Basketball Travels To Oregon, Oregon State

Dec. 30, 2003

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THIS WEEK


Friday, Jan. 2 - USC at Oregon
7 p.m. at Eugene, Ore. (Mac Court)
INTERNET:
Listen to the game at www.goducks.com



Sunday, Jan. 4 - USC at Oregon State
Noon at Corvallis, Ore. (Gill Coliseum)
TV:
FOX Sports West/West2
INTERNET:
Listen to the game at www.osubeavers.com



The Facts
The USC women's basketball team (4-5), coming off a 64-51 victory over UCLA to open the conference season last Sunday, travels to the state of Oregon this week to face Oregon (8-4) and Oregon State (7-4). The Women of Troy will take on the Ducks on Friday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m., then travel to Corvallis to face the Beavers on Sunday, Jan. 4, at noon. The USC-Oregon State game will be televised by Fox Sports Net. Both games can be heard on the internet at www.goducks.com and www.osubeavers.com, respectively.

USC In Pac-10 Openers
* The Women of Troy are 8-9 in the first road game of each Pac-10 season (14-5 in the first home game after last week's win against UCLA).
* With the UCLA win, USC is now 12-7 all-time in Pac-10 openers - 5-3 on the road, 7-3 at home and 0-1 at a neutral site.
* The last time USC began the conference season with consecutive wins was in 2002.

Game Recaps
vs. UCLA
-- Thanks to 17-point scoring efforts from both Ebony Hoffman and Jessica Cheeks, USC defeated UCLA, 64-51, to open the conference season on Dec. 28. In front of 2,106, the Women of Troy quickly took a 12-4 lead with Cheeks scoring the Trojans' first three-of-five field goals. At the 10-minute mark, UCLA had managed to score only 10 points and trailed 18-10. The Women of Troy outscored the Bruins 13-to-10 to enter the break with a 31-20 advantage. After a slow start to the second half, in which both teams only scored four points in the first five minutes, UCLA began to close the gap. Down 35-22, the Bruins used a 12-2 run to come within three points, 37-34, and then came within one point, 41-40, two minutes later on a layup by guard Nikki Blue. Despite UCLA's efforts, the Women of Troy never surrendered their lead and pulled ahead by as much as 10 points thanks to a string of three-pointers by Hoffman and Cheeks. USC claimed the final 13-point victory, 64-51, by hitting seven-of-nine free throws down the stretch.

Oregon Connections
* Oregon has one Southern California native on its roster - junior guard Brandi Davis (La Habra).

Oregon State Connections
* The Beavers have three Southern California natives on their roster, including senior guard Leilani Estavan (Los Angeles), sophomore guard Tarika Campbell (Long Beach) and junior transfer guard Shannon Howell (Los Angeles).
* OSU second assistant coach Jualeah Woods is a 1994 graduate of USC and a four-year letterwinner (1991-94) with the Women of Troy.
* 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.
* 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 + OSU Equal Good Competition
With the exception of the final meeting of 2003 in which USC routed the Beavers 87-44, the previous four meetings between these two teams were decided by a total of nine total points (an average of 2.3 points per game). Sixteen points (2.0 ppg) have made the difference in eight of the last nine meetings.

Cheeks Returns To Lineup
Senior guard Jessica Cheeks, who had been serving the remaining weeks of a suspension first granted last season, returned to the team on Dec. 19 and made her first appearances against Colorado on Dec. 20 and her first start on Dec. 28 against UCLA (first start since Jan. 30, 2003 at Washington). After only three games, Cheeks is averaging 11.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Despite missing the final 10 games of the 2002-03 season, Cheeks averaged 8.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals as a junior.

Hoffman Has The Hot Hand
Ebony Hoffman has always been the team's go-to player, but never before has she been the go-to player from beyond the arch. Hoffman is averaging 45.5 percent from three-point range to lead the team and rank second in the Pac-10. Entering this season, she averaged a 35.1 career three-point shooting percentage.

