Women's Basketball Hosts Washington, Washington State

Jan. 6, 2004

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THIS WEEK


Friday, Jan. 9 - Washington at USC
7 p.m. at the Lyon Center
INTERNET:
Listen to the game at www.usctrojans.com



Sunday, Jan. 11 - Washington State at USC
2 p.m. at the Lyon Center
INTERNET:
Listen to the game at www.usctrojans.com



The Facts
The USC women's basketball team (5-6, 2-1 Pac-10) -- winners of the last two of three conference games -- returns home this week to host Washington (8-5, 1-3 Pac-10) and Washington State (4-9, 0-4 Pac-10). The Women of Troy will face the Huskies on Friday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m., then take on the COugars on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. Both games will be played at The Lyon Center on the University Park campus. The games can be heard on the internet at www.usctrojans.com.

The Women of Troy are coming off a win over Oregon on Jan. 2, 69-55, thanks to a 25-point, 10-rebound performance from senior Ebony Hoffman. USC also suffered its first Pac-10 loss last week when it fell to Oregon State, 72-67, on Jan. 4. Hoffman earned her fifth double-double of the season in loss at Corvallis thanks to a team-best 14 points and 16 rebounds.

Looking to Break The Streak
USC and Washington have met six times in the last two seasons thanks to consecutive postseason meetings in the Pac-10 Tournament. But this series has been less than spectacular for the Women of Troy who have been unable to beat the Huskies during that time (the only Pac-10 team USC has not beat in the last two years). USC will look to put an end to the six-game losing streak this week.

Game Recaps
vs. Oregon
-- Ebony Hoffman led with 25 points as USC posted its second-consecutive victory with a 69-55 win over Oregon on Friday in Eugene. Hoffman collected her fourth double-double of the season by also adding 10 rebounds. Rometra Craig added 15 points thanks to a 63 percent shooting effort. The Trojans raced to a 21-6 lead in the game's first nine minutes and never trailed. With Craig posting 10 of her 15 game points in the first half, the Women of Troy entered the break with a 36-25 advantage. USC extended its lead to 25 points, 62-37, in the second half thanks to a three-pointer by Jessica Cheeks. With 8:50 remaining in the game, the Ducks embarked on a 14-2 run to cut the lead to 12 (64-52), but it was not enough to catch USC with only 4 minutes remaining. A lay-in and three-pointer by Craig sealed the deal as the Women of Troy grabbed a second-straight Pac-10 win to start the conference season. Andrea Bills notched her ninth double-figure scoring game of the year for Oregon with 11 points, although she had just one point in the first half. USC forced Oregon to a season-high 24 turnovers and out-rebounded the Ducks, 33-23. The Women of Troy also shot above 50 percent (50.8) for the first time this season.

vs. Oregon State -- Ebony Hoffman contributed her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 16 rebounds, but it was not enough as USC fell to Oregon State, 72-67, on Jan. 4 in Corvallis. The Beavers came back from a nine-point halftime deficit to give the Women of Troy their first Pac-10 loss of the season. Despite the early Trojan lead (6-2), it quickly became a game of alternating baskets. After six tie scores, Oregon State pulled ahead by four (28-24) at the four-minute mark, but it was the last time the Beavers would score in the half. The Women of Troy used a 13-0 run in the final minutes to enter the break with a 37-28 advantage. The game was far from over for these two traditionally competitive teams as they began the second half. Oregon State outscored USC 26-to-13 in the first 10 minutes to get back in the game and lead 54-50. The Trojans, plagued by turnovers and fouls for most of the half, watched as they fell behind by as much as 10 points, 70-60, with a little more than a minute remaining.

Gobrecht Looking For 50th Pac-10 Win
A win this week would mark head coach Chris Gobrecht's 50th Pac-10 victory at USC. Gobrecht owns a 181-110 (.622) career Pac-10 record and a 49-62 (.441) mark with the Women of Troy.

