Women Travel To Washington, Washington State
Jan. 6, 2005
Sunday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m.
at Washington State (Pullman, Wash.)
Live Audio: www.wsucougars.com
Coming off a home sweep of the Oregon schools, the USC women's basketball team (8-4, 2-1 Pac-10) looks to continue its success on the road as it travels to Washington (6-8, 2-2 Pac-10) and Washington State (4-9, 0-4 Pac-10) to complete the week. The Women of Troy will be playing their third and fourth game in an eight-day span as they face the Huskies on Friday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. in Seattle, and the Cougars on Sunday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. in Pullman. The USC-Washington match-up will be broadcast live on Fox Sports West 2. Both games can also be heard via the internet at www.gohuskies.com and www.wsucougars.com.
The Trojans are coming off a 77-72 win over Oregon on Jan. 2, and 62-51 win over Oregon State on Jan. 4. Both games featured a balanced Trojan offense, with scoring contributions from the entire bench. Jamie Hagiya led with 14 points against the Ducks and Kim Gipson posted a team-best 11 points against the Beavers.
Washington and Washington State return home this week after visiting the Bay Area schools. The Huskies split games, defeating California and falling to Stanford, while the Cougars lost both match-ups.
Kicking-Off A Championship Day
USC's 62-51 win over Oregon State on Jan. 4 in front of 1,025 at the Lyon Center served as the official kick-off to Troy's Orange Bowl Day. The Trojan football team defeated Oklahoma that evening, 55-19, to complete a perfect season and capture its second consecutive national title.
A Winning Start
At 8-4, this remains USC's best start since the 1997 season. It is also the first time since then that the team began the conference season with a winning record (6-3).
USC has had to face Washington more than any other Pac-10 opponent in recent years (nine times), and has lost eight of the nine match-ups. Since 2002, the Huskies have ended three-consecutive Trojan seasons. In 2002, Washington beat USC in the first round of the WNIT in Seattle, 97-87. In 2003, the Trojans beat WSU in the Pac-10 Tournament play-in round, only to be eliminated by Washington in the first round, 64-63. And in 2004, the Huskies again beat the Women of Troy, 67-50, in the Pac-10 Tournament opener.
The Last Time...
The last time USC beat Washington in Seattle was in 2000 (an 88-76 overtime victory).
The last time USC won both in Seattle and Pullman was in 2000.
The last time USC lost to Washington State in Pullman was in 2001 (a 79-78 loss).
The Women of Troy are leading the Pac-10 this season in an unfamiliar category - three-point field goals made. It's uncharted territory for USC, which has finished no higher than fifth in the category over the last seven years. The Trojans are averaging a conference-best 6.25 three-pointers per game.
A True Team Effort
No USC player is currently averaging double-figures. That's because seven players are averaging more that six points a game and six average more than four rebounds per outing (USC and Washington are the only Pac-10 team without a double-figure scorer). Eight players have taken turns leading the team in scoring through 12 games played this season, and five players have shared the lead in rebounding.
We're Almost There
The Women of Troy have gotten 'really close' to that breakout victory a number of times this season. Consider that of USC's four losses, three have been to ranked opponents (#20 DePaul, #6 Notre Dame, #23 UCLA), three of the four have been by four points or less (56-60 vs. Notre Dame, 73-76 at BYU, 61-62 at UCLA) and three have been on the road (11/20 at DePaul, 12/18 at BYU, 12/28 at UCLA).
Washington and USC both faced a top 10 Notre Dame team this season. On Nov. 26, the Trojans nearly upset a then-No. 6 Notre Dame squad, 60-56. Washington fell to the then-No. 7 Fighting Irish, 72-58, on Dec. 11.
Former USC head coach Chris Gobrecht coached at Washington for 11 years (1986-96) before her one-year stint at Florida State and seven years spent at USC from 1998-2004.
Washington boasts four California natives on its roster - freshmen guards Dominique Banks (Stockton) and Stefanie Clark (Lakeview Terrace) and sophomore guards Cheri Craddock (Oakland) and Cameo Hicks (Tracy).
