Women's Hoops Preps For 2003 Pac-10 Tourney

March 4, 2003

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This Week
2003 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament
San Jose, Calif (HP Pavilion)
Play-In Game: Friday, March 7, vs. Washington State at 2 p.m.

If USC advances:
First Round: Saturday, March 8, vs. Washington at 11 a.m.
Semifinal: Sunday, March 9, vs. Arizona/Oregon State at 12:30 p.m.
Final: Monday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Track all games with audio or live stats at www.pac-10.org

The Facts
The USC women's basketball team (13-16, 8-10 Pac-10) starts anew this Friday, March 7, as it participates in the 2003 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament held at HP Pavilion (formerly Compaq Center) in San Jose, Calif. The four-day tournament begins on Friday with two play-in games for seeds 7-10. Seeds 1-6 begin play on Saturday, March 8. The tournament culminates with the championship match to be played on Monday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. and broadcast by Fox Sports Net. The tournament champion receives the Pac-10's automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

As the No. 7 seed, the Women of Troy open play against 10th-seeded Washington State (2-25, 1-17 Pac-10) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. If USC advances, it will face No. 2 seed Washington (21-6, 13-5) on Saturday at 11 a.m. The winner of that game will play in the semifinals on Sunday, March 9, at 12:30 p.m. against either No. 3 seed Arizona or sixth-seeded Oregon State. The semifinal game will also be broadcast on Fox Sports Net. You can listen to all Pac-10 Tournament games at www.pac-10.org.

USC completed the Pac-10 regular season last week with a loss to Oregon, 75-70, a win over Oregon State, 87-44. The Trojans finished in a fifth-place tie with Oregon and Oregon State but, by virtue of the tiebreaker, earned the tournament's No. 7 seed.

Last Year AT Pac-10 Tournament
Oregon State made two free throws with 3.1 seconds left to defeat USC, 69-68, in the opening round of the inaugural Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament last season. The Trojans appeared to have the game sewn up when Ebony Hoffman was grabbed on a third-chance offensive rebound and got fouled with 4.3 seconds left. She made one of two free throws for a 68-67 lead. After a timeout, the Beavers inbounded with a long, cross-court pass but as OSU's Felicia Ragland ran underneath the ball, she was bumped by Carmen Krause. Ragland made both shots to win the game. The Women of Troy's Aisha Hollans led USC with 22 points, while Hoffman scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half. Hoffman also had 10 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season, and Rachel Woodward added 11 points. USC trailed by six with 5:18 to play, but Hoffman brought her team back. A short jumper tied it at 63 with four minutes left, and the Women of Troy went ahead 67-65 with 51.3 seconds to go before Hoffman went to the line. To start the game, Oregon State, which lost both regular-season games to USC by a total of just six points, established itself with an early 15-2 run, but the Women of Troy gradually fought back behind Hollans. She and Ragland traded 3-pointers on four consecutive possessions, and Hollans scored the Trojans' next seven points to cut the lead to 33-31.

Final Pac-10 Standings
In one of the most competitive conference seasons in recent years, Stanford took the regular season title and the tournament's No. 1 seed with a 15-3 Pac-10 mark. Washington and Arizona tied for second place at 13-5 and UCLA finished alone in fourth with a 12-6 league record. USC, Oregon and Oregon State finished with an 8-10 record and a three-way tie for fifth place and Arizona State (7-11), California (5-13) and Washington State (1-17) finished with the last three positions.

Washington State-USC Connections
Washington State has two California natives on its roster - freshman guard Charmaine Jones hails from Rolling Hills Prep in Los Angeles and junior transfer Bianca McCall, a 6-foot-1 forward, attended Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College *** Cougar head coach Sherri Murrell spent four seasons at Pacific prior to moving to Pullman, Wash. She graduated from Pepperdine in 1991 and played two seasons for the Waves.

Washington-USC Connections
From 1986 to 1996, USC head coach Chris Gobrecht 'put Washington women's basketball on the map. In 11 years (as Washington's head coach), she created a product that the city of Seattle embraced...,' according to the 2002-03 Husky media guide. Gobrecht was the first women's basketball coach to lead the Huskies for five consecutive seasons, win 100 games, and reach the 300-win milestone in her career. She became the winningest coach in Washington history in just her fourth season, and in 10 of the 11 years, her teams posted 17 or more wins. *** Washington has two Southern California natives on its roster - Guiliana and Gioconda Mendiola who hail from Lake Forest.