A Narrow Gap Between Wins and Losses
USC's 4-5 record is hardly indicative of the Women of Troy's efforts this season. With the exception of the 84-61 loss to Minnesota on Nov. 29 and the 73-62 loss at Notre Dame on Dec. 22, USC's other three losses have come by a total of seven points (that's 2.3 points per game). More impressive is the fact that all three of these opponents - New Mexico, UConn, Colorado - have been ranked this season.

Free Throw Shooting Woes
With so many narrow losses, it's hard to ignore the games (and points) the Women of Troy have given away at the line. USC is shooting a conference worst 62.1 percent from the charity stripe, converting 123 shots on 198 attempts.

Against Ranked Opponents
USC has so far faced three ranked opponents this season, including No. 11 Minnesota (Nov. 29), No. 1 UConn (Dec. 7) and No. 14/13 Colorado (Dec. 20). The Women of Troy will likely face a total of seven ranked opponents this season with Stanford (Jan. 25 and Feb. 19), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 26), Arizona (Jan. 15 and Feb. 15) and Oregon (Jan. 2 and Jan. 31) remaining on its schedule.

USC's strength of schedule is currently ranked No. 12 according to the Dec. 29 WBCA/Summerville RPI report, which also lists the Trojans as 48th in the RPI.

Gnekow Makes Presence Known
As a first-year starter, sophomore Meghan Gnekow has stood out in the Women of Troy's first nine games. With top defensive and offensive performances in these outings, Gnekow ranks among Pac-10 leaders in multiple categories. This week she ranks 10th in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (39.1) and 12th in rebounding (6.3 rpg).

Stop Thief!
Ebony Hoffman has already established herself as the team thief. Hoffman is averaging a team-best 3.0 steals per game and ranks second in the Pac-10. She had six steals against both Minnesota on Nov. 29 and San Diego on Dec. 13 (just one short of her career high). USC leads the Pac-10 with 11.78 steals per game.

Player News N' Notes
* Meghan Gnekow collected a career-high 20 points at Notre Dame (Dec. 22).
* Kim Gipson collected a career-high four steals against Colorado on Dec. 20.
* Ebony Hoffman recorded her first double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds against SMU on Dec. 17.
* Meghan Gnekow tied her career-high with 10 rebounds against UConn (12/7) and set a new career-high with five assists.
* Meghan Gnekow surpassed her career high with 10 rebounds and tied her career high with two blocks at New Mexico (11/21).
* Tiffany Hicks collected a career-high five rebounds at New Mexico (11/21).

Team News N' Notes
* The Women of Troy earned the first five-of-10 women's basketball points towards the Lexus Gauntlet with a win over UCLA on Dec. 28.
* The win over San Diego on Dec. 13 marked the 800th game in USC program history.
* USC's loss to UConn in its home opener (Dec. 7) was only its third-ever home-opening loss.
* UConn's 15-point deficit (37-22) to USC during the first half was the largest disadvantage Connecticut has been in this season.
* USC's five assists against Minnesota tie for seventh among program records for fewest assists in a game, and its 28 personal fouls tie for seventh-most. Minnesota's 29 fouls tie for 10th among opponent game records and its 38 free throws attempted rank 10th.
* Multiple marks were set in the USC record books against New Mexico (11/21): USC's 33 personal fouls tie for second-most and New Mexico's 33 free throws made and 43 free throw attempts rank fourth and second among opponent game records.

Head Coach Chris Gobrecht
Chris Gobrecht enters her seventh season at the helm of the USC women's basketball program. Replacing former head coach Fred Williams on May 8, 1997, Gobrecht returned to her alma mater to help guide the Women of Troy back to national prominence. Throughout 24 years of head coaching experience, Gobrecht has amassed a 414-303 (.577) career record with her programs at Cal State Fullerton (six years), Washington (11), Florida State (one) and USC. During her 11-year tenure at Washington, she was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1987 and 1988). Gobrecht remains the second-winningest coach in conference history with a 180-109 (.623) mark and she ranks among the top 50 active Division I coaches with 414 career victories.