USC freshman Camille LeNoir and UW's Stefanie Clark both played club basketball for the Original Girls Developmental League (OGDL).
USC-Washington State Connections
Washington State has three California natives on its roster - junior guard Charmaine Jones, who hails from Rolling Hills Prep in Los Angeles, junior transfer center Keisha Moore, who prepped at J.W. North High in Riverside, and freshman guard Jordan McCormick, who hails from El Cerrito.
USC sophomore center Markisha Lea and WSU's Keisha Moore both hail from Riverside. Lea prepped at Martin Luther King High.
Cougar head coach Sherri Murrell is a graduate of Pepperdine and played two seasons (1990-91) for the Waves at point guard. Murrell preceded former Waves head coach and current USC coach Mark Trakh by just a few years. Trakh began his 11-year stint at the helm of the Pepperdine program in 1994.
Oregon Game Recap
USC notched its first Pac-10 victory of the year with a 77-72 win over Oregon on Jan. 2. Led by point guards Jamie Hagiya and Camille LeNoir, the Women of Troy shot 50.0 percent from the field to surprise the Ducks in the first match-up of 2005. The pair led the Trojans with 14 and 10 points, respectively, while the entire bench contributed to the score. The Women of Troy were outrebounded 44-to-28, but forced an additional seven turnovers (20-13) and benefited from a much-improved shooting effort from the field (50.0) and from three-point range (50.0). Oregon led for much of the first half, but the Trojans, who trailed by six at the six-minute mark, worked their way back. After knotting the score at 28-28, the Trojans closed out the half on a 9-2 run to enter the break ahead 37-30. The Women of Troy never trailed in the second half, leading by as much as 11 points, 70-59, with 3:21 remaining. Oregon did manage to close the gap to one, 41-40, early in the half, but back-to-back three-pointers by Meghan Gnekow and Brynn Cameron slowed the Ducks' momentum and kept USC on top.
Oregon State Game Recap
With scoring contributions from the entire bench, USC defeated Oregon State, 62-51, in a pre-Orange Bowl match-up in front of 1,025 at the Lyon Center on Jan. 4. The Trojans had six players finish with six or more points and were led by Kim Gipson who contributed 11. Eshaya Murphy posted a career-best 13 rebounds, including 11 offensive boards, and added a game-high four steals. USC's bench scored 25 points, while Oregon State's contributed six. Two days after being outrebounded by Oregon, the Women of Troy made up for the performance by posting 45 rebounds to the Beavers' 28. Both teams shot poorly as USC finished at 34.9 percent from the field and Oregon State shot 38.3 percent. Beavers forward Kim Butler hit a jumper at 13:55 in the first half to give OSU its first and only lead of the game, 11-10. USC responded with a 10-0 run to go ahead for good. The Women of Troy entered halftime with a 30-20 advantage. USC maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half and led by as much as 19 points, 60-41, with only 2:25 remaining.
USC And Rafu Shimpo Partner For Cause
USC, the Little Tokyo Recreation Center and the Rafu Shimpo, a Los Angeles Japanese bilingual daily, joined to sponsor the Jan. 2 Oregon-USC contest in order to raise funds for the Little Tokyo Recreation Center Building Fund. As a result, the Women of Troy donated $1,400 (40 percent of the proceeds generated by ticket sales) to the Little Tokyo Recreation Center. USC point guard Jamie Hagiya is an alum of the Japanese youth basketball leagues in Los Angeles.
Freshman point guard Jazlyn Davis was cleared to practice on Nov. 27 after sitting out for six weeks with a fractured left foot, which she suffered on Oct. 16. BUT, during her first practice back she suffered a broken right ankle and is not expected to return to the team until February.
Junior guard Meghan Gnekow did not play against Oregon State (Jan. 4) due to severe lower back pain. Gnekow is listed as day-to-day.
Four Opponents Ranked In Top 25
USC's schedule features four opponents currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, including No. 4 Notre Dame (L, 60-56, Nov. 26), No. 8 Stanford (Jan. 22 and Feb. 18), No. 19 DePaul (L, 77-99, on Nov. 20) and No. 22 UCLA (L, 62-61, Dec. 28 and Feb. 26).