Game Recap: USC Def. Oregon State, 87-44
With a season-high 63.2 field goal percentage, USC easily defeated Oregon State, 87-44, on March 1 to finish the regular season. The Beavers took the very early 4-2 lead in the game, but watched as the Women of Troy blew past them. USC began its scoring spree at the 16-minute mark in the first half and never looked back. The Trojans made the most of their opportunities, scoring 26 points off of 18 Oregon State turnovers in the first half to enter the break with 44-19 advantage. The second half proved to be much of the same as the Women of Troy scored nine straight points to start and eventually used a 16-0 run to take a 74-27 lead with 11:31 remaining. In an attempt to close the gap, the Beavers embarked on a 10-0 run of their own thanks to consecutive three-pointers, but it was too little too late. USC led by as many as 48 points, 85-37 (4:41 in the second half) in the contest.The Women of Troy had four players finish in doubles figures, including a game-high 20 points by Aisha Hollans. USC held Oregon State to a 36.4 field goal percentage and only six assists, while forcing 30 turnovers. The Trojans finished with a season-best 29 assists.

Game Recap: Oregon Def. USC, 75-70
Despite a late second-half run, USC came up short against Oregon, 75-70, on Feb. 27. After trailing by as much as 15 points, 62-47, with 9:27 remaining in the game, the Women of Troy embarked on a late run thanks to the scoring contributions of Ebony Hoffman and a series of Oregon turnovers. The 22-9 run brought the Trojans within three, 73-70, with 28-seconds left on the clock. Oregon missed two free throws to leave the door wide open in the final seconds, but USC was unable to convert on its last two possessions, giving the Ducks the win. The Women of Troy entered halftime down 44-34 after a very slow start. The Trojans trailed by as much as 18 points, 38-20, at 4:47 in the first half. Hoffman tied her career-high with 27 points to lead the Women of Troy, while guard Aisha Hollans collected a team-best 10 rebounds.

A Season-Best Performance
The Women of Troy had a season-best performance in the win over Oregon State on March 1. USC made a season-high 36 field goals and shot a season-best 63.2 percent from the field. The Trojans also collected a season-high 29 assists and posted a mere 17 turnovers (below their 20.5 season average).

A Determining Factor
With all the ups and downs of the 2003 season, one stat has held true... the Women of Troy are 10-0 when leading with five minutes remaining in the game.

Senior Salute
Erin Young, the Women of Troy's lone senior this season, was honored prior to tip-off of the final home game on March 1. Young has been a model of determination and commitment in her four years at USC. A 5-11 guard/forward from Dallas, Texas, she joined the Women of Troy as a freshman walk-on in 2000. After impressing the coaching staff with skill and hard work, she earned a scholarship the following year. She has started in 19 of 28 games played this season, while also serving as team captain. This year she also collected a career-high seven rebounds against Washington State (Feb. 1) and posted a season-best eight points against Colorado (Dec. 21).

Hollans Back In Lineup
Aisha Hollans was cleared to practice on Feb. 13. Since her return against Arizona on Feb. 16, Hollans has averaged 22.6 minutes, 11.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. 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.

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.

Against Ranked Opponents
Sixth-ranked Stanford was 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 2-9 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 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 25-of-29 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).

Player News N' Notes
* Erin Young collected a career high five assists and posted a persona-best 1.000 (3-3) field goal percentage against Oregon State (March 1).
* Aisha Hollans finished with a career-best seven assists against Oregon State (March 1).
* Ebony Hoffman tied her career high with 27 points against Oregon (Feb. 27).
* 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
Once again, USC held Stanford to its lowest first-half field goal percentage of the season on Feb. 20 when the Cardinal shot when the Cardinal shot 28.1 percent before the break on Feb. 20 *** 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 409-296 (.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 178-108 (.622) mark and she ranks among the top 50 active Division I coaches with 409 career victories.