Opponent Notes

Oregon (8-4) -- After spending much of the nonconference schedule ranked among the top 25, Oregon has since fallen out of the rankings and suffered three consecutive losses to George Washington, 72-52, California, 61-57, and Stanford, 77-51. The Ducks enjoyed a fantastic start to the season with consecutive wins over Valparaiso, LSU, Gonzaga, Kansas and NC State. After a brief setback to Portland, the team continued its streak with wins over Colorado State, Montana and Santa Clara before its recent troubles. In early December, the team was hit with the loss of senior forward Catherine Kraayeveld for the remainder of the season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Oregon is now led by center Andrea Bills who is averaging 12.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Guard Corrie Mizusawa leads the team with 6.83 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

Head coach Bev Smith, currently in her third season at Oregon, returned eight total letterwinners and four starters from last season. The team also welcomed seven newcomers. The 2002-03 squad finished with a 12-16 overall record and an 8-10 mark in the Pac-10 to finish tied for fifth place.

USC-Oregon Series Record -- Friday's game will be the 40th meeting between these two teams. The Women of Troy own a 25-14 all-time record against the Ducks and a 11-8 record when playing in Eugene. Oregon has won the last three contests, including a 79-73 victory in Eugene and 75-70 win in Los Angeles last season.

Team ComparisonsTeam	Ppg	Margin	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	TOpg	Spg	BpgUSC	68.2	+1.8	39.2	32.0	62.1	39.3	14.3	19.7	11.8	2.3Oregon	62.2	*0.3	40.7	34.7	66.1	36.7	15.0	15.5	6.3	4.5

Oregon Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg43 Jessica Shetters Forward 6-6 3.4 2.8 0.2 0.454 Eleanor Haring Forward 6-1 6.5 3.3 0.6 0.744 Andrea Bills Center 6-3 12.5 8.8 1.3 0.323 Kedzie Gunderson Guard 6-0 6.5 3.4 1.5 0.813 Corrie Mizusawa Guard 5-8 6.4 3.5 6.8 1.3

Oregon State (7-4) -- The Beavers are off to a strong 7-4 start this season, which includes a win over California, 70-67, and loss to Stanford, 88-65, to open the Pac-10 schedule last week. Their nonconference victories include wins over Utah Valley State, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Providence, Portland State, Utah and Cincinnati. Oregon State had only dropped games against Tulane, Arkansas and Southwest Missouri State before last week's match-ups. The team boasts three players averaging double figures, including Shannon Howell (22.0 ppg), a junior transfer who became eligible on Dec. 24, Holly Chapman (11.2 ppg) and Leilani Estavan (10.5 ppg). Chapman also leads the team with 7.1 rebounds per game and Estavan leads with 4.3 assist and 1.8 steals per outing.

Under ninth-year head coach Judy Spoelstra, the Beavers returned all five starters and nine total letterwinners from last year's squad. The team also welcomed six newcomers. Oregon State compiled a 15-15 overall record in 2002-03 and an 8-10 mark in the Pac-10 to finish tied for fifth place. Oregon State accepted an invitation to the 2003 Women's NIT and advanced to the second round in postseason play.

USC-Oregon State Series Record -- USC routed Oregon State in its final conference game of last season, but that match-up was hardly indicative of this usually-close match-up. Nine total points (an average of 2.3 points per game) decided the previous four meetings between the Women of Troy and Beavers. The Trojans are 26-13 in the all-time series with Oregon State and 10-8 when playing in Corvallis. Last season, USC dropped a 63-61 decision on the road then defeated OSU 87-44 in Los Angeles.