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.
Washington (6-8, 2-2 Pac-10) -- The Huskies went 4-6 against nonconference opponents, defeating foes such as South Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Denver. But the team entered Pac-10 play on a three-game losing skid and dropped the conference-opener to Arizona, 63-67. Since then, UW has gotten past Arizona State, 63-55, and California, 65-52, and lost at Stanford, 61-74, in a seven-day span. Similar to the Women of Troy, the Huskies do not have a player averaging double figures. Redshirt junior guard Kristen O'Neill holds a slight edge with 9.3 points per game and fellow redshirt junior guard Kayla Burt averages 9.1 points. Burt guides the team with 3.4 assists per game and redshirt sophomore forward Jill Bell leads the team with 6.4 rebounds per outing.
Under ninth-year head coach June Daugherty, Washington returned seven letterwinners and only two starters from last year's squad. The 2004 Huskies finished the season with a 18-13 overall record, a 9-9 mark in the Pac-10 for sixth place and advanced to the second round of the WNIT (after defeating Mark Trakh's Pepperdine squad in the first round).
USC-Washington Series Record -- This will be the 40th meeting between these two teams. Washington owns the all-time advantage, 25-14, and boasts a 15-4 record when playing in Seattle. Last season, USC beat UW in Los Angeles, 70-50, to start the year, but fell in Seattle, 70-72, and in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament, 50-67.
Team ComparisonsTeam Ppg Margin FG% 3-FG% FT% Rpg Apg TOpg Spg BpgUSC 68.0 +4.8 38.3 32.2 64.7 38.8 13.6 19.8 12.6 3.4Washington 64.9 -2.3 35.4 31.3 66.8 38.2 14.2 15.8 10.4 3.7
Washington Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg33 Kristen O'Neill Forward 6-1 9.3 3.7 1.9 1.223 Maggie O'Hara Center 6-3 3.7 3.6 0.9 1.04 Emily Florence Guard 5-5 3.3 1.6 1.8 1.55 Cameo Hicks Guard 5-10 7.9 4.1 1.5 0.920 Kayla Burt Guard 5-11 9.1 2.9 3.4 1.6
Washington State (4-7, 0-2 Pac-10) -- Washington State practically alternated wins and losses throughout its nonconference schedule to enter Pac-10 play with a 4-5 record. The team notched wins over Boise State, Saint Mary's, Portland State and San Diego State. The Cougars have yet to capture their first Pac-10 win, falling to Arizona State, 39-67, and Arizona, 51-54, at home, and dropping games at Stanford, 39-72, and California, 56-64, earlier this week. Forward Kate Benz and guard Adriane Ferguson lead the team with 10.9 and 10.8 points per game, respectively. Benz also leads the team with 9.1 rebounds per game and point guard Jessica Perry averages a team-best 3.2 assists per game.
Under third-year head coach Sherri Murrell, Washington State returned seven letterwinners and three starters from last year's squad. In 2004, the Cougars went 6-22 overall and 2-16 in the Pac-10 to finish in 10th place.
USC-Washington State Series Record -- Sunday's game will mark the 39th all-time meeting between these two schools. USC is currently riding an eight-game win streak against the Cougars. The Trojans last loss was a 78-79 defeat in Pullman in 2001. Last season, the Women of Troy defeated WSU 82-52 in Los Angeles and 83-47 on the road.
Team ComparisonsTeam Ppg Margin FG% 3-FG% FT% Rpg Apg TOpg Spg BpgUSC 68.0 +4.8 38.3 32.2 64.7 38.8 13.6 19.8 12.6 3.4Washington St. 53.9 -6.8 34.7 29.2 71.0 38.5 13.0 19.8 8.5 2.4
Washington State Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg15 Emma Joneby Forward 6-2 5.9 5.8 1.8 0.832 Kate Benz Forward 6-2 10.9 9.1 1.2 1.23 Jessica Perry Guard 5-6 4.5 2.5 3.2 1.44 Ariana Scales Guard 5-8 4.2 2.1 1.3 1.224 Adriane Ferguson Guard 6-0 10.8 4.7 0.3 0.3