No. 1 USC Looks To Stay Hot, Take On 2008 NCAA West Region Field

May 5, 2008

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The No. 1 USC women's golf team, which has won two tournaments in a row, including the 2008 Pac-10 Championships, begins its quest for its second NCAA team title as the top seed in the 2008 NCAA West Regional which runs Thursday through Saturday (May 8-10) at the Lincoln Hills G.C., in Lincoln, Calif.

The top eight teams plus two individuals from each 21-team field will advance to the championship round, scheduled for May 20-23 at the University of New Mexico Championship G.C, in Albuquerque, N.M, hosted by the University of New Mexico.

USC, which won the Central Regional each of the past two years (first at Texas A&M and then at Michigan), will try for a regional trifecta at the Sacramento State-hosted West Regional this time around. USC is making its 17th consecutive NCAA appearance, the last 11 under 12th-year head coach Andrea Gaston. USC will be striving to make its 11th straight NCAA Championships final as well.

Eight teams ranked in the current Golfweek.com Top 25 will be among the schools competing for one of the eight spots that will advance out of the West Regional. They are No. 1 USC, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Arkansas, No. 13 Arizona, No. 17 Michigan State, No. 22 California and No. 25 Stanford. The complete list of all regional participants is at the bottom of this release.

After a practice round on Wednesday, action begins Thursday through Saturday at 8:10 a.m. Live and complete results for NCAA West Regional will be available atGolfstat.com.

USC AT THE 2008 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Behind inspired play throughout the lineup, the Women of Troy won their first Pac-10 title since 1989 while senior Paola Moreno won USC's third individual crown at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships (April 21-23) at Palos Verdes (Calif.) G.C. USC entered the day with a nine-stroke lead over second-place UCLA and kept building on it throughout a windy 18-hole round. By the time Moreno sunk her final putt, the Women of Troy finished with an 8-over 860 (285-292-283), 26 shots ahead of the second place Bruins (34-over 886-284-302-300). The title was USC's first under 12th-year Head Coach Andrea Gaston, who led Troy to the NCAA title in 2003 but hadn't guided it to better than third at the Pac-10 Championships. Moreno joined USC's previous two Pac-10 medalists Jennifer Biehn (1994) and Candie Kung (2000). In addition to Moreno's win, senior Dewi Claire Schreefel and sophomore Belen Mozo tied for third, freshmen Lizette Salas was sixth and sophomore Stefanie Endstrasser was eighth.

USC'S 2008 PAC-10 HONORS
Complimenting its first conference title since 1989, the USC women's golf team dominated the All-Pac-10 Team, placing a school-record six golfers on the first, second and honorable mention teams. Additionally Andrea Gaston, USC's 12th-year Head Coach, was voted Pac-10 Coach of the Year while Lizette Salas earned Freshman of the Year honors. Senior Paola Moreno, who won USC's first Pac-10 individual title since 2000, joined senior Dewi Claire Schreefel and sophomore Belen Mozo on the All-Pac-10 first team. Schreefel and Mozo tied for third at the Pac-10 Championships. For Schreefel, a two-time All-American, it was her first first-team nod, as it was for Mozo. It was Moreno's second first team selection as USC earned three first-team picks for the first time in school history. Salas and sophomore Stephanie Endstrasser, sixth and eighth, respectively, at the Pac-10 Championships, were both All-Pac-10 second team selections. Freshman Joanne Lee rounded USC's selections as an honorable mention pick. Previously, the most conference selections USC had in one season was four.