Team ComparisonsTeam		Ppg	Margin	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	TOpg	Spg	BpgUSC		68.2	+1.8	39.2	32.0	62.1	39.3	14.3	19.7	11.8	2.3Oregon State	64.7	+4.1	44.4	38.2	68.4	35.6	16.3	16.3	8.8	4.5

Oregon State Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg24 Mandy Close Forward 5-11 7.2 3.7 1.5 1.445 Holly Chapman Forward 6-2 11.2 7.1 2.3 1.242 Brina Chaney Center 6-5 7.9 4.3 1.3 0.710 Leilani Estavan Guard 5-7 10.5 3.0 4.3 1.833 Shannon Howell Guard 5-9 22.0 4.0 3.0 1.5



Player Profiles

#2 Jamie Hagiya (Point Guard * Freshman)
Jamie Hagiya enters her first season at USC... A much-needed player at the point guard position whose leadership capabilities and work ethic may give her an active role in the lineup this season... As a senior at South Torrance (Calif.) High, she led all Southern California prepsters with an 87.7 free throw percentage... One of four USC freshman who served as student body president or vice president in 2003.
This Season (1 game started, 9 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): 5 points (2-4), 1 rebound, 2 steals... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 3 points (1-1), 3 assists... vs. Minn. (11/29): 12 points (4-18), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals, hit halfcourt shot as clock ran down in the first half... vs. UConn (12/7): 7 points (2-5), 4 assists, 1 steal... vs. San Diego (12/13): 9 points (4-7), 2 assists, 3 steals... vs. SMU (12/17): started, 8 points (4-9), 1 rebound, 4 assists, 3 steals... vs. Colorado (12/20): 4 points (2-5), 1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 steals... at Notre Dame (12/22): 2 points (1-5), 2 rebounds, 3 assists... vs. UCLA (12/28): 2 points (1-5), 3 rebounds, 3 assists...

#3 Rometra Craig (Guard * Senior)
Rometra Craig begins her second season with the Women of Troy... A 2003 All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick... Averaged 13.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.4 steals last season, while leading the team with 34 three-pointers... A returning starter.
This Season (7 games started, 9 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): started, 11 points (3-13), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 18 points (7-13), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 11 points (4-11), 1 rebound, 3 steals, 1 block... Named to Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament team... vs. UConn (12/7): started, 8 points (4-11), 1 steal... vs. San Diego (12/13): 7 poinst (2-7), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. SMU (12/17): 15 points (6-12), 2 rebounds, 4 steals... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 9 points (2-6), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, 10 points (4-13), 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals... vs. UCLA (12/28): started, 8 points (3-8), 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals...

#5 Meghan Gnekow (Guard * Sophomore)
Meghan Gnekow enters her second season at USC... Played mainly at off the bench last season at the shooting guard and small forward positions... Averaged 6.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks per game in 2002-03.
This Season (8 games started, 8 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): started, 14 points (1-5), career-high 10 rebounds, 3 assists, tied career high 2 blocks... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 7 points (2-7), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 5 points (2-6), 7 rebounds, 2 steals.. vs. UConn (12/7): started, 7 points (3-7), tied career-high 10 rebounds, career-high 5 assists, 2 steals... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 14 points (5-9), 6 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. SMU (12/17): started, 14 points (5-8), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 2 points (1-4), 5 rebounds, 1 assist... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, career-high 20 points (8-11), 1 rebound... vs. UCLA (12/28): started, 5 points (2-9), 3 rebounds, 2 steals...

#10 Jessica Cheeks (Guard * Junior)
Jessica Cheeks enters her fourth season with the Women of Troy, but will not join the team until the conclusion of the fall semester as an extension of her 10-game hiatus from the 2003 season... Played 22 games last season and averaged 8.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game... A returning starter.
This Season (1 game started, 3 games played):
Missed first six games due to suspension granted in 2003 season... vs. Colorado (12/20): made first appearance of season, 7 points (2-4), 3 rebounds, 1 steal... at Notre Dame (12/22): 11 points (4-8), 4 assists... vs. UCLA (12/28): started, 17 points (6-11), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal...

