Women's Hoops Hosts Oregon State, Oregon

Jan. 27, 2004

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THIS WEEK


Thursday, Jan. 29 - Oregon State at USC
7 p.m. - Sports Arena
INTERNET:
Listen to the game at www.usctrojans.com



Saturday, Jan. 31 - Oregon at USC
4 p.m. - Sports Arena
RADIO:
KMPC 1540-AM
INTERNET:
Listen to the game at www.usctrojans.com



The Facts
The USC women's basketball team (10-7, 7-2 Pac-10) -- winners of its last five of six games and currently a half game out of first place in the Pac-10 -- hosts Oregon State and Oregon this week. On Thursday, Jan. 29, the Women of Troy host the Beavers (10-8, 4-5 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. at the Sports Arena. The game can be heard and followed with Live Stats at www.usctrojans.com. On Saturday, Jan. 31, USC wraps up the series against the Ducks (10-9, 2-7 Pac-10) at 4 p.m. at the Sports Arena. Fans can catch this match-up on KMPC 1540-AM or on the internet at www.usctrojans.com.

USC is coming off a 67-47 win over California on Jan. 23 and a 59-56 upset-victory over then-No. 6 Stanford on Jan. 25. With the victories, the Women of Troy solidified their positioning among the top teams in the Pac-10 and are now only a half game behind conference leaders Arizona and Stanford. Senior Ebony Hoffman was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after averaging a team-leading 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game, in addition to shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 92.3 percent from the line.

The Last Time...
* Before last Sunday, the last time USC defeated a ranked opponent was last season when the Trojans beat fifth-ranked Stanford 75-72 on Jan. 26, 2003. Ironically, the game was also played at the Sports Arena, the final margin of victory was also three points and the game was played exactly one year ago to the day.
* The last time USC was 7-2 in the Pac-10 was in 1997. Under then-head coach Fred Williams, the Women of Troy finished 13-5 in the Pac-10 for third place. This is the best conference start for USC under Chris Gobrecht.
* The last time USC won three consecutive games was in 2003. From Feb. 1 through Feb. 14 the Women of Troy beat Washington State, UCLA and Arizona State before the streak ended at Arizona.
* The last time USC won four consecutive games was during the 2001-02 season, Dec. 15 through Dec. 28. The Women of Troy beat Nevada, Oregon State, Oregon and California before falling to Stanford.
* The last time USC won four consecutive conference games was in 2001 when the Trojans finished the year with four-straight Pac-10 victories over Stanford, California, Washington and Washington State.

In The Running At The Halfway Mark
USC has officially reached the halfway mark in the conference season as it prepares for rematches against Oregon State and Oregon this week. Stanford is now tied with Arizona for first place after suffering its first Pac-10 loss of the season at USC. The Women of Troy stand alone in third place, a half game behind first and a half game ahead of fourth-place Arizona State.

Getting Some Attention
The Women of Troy have warranted some attention with their recent victories. USC received six votes in this week's USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and one vote in the Associated Press poll.

Hoffman Named Player of The Week
Ebony Hoffman was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 26 after averaging a team-leading 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals in wins over Cal and No. 6 Stanford. In two games, she shot 42.9 percent from the field and 92.3 percent at the line. In the win over Cal, she had 15 points, five rebounds and a career-high four blocks. In the win over Stanford, she recorded 16 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Her two free throws with 21 seconds remaining gave USC a three-point lead to help ice the win, as the Women of Troy handed Stanford its first Pac-10 loss of the season. The honor is Hoffman's second and the 30th all-time selection for USC.

The Revolving Door
USC has 11 players that average more than 11 minutes per game and Ebony Hoffman is the only player who averages more than 25 minutes (Hoffman averages 30.1 mpg). So far this season, the Women of Troy have also utilized nine different staring lineups.

Against Ranked Opponents
USC's win over Stanford was its first over a ranked opponent this season. The Women of Troy are now 1-3 against top-25 teams, including the win over No. 6 Stanford (Jan. 25) and losses to No. 11 Minnesota (Nov. 29), No. 1 UConn (Dec. 7) and No. 14 Colorado (Dec. 20).

USC's strength of schedule is currently ranked No. 26 according to the Jan. 18 WBCA/Summerville RPI report, which also lists the Trojans as 41st in the RPI.