Washington Connections
* Washington and USC both faced Colorado and Notre Dame during the nonconference season. The Huskies beat Notre Dame 85-74 at home, but fell to the Buffaloes, 78-64, on the road.
* Freshman forward Katie Henderson hails from the state of Washington. Henderson was a standout at Redmond (Wash.) High.
* From 1986 to 1996, USC head coach Chris Gobrecht 'put Washington women's basketball on the map. In 11 years (as Washington's head coach), she created a product that the city of Seattle embraced...,' according to the Husky faithful. Gobrecht was the first women's basketball coach to lead the Huskies for five consecutive seasons, win 100 games, and reach the 300-win milestone in her career. She also became the winningest coach in Washington history in just her fourth season, and in 10 of the 11 years, her teams posted 17 or more wins.
* Washington also has two Southern California natives on its roster - Giuliana and Gioconda Mendiola who hail from Lake Forest and prepped at El Toro HS.

Washington State Connections
* Washington State has two California natives on its roster - sophomore guard Charmaine Jones, who hails from Rolling Hills Prep in Los Angeles, and senior transfer Bianca McCall, a forward who attended Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College.
* Cougar head coach Sherri Murrell spent four seasons at Pacific prior to moving to Pullman, Wash. Murrell graduated from Pepperdine in 1991 and played two seasons for the Waves.

Hoffman Adding Up Double Doubles
Ebony Hoffman collected her fifth consecutive double-double of the season with 14 points and 16 rebounds against Oregon State. After a slow start, the senior forward/center has been difficult to stop. She now has 33 double doubles for her career.

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 five games, Cheeks is averaging 9.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 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.

A Narrow Gap Between Wins and Losses
USC's 5-6 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 four losses have come by a total of 11 points (that's 2.7 points per game). More impressive is the fact that three of the four 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 62.4 percent from the charity stripe (ranks ninth in the Pac-10), converting 143 shots on 229 attempts.

Stop Thief!
Ebony Hoffman and Rometra Craig are leading the team with 2.64 steals per game and are tied for second in the Pac-10. As a team, USC also ranks second in the Pac-10 with 11.09 steals per game.

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. 14 according to the Jan. 5 WBCA/Summerville RPI report, which also lists the Trojans as 52nd in the RPI.

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
* USC shot above 50 percent for the first time this season with a 50.8 percent effort at Oregon in a 69-55 victory on Jan. 2.
* 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 415-304 (.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 181-110 (.622) mark and she ranks among the top 50 active Division I coaches with 415 career victories.

Opponent Notes

Washington (8-5, 1-3) -- Washington enters Friday's game with a 1-3 mark in the Pac-10 after falling to both Arizona and Arizona State to open the conference season and splitting last week. The Huskies defeated California, 65-54, and fell to Stanford, 77-69, last Friday and Sunday at home. The team is led on all fronts by senior guard Giuliana Mendiola who is averaging 20.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

Eighth-year head coach June Daugherty returned three starters and seven total letterwinners this season, in addition to welcoming three newcomers. The Huskies advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2002-03 and completed the season with a 22-8 overall record and 13-5 mark in the Pac-10 to tie for second place.

USC-Washington Series Record -- Washington is one of two Pac-10 schools (Stanford is the other) to own a winning record against USC. Since their first meeting in 1986-87, the Trojans have posted a 13-23 mark against the Huskies. USC does own a 9-8 record on its own court as it looks to maintain that advantage and break its current six-game losing streak.

Team ComparisonsTeam		Ppg	Margin	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	TOpg	Spg	BpgUSC		68.2	+2.3	39.8	30.6	63.6	39.5	13.7	19.8	11.1	2.5Washington	75.8	+8.2	44.5	37.8	65.9	38.6	18.5	14.1	8.3	3.3


Washington Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg3 Breanne Watson Forward 6-1 5.8 4.1 0.9 1.05 Andrea Lalum Center 6-4 17.8 5.5 1.1 0.913 Giuliana Mendiola Guard 5-11 20.8 6.8 6.3 1.931 Gioconda Mendiola Guard 5-6 8.2 2.5 3.8 1.455 Cameo Hicks Guard 5-10 6.6 3.2 1.2 0.7

Washington State (4-9, 0-4 Pac-10) -- After a promising nonconference season, in which the team posted a 4-5 overall record, Washington State remains winless in conference play. The Cougars will face UCLA on Friday, Nov. 9, before visiting the Lyon Center on Sunday. Last week, WSU fell to Stanford, 90-69, and then was