#14 Eshaya Murphy (Guard * Freshman)
Eshaya Murphy enters her first season with the Women of Troy... Also goes by 'Shay'... As a senior at Montclair Prep in Van Nuys, she finished among the CIF Southern Section's top 25 in scoring, rebounding and steals... She was a two-time Street & Smith All-American honorable mention and the 2003 CIF Southern Section Player of the Year... One of four USC freshman who served as student body president or vice president in 2003.
This Season (9 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): 5 points (2-6), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 8 points (2-5), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Minn. (11/29): 5 points (1-5), 1 rebound, 1 steal... vs. UConn (12/7): 13 points (5-10), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. San Diego (12/13): DNP (flu)... vs. SMU (12/17): 2 points (1-7), 5 rebounds... vs. Colorado (12/20): 13 points (5-14), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals... at Notre Dame (12/22): 2 points (0-7), 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. UCLA (12/28): 1 rebound...

#15 Markisha Lea (Center * Freshman)
Markisha Lea enters her first season with the Women of Troy... A Street & Smith honorable mention pick... One of four USC freshman who served as student body president or vice president in 2003... Her brother, Marvin, is currently a redshirt freshman on the Pepperdine men's basketball team.
This Season (1 game played):
at New Mexico (11/21): DNP... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): DNP... vs. Minn. (11/29): DNP... vs. UConn (12/7): DNP... vs. San Diego (12/13): 2 points... vs. SMU (12/17): DNP... vs. Colorado (12/20): DNP... at Notre Dame (12/22): DNP... vs. UCLA (12/28): DNP...

#22 Allison Jaskowiak (Guard/Forward * Freshman)
Allison Jaskowiak begins her first season at USC... A player capable of playing at the 2, 3 and 4 positions... One of four USC freshman who served as student body president or vice president in 2003... Comes from a long-line of athletes: her grandfather played 10 years in the NBA, father played football at Missouri, brother played football at Navy and sister, Emily, is currently a junior forward at Tulsa.
This Season (1 game played):
at New Mexico (11/21): DNP... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): DNP... vs. Minn. (11/29): DNP... vs. UConn (12/7): DNP... vs. San Diego (12/13): 3 minutes played... vs. SMU (12/17): DNP... vs. Colorado (12/20): DNP... at Notre Dame (12/22): DNP... vs. UCLA (12/28): DNP...

#24 Tiffany Hicks (Point Guard * Senior)
Tiffany Hicks begins her fourth season at USC... A 2002 junior college transfer... The only true returning point guard... Made 15 starts last season and averaged 2.0 points, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
This Season (8 games started, 9 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): started, 4 points (1-4), career-high 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 4 points (1-1), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 2 points (1-1), 1 rebound, 1 assist... vs. UConn (12/7): started, 3 points (1-2), 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 3 points (1-2), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals... vs. SMU (12/17): did not start due to mildly sprained right knee, played 11 minutes... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 8 points (3-3), 1 rebound, 1 assist... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. UCLA (12/28): started, 1 point (0-0), 1 rebound, 3 assists...

#30 Katie Henderson (Forward * Freshman)
Katie Henderson begins her first season at USC... A multi-sport athlete with good size and shooting ability... Will have the opportunity to contribute off the bench for the Women of Troy this season.
This Season (1 game played):
at New Mexico (11/21): DNP... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): DNP... vs. Minn. (11/29): DNP... vs. UConn (12/7): DNP... vs. San Diego (12/13): 3 minutes played... vs. SMU (12/17): DNP... vs. Colorado (12/20): DNP... at Notre Dame (12/22): DNP... vs. UCLA (12/28): DNP...