Game Recaps
vs. Stanford
-- Ebony Hoffman scored 16 points, including two free throws with 21 seconds remaining, to help USC rally past No. 6 Stanford 59-56 on Jan. 25. The Women of Troy overcame a 12-point deficit and outscored the Cardinal 23-8 in the final 8:41 of play. Jessica Cheeks' layup with 61 seconds left gave USC a one-point lead. Stanford's Nicole Powell scored 13 consecutive points as the visitors opened up a 48-36 lead - their largest of the game. After sinking a jump shot to give Stanford a 56-55 lead with 2:08 left, Powell suffered a slightly sprained right ankle and left the game for a minute. Both teams shot poorly from the field in the first half, which ended with the Cardinal leading, 24-23, on a 3-point shot from the left baseline at the buzzer. After USC freshman Jamie Funn made the game's first basket, the Trojans went nine minutes without a field goal. Cheeks ended the drought with a 3-point basket with 10:18 remaining in the half.

vs. California -- USC defeated California 67-47 on Jan. 23 in the Golden Bears' first game since reserve Alisa Lewis died on Jan. 19. There was a moment of silence before the game to honor Lewis, who died Monday of bacterial meningitis, an infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. During the national anthem, Cal's players and staff stood shoulder-to-shoulder across the court holding hands. Cal players wore small black square patches on the front of their jerseys with AL 31 in pink, Lewis' favorite color. The team's coaches and staff wore pink ribbons with Alisa #31 on them. The Golden Bears never challenged the Women of Troy in losing their fourth straight. They shot 17 percent from the floor in the first half, committed 22 turnovers and trailed 30-10 at the break.Cal's point total was its lowest this season. The Bears hadn't scored less than 50 points since they had 35 against Stanford last March. Nihan Anaz scored 14 points. USC was led by Rometra Craig with 19 points.

Oregon State Connections
* The Beavers have three Southern California natives on their roster, including senior guard Leilani Estavan (Los Angeles), sophomore guard Tarika Campbell (Long Beach) and junior transfer guard Shannon Howell (Los Angeles).
* OSU second assistant coach Jualeah Woods is a 1994 graduate of USC and a four-year letterwinner (1991-94) with the Women of Troy.
* In addition to Woods, OSU first assistant Todd Corman is also a Trojan alumnus. Corman graduated from USC in 1979 with a bachelor of art degree in cinema communication.
* USC freshman forward Jamie Funn's sister, Nicole Funn, played at Oregon State for two seasons (2000-01). Nicole transferred to Pepperdine in 2001 and is currently playing for the Waves.
* Oregon State head women's volleyball coach Nancy Somera was a former assistant volleyball coach at USC (1991-98) under then-head coach Lisa Love. Somera also played at USC (1985-88).

Oregon Connections
* Oregon has one Southern California native on its roster - junior guard Brandi Davis (La Habra).

Youth Takes Over
Three freshmen - Eshaya Murphy, Jamie Funn and Jamie Hagiya - made the start against Arizona State on Jan. 17. For Murphy and Funn it marked the first start of their careers. It was Hagiya's second start this season. USC beat the Sun Devils that afternoon with three freshmen, one sophomore (Meghan Gnekow) and a senior (Ebony Hoffman). USC kept two freshmen (Funn and Kerr) in the starting lineup against California (Jan. 23) and Stanford (Jan. 25).

A Narrow Gap Between Wins and Losses
Four of USC's five nonconference losses were by a total of 11 points (that's 2.7 points per game). More impressive is the fact that three of the four opponents - New Mexico, UConn, Colorado - have been ranked this season.

Win And Win Big
USC has won eight-of-10 games this season by an average of 17.6 points. USC's losses have come by an average of 8.1 points and five of the seven were lost by no more than five points. USC has earned all 10 victories by an average of 14.7 points per game.

Hoffman Adding Up Double Doubles
Ebony Hoffman collected her fifth consecutive double-double of the season with 14 points and 16 rebounds against Oregon State on Jan. 4. She now has 33 double doubles for her career.

