station KMPC-AM 1540 will air this week's match-ups against Cal and Stanford. Play-by-play announcer Peter Arbogast and color commentator, and Women of Troy alum, Carmen Krause (USC '01) will call the action at the remaining games this season: Jan. 24 vs. Cal, Jan. 26 vs. Stanford, Feb. 8 vs. UCLA and Feb. 14 vs. Arizona State.

Second-Half Surge
Down by as much as 14 points against Arizona (Jan. 16) and 16 points against Arizona State (Jan. 18), the Trojans used a second-half surge to nearly upset the No. 22 Wildcats and defeat the Sun Devils. Despite a 7-11 overall record, the Women of Troy have outscored their opponents 650-to-633 in the second half.

Losing Streak Comes To An End
With its win at Arizona State, USC put an end to its four-game losing streak and avoided matching its worst start in Pac-10 history. In 1990, the Trojans started the conference season with a 1-6 record. Under then-head coach Marianne Stanley, USC finished the season in seventh place with a 6-12 conference mark.

Hoffman Takes Lead
Since scoring 17 points against UCSB on Jan. 9, Ebony Hoffman has taken the lead in both points (15.8 ppg) and rebounds (9.8 rpg) on the team. This is the first time she has led in both categories since the start of her freshman season (2000-01).

This season Hoffman has posted double figures in points in 17-of-18 games and double figures in rebounding in eight games.

Hoffman and Hollans Seeing Double
Ebony Hoffman collected her eighth double-double of the season and Aisha Hollans posted her fourth on Jan. 16 against Arizona. Hoffman and Hollans posted an identical 21 points and 10 rebounds in the game. This is the 24th career double-double for Hoffman and the ninth for Hollans.

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 12.7 points per game (second on the team), but also ranks second on the team (behind Hoffman) in rebounding with 6.1 boards per game. Hollans ranks 13th in the Pac-10 in rebounding (second among guards) and 11th in scoring (as of Jan. 13).

Against Ranked Opponents
Sixth-ranked Stanford will be the Women of Troy's eighth ranked opponent of the season. Among the eight, five were ranked in the top 10 at game time. Unfortunately, the Trojans are 1-6 against these teams with their only win coming to then-No. 25 Colorado State on Nov. 17.

Hoffman Second In Pac-10 In Steals
She spends all of her time in the post, but forward/center Ebony Hoffman still manages to steal the ball more often than most. Averaging 2.60 steals per game, Hoffman ranks second in the Pac-10 and is the only post player to appear among the conference top 10.

Game Recap: USC def. Arizona State, 58-53
USC outscored Arizona State 40-to-19 in the second half to capture a 58-53 come-from-behind victory on Jan. 18. The win put an end to the Women of Troy's four-game losing streak. After taking a brief 4-0 lead to start the game, USC never led until the final minute of the game when Ebony Hoffman's jumper put the Trojans ahead 54-53 and ASU was never able to recover. The Sun Devils, who shot 59.1 percent in the opening half, were held to only five field goals and a 16.7 shooting percentage in the second period as the Women of Troy pulled ahead. It took the Sun Devils a few possessions before they found their rhythm in the first half, as the Women of Troy made three consecutive steals and converted on two to start the game. But Arizona State took command of the half and held USC to only 10 points in a 13-minute span. The Trojans shot 27.6 percent in the period and watched as ASU took a 34-18 lead into the break. USC returned to the floor reenergized and used a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 34-28 by the 16-minute mark. Trailing by four, 47-43, with five minutes remaining, USC cut the lead to three at 4:14 with a Jessica Cheeks jumper. Following Hoffman's shot at 1:03, the Trojans hit four free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Game Recap: #22 Arizona def. USC, 69-66
A 15-4 run late in the game came up short for USC as it fell 79-76 to No. 22 Arizona on Jan. 16. With an identical 21 points and 10 rebounds, Ebony Hoffman and Aisha Hollans provided 13 of the Trojans' 15 points down the stretch. Rometra Craig also contributed 17 points for the Women of Troy, who trailed 37-27 at halftime. The Wildcats had a 75-61 lead with 4:21 remaining in the game before USC went on the 15-4 run. A couple of key three-pointers in the final two minutes by Hoffman and Hollans helped to trim the deficit to 79-74 with 1:24 left. Craig got the Trojans within 79-76 on a driving lay-in, but she failed to tie the game with eight seconds left on an errant three-pointer. The Wildcats missed key free throws down the stretch but managed to hang on. The Wildcats led by 12 points in the opening seconds of the second half, but the Women of Troy were brought to within striking distance after Hoffman converted inside and Craig nailed a three-pointer. Arizona trailed by one with 10:38 left in the first half when it scored 10 straight points to take a 25-16 lead, with Polk scoring six in that span. The Wildcats then went ahead 31-19 with 3:48 remaining after holding USC to one field goal in nearly seven minutes.