#32 Ebony Hoffman (Forward * Senior)
Ebony Hoffman enters her fourth season with the Women of Troy... One of the most dominating post players in the conference who has already enjoyed three outstanding seasons at USC... Named to the 2003 All-Pac-10 First Team and a WBCA All-District 8 selection after leading the team with 16.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks per game last season... Already selected to three Preseason All-America lists for 2004... A returning starter in the post.
This Season (9 games started, 9 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): started, 19 points (8-14), 3 rebounds, 1 block... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 20 points (5-12), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 4 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 10 points (4-15), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 6 steals... vs. UConn (12/7): DNP... vs. UConn (12/7): started, 15 points (5-13), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 14 points (4-9), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 steals... vs. SMU (12/17): started, double-double with 18 points (7-14), 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 3 steals... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 13 points (4-9), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, double-double with 14 points (5-8), 16 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. UCLA (12/28): started, double-double with 17 points (5-14), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals...

#33 Rachel Woodward (Forward * Junior)
Rachel Woodward enters her third season with the Women of Troy... A 2002 Pac-10 All-Freshman team selection... Made 29 starts and averaged 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game last season... A talented passer who works well in transition and possesses strong rebounding skills... A returning starter.
This Season (3 games started, 9 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): 9 points (4-9), 2 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 2 points (0-3), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): 1 point (0-3, 1-2 FT), 2 rebounds... vs. UConn (12/7): started, 8 points (4-7), 3 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 16 points (6-11), 4 rebounds, 3 assists... vs. SMU (12/17): started, 2 points (1-4), 3 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. Colorado (12/20): 3 points (1-6), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... at Notre Dame (12/22): 2 rebounds... vs. UCLA (12/28): 3 points (1-5), 7 rebounds, 1 assist...

#41 Jamie Funn (Center * Freshman)
Jamie Funn enters her first season with the Women of Troy... A three-time Street & Smith honorable mention selection... A fellow Narbonne High standout, along with current teammates Ebony Hoffman and Jessica Cheeks... Her sister, Nicole, is currently a senior guard on the Pepperdine women's basketball team... A versatile forward with great reach.
This Season (9 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): 2 points (1-5), 6 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 4 points (2-5), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): 6 points (0-0, 6-8 FT), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. UConn (12/7): 2 points (1-3), 2 rebounds... vs. San Diego (12/13): 4 points (2-5), 2 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. SMU (12/17): 1 rebound, 2 assists... vs. Colorado (12/20): 3 rebounds...at Notre Dame (12/22): played 2 minutes... vs. UCLA (12/28): 9 points (4-8), 6 rebounds, 1 steal...

#44 Kim Gipson (Center * Junior)
Kim Gipson begins her third season with the Women of Troy... At 6-foot-5, she is the tallest player on the USC roster... A fast and mobile player, who can run the court well... She played in all 31 games last season and averaged 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks per game.
This Season (7 games started, 9 games played):
at New Mexico (11/21): started, 6 points (3-9), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 1 assist... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 7 points (3-6), 5 rebounds... vs. UConn (12/7): 3 points (1-2), 1 rebound, 1 assist... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 2 points (0-1), 2 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. SMU (12/17): started, 4 points (2-4), 1 rebound... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 2 points (1-3), 1 rebound, career-high 4 steals... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, 3 points (1-3), 4 rebounds... vs. UCLA (12/28): 2 points (1-3), 1 rebound...

#50 Chlo� Kerr (Center * Freshman)
Chlo� Kerr enters her first season with the Women of Troy... A three-time Street & Smith honorable mention pick, who was ranked 33rd among prep recruits in 2003... Will be looked to for much-needed depth in the post... Her father and uncle both played basketball at Colorado State, one brother played football at Tennessee and another brother played basketball at Loyola-Chicago.
This Season (9 games played):

at New Mexico (11/21): 10 points (4-10), 9 rebounds, 1 block... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 4 points (1-5), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): 2 points (1-3), 1 rebound, 1 steal... vs. UConn (12/7): 3 points (1-6), 3 rebounds... vs. San Diego (12/13): 11 points (5-11), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. SMU (12/17): 1 point (0-4), 1 rebound... vs. Colorado (12/20): 6 points (3-4), 1 block... at Notre Dame (12/22): 2 rebounds, 3 blocks... vs. UCLA (12/28): played 2 minutes...

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