Player News N' Notes
* Ebony Hoffman tied her career high with four blocks against Cal on Jan. 23.
* Eshaya Murphy posted eight steals at Arizona on Jan. 15 - the mark ties for eighth place among USC all-time game records.
* Jessica Cheeks tied her career high with eight assists against Washington State (Jan. 11).
* Meghan Gnekow collected a career-high 20 points at Notre Dame (Dec. 22).
* Kim Gipson collected a career-high four steals against Colorado on Dec. 20.
* Ebony Hoffman had her first double-double of the year with 18 points, 13 rebounds against SMU on Dec. 17.
* Meghan Gnekow tied her career-high with 10 rebounds against UConn (12/7) and set a new career-high with five assists.
* Meghan Gnekow surpassed her career high with 10 rebounds and tied her career high with two blocks at New Mexico (11/21).
* Tiffany Hicks collected a career-high five rebounds at New Mexico (11/21).

Team News N' Notes
* The Trojans held Cal to only 10 points in the first half on Jan. 23, marking the lowest first-half total ever for a USC opponent.
* Arizona's 65.9 field goal shooting percentage in the game on Jan. 15 marks the second-highest ever for a USC opponent. The Wildcats' 36 turnovers tied the eighth-most in Trojan history.
* USC's 49 points at the half, 29-point halftime margin, 65.6 first-half field goal percentage, 82 final points and 30-point margin of victory were all season highs against WSU on Jan. 11.
* The Women of Troy also shot over 50.0 percent from the field against the Cougars (Jan. 11) for only the second time this season.
* The Trojans held Washington (Jan. 9) to a season-low point total (50) and season-worst shooting percentage (39.2), in addition to forcing the Huskies in to a season-high 22 turnovers. The USC win also broke the Trojans' six-game losing streak to Washington.
* USC shot above 50 percent for the first time this season with a 50.8 percent effort at Oregon in a 69-55 victory on Jan. 2.
* The Women of Troy earned the first five-of-10 women's basketball points towards the Lexus Gauntlet with a win over UCLA on Dec. 28.
* The win over San Diego on Dec. 13 marked the 800th game in USC program history.
* USC's loss to UConn in its home opener (Dec. 7) was only its third-ever home-opening loss.
* UConn's 15-point deficit (37-22) to USC during the first half was the largest disadvantage Connecticut has been in this season.
* A total of 6,172 fans were in attendance for the USC-UConn game on Dec. 7, marking the largest Trojan crowd since 1985 and the seventh-highest in program history. It also marked USC's largest women's-only crowd, due to the fact that the top six attended games listed were played as double headers with men's basketball.
* USC's five assists against Minnesota tie for seventh among program records for fewest assists in a game, and its 28 personal fouls tie for seventh-most. Minnesota's 29 fouls tie for 10th among opponent game records and its 38 free throws attempted rank 10th.
* Multiple marks were set in the USC record books against New Mexico (11/21): USC's 33 personal fouls tie for second-most and New Mexico's 33 free throws made and 43 free throw attempts rank fourth and second among opponent game records.

Head Coach Chris Gobrecht
Chris Gobrecht enters her seventh 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 420-305 (.579) 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 186-111 (.626) mark and she ranks among the top 50 active Division I coaches with 420 career victories.



Opponent Notes

Oregon State (10-8, 4-5 Pac-10) -- The Beavers are in the midst of a three-game losing streak (their longest of the season) as they head to Los Angeles. Last week, Oregon State fell to Arizona State, 63-56, and Arizona, 65-54, at home. The previous week, OSU defeated Washington State but fell at Washington. Oregon State is currently in a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10. The Beavers are led by junior guard Shannon Howell who is averaging 19.6 points per game. She is the only OSU player averaging double digits. Senior forwards Krystal Turner and Holly Chapman lead with 5.9 and 5.6 rebounds per game, respectively.

Under ninth-year head coach Judy Spoelstra, the Beavers returned all five starters and nine total letterwinners from last year's squad. The team also welcomed six newcomers. Oregon State compiled a 15-15 overall record in 2002-03 and an 8-10 mark in the Pac-10 to finish tied for fifth place. Oregon State accepted an invitation to the 2003 Women's NIT and advanced to the second round in postseason play.

