Basketball Begins Second Half Of Pac-10 At Oregon State, Oregon

Jan. 26, 2005

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Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.
at Oregon State (Corvallis, Ore.)
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Saturday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m.

at Oregon (Eugene, Ore.)
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The Facts
Following a split in the Bay Area, the USC women's basketball team (13-5, 7-2 Pac-10) looks to get back on track as it begins the second half of the Pac-10 season this week. It's a quick turnaround for the Trojans who enjoyed only two days at home after arriving from Stanford on Sunday and getting on a flight on Wednesday. The Women of Troy travel to the Pacific Northwest to face Oregon State (5-13, 1-8 Pac-10) on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. in Corvallis, then face Oregon (12-6, 5-4 Pac-10) on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. in Eugene. Both games can be followed with live stats and live audio at and

• USC saw its seven-game win streak (the longest in more than a decade) come to an end last week with a 94-58 loss to then-No. 5 Stanford at Maples Pavilion. The Women of Troy struggled offensively, while the Cardinal didn't miss. The loss came two days after a 76-71 win at Cal.

• The Women of Troy remain in second place in the Pac-10 standings, a game ahead of Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA, which are all tied for third.

• USC is looking to complete a near-perfect January. With two games remaining, the Trojans have gone 7-1 over the last three weeks.

• Oregon and Oregon State will be looking for revenge this week when they host both USC and UCLA. Both the Ducks and Beavers were swept in Los Angeles in early January and are also coming off losses against Arizona and Arizona State last week.

The Last Time...
• The last time USC beat Oregon and Oregon State on the road was in 2001.• The last time the Women of Troy completed a season sweep against Oregon and Oregon State was in 1994.• Prior to its win over then-No. 25 Arizona State on Jan. 16, the last time USC beat a ranked opponent was on Jan. 25, 2004, when the Trojans upset then-No. 6 Stanford, 59-56, at home.

Turning the Coner
The Women of Troy collected a 7-2 record in the first half of the Pac-10 season, matching last season's start. It's the programs best league start since 1997 when the Trojans finished 16-2 and captured the Pac-10 title.

It's All About Hustle
Despite a 37.8 average field goal percentage, the Women of Troy have gotten this far thanks to pure hustle. USC has outrebounded opponents 40.4-to-38.3 (+2.1) and forced an average of 22.7 turnovers per game. The Trojans also lead the Pac-10 with an average of 16.89 offensive rebounds per game, a category which they also led last season (with a 15.93 average).

Junior guard/forward Meghan Gnekow leads the Pac-10 with an average of 2.82 offensive boards per game, while teammate Eshaya Murphy (2.33) ranks ninth.

A True Team Effort
Eight players are averaging more that 6.0 points a game and six average more than 4.0 rebounds per outing (USC and Washington are currently the only Pac-10 teams without a double-figure scorer). Eight players have taken turns leading the team in scoring through 18 games played this season, and six players have shared the lead in rebounding.

Team Effort vs. the Nation
How does USC's team effort stack-up against other Division I schools? The Trojans' eight different leading scorers ties for second, falling behind Morehead State who has had 10 players lead the team in scoring. 66.7 percent of USC's active roster (8-of-12) has led in scoring, ranking third behind Morehead State (83.3, 10-12) and Wright State (80.0, 8-10)

A Winning Start
At 13-5, this remains USC's best start (overall and in conference play) since the 1997 season. It is also the first time since 1997 that the team began the conference season with a winning record (6-3). Before the loss to Stanford, Its seven-game win streak was the longest since 1994.

Getting Votes
With its recent success, USC has begun to garner some votes. This week, the Women of Troy earned 13 votes in the WBCA/USA Today Coaches Poll and five8 in the Associated Press poll.

Uncharted Territory
Currently ranked second, the Women of Troy spent three weeks leading the Pac-10 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 currently averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game. Oregon tops the list with a 6.06 average.

The Toughest Competition
Consider that of USC's five losses, four have been to ranked opponents (#20 DePaul, #6 Notre Dame, #23 UCLA, #5 Stanford), three of the five have been by four points or less (56-60 vs. Notre Dame, 73-76 at BYU, 61-62 at UCLA) and four have been on the road (11/20 at DePaul, 12/18 at BYU, 12/28 at UCLA, 1/22 at Stanford).

USC-Oregon State Connections
• USC and OSU both faced and defeated South Dakota State in nonconference play this season - OSU 68-65 and USC 66-59.
• OSU second assistant coach Jualeah Woods is a 1994 graduate of USC and a four-year letterwinner (1991-94) for the Women of Troy. Woods and USC assistant coach Jody (Anton) Wynn were teammates in 1993 and 1994.
• 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 sophomore forward Jamie Funn's sister, Nicole Funn, played at Oregon State for two seasons (2000-01). Nicole transferred to Pepperdine in 2001 and played two seasons with the Waves.
• The Beavers have seven California natives on their roster and one Southern California standout - senior guard Shannon Howell who prepped at L.A.'s St. Bernard.
• 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).

USC-Oregon Connections
• Oregon has one Southern California native on its roster - senior guard Brandi Davis (La Habra) - and three total players from California.
• Ducks' guard Corrie Mizusawa and USC guard Jamie Hagiya were both born in Torrance, Calif. Both are of Japanese-American decent.