Bay Area Connections
Junior Aisha Hollans is a Bay Area native... The 5-9 guard prepped at Berkeley High, where she led her 2000 squad to the CIF California Division I finals *** Cal senior Amber White graduated from Los Angeles' Narbonne High in 1999 with Jessica Cheeks, while sophomore Latasha O'Keith graduated with Ebony Hoffman in 2000 *** Bears' sophomore guard Kristin Iwanaga and USC junior guard Rometra Craig both attended Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose, Calif. The two were teammates for three seasons.

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 set a new career high with 13 rebounds and Ebony Hoffman tied a career high with four blocks against Arizona State (Jan. 18).
* Jessica Cheeks tied her career high with eight assists against Arizona (Jan. 16).
* 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.

Chris Gobrecht Collects 400th Career Victory
Head coach Chris Gobrecht collected her 400th career victory with a 64-63 win at Pepperdine on Dec. 4. Currently in her 24th season as a head coach, Gobrecht boasts a 402-287 (.583) career record. She is the third active Pac-10 coach to reach the 400-victory plateau behind Arizona's Joan Bonvicini and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer.

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 403-292 (.580) 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 173-104 (.625) mark and she ranks among the top 50 active Division I coaches with 403 career victories.

Opponent Notes

California (6-9, 2-4 Pac-10) -- Cal is coming off a split after falling to Washington, 76-59, and defeating Washington State, 73-61. The win over the Cougars ended a four-game losing streak for the Bears. Cal went 4-5 in nonconference play with wins over Syracuse, Cal Poly, Penn and Mercer. The Trojans and Bears both faced Colorado and both endured losses. Cal has no players averaging double digits in points or rebounds. The team is led by junior transfer Timea Ivanyi who averages 9.9 points per game. Sophomore forward Leigh Gregory leads with 5.1 rebounds per game. Last season, the Golden Bears finished 7-21 overall and 2-16 in the Pac-10 for ninth place. Head coach Caren Horstmeyer is in her third season at Cal.

USC-California Series Record -- Cal and USC will meet for the 39th time in program history on Friday. The Trojans own a 27-11 (.711) record in the series and an 16-3 mark at home. The Trojans swept the Bears last season, defeating Cal 69-53 on the road and 69-58 at home.

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

USC 63.8 -2.9 39.2 21.7 71.3 37.3 14.7 21.8 11.2 2.3
California 60.6 -5.7 38.9 29.4 65.2 37.3 15.8 20.5 7.5 1.9


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

22 Leigh Gregory F 6-0 8.3 5.1 1.2 1.1
23 Amber White F 6-0 2.5 2.2 1.8 0.7
53 Timea Ivanyi C 6-4 9.9 4.2 0.5 0.5
1 Nihan Anaz G 5-9 9.5 2.2 1.9 0.7
5 Kristin Iwanaga G 5-6 7.7 2.2 3.1 0.9

No. 5 Stanford (14-1, 6-0 Pac-10) -- Ranked No. 5 in this week's AP poll, Stanford boasts a 14-1 overall record this season and is so far undefeated in the Pac-10. The Cardinal's only loss was to then-No. 4 ranked Tennessee (The Volunteers also defeated the Women of Troy this season). Junior Nicole Powell leads he team in both points (15.8 ppg) and rebounds (10.0), but is doing so off the bench. Powell has not started this season since returning from a back injury on Jan. 3. Forward Azella Perryman is next on the list with 12.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Last season, the Cardinal finished with a 32-3 overall record and 18-0 mark in the Pac-10 to win the regular season. Stanford advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and finished with a No. 5 final national ranking. Head coach Tara VanDerveer is in her 17th season at The Farm.