USC-Oregon State Series Record -- USC and Oregon State have engaged in some competitive battles over the last few years. Fourteen points (an average of 2.8 points per game) have decided the previous four-of-five meetings between these two teams. The Women of Troy boast a 27-13 all-time series record against the Beavers and a 16-4 record when playing at home. In the first meeting of 2004, USC suffered a 72-67 loss against OSU in Corvallis.

Team ComparisonsTeam		Ppg	Margin	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	TOpg	Spg	BpgUSC		68.2	+5.3	39.7	29.6	68.8	39.4	14.1	20.5	12.2	2.6Oregon State	64.8	+2.3	42.5	35.6	72.7	34.9	14.6	15.8	8.2	4.1


Oregon State Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg
50 Krystal Turner Forward 6-2 7.8 5.9 1.2 1.042 Brina Chaney Center 6-5 9.3 5.4 1.3 0.724 Mandy Close Guard 5-11 7.2 3.3 1.7 1.210 Leilani Estavan Guard 5-7 9.4 3.0 3.5 1.633 Shannon Howell Guard 5-9 19.6 3.2 2.1 1.7

Oregon (10-9, 2-7 Pac-10) -- Oregon has lost eight-of-10 games since mid-December, following the loss of forward Catherine Kraayeveld to a knee injury. Since then, the Ducks have struggled through conference play, defeating only Oregon State and Washington State. Last week, Oregon suffered home losses to Arizona, 70-66, and Arizona State, 69-67. The Ducks are currently tied for eighth place in the Pac-10. Oregon has four active players on its roster who are averaging double digits in scoring. Junior center Andrea Bills holds a slight edge with an average of 12.1 points per game. She also leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per game.

Head coach Bev Smith, currently in her third season at Oregon, returned eight total letterwinners and four starters from last season. The team also welcomed seven newcomers. The 2002-03 squad finished with a 12-16 overall record and an 8-10 mark in the Pac-10 to finish tied for fifth place.

USC-Oregon Series Record -- This will be the 41st meeting between these two teams. The Women of Troy own a 26-14 all-time record against the Ducks and a 14-5 record when playing in Los Angeles. The Women of Troy won the first match-up this season, 69-55, in Eugene, breaking a three-game losing streak to the Ducks. Ebony Hoffman led USC with 25 points in the victory.

Team ComparisonsTeam	Ppg	Margin	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	TOpg	Spg	BpgUSC	68.2	+5.3	39.7	29.6	68.8	39.4	14.1	20.5	12.2	2.6Oregon	60.9	-3.0	40.4	33.6	65.1	35.3	14.1	15.9	6.5	3.6


Oregon Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg23 Kedzie Gunderson Forward 6-0 5.1 2.9 1.1 0.854 Eleanor Haring Forward 6-1 7.5 3.8 0.9 0.844 Andrea Bills Center 6-3 12.1 8.4 1.3 0.721 Brandi Davis Guard 6-0 9.1 1.9 1.7 0.913 Corrie Mizusawa Guard 5-8 5.6 3.0 6.4 1.2


Player Profiles

#2 Jamie Hagiya (Point Guard * Freshman)
Jamie Hagiya enters her first season at USC... A much-needed player at the point guard position whose leadership capabilities and work ethic may give her an active role in the lineup this season... As a senior at South Torrance (Calif.) High, she led all Southern California prepsters with an 87.7 free throw percentage... One of four USC freshman who served as student body president or vice president in 2003.
This Season (2 games started, 17 games played):

at New Mexico (11/21): 5 points (2-4), 1 rebound, 2 steals... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 3 points (1-1), 3 assists... vs. Minn. (11/29): 12 points (4-18), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals, hit halfcourt shot as clock ran down in the first half... vs. UConn (12/7): 7 points (2-5), 4 assists, 1 steal... vs. San Diego (12/13): 9 points (4-7), 2 assists, 3 steals... vs. SMU (12/17): made first career start, 8 points (4-9), 1 rebound, 4 assists, 3 steals... vs. Colorado (12/20): 4 points (2-5), 1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 steals... at Notre Dame (12/22): 2 points (1-5), 2 rebounds, 3 assists... vs. UCLA (12/28): 2 points (1-5), 3 rebounds, 3 assists... at Oregon (1/2): 7 points (3-5), 1 assist, 1 steal... at OSU (12/4): 4 points (0-4), 3 assists, 2 steals... vs. Wash (1/9): 12 points (3-7), 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal... vs. WSU (1/11): 10 points (4-5), 1 rebound, 6 assists, 2 steals... at Arizona (1/15): 3 rebounds, 1 assist... at ASU (1/17): started, 10 points (1-3), 4 assists, 3 steals... vs. Cal (1/23): 5 points (1-1), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Stanford (1/25): 2 points (0-2), 1 assist...

