Women of Troy Head To Bay Area To Face Stanford, Cal

Feb. 18, 2003

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This Week
Thursday, Feb. 20, at #6 Stanford
7 p.m. at Stanford, Calif. (Maples Pavilion)
Listen and follow live stats on the internet at www.gostanford.com

Saturday, Feb. 22, at California
Noon at Berkeley, Calif. (Haas Pavilion)
Listen and follow live stats on the internet at www.calbears.com

The Facts
The USC women's basketball team (12-13, 7-7 Pac-10) heads to the Bay Area this week for its final road trip of the 2003 season. The Women of Troy face No. 6 Stanford (20-3, 12-2 Pac-10) on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. The game can be heard live and followed with live stats at www.gostanford.com. On Saturday, Feb. 22, USC travels to face California (8-15, 4-10 Pac-10) at noon in Berkeley's Haas Pavilion. The game can be heard live and followed with live stats at www.calbears.com. The Trojans are coming off a split after beating Arizona State, 64-56, but falling to 24th-ranked Arizona, 78-64, last week.

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 Earn 500th Program Victory
Friday's win over Arizona State (Feb. 14) marked a historic moment for USC women's basketball when the 2003 squad earned the program's 500th all-time victory. Beginning in 1977 with the first scholarship squad to ever play at Troy, the Women of Troy have collected a 500-289 overall record and a .634 win percentage.

Second-Half Surge
After starting the 2003 Pac-10 schedule with a 1-5 record, the Women of Troy are making a run in the second half of the season. USC has won its last six-of-eight conference game, with its only losses coming at No. 25 Washington on Jan. 30 and against No. 24 Arizona on Feb. 16. The Trojans remain in fifth place in the conference standings.

Final Stretch For Pac-10 Race
With only two weeks of conference play remaining, every game will count as teams fight for position in the Pac-10 Tournament. Only one game separates places 1-4 at this time. If the tournament were held tomorrow, the Women of Troy (fifth place) would face UCLA (fourth place).

Hollans Back In Lineup
Aisha Hollans was cleared to practice on Feb. 13 and suited up for games against Arizona State (Feb. 14) and Arizona (Feb. 16), playing 12 minutes against the Wildcats. On Jan. 28, an MRI revealed that Hollans suffered a partial tear to the medial cruciate ligament in her right knee against California on Jan. 24. The injury did not require surgery, but kept Hollans sidelined for five games.

Hoffman Enters National Charts
Ebony Hoffman currently ranks 30th among NCAA leaders in rebounds per game with a 10.0 average. Arizona's Shawntinice Polk ranks 12th with 11.0 rebounds per game.

Against Ranked Opponents
Sixth-ranked Stanford will be the Women of Troy's 11th game against a ranked opponent this season. Among the 11, six opponents have been ranked in the top 10 at game time. The Trojans are 2-8 against these teams with wins over No. 25 Colorado State, 59-58, on Nov. 17 and No. 5 Stanford, 75-72, on Jan. 26.

Hoffman Averaging Double-Double For First Time At USC
Forward/center Ebony Hoffman (as of Feb. 8) is averaging a career-best 10.0 rebounds per game, to go along with a team-leading 16.0 points per outing. This is the first season Hoffman has hit the double-double mark at USC.

Hoffman Continues Double-Digit Trend
Ebony Hoffman has collected 11 double-doubles this season and 27 in her career. This season she has posted double figures in points in 23-of-25 games and double figures in rebounding in 11 games.

Game Notables
The 4,354 fans in attendance on Feb. 8 against UCLA, marked USC's largest crowd since 1986 and the 16th-largest crowd ever *** 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).

Cheeks Out For Remainder Of Season
Junior guard Jessica Cheeks will sit out the remainder of the 2003 season to concentrate on priorities, announced head coach Chris Gobrecht on Feb. 8. She is expected to rejoin the team for the 2003-04 season. Cheeks was averaging 34.3 minutes, 8.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game this season.