USC IN 2007-2008
The Women of Troy, who have finished among the top five teams at the NCAA Championships in three of the past five years, have won three times this season (including twice in a row) in nine events and finished (or tied for) second three times ... Sophomore Belen Mozo tied for first at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (Oct. 8-10) to lead USC to its first victory of the season while Dewi Claire Schreefel tied for first and then won a playoff during USC's win at the PING/ASU Invitational (April 4-6). Senior Paola Moreno then joined the win parade while leading USC to the 2008 Pac-10 title ... Troy's second-place efforts came at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational (Feb. 25-27), the Kent Youel Invitational (Oct. 30-31) and the 2007 Margaret Branch Fall Preview (Sept. 24-26), where Schreefel won her first event of the season ... USC was also third at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge ... At the Fall Preview, USC finished 15-under 861 (292-285-284), one stroke back of winner Duke while Troy and the Blue Devils were tied for second at the Wildcat Invitational. At the Kent Youel, USC was just four shots from first ... USC players have posted a combined 14 top 10 finishes this season and have had another 13 top 20 efforts ... Troy has twice tied the school's second lowest combined team round of 281, doing so in each of its last two events. First, USC did it in the opening round of the UCF Challenge and then did it again in the first round of the PING/ASU Invitational. Troy's school record for combined low round is 279.

Dewi Claire Schreefel
Senior Dewi Claire Schreefel, a two-time All-American, has won two tournaments this season and was named a 2008 All-Pac-10 first team selection. She won her first tournament since her 2006 NCAA Championships individual title when she won the 2007 Margaret Branch NCAA Fall Preview on Sept. 26 at the University of New Mexico G.C. Her three-round effort of 204 (68-69-67) was one off the USC individual 54-hole record while her 15-under par is a USC record. She also strung three consecutive sub-70 rounds together for the first time as a Trojan, punctuating her fine play with an eagle on the tournament's final hole. For her efforts, she was named Golfweek and Golf World Player of the Week ... She earned those same Player of the Week honors again for the first week in April after winning the PING/ASU Invitational on a playoff on April 6. She posted a 54-hole 7-under 209 (68-69-72) before taking the one-hole playoff... She has six top 20 finishes, including a tie for third at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships ... Her other top 20 finishes include a tie for 15th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, a tie for 16th at the Kent Youel Invitational and a tie for 20th at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Her stroke average of 73.44 is second lowest on the team and she is tied with a team-best six rounds in the 60s this year.

Paola Moreno
Senior Paola Moreno, the 2007 NCAA Championships runner-up and a 2007 All-American first teamer, won the 2008 Pac-10 Championships individual title to become just USC's third conference medalist. Moreno won the event with a 1-under 212 (70-75-67), her final round good for her first sub-70 round of the season. Moreno was named to the 2008 All-Pac-10 first team, her second conference first team selection of her career ... Moreno's previous top finishes on the season were a pair of 10th-place ties, one at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, the other at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge ... She led USC in stroke average as a junior last year (73.18) ... Moreno, who tied for 18th at the UCF Challenge and PING/ASU Invitational, has five top 20 finishes this season.

Belen Mozo
Sophomore Belen Mozo, a 2007 All-American honorable mention pick, was tabbed a 2008 All-Pac-10 first team selection after tying for third at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships (217-71-71-75). She has been USC's top finisher in five of nine events this season, including a USC career-best tie for first at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. She finished with a 1-over 217 (70-75-72) and, thanks to a tiebreaker, was tabbed as medalist ... USC's leader in stroke average (72.30), she has finished in the top 20 in every event this season, including five top 3 marks and seven in the top 11 ... She tied for second at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, which included a final-round 68, and tied for third at the Kent Youel Invitational and the PING/ASU Invitational ... Mozo was USC's top finisher at the Mason Rudolph, tying for 10th with a 216 (74-69-73). She then tied for 11th at the Fall Preview with a 4-under 215 (75-71-69), her final round 4-under effort highlighted by a hole-in-one on the 137-yard, par 3 17th hole ... She has six rounds in the 60s this season, tied for tops on the team.

Lizette Salas
Freshmen Lizette Salas is third on USC in stroke average at 73.52. Salas, who has finished in the top 15 in six of her past seven tournaments, earned 2008 All-Pac-10 second team honors. She had a season-best tie for fourth at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational and a sixth at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships... She tied for 11th at the Kent Youel Invitational, tied for 10th at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, tied for eighth at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational and tied for 15th at the PING/ASU Invitational. While still looking to break 71 this year, Salas has only been above 75 five times.

