USC Women Host Rival Bruins Saturday

Feb. 6, 2003

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This Week
Saturday, Feb. 8, vs. UCLA
4 p.m. - the Sports Arena
Listen on the L.A. airwaves on KMPC-AM 1540
Listen and follow live stats on the internet at www.usctrojans.com

The Facts
The USC women's basketball team (10-12, 5-6 Pac-10) -- winners of the last four of five games -- prepare to host crosstown rival UCLA (12-8, 7-4 Pac-10) this Saturday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. at the Sports Arena. The game will mark the second women's basketball matchup of the year for the 2002-03 Lexus Gauntlet (UCLA captured the first five-of-10 women's basketball points with a 72-64 win on Jan. 12). The game can be heard on the Los Angeles airwaves on KMPC-AM 1540 or on the internet at www.usctrojans.com. USC is coming off a 94-76 loss to Washington on Jan. 30 and a 89-36 victory over Washington State on Feb. 1.

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.

Women Of Troy Host S.C.O.P.E.
On Saturday, Feb. 8, USC hosts its second-annual S.C.O.P.E. (Scholastic Community Outreach Program for Excellence) program. With a paid admission, students (grades 4-8) from the Los Angeles and Orange County areas will be treated to a one-day motivational program highlighted by head coach Chris Gobrecht, assistant coach Shannon Perry and USC student-athletes. Members of the Los Angeles Sparks will also be in attendance to sign autographs.

Battle For the Lexus Gauntlet
Saturday's meeting with UCLA marks the second women's basketball matchup 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 final five-of-10 women's basketball points this Saturday. USC captured last year's inaugural trophy and this year leads 32.5-27.5.

Game Notables
USC handed Washington State its worst home loss ever when it beat the Cougars 89-36 on Feb. 1 *** The Women of Troy also held their largest halftime lead of the season with a 48-17 advantage at the break and posted their great margin of victory this season in the 89-36 win over the Cougars *** The wins over Cal (Jan. 24) and Stanford (Jan. 26) gave the Women of Troy their first Pac-10 sweep of the season *** The victories marked USC's second and third straight - the first consecutive wins since starting the season 2-0 *** The win over Stanford (Jan. 26) snapped the Cardinal's 28-game Pac-10 win streak and its 10-game active win streak this season *** USC's win over Stanford was its first in Los Angeles since the 1994 season (the Trojans had lost 17 of the previous 18 meetings with the Cardinal... its only win was a victory at Maples Pavilion in 2001 *** USC's win over Stanford was only its second victory over a ranked opponent this season (first was over then-No. 19 Colorado State in November).

Catch Women of Troy Over L.A. Airwaves!
USC's flagship station KMPC-AM 1540 will air this week's matchup against UCLA. 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: Feb. 8 vs. UCLA and Feb. 14 vs. Arizona State.

Hollans Out For Four Weeks
On Jan. 28, an MRI revealed that guard Aisha Hollans suffered a partial tear to the medial cruciate ligament in her right knee against California on Jan. 24. The injury does not require surgery, but will keep Hollans sidelined for the next three-to-six weeks of the season.

Hoffman Continues Double-Digit Trend
Ebony Hoffman has collected nine double-doubles this season and 25 in her career. This season Hoffman has posted double figures in points in 21-of-22 games and double figures in rebounding in nine games.

Against Ranked Opponents
No. 25 Washington was the Women of Troy's ninth ranked opponent of the season. Among the nine, five have been ranked in the top 10 at game time. The Trojans are 2-7 against these teams with wins over No. 25 Colorado State, 59-58, on Nov. 17 and No. 5 Stanford, 75-72, on Jan. 26.

Narrow Losses
Five of USC's six Pac-10 losses this season have come by eight points or less, including two-point losses to Oregon State (Dec. 27) and Washington (Jan. 5), and a three-point loss to then-No. 22 Arizona (Jan. 16).