Opponent Notes

Washington State (2-25, 1-17 Pac-10) -- The Cougars finished the regular season in 10th place in the Pac-10. Their only Pac-10 victory came against California, 67-64, on Feb. 13, breaking a school-record 45-game losing streak and 34-game Pac-10 losing skid. Since that game, WSU has also beaten Idaho, 82-53, in a nonconference match-up on Feb. 27. The team is led by forward Bianca McCall, who is averaging 13.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

USC-Washington State Series Record -- Friday's game will mark the 36th meeting between these two teams. The first was in 1981-82 in a preseason game before the Cougars had joined the Pac-10. USC owns a 24-11 overall record against WSU and has won the last seven of eight meetings. The Women of Troy defeated the Cougars twice this season - 92-44 in Los Angeles on Jan. 3 and 89-36 in Pullman on Feb. 1.

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

USC 66.7 +0.9 41.6 27.6 69.3 36.8 15.1 20.5 11.1 2.7
Washington St 55.9 -20.9 36.8 28.4 63.3 36.4 10.3 24.2 7.8 3.5


Oregon State Probable Starters
No. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg

35 Bianca McCall Forward 6-1 13.1 8.0 1.0 1.2
42 Jami Clevenger Forward 6-0 3.1 2.5 0.6 0.7
44 Candace Fields Center 6-2 7.9 6.0 0.7 0.4
3 Jessica Perry Guard 5-6 9.4 3.2 3.4 1.8
21 Lindsey Egeland Guard 5-9 7.0 3.7 1.4 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): started, 19 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... at Stanford (2/20): started, 14 points (6-12), 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... at Cal (2/22): started, 3 points (1-5), 2 rebounds... vs. Oregon (2/27): started, 17 points (7-22), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. OSU (3/1): started, 17 points (6-14), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 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... vs. UCLA (2/8): DNP... vs. ASU (2/14): DNP... vs. Arizona (2/16): DNP... at Stanford (2/20): DNP... at Cal (2/22): DNP... vs. Oregon (2/27): DNP... vs. OSU (3/1): 1 rebound...

#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): 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... at Stanford (2/20): 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... at Cal (2/22): 2 points (1-2) 3 rebounds... vs. Oregon (2/27): 3 points (1-6), 3 rebounds, 3 assists... vs. OSU (3/1): 4 points (2-3), 2 rebounds...

#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... at Stanford (2/20): DNP... at Cal (2/22): DNP... vs. Oregon (2/27): DNP... vs. OSU (3/1): 1 rebound...

#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), 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), 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, 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... at Stanford (2/20): started, 1 rebound, 2 assists... at Cal (2/22): started, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. Oregon (2/27): started, 2 points (1-2), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. OSU (3/1): started, 6 points (career-high 3-3), 3 rebounds, career-high 5 assists, 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) 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals... at Stanford (2/20): 10 points (4-10), 8 rebounds, 2 steals... at Cal (2/22): started, 14 points (5-14), 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. Oregon (2/27): 7 points (3-9), 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. OSU (3/1): 20 points (9-13), 3 rebounds, career-high 7 assists, 4 steals...

#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 rebounds, 3 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... at Stanford (2/20): started, 5 points (2-3), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... at Cal (2/22): started, 3 points (1-4), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals... vs. Oregon (2/27): started, 3 steals... vs. OSU (3/1): started, 1 rebound, 6 assists...

#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 blocks, 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... at Stanford (2/20): started, 9 points (3-8), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals... at Cal (2/22): started, 16 points (7-19), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 1 steal... vs. Oregon (2/27): started, tied career high with 27 points (9-16), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. OSU (3/1): started, 15 points (6-11), 7 rebounds, 4 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 assists, 2 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, 1 block, 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... at Stanford (2/20): started, 11 points (5-8), 3 rebounds, 2 assists... at Cal (2/22): started, 9 points (4-9), 7 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. Oregon (2/27): started, 8 points (2-6), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. OSU (3/1): started, 19 points (7-9) 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 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... 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... at Stanford (2/20): 6 points (2-5), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal... at Cal (2/22): 3 points (1-3), 1 rebound... vs. Oregon (2/27): 6 points (2-3), 3 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. OSU (3/1): 6 points (3-3), 2 rebounds, 1 block, 2 steals...

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