Narrow Losses
Five of USC's seven 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: #24 Arizona Def. USC, 78-64
Ebony Hoffman scored 25 points and collected 12 rebounds, but it was not enough as USC fell to No. 24 Arizona, 78-64, on Feb. 16. Arizona's Dee-Dee Wheeler scored nine points in the final five minutes of the game to lead the Wildcats on a 16-2 run that broke a 62-62 tie and gave them the 14-point victory over the Trojans. USC was forced to battle back from a 24-8 deficit at the start of the game. The Trojans countered Arizona's five three-pointers in the first 10 minutes of the game with five of their own to help them enter the break down by only five, 34-29. At the start of the second half, Hoffman hit her first two field goals and a free throw to tie the score, 34-34 at 18:33. USC took its first lead on the ensuing play, 36-34, and embarked on a 13-4 run to build an 11-point lead, 49-38, with 12:28 remaining. The Wildcats chipped away at the Trojans' lead and regained the advantage at 7:53 , 57-56. The two teams alternated with the lead over the next three minutes until Arizona began its final run.

Game Recap: USC def. Arizona State, 64-56
Rometra Craig contributed a game-high 17 points as USC defeated Arizona State 64-56 on Feb. 14 at the Sports Arena. Craig and Rachel Woodward, who added 14 points, were the only two to finish in double figures for the Trojans. Ebony Hoffman led with nine rebounds. The Women of Troy had 16 turnovers in the game, but forced ASU to commit 25 of their own. USC shot 41.4 percent (24-58) from the field and 50.0 percent (3-6) from three-point range, while the Sun Devils tallied a 47.2 percentage (25-53) from the field and 9.1 percentage (1-11) from outside the arch. After a lackluster first-half performance, the Women of Troy knotted the score within the first minute of the second half, 21-21, and began to hit their stride. The two teams paced each other until the 15-minute mark when the Trojans embarked on a 24-13 run that would put them up by 11 (53-42) with 8:20 remaining. Arizona State managed to cut the lead to one, 57-56 at 3:17, with a 14-4 run of their own, but the Sun Devils would come no closer. USC made five-of-six free throws down the stretch to secure the 64-56 victory. Arizona State led 21-19 at the half.

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, 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 collected a career-best six assists against Arizona on Feb. 16.
* With 21 points and a career-high 20 rebounds against UCLA on Feb. 8, Ebony Hoffman became the first player since Lisa Leslie to reach a 20-point, 20-rebound double-double at USC.
* Rometra Craig hit a career-high four three-pointers against UCLA (Feb. 8).
* 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).

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.

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 408-294 (.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 178-106 (.627) mark and she ranks among the top 50 active Division I coaches with 408 career victories.

Opponent Notes

California (8-15, 4-10 Pac-10) -- California endured two road losses last week when it was swept by Washington State, 67-64, and Washington, 74-54. The Bears are riding a three-game losing streak as they head into this weekend. Their four Pac-10 victories have come against Arizona State (Dec. 29), Washington State (Jan. 18), UCLA (Jan. 26) and Oregon State (Feb. 6). Cal is currently in ninth place in the conference standings and two games behind eighth-place Arizona State. Center Timea Ivanyi and guard Nihan Anaz lead the team in scoring with 10.2 points per game, while Ivanyi also leads the team with 5.0 rebounds per game.

USC-California Series Record -- Cal and USC will meet for the 40th time in program history on Saturday. The Trojans own a 28-11 (.718) record in the series and a 10-8 mark on the road. In the first meeting of 2003, USC defeated Cal 83-62 at the Sports Arena.