#3 Rometra Craig (Guard * Senior)
Rometra Craig begins her second season with the Women of Troy... A 2003 All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick... Averaged 13.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.4 steals last season, while leading the team with 34 three-pointers... A returning starter.
This Season (13 games started, 17 games played):

at New Mexico (11/21): started, 11 points (3-13), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 18 points (7-13), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 11 points (4-11), 1 rebound, 3 steals, 1 block... Named to Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament team... vs. UConn (12/7): started, 8 points (4-11), 1 steal... vs. San Diego (12/13): 7 poinst (2-7), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. SMU (12/17): 15 points (6-12), 2 rebounds, 4 steals... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 9 points (2-6), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, 10 points (4-13), 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals... vs. UCLA (12/28): started, 8 points (3-8), 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals... at Oregon (1/2): started, 15 points (7-11), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals... at OSU (12/4): started, 8 points (3-9), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 4 steals... vs. Wash (1/9): started, 13 points (3-10), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. WSU (1/11): started, 11 points (5-10), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals... at Arizona (1/15): started, 6 points (2-13), 5 rebounds, 1 assists, 3 steals... at ASU (1/17): 11 points (4-7), 2 rebounds, 2 steals... vs. Cal (1/23): 19 points (7-14), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals... vs. Stanford (1/25): started, 8 points (3-10), 1 rebound, 1 assist...

#5 Meghan Gnekow (Guard * Sophomore)
Meghan Gnekow enters her second season at USC... Played mainly at off the bench last season at the shooting guard and small forward positions... Averaged 6.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks per game in 2002-03.
This Season (17 games started, 17 games played):

at New Mexico (11/21): started, 14 points (1-5), career-high 10 rebounds, 3 assists, tied career high 2 blocks... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 7 points (2-7), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 5 points (2-6), 7 rebounds, 2 steals.. vs. UConn (12/7): started, 7 points (3-7), tied career-high 10 rebounds, career-high 5 assists, 2 steals... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 14 points (5-9), 6 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. SMU (12/17): started, 14 points (5-8), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 2 points (1-4), 5 rebounds, 1 assist... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, career-high 20 points (8-11), 1 rebound... vs. UCLA (12/28): started, 5 points (2-9), 3 rebounds, 2 steals... at Oregon (1/2): started, 7 points (3-7), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... at OSU (12/4): started, 1 rebound... vs. Wash (1/9): started, 9 points (4-8), 8 rebounds, 1 steal... vs. WSU (1/11): started, 2 points (1-4), 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block... at Arizona (1/15): started, 7 points (3-6), 5 rebounds... at ASU (1/17): started, 10 points (3-8), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. Cal (1/23): started, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. Stanford (1/25): started, 3 points (1-2), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal...

#10 Jessica Cheeks (Guard * Junior)
Jessica Cheeks enters her fourth season with the Women of Troy, but will not join the team until the conclusion of the fall semester as an extension of her 10-game hiatus from the 2003 season... Played 22 games last season and averaged 8.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game... A returning starter.
This Season (1 game started, 11 games played):

Missed first six games due to suspension granted in 2003 season... vs. Colorado (12/20): made first appearance of season, 7 points (2-4), 3 rebounds, 1 steal... at Notre Dame (12/22): 11 points (4-8), 4 assists... vs. UCLA (12/28): started, 17 points (6-11), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... at Oregon (1/2): 5 points (2-3), 2 rebounds... at OSU (12/4): 5 points (2-7), 2 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. Wash (1/9): 8 points (3-6), 3 steals... vs. WSU (1/11): 9 points (4-4), tied career high with 8 assists, 2 steals... at Arizona (1/15): 7 points (3-16), 5 rebounds... at ASU (1/17): 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. Cal (1/23): 5 points (2-4), 2 rebounds, 1 block, 2 steals... vs. Stanford (1/25): 8 points (3-6), 3 rebounds, 3 assists