Stanford Game Recap
Stanford's Candice Wiggins posted 23 points, including 20 in the first half, to lead the Cardinal to a 94-58 victory over the Women of Troy on Jan. 22 at Stanford. Eshaya Murphy scored 11 points and Jamie Hagiya had 10 points to lead the Trojans. The Cardinal were relentless even after building a huge advantage in the first half. Stanford outscored USC 23-11 to open the second half and eventually led by as many as 45 points. Stanford threatened to run away from the Trojans early, scoring the first 12 points of the contest and held USC scoreless for nearly six minutes. The Trojans missed their first 10 shots. USC, on the strength of eight offensive rebounds, rallied to close to within six points. That was as close as the Trojans would come as Stanford, with Wiggins having her best half of the season, eventually opened a 54-27 lead at halftime. The cardinal shot 63.0 percent from the field on the night, while the Women of Troy compiled a 33.3 percent field goal percentage.

Cal Game Recap
The Women of Troy used a 16-0 second-half run to ensure a 76-71 victory over Cal on Jan. 20 at Haas Pavilion. USC was led by Brynn Cameron who contributed 14 points in addition to five rebounds. Jamie Funn and Kim Gipson each had career-high nights, tying their personal bests with 13 and 12 points, respectively. At 43-43 with 13:54 remaining, Rachel Woodward hit a layup that ignited the Trojans deciding run. Complete with back-to-back three-pointers and scoring contributions from five different players, USC held Cal scoreless for more than four minutes as it built a 59-43 advantage. The Bears made a final push at the five-minute mark thanks to the efforts of Jessica Lawson. Lawson scored seven of her nine points in a three-minute span as Cal came within five, 67-62, with 1:55 left on the clock. The Bears opened the game with an 11-4 lead before the Trojans fought back to knot the score at 13 apiece. The teams reached five tie scores alternated leads eight times in the remaining minutes as Cal entered the break ahead by one, 35-34.


Oregon State (5-13, 1-8 Pac-10) -- The Beavers' struggles continue they carry a three-game losing streak into this weekend. Oregon State's only Pac-10 victory was an 83-55 win over Washington State at home on Jan. 13. Currently in ninth place in the conference standings, OSU is coming off a 38-50 loss at Arizona State and 65-86 loss to Arizona. Senior guard Shannon Howell leads the team with 19.0 points per game, while sophomore forward Casey Bunn leads the team with 5.2 boards per outing. Howell also boasts a team-best 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

Under 10th-year head coach Judy Spoelstra, the Beavers returned two starters and 11 total letterwinners from last year's squad. In 2004, Oregon State finished 17-15 overall and 8-10 in the Pac-10 for seventh place. The team advanced to the third round of the WNIT.

USC-Oregon State Series Record -- The Women of Troy boast a 27-15 all-time series record against the Beavers as the two teams prepare for the 43rd all-time meeting. Boasting a 17-5 record when playing in Los Angeles, the Trojans have had a much tougher time on the road. USC owns a narrow 10-9 advantage at Gill Coliseum. Last season, USC was swept by Oregon State, falling 67-72 in Corvallis and 66-73 at home. In the first meeting of 2005, the Women of Troy beat the Beavers 62-51 at the Lyon Center.

Team ComparisonsTeam		Ppg	Margin	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	TOpg	Spg	BpgUSC		67.9	+4.0	37.8	32.3	66.5	40.4	13.2	19.3	11.7	3.8Oregon State	62.9	-6.2	39.4	28.0	71.2	36.6	11.8	19.7	9.4	3.7

Oregon State Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg12 Casey Bunn Forward 6-0 4.8 5.2 1.1 1.042 Kim Butler Forward 6-1 10.4 4.8 0.7 1.214 Jessica Mellinger Guard 5-8 1.8 1.5 1.6 0.924 Mandy Close Guard 5-11 9.2 3.8 1.9 1.333 Shannon Howell Guard 5-9 19.0 2.2 3.3 2.3

Oregon (12-6, 5-4 Pac-10) -- It has been an up-and-down Pac-10 season for the Ducks as they head into the second half. Oregon, who beat both California and Stanford to start the season, has dropped games at USC, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State and beat Washington and Washington State at home. Last week, the Ducks fell at Arizona, 60-69, and at Arizona State, 65-74. The team is currently led by senior forward Catherine Kraayeveld, who is averaging 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Point guard Corrie Mizusawa leads the team with 7.1 assists per outing. Mizusawa and center Andrea Bills average a team-best 1.2 steals per game.

Under fourth-year head coach Bev Smith, Oregon returned four starters and 11 total letterwinners from last year's squad. The Ducks finished 14-15 overall in 2004, 6-12 in the Pac-10 for eighth place and did not advance to the postseason.

USC-Oregon Series Record -- This will be the 43nd meeting between these two teams. The Women of Troy own a 28-14 all-time record against the Ducks and a 12-8 record when playing at MacArthur Court. Last season, USC swept Oregon with a 69-55 win in Eugene and a 71-56 win in Los Angeles. In the first meeting of 2005, the Women of Troy beat the Ducks 77-72 at the USC Lyon Center - a win which launched a seven-game win streak for the Trojans.

Team ComparisonsTeam	Ppg	Margin	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	TOpg	Spg	BpgUSC	67.9	+4.0	37.8	32.3	66.5	40.4	13.2	19.3	11.7	3.8Oregon	68.6	+7.8	44.1	35.0	67.3	36.1	16.6	15.4	7.8	3.7

Oregon Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg33 Catherine Kraayeveld Forward 6-4 15.3 8.8 1.9 1.154 Eleanor Haring Forward 6-1 6.9 2.9 1.1 0.344 Andrea Bills Center 6-3 11.6 6.7 1.2 1.211 Kaela Chapdelaine Guard 5-11 3.9 0.9 2.4 0.913 Corrie Mizusawa Guard 5-8 4.4 1.5 7.1 1.2

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