USC-Stanford Series Record -- Sunday's game will mark the 45th meeting between these two squads. Stanford owns a 28-16 advantage in the series which began in 1979. What first started with a 13-game USC win streak was reversed in the 90s. Since 1990, the Cardinal have won 24-of-27 games. Last season, USC was swept by a ranked Cardinal squad; 78-66 in the Bay Area and 78-60 at home. USC is 9-13 against Stanford at home.

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

USC 63.8 -2.9 39.2 21.7 71.3 37.3 14.7 21.8 11.2 2.3
Stanford 72.2 +14.1 44.1 34.5 79.1 41.1 15.5 17.7 6.9 2.7


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

34 T'Nae Thiel F 6-1 8.8 7.3 2.5 0.7
44 Azella Perryman F 6-1 12.1 9.0 1.3 1.0
5 Kelley Suminski G 5-9 11.9 3.2 4.3 0.7
24 Susan King G 5-7 7.8 1.6 1.8 1.1
33 Sebnem Kimyacioglu G 5-11 10.4 2.1 2.8 0.8

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... at UCSB (1/9): started, 9 points (4-11), 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals... at UCLA (1/12): started, 9 points (4-13), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... at Arizona (1/16): started, 17 points (7-15), 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal... at ASU (1/18): started, 8 points (4-12), 2 rebounds, 3 steals...

#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... at UCSB (1/9): did not travel... at UCLA (1/12): DNP... at Arizona (1/16): did not travel... at ASU (1/18): did not travel...

#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... at UCSB (1/9): 6 points (3-10), 3 rebounds, 2 assists... at UCLA (1/12): 8 points (3-5), 1 assist... at Arizona (1/16): 4 points (2-7), 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... at ASU (1/18): 2 points (1-5), 1 rebound, 2 blocks...

#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... at UCSB (1/9): started, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... at UCLA (1/12): started, 9 points (4-8), 4 rebounds, 2 assists... at Arizona (1/16): started, 2 points (1-6), 5 rebounds, tied career high with 8 assists... at ASU (1/18): started, 14 points (5-8), 2 rebounds, 6 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... at UCSB (1/9): DNP... at UCLA (1/12): DNP... at Arizona (1/16): DNP... at ASU (1/18): 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)... at UCSB (1/9): played 3 minutes... at UCLA (1/12): DNP... at Arizona (1/16): played 3 minutes... at ASU (1/18): 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal...

#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... at UCSB (1/9): started, 14 points (6-11), 4 rebounds, 2 assist, 1 steal... at UCLA (1/12): started, double-double with 17 points (6-11), 10 rebounds... at Arizona (1/16): started, double-double with 21 points (7-13), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... at ASU (1/18): started, 12 points (6-14), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 block, 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... at UCSB (1/9): 1 point (0-0), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... at UCLA (1/12): 1 assist, 2 steals... at Arizona (1/16): 2 points (1-1), 2 rebounds, 1 assist... at ASU (1/18): 1 rebound...

#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... at UCSB (1/9): started, 17 points (8-15), 7 rebounds, 2 steals... at UCLA (1/12): started, double-double with 10 points (3-11), 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... at Arizona (1/16): started, double-double with 21 points (6-15), 10 rebounds, 2 steals... at ASU (1/18): started, 16 points (4-11), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, tied a career high with 4 blocks, 2 steals...

#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), 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal... at UCSB (1/9): started, 6 points (3-9), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... at UCLA (1/12): started, 11 points (5-10), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... at Arizona (1/16): started, 6 points (3-6), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... at ASU (1/18): started, 6 points (3-5), career high 13 rebounds, 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... at UCSB (1/9): 4 points (2-5), 7 rebounds... at UCLA (1/12):1 rebound, 1 assist... at Arizona (1/16): 3 points (1-3), 1 rebound, 1 assist... at ASU (1/18): 2 steals...

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