#14 Eshaya Murphy (Guard * Freshman)
Eshaya Murphy enters her first season with the Women of Troy... Also goes by 'Shay'... As a senior at Montclair Prep in Van Nuys, she finished among the CIF Southern Section's top 25 in scoring, rebounding and steals... She was a two-time Street & Smith All-American honorable mention and the 2003 CIF Southern Section Player of the Year... One of four USC freshman who served as student body president or vice president in 2003.
This Season (2 games started, 17 games played):

at New Mexico (11/21): 5 points (2-6), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 8 points (2-5), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Minn. (11/29): 5 points (1-5), 1 rebound, 1 steal... vs. UConn (12/7): 13 points (5-10), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. San Diego (12/13): DNP (flu)... vs. SMU (12/17): 2 points (1-7), 5 rebounds... vs. Colorado (12/20): 13 points (5-14), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals... at Notre Dame (12/22): 2 points (0-7), 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. UCLA (12/28): 1 rebound... at Oregon (1/2): played four minutes... at OSU (12/4): 10 points (4-6), 1 rebound, 3 steals... vs. Wash (1/9): 11 points (4-9), 4 rebounds, 4 steals... vs. WSU (1/11): 5 points (1-6), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... at Arizona (1/15): 15 points (3-11), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 8 steals (ties for eighth among USC's single game records)... at ASU (1/17): made first career start, 11 points (5-11), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals... vs. Cal (1/23): started, 6 points (3-6), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals... vs. Stanford (1/25): 7 points (3-9), 9 rebounds, 1 steal...

#15 Markisha Lea (Center * Freshman)
Markisha Lea enters her first season with the Women of Troy... A Street & Smith honorable mention pick... One of four USC freshman who served as student body president or vice president in 2003... Her brother, Marvin, is currently a redshirt freshman on the Pepperdine men's basketball team.
This Season (2 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): DNP... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): DNP... vs. Minn. (11/29): DNP... vs. UConn (12/7): DNP... vs. San Diego (12/13): 2 points... vs. SMU (12/17): DNP... vs. Colorado (12/20): DNP... at Notre Dame (12/22): DNP... vs. UCLA (12/28): DNP... at Oregon (1/2): DNP... at OSU (12/4): DNP... vs. Wash (1/9): DNP... vs. WSU (1/11): scored 8 points (4-5) in the final 3 minutes, 1 rebound... at Arizona (1/15): DNP... at ASU (1/17): DNP... vs. Cal (1/23): DNP... vs. Stanford (1/25): DNP...

#22 Allison Jaskowiak (Guard/Forward * Freshman)
Allison Jaskowiak begins her first season at USC... A player capable of playing at the 2, 3 and 4 positions... One of four USC freshman who served as student body president or vice president in 2003... Comes from a long-line of athletes: her grandfather played 10 years in the NBA, father played football at Missouri, brother played football at Navy and sister, Emily, is currently a junior forward at Tulsa.
This Season (1 game played):
at New Mexico (11/21): DNP... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): DNP... vs. Minn. (11/29): DNP... vs. UConn (12/7): DNP... vs. San Diego (12/13): 3 minutes played... vs. SMU (12/17): DNP... vs. Colorado (12/20): DNP... at Notre Dame (12/22): DNP... vs. UCLA (12/28): DNP... at Oregon (1/2):DNP... at OSU (12/4): DNP... injured Jan. 8 through Jan. 17... vs. Cal (1/23): DNP... vs. Stanford (1/25): DNP...

#24 Tiffany Hicks (Point Guard * Senior)
Tiffany Hicks begins her fourth season at USC... A 2002 junior college transfer... The only true returning point guard... Made 15 starts last season and averaged 2.0 points, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
This Season (15 games started, 17 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): started, 4 points (1-4), career-high 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 4 points (1-1), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 2 points (1-1), 1 rebound, 1 assist... vs. UConn (12/7): started, 3 points (1-2), 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 3 points (1-2), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals... vs. SMU (12/17): did not start due to mildly sprained right knee, played 11 minutes... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 8 points (3-3), 1 rebound, 1 assist... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. UCLA (12/28): started, 1 point (0-0), 1 rebound, 3 assists... at Oregon (1/2): started, 3 rebounds, 2 assists... at OSU (12/4): started, 3 points (1-1), 1 assist... vs. Wash (1/9): started, 2 points (1-2), 1 rebound... vs. WSU (1/11): started, 2 rebounds, 3 steals... at Arizona (1/15): started, 3 points (1-2)... at ASU (1/17): started, 3 points (1-2), 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal... vs. Cal (1/23): started, 9 points (3-5), 2 assists... vs. Stanford (1/25): started, 5 points (1-4), 3 rebounds, 1 assist...

