Ebony Hoffman Named To Preseason All-Pac-10 Team

Nov. 2, 2001

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Following an outstanding freshman campaign, sophomore Ebony Hoffman has been named to the Preseason All-Pac-10 team as USC women's basketball prepares to kickoff the 2002 season. As a team, the Women of Troy have been picked to finish fourth in conference play according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 women's basketball.

The poll was announced at the Conference's annual women's basketball media day, held Thursday at the Compaq Center at San Jose.

With three returning starters from last year's NCAA Tournament team, Stanford has been tabbed as the team to beat in the 2001-02 Pac-10 Conference season. The Cardinal, which finished 19-11 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA West Regional last season, garnered 19 first-place votes in the preseason poll, while Arizona State earned two first-place votes.

Three returning All-Pac-10 players were named to the Preseason All-Conference Team - Michelle Greco of UCLA, Stanford's Nicole Powell and Felicia Ragland of Oregon State. Hoffman, a 2001 Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection, and 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year Shaquala Williams of Oregon were also named to the team.

The 2001-02 season will culminate with the first ever Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament. All 10 universities will participate in the tournament, with the winner receiving the Conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Tournament. The team that finishes the season atop the Pac-10 standings, based on double round robin play, is the Conference Champion. The bracket of the Pac-10 women's tournament will be seeded according to to the final standings, with the league champion earning the top seed.

2001-02 PRESEASON PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA POLLFirst-place votes in parenthesesTeam			Pts.1.  Stanford (19)	2062.  Arizona State (2)	1643.  Washington		1534.  USC			1315.  Oregon		1296.  Arizona		1277.  Oregon State	858.  UCLA		839.  California		5110.  Washington State	26

2001-02 PRESEASON ALL-PAC-10 TEAMName School Pos Yr Ht HometownMichelle Greco UCLA G Sr. 5-9 LaCrescenta, Calif.Ebony Hoffman USC F So. 6-2 Harbor City, Calif.Nicole Powell STAN F So. 6-2 Phoenix, Ariz.Felicia Ragland OSU G Sr. 5-9 Tulare, Calif.Shaquala Williams ORE G Jr. 5-6 Portland, Ore.

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