Three USC Women's Basketball Players To Miss 2006-07 Season

Aug. 29, 2006

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Three key players on the USC women's basketball team will sit out some or all of the upcoming season for medical or personal reasons.

Junior guard Camille LeNoir (Los Angeles, Calif./Narbonne HS), a 2006 All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick while averaging 12.7 points and 4.1 assists, will sit out until mid-January because of a hip injury.

First-year freshman Jacki Gemelos, a high school All-American last year at St. Mary's High in Stockton, will redshirt this season while recuperating from a high school knee injury.

Junior guard Brynn Cameron (Newbury Park, Calif./Newbury Park HS), sixth on the USC career three-point list with 91 treys, will redshirt the 2006-07 season for personal reasons. A starter as a 2005 freshman while averaging 9.8 points, she appeared in only 13 games last season before a second surgery on a painful hip injury sidelined her for the remainder of the season.

'Obviously, we'll miss having three players the caliber of Camille, Jacki and Brynn out for some or all of this upcoming season,' said USC head coach Mark Trakh. 'We were counting on all three of them to be significant components of our team. We wish them well and look forward to their return. But this has become a somewhat familiar situation with our team and we know how to deal with it. Last year, we lost some key players, but the rest of the team stepped up and led us into the NCAA playoffs. We'll look for that kind of effort and result again this season.'

Last year, the Women of Troy went 19-12 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. Along the way, USC lost four key players to season-ending injuries: Cameron (hip), forward Jamie Funn (hip), center Markisha Lea (arm) and guard Simone Jelks (knee).

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