Game Recap: #25 Washington def. USC, 94-76
Ebony Hoffman tied a career-high with 27 points, but it was not enough as USC fell to No. 25 Washington, 94-76, on Jan. 31 in Seattle. Despite a 46.4 percent (32-69) shooting effort of its own, USC had to combat a 51.6 (32-62) Washington performance, including a 57.1 field goal percentage from three-point range. The Huskies hit 12 three-pointers in the game - the second-most ever for a USC opponent. Washington center Andrea Lalum added a career-high five three-pointers. Ahead 60-59 at the 10:32 mark of the second half, Washington embarked on a 34-17 surge to take control of the game. A three-point shot by Lalum was followed by a three-pointer by guard Giuliana Mendiola less than a minute later, igniting a 8-0 Husky run. USC led twice in the first half. After a two-point lead at the start of the game, a Jessica Cheeks' three-pointer at 4:25 put the Women of Troy ahead, 30-27. But the Trojans were held without a field goal for the remaining minutes to enter the break, down 36-30.

Game Recap: USC def. Washington St, 89-36
USC captured its biggest win of the year with a 53-point victory, 89-36, over Washington State on Feb. 1 in Pullman. With five players in double figures, the Women of Troy handed the Cougars their worst home loss ever. WSU rattled the Trojans early for an 8-4 lead to start, but USC broke loose at the 15-minute mark. The Women of Troy embarked on a 36-3 scoring spree over the next 10 minutes to go ahead 40-11. USC continued to mount points, while holding the Cougars without a field goal until 2:18. The Women of Troy entered the break with a 31-point advantage (48-17) - their largest halftime lead of the season. A 23-7 USC run began the second half and the Women of Troy had four of five starters in double digits by the 10-minute mark for a 71-24 lead. USC went ahead by 49-points on its next possession, 73-24, and there was not much more the Cougars could do. USC's Rometra Craig led all scorers with 19 points and Rachel Woodward led with nine rebounds. The Women of Troy shot 50.0 percent from the field, and held WSU to a 22.2 field goal percentage.

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.

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
* Erin Young had a career-high seven rebounds and four assists against Washington St. (Feb. 1).
* Ebony Hoffman tied her career high with 27 points against Washington (Jan. 30).
* Jessica Cheeks tied her career high with eight assists against Washington State (Feb. 1).
* Rometra Craig was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 27.
* Aisha Hollans shot a career-high 85.7 percent against Cal (Jan. 24).
* 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 WSU (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 against Northern Arizona (Nov. 15).

Team News N' Notes
Washington's 12 three-pointers against the Women of Troy on Jan. 30 were the second-most ever by a USC opponent *** Against Stanford (Jan. 26), USC shot a season-best 61 percent (20-33) in the first half and its 49 points were the most the Trojans had scored in a half this season and the most allowed by Stanford *** Six players finished in double-figure scoring against Cal (Jan. 24) marking the most for the Women of Troy this season *** 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 406-293 (.581) 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 176-105 (.626) mark and she ranks among the top 50 active Division I coaches with 406 career victories.

Opponent Notes

UCLA (12-8, 7-4 Pac-10) -- The Bruins are coming off an 86-70 victory over Washington State on Jan. 30 and 111-77 loss to Washington on Feb. 1. After starting the conference season with six straight wins, UCLA has dropped its last four-of-five, including losses to Arizona, Stanford and California. Senior Michelle Greco continues to lead the team with 19.7 points per game, while fellow guard Nikki Blue, a freshman, averages 17.1 points per game and a team-leading 5.3 rebounds per outing. Greco leads the Pac-10 in both points and steals with a 3.2 steals per game average. As a team, UCLA tops the conference in steals (13.45 spg) and turnover margin (+6.30).

USC-UCLA Series Record -- This crosstown rivalry remains the longest standing and most evenly matched series in USC program history. Saturday's game will mark the 62nd meeting between the Women of Troy and Bruins (according to USC records). UCLA defeated USC 72-64 in the first meeting of 2003 at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 12. 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 three-game (32-29) advantage in the series and are 16-12 at home.