#30 Katie Henderson (Forward * Freshman)
Katie Henderson begins her first season at USC... A multi-sport athlete with good size and shooting ability... Will have the opportunity to contribute off the bench for the Women of Troy this season.
This Season (2 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): DNP... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): DNP... vs. Minn. (11/29): DNP... vs. UConn (12/7): DNP... vs. San Diego (12/13): 3 minutes played... vs. SMU (12/17): DNP... vs. Colorado (12/20): DNP... at Notre Dame (12/22): DNP... vs. UCLA (12/28): DNP... at Oregon (1/2): DNP... at OSU (12/4): DNP... vs. Wash (1/9): DNP... vs. WSU (1/11): played 3 minutes, 1 rebound... at Arizona (1/15): DNP...at ASU (1/17): DNP... vs. Cal (1/23): DNP... vs. Stanford (1/25): DNP...

#32 Ebony Hoffman (Forward * Senior)
Ebony Hoffman enters her fourth season with the Women of Troy... One of the most dominating post players in the conference who has already enjoyed three outstanding seasons at USC... Named to the 2003 All-Pac-10 First Team and a WBCA All-District 8 selection after leading the team with 16.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks per game last season... Already selected to three Preseason All-America lists for 2004... A returning starter in the post.
This Season (17 games started, 17 games played):

at New Mexico (11/21): started, 19 points (8-14), 3 rebounds, 1 block... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 20 points (5-12), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 4 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 10 points (4-15), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 6 steals... vs. UConn (12/7): DNP... vs. UConn (12/7): started, 15 points (5-13), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 14 points (4-9), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 steals... vs. SMU (12/17): started, double-double with 18 points (7-14), 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 3 steals... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 13 points (4-9), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, double-double with 14 points (5-8), 16 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. UCLA (12/28): started, double-double with 17 points (5-14), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals... at Oregon (1/2): started, double-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 1 steal... at OSU (12/4): started, double-double with 14 points (7-20), 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal... vs. Wash (1/9): started, 8 points (3-9), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. WSU (1/11): started, 16 points (6-10), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... at Arizona (1/15): started, 17 points (7-10), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... at ASU (1/17): started, 9 points (3-11), 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals... vs. Cal (1/23): staretd, 15 points (5-9), 5 rebounds, 1 assists, career-high 4 blocks, 1 steal... vs. Stanford (1/25): started, 16 points (4-12), 9 rebounds, 4 steals... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Jan. 26)...

#33 Rachel Woodward (Forward * Junior)
Rachel Woodward enters her third season with the Women of Troy... A 2002 Pac-10 All-Freshman team selection... Made 29 starts and averaged 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game last season... A talented passer who works well in transition and possesses strong rebounding skills... A returning starter.
This Season (3 games started, 17 games played):

at New Mexico (11/21): 9 points (4-9), 2 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 2 points (0-3), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): 1 point (0-3, 1-2 FT), 2 rebounds... vs. UConn (12/7): started, 8 points (4-7), 3 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 16 points (6-11), 4 rebounds, 3 assists... vs. SMU (12/17): started, 2 points (1-4), 3 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. Colorado (12/20): 3 points (1-6), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... at Notre Dame (12/22): 2 rebounds... vs. UCLA (12/28): 3 points (1-5), 7 rebounds, 1 assist... at Oregon (1/2): 3 rebounds... at OSU (12/4): 4 points (2-3), 5 rebounds... vs. Wash (1/9): 4 points (2-2), 1 rebound... vs. WSU (1/11): 6 points (2-3), 1 assist... at Arizona (1/15): 2 points (0-4), 3 rebounds, 1 steal... at ASU (1/17): 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block... vs. Cal (1/23): 2 points (1-3), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. Stanford (1/25): played 8 minutes...

