Women's Hoops Travels To BYU, TCU
Dec. 17, 2004
Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 5:30 p.m. CT
at TCU - Fort Worth, Texas
Live Stats: www.gofrogs.com
The USC women's basketball team (5-2) -- winners of the last four straight -- complete the nonconference schedule in the upcoming four days on the road. The Women of Troy, under the leadership of first-year head coach Mark Trakh, travel to Provo, Utah, to face Brigham Young (5-2) on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m. MT, then take on TCU (7-3) in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 5:30 p.m. CT. Follow the BYU game with live audio and live stats at www.byuradio.com and www.byucougars.com. The TCU game can be followed with Live Stats at www.gofrogs.com.
USC extended its win streak with a win at San Diego, 68-47, and a home victory over South Dakota State, 66-59, last week. Freshman guard Brynn Cameron guided the team in both outings with a team-best 15.5 points per game thanks to a total of nine three-pointers and 56.3 shooting percentage from beyond the arch.
Winners Enter Pac-10 Play
With only two games remaining before the start of the Pac-10 season, the Women of Troy ensured that they will enter conference play as winners with last week's victories. At 5-2, this is USC's best start since the 2001 season, it's the first time since 2002 that the Women of Troy have won four straight and it is the first time since 1998 that the team will begin the conference season with a winning record.
USC has beat its last four opponents by an average of 16.3 points. The four wins include two 20+ victories against Loyola Marymount, 77-56, on Dec. 5 and at San Diego, 68-47, on Dec. 7.
Cameron Ties School Record
It did not take long for freshman Brynn Cameron to make her mark. Against South Dakota State (Dec. 11), the 5-10 guard tied a USC record with six three-pointers. Three games before the record-setting performance, Cameron notched four three-pointers against Harvard (Nov. 28), tying for 10th place among Trojan records.
Thanks to her recent performances, Cameron currently leads the Women of Troy with a 15.5 points per game scoring average.
San Diego Game Recap
With scoring contributions from the entire bench, USC notched a double-digit victory by defeating San Diego, 68-47, on Dec. 7 at Jenny Craig Pavilion. Rachel Woodward and Brynn Cameron led the team with 11 points apiece, and Meghan Gnekow posted a team-best nine boards. USC forced 31 San Diego turnovers on the night, but committed 22 of its own. Both teams struggled offensively as the Trojans hit 37.0 percent of their shots from the field and the Toreros finished at 34.6 percent. But USC's eight three-pointers, a mark that ties for seventh among Trojans all-time game records, proved to be a major factor in the contest. A number of USC mistakes early in the game allowed San Diego to jump out to a 9-2 lead, but the momentum shifted dramatically when Gnekow first entered the game with a little more than 12 minutes remaining. The junior guard hit a three-pointer on USC's first possession following a time out, launching a 33-8 USC run to close out the half ahead 35-17. The Women of Troy extended their lead to as much as 31 points, 61-30, in the second half.
South Dakota State Game Recap
Brynn Cameron led with 20 points as USC defeated South Dakota State, 66-59, on Dec. 11 at the Lyon Center. The Women of Troy held off a scrappy Jackrabbit squad as thier biggest lead of the game (10 points) came with only 1:08 remaining in the game. Cameron opened the game with four successful three-pointers on her first four attempts and completed the game with a USC record six treys. Meghan Gnekow also added 13 points off the bench for the Women of Troy. In the first half, two free throws by Kim Gipson broke a 27-27 tie followed by a Camille LeNoir three-pointer to put USC ahead for good. The Women of Troy held a 34-30 lead at the break.
Women Of Troy Share Online Diary
This season, the Women of Troy will share their thoughts on the year through their online diary - The Trojan Chronicles. Each week a different student-athlete will contribute to the diary so check it out at www.usctrojans.com and find out more about the Women of Troy.
USC Coaching Comparisons
Among former USC women's basketball head coaches, only Mark Trakh, Fred Williams (1996-97) and Cheryl Miller (1994-95) have begun their first season at 5-2 or better. Miller, who coached two seasons (1994-95), notched six straight wins to start her career, and Williams was 5-3 before dropping the next four straight.
Team News N' Notes
The Women of Troy will begin the Pac-10 season with a winning record for the first time since 1998.
The Women of Troy entered the record books twice in back-to-back games. USC hit eight three-pointers on Dec. 7 at San Diego State and nine against South Dakota State on Dec. 11. Nine treys ties for fourth among most three-pointers made in a single game and eight ties for eighth.
