Heather Oliver Signs Letter of Intent To Join Women of Troy

May 21, 2007

The USC women's basketball team has enlisted the services of an Australian Under-21 National Team player with the recent signing of guard Heather Oliver to a national letter of intent. Oliver comes to Troy after spending a year at Central Arizona College, where she was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Freshman of the Year.

A 5-10 guard originally from Victoria, Australia's Wangaratta High School, Oliver was recently named a member of Australia's 2007 FIBA Under-21 World Championship team set to compete in the games in Russia. While playing in the states for Central Arizona College, Oliver was one of just two freshmen to earn NJCCA First Team honors in 2007 and also garnered and NJCCA Championship All-Tournament Team accolades. The Arizona Community College Athletic Commission also recognized Oliver as its 2007 Rookie of the Year following Central Arizona's 33-3 season that saw the Vaqueras reached the national title game.

Oliver joins fellow USC newcomers Kari LaPlante and Stefanie Gilbreath as the incoming talent for the 2007-08 season. Gilbreath recently suffered a torn ACL that will sideline her for her freshman season, but the addition of Oliver and LaPlante for the coming year is a welcome addition for the Women of Troy.

'We're exited to add Ollie to our team,' USC head coach Mark Trakh said. 'She'll provide us with athleticism and 3-point shooting at the three spot. She's one of the top young guards out of Australia.'

At Central Arizona, Oliver averaged 18 points per game, shooting 55 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range. During competition in a National Basketball Development League (NBDL) game, Oliver put up 27 points against a team headed up by Australian star Lauren Jackson. After also considering Rutgers, Arizona and Wyoming, Oliver selected Troy as her new home, joining the USC roster as a talented 3-point shooter. She will have three years of eligibility at USC.

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