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

USC 66.9 +0.2 41.1 26.3 68.7 37.6 14.9 20.9 11.2 2.8
California 59.9 -5.9 39.2 29.1 65.9 37.3 15.0 20.4 8.3 1.7


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

22 Leigh Gregory F 6-0 9.3 4.8 1.2 1.1
23 Amber White F 6-0 2.7 2.4 1.6 1.0
53 Timea Ivanyi C 6-4 10.2 5.0 0.6 0.7
1 Nihan Anaz G 5-9 10.2 2.4 2.7 1.7
5 Kristin Iwanaga G 5-6 7.9 2.4 3.2 0.7

No. 6 Stanford (20-3, 12-2 Pac-10) -- The sixth-ranked Cardinal is coming off a split, having dropped only their second Pac-10 game of the season to Washington, 92-68, on Feb. 13. Stanford's only other conference loss was to the Women of Troy on Jan. 26. The Cardinal is currently in first place in the Pac-10 race, holding on to a one-game lead over Washington. Forward Nicole Powell leads the team with 17.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Having only played 14 games this season after sitting out the start of the year with a back injury, Powell does not rank among Pac-10 leaders. Guard Kelley Suminski leads with 3.4 assists per game. As a team, Stanford leads the conference in scoring margin (+13.6), free throw percentage (79.4), rebounding defense (31.3), rebounding margin (+8.5) and defensive rebounds (27.61).

USC-Stanford Series Record -- Sunday's game will mark the 46th meeting between these two squads. Stanford owns a 28-17 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-28 game, but USC added one to the win column in the first meeting of the season. The Trojans defeated the Cardinal 75-72 on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles. USC is 7-14 on the road against Stanford.

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

USC 66.9 +0.2 41.1 26.3 68.7 37.6 14.9 20.9 11.2 2.8
Stanford 72.5 +13.5 45.3 36.5 79.4 39.7 15.3 17.0 7.2 2.5


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

14 Nicole Powell F 6-2 17.6 9.1 3.1 1.6
44 Azella Perryman F 6-1 10.0 7.5 1.2 0.9
34 T'Nae Thiel C 6-1 7.7 6.1 2.6 0.8
5 Kelley Suminski G 5-9 11.7 2.9 3.4 1.0
24 Susan King G 5-7 6.6 1.4 1.5 1.0

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... vs. UCLA (2/8): started, 18 points (7-17), including career-high 4 three-pointers, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. ASU (2/14): started, 17 points (7-18), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals... vs. Arizona (2/16): started, 15 points (5-14), 3 rebounds, 2 assists...

#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... vs. UCLA (2/8): DNP... vs. ASU (2/14): DNP... vs. Arizona (2/16): DNP...

#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... vs. UCLA (2/8): 15 points (7-10), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... vs. ASU (2/14): 9 points (2-5), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. Arizona (2/16): 6 points (2-8), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block...

#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... Will sit out the remainder of the 2003 season to concentrate on priorities, announced head coach Chris Gobrecht on Feb. 8. She is expected to rejoin the team for the 2003-04 season.

#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... vs. UCLA (2/8): DNP... vs. ASU (2/14): DNP...vs. Arizona (2/16): DNP...

#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... vs. UCLA (2/8): started, 4 points (2-3), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. ASU (2/14): started, 4 points (2-3), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Arizona (2/16): started, 2 points (1-3), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal...

#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... vs. Arizona (2/16): returned for her first game since knee injury, played 12 minutes, 7 points (3-10#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... vs. UCLA (2/8): 3 points (0-0), 4 assists, 1 steal... vs. ASU (2/14): started, 5 points (2-8), 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal... vs. Arizona (2/16): started, 3 points (1-4), 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal...

#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... vs. UCLA (2/8): started, double-double with 21 points (8-17) and career-high 20 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 ablocks, 1 steal...With her performance against UCLA, she becomes the first player since Lisa Leslie to reach a 20-point, 20-rebound double-double at USC... vs. ASU (2/14): started, 9 points (3-9), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 3 steals...vs. Arizona (2/16): started, double-double with 25 points (10-20), 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 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... vs. UCLA (2/8): started, 11 points (5-10), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal... vs. ASU (2/14): started, 14 points (5-9), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, tied career-high 2 blocks, 2 steals... vs. Arizona (2/16): started, 6 points (2-6), 5 rebounds, career-high 6 assists...

#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... vs. UCLA (2/8): started, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block... vs. ASU (2/14): 6 points (3-6), 3 rebounds, 1 steal... vs. Arizona (2/16): 3 rebounds...

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