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

USC 66.9 +0.3 40.9 24.7 70.1 37.5 14.9 21.0 11.6 2.6
UCLA 76.2 +7.3 43.0 32.2 69.7 38.2 14.7 16.4 13.5 2.3

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

10 Whitney Jones F 5-10 7.1 4.8 1.2 1.6
35 Jamila Veasley C 6-1 2.8 4.8 0.7 1.2
1 Natalie Nakase G 5-2 3.9 1.5 3.2 1.2
20 Michelle Greco G 5-9 19.7 4.8 2.4 3.2
32 Nikki Blue G 5-8 17.1 5.3 3.5 2.2

Player Profiles

#3 Rometra Craig (Guard * Junior TR)
Rometra Craig is in her first season with the Women of Troy on Dec. 19, 2002... Transferred from Duke midway through the 2001-02 season and had to sit-out a 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... vs. Cal (1/24): started, 14 points (6-15), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals... vs. Stanford (1/26): started19 points (6-14), 5 rebounds, 5 assist, 1 steal... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Jan. 27)... at Wash (1/30): started, 14 points (6-18), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... at WSU (2/1): started, 19 points (8-14), 5 rebounds, 4 steals...

#4 Reva Evero (Forward * Freshman)
Reva Evero is in 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... vs. Cal (1/24): played 1 minute, 1 rebound... vs. Stanford (1/26): DNP... at Wash (1/30): did not travel... at WSU (2/1): did not travel...

#5 Meghan Gnekow (Guard * Freshman)
Meghan Gnekow is in 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... vs. Cal (1/24): 10 points (4-8), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals... vs. Stanford (1/26): 12 points (5-19), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 block... at Wash (1/30): 6 points (3-9), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block... at WSU (2/1): career-high 17 points (7-13), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks...

#10 Jessica Cheeks (Guard * Junior)
Jessica Cheeks is in her third season with the Women of Troy... Was moved to the point guard position as a freshman... 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... vs. Cal (1/24): started, 10 points (3-6), 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals... vs. Stanford (1/26): started, 15 points (4-6) 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals... at Wash (1/30): started, 9 points (4-7), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... at WSU (2/1): started, 11 points (5-7), 3 rebounds, tied career high with 8 assists, 4 steals...

#20 Alessandra Albrizzio (Guard * RS Freshman)
Alessandra Albrizzio is in 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... vs. Cal (1/24): played 1 minute, 1 steal... vs. Stanford (1/26): DNP... at Wash (1/30): DNP... at WSU (2/1): played 2 minutes...

#21 Erin Young (Forward * Senior)
Erin Young is in 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.
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... vs. Cal (1/24):3 points (1-1)... vs. Stanford (1/26): started, 3 points (1-1), tied career-high with 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block ... at Wash (1/30): started, 6 points (3-4), 1 rebound... at WSU (2/1): started, 4 points (2-3), career-high 7 rebounds, career-high 4 assists, 1 block...

#23 Aisha Hollans (Guard * Junior)
Aisha Hollans is in 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.
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... vs. Cal (1/24): started, 13 points (6-7, career-high 85.7 percent), 4 rebounds, 1 steal, left the game at the start of the second half after twisting her right knee... vs. Stanford (1/26): DNP... Jan. 28: Diagnosed with torn MCL, will miss four weeks of season...

#24 Tiffany Hicks (Guard * Junior TR)
A transfer from Iowa Western Community College, Tiffany Hicks is in 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.
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... vs. Cal (1/24): 1 point... vs. Stanford (1/26): 4 points (2-3), 1 assist...

#32 Ebony Hoffman (Forward * Junior)
Ebony Hoffman is in 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.
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... vs. Cal (1/24): started, double-double with 13 points (6-11), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 4 steals... vs. Stanford (1/26): started, 10 points (4-14), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal... at Wash (1/30): started, tied career high with 27 points (11-19), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 3 steals... at WSU (2/1): started, 11 points (3-7), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 3 steals...

#33 Rachel Woodward (Forward * Sophomore)
Rachel Woodward is in 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... vs. Cal (1/24): started, 19 points (9-13), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals... vs. Stanford (1/26): started, 2 points (1-8), 1 steal... at Wash (1/30): started, 6 points (2-6), 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 steals... at WSU (2/1): started, 13 points (6-11), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 steals...

#44 Kim Gipson (Center * Sophomore)
Kim Gipson is in 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... vs. Cal (1/24): played 4 minutes... vs. Stanford (1/26): 10 points (career-high 5-5), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block... at Wash (1/30): 8 points (3-5), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals... at WSU (2/1): 8 points (1-5), 8 rebounds, 1 assist...

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