Stefanie Endstrasser
Junior Stefanie Endstrasser, a spring semester transfer from Purdue, earned 2008 All-Pac-10 second team honors after finishing eighth at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships, her best effort as a Trojan ... She has also tied for 10th at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, tied for 16th at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, tied for 41st at the UCF Challenge, which included an opening round 69, and tied for 15th at the PING/ASU Invitational ... The Austrian native competed in nine events as a freshman in 2006-2007 at Purdue, finishing a season-high 10th at the Big Ten Championships.

Joanne Lee
Freshman Joanne Lee, a 2008 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection, played in USC's first two tournaments, finishing 36th and 35th, respectively. After being off one event, she came back in Troy's final tournament of the fall to tie for third, finishing with a season-best 71 in the final round ...Lee has played as an individual in three events in the spring. She tied for 20th at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational (and was among the tournament's leaders after two rounds), tied for 11th at the PING/ASU Invitational and played two rounds at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge before withdrawing with an illness.

Victoria Alimonda
Junior college transfer Victoria Alimonda made her USC debut at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, tying for 76th. Playing individually at the Kent Youel, she tied for 50th, a season best. She also has played individually at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational.

Caroline Kim
Sophomore Caroline Kim has played in two events this year, taking 76th at the Kent Youel Invitational and tying for 66th at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.

Shelcie Takenouchi
Junior Shelcie Takenouchi has played in two events this year, tying for 79th at the Kent Youel Invitational and taking 79th at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.



2008 NCAA WEST, CENTRAL AND EAST REGIONAL SELECTIONS

EAST REGIONAL

The East regional will be played May 8-10 at the UGA G.C., in Athens, Ga,, hosted by the University of Georgia. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.

Teams
1. Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
2. Florida (Southeastern Conference)
3. Georgia
4. Auburn
5. Wake Forest
6. Tennessee
7. Virginia
8. New Mexico (Mountain West Conference)
9. Vanderbilt
10. Louisville
11. South Carolina
12. Furman (Southern Conference)
13. East Carolina
14. Georgia State
15. UCF
16. Missouri
17. Indiana
18. North Carolina-Wilmington (Colonial Athletic Association)
19. Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference)
20. Charleston Southern (Big South Conference)
21. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)

Individuals
1. Dori Carter, Mississippi
2. Emma Degroot, Chattanooga
3. Paula Hurtado, Florida International

CENTRAL REGIONAL

The Central regional will be played May 8-10 at the University of Texas G.C., Austin, Texas, hosted by the University of Texas.

Teams
1. UCLA
2. Purdue (Big Ten Conference)
3. Alabama
4. Denver (Sun Belt Conference)
5. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
6. Pepperdine
7. LSU
8. Texas A&M
9. Notre Dame (Big East Conference)
10. Texas
11. TCU
12. Florida State
13. North Carolina State
14. East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun Conference)
15. Texas Tech
16. Washington
17. Nebraska
18. Harvard (Ivy Group)
19. Texas State (Southland Conference)
20. Illinois State (Missouri Valley Conference)
21. Fairleigh Dickinson (Northeast Conference)

Individuals
1. Steffi Kirchmayr, College of Charleston
2. Sara Wikstrom, Arkansas-Little Rock
3. Araceli Felgueroso, Coastal Carolina

WEST REGIONAL

The West regional will be played May 8-10 at the Lincoln Hills G.C., Lincoln, Calif., hosted by Sacramento State University.

Teams
1. USC (Pacific-10 Conference)
2. Arizona State
3. Arkansas
4. Arizona
5. Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
6. California
7. Michigan State
8. Stanford
9. BYU
10. Tulsa (Conference USA)
11. North Carolina
12. Ohio State
13. San Jose State
14. Oklahoma
15. Oregon
16. UNLV
17. UC Davis
18. UC Irvine (Big West Conference)
19. Fresno State (Western Athletic Conference)
20. Oral Roberts (The Summit League)
21. Portland State (Big Sky Conference)

Individuals
1. Mallory Blackwelder, Kentucky
2. Danielle Cvitanov, San Francisco
3. Emily Powers, Kansas

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