#41 Jamie Funn (Center * Freshman)
Jamie Funn enters her first season with the Women of Troy... A three-time Street & Smith honorable mention selection... A fellow Narbonne High standout, along with current teammates Ebony Hoffman and Jessica Cheeks... Her sister, Nicole, is currently a senior guard on the Pepperdine women's basketball team... A versatile forward with great reach.
This Season (3 games started, 17 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): 2 points (1-5), 6 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 4 points (2-5), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): 6 points (0-0, 6-8 FT), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. UConn (12/7): 2 points (1-3), 2 rebounds... vs. San Diego (12/13): 4 points (2-5), 2 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. SMU (12/17): 1 rebound, 2 assists... vs. Colorado (12/20): 3 rebounds... at Notre Dame (12/22): played 2 minutes... vs. UCLA (12/28): 9 points (4-8), 6 rebounds, 1 steal... at Oregon (1/2): 6 points (3-5), 4 rebounds... at OSU (12/4): 6 points (2-14), 10 rebounds... vs. Wash (1/9): 3 points (1-5), 3 rebounds, 1 steal... vs. WSU (1/11): 5 rebounds... at Arizona (1/15): 2 points (1-2)... at ASU (1/17): made first career start, 6 points (3-7), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 1 steal... vs. Cal (1/23): started, 5 points (1-1), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Stanford (1/25): started, 8 points (3-7), 5 rebounds...

#44 Kim Gipson (Center * Junior)
Kim Gipson begins her third season with the Women of Troy... At 6-foot-5, she is the tallest player on the USC roster... A fast and mobile player, who can run the court well... She played in all 31 games last season and averaged 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks per game.
This Season (9 games started, 17 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): started, 6 points (3-9), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 1 assist... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 7 points (3-6), 5 rebounds... vs. UConn (12/7): 3 points (1-2), 1 rebound, 1 assist... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 2 points (0-1), 2 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. SMU (12/17): started, 4 points (2-4), 1 rebound... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 2 points (1-3), 1 rebound, career-high 4 steals... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, 3 points (1-3), 4 rebounds... vs. UCLA (12/28): 2 points (1-3), 1 rebound... at Oregon (1/2): started, 2 points (1-5), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... at OSU (12/4): started, 11 points (4-5), 4 rebounds... vs. Wash (1/9): 2 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. WSU (1/11): 4 points (2-5), 4 rebounds, 1 steal... at Arizona (1/15): 5 points (2-3), 1 rebound, 3 assists, 3 steals... at ASU (1/17): 2 points (1-2), 2 rebounds... vs. Cal (1/23): 2 points (1-2)... vs. Stanford (1/25): 2 points (1-2), 2 rebounds...

#50 Chlo� Kerr (Center * Freshman)
Chlo� Kerr enters her first season with the Women of Troy... A three-time Street & Smith honorable mention pick, who was ranked 33rd among prep recruits in 2003... Will be looked to for much-needed depth in the post... Her father and uncle both played basketball at Colorado State, one brother played football at Tennessee and another brother played basketball at Loyola-Chicago.
This Season (4 games started, 17 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): 10 points (4-10), 9 rebounds, 1 block... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 4 points (1-5), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): 2 points (1-3), 1 rebound, 1 steal... vs. UConn (12/7): 3 points (1-6), 3 rebounds... vs. San Diego (12/13): 11 points (5-11), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. SMU (12/17): 1 point (0-4), 1 rebound... vs. Colorado (12/20): 6 points (3-4), 1 block... at Notre Dame (12/22): 2 rebounds, 3 blocks... vs. UCLA (12/28): played 2 minutes... at Oregon (1/2): 2 points (0-1), 1 assist, 1 block... at OSU (12/4): 2 points (0-1)... vs. Wash (1/9): started, 2 rebounds... vs. WSU (1/11): made career first start, 11 points (5-9), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals... at Arizona (1/15): started, 1 rebound... at ASU (1/17): started, 6 points (3-5), 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. Cal (1/23): started, 4 points (2-4), 3 rebounds... vs. Stanford (1/25): 3 rebounds, 1 assist...

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