With a win over UMass on Nov. 19, head coach Mark Trakh notched his 200th career victory.
Player News N' Notes
Brynn Cameron topped her previous performance by sinking six three-pointer against South Dakota State on Dec. 11, tying the USC single game record.
Brynn Cameron hit four three-pointers against Harvard on Nov. 28 - a mark which ties for 10th among USC game records.
Rachel Woodward notched the team's first double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds against Loyola Marymount on Dec. 5.
BYU -- Brigham Young is off to a 5-2 start this season, only dropping games to Arizona, 76-73, on Nov. 27 and Hawai'i, 56-44, on Dec. 11. The Cougars have defeated Southern Utah, Nevada, Portland, George Washington and Southeast Missouri State so far this season. The team is led by senior forward Kristen Kozlowski and junior forward Ambrosia Anderson, who are each averaging 12.9 points per game. Senior forward Danielle Cheesman guides the squad with 9.3 rebounds per game and senior guard Julie Sullivan leads with 4.3 assists and 2.0 steals per outing.
Under fourth-year head coach Jeff Judkins, BYU returned four starters and 11 total letterwinners from last year's squad. The 2003-04 Cougars finished the season at 15-14 overall and 5-9 in the Mountain West Conference for fifth place. The team welcomed five newcomers this season.
USC-BYU Series Record -- USC is 4-1 all-time against Brigham Young. The only loss was also the most recent match-up as the Trojans fell in overtime to the Cougars on Nov. 29, 2002, at the Sports Arena.
Team ComparisonsTeam Ppg Margin FG% 3-FG% FT% Rpg Apg TOpg Spg BpgUSC 67.4 +6.3 38.5 29.8 66.7 39.0 12.3 20.9 12.6 3.7BYU 68.9 +10.4 44.2 36.2 72.9 39.9 17.9 18.0 8.3 2.7
BYU Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg51 Danielle Cheesman Forward 6-2 8.6 9.3 1.4 0.932 Kristen Kozlowski Forward 6-2 12.9 5.0 1.3 1.11 Nancy Seljaas Forward 6-0 5.1 2.0 1.1 0.714 Julie Sullivan Guard 5-8 8.7 2.1 4.3 2.035 Melinda Johnsen Guard 5-10 2.1 2.0 1.6 0.9
TCU -- Texas Christian fell from the rankings this week after dropping games to Arkansas State, 68-64, and Utah, 85-72, in its last two-of-three outings. The Horned Frogs' only other loss was to Miami, 68-57, on Nov. 21. The team has defeated ranked opponents such as Georgia, who was ranked No. 3 on Nov. 27, and Michigan State, formerly No. 13 when the team's faced each other on Nov. 28. TCU is led by senior forward Sandora Irvin who is averaging a double-double with 21.6 points and 13.2 rebounds per game. Irvin also contributes a team-best 2.9 blocks, 2.4 assists and 2.2 steals per outing. The Frogs will face Tennessee on Dec. 19 before the match-up with the Women of Troy.
Under sixth-year head coach Jeff Mittie, the Horned Frogs returned only two starters and five total letterwinners from last season's squad. In 2004, TCU finished with a 25-7 overall record and 11-3 mark in Conference USA for second place. The squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and earned a final No. 20 ranking. TCU welcomed seven newcomers this season.
USC-TCU Common Connections
TCU has faced two Pac-10 opponents this season - the team defeated UCLA on Nov. 19 and Cal on Nov. 26.
The Frogs have two California natives on their roster - freshman forward Lorie Butler-Rayford (Inglewood) and freshman forward Marissa Rivera (Chula Vista).
USC-TCU Series Record -- Tuesday's game will be the first-ever meeting between these two teams.
Team ComparisonsTeam Ppg Margin FG% 3-FG% FT% Rpg Apg TOpg Spg BpgUSC 67.4 +6.3 38.5 29.8 66.7 39.0 12.3 20.9 12.6 3.7TCU 75.2 +5.1 39.9 34.0 69.4 44.5 16.4 19.0 11.4 4.8
TCU Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg22 Vanessa Clementino Forward 6-2 8.1 3.7 1.3 0.724 Niki Newton Forward 6-0 6.9 4.7 1.3 0.950 Sandora Irvin Forward 6-3 21.6 13.2 2.4 2.234 Ashley Davis Guard 6-0 11.8 5.9 0.8 1.311 Natasha Lacy Guard 5-10 7.8 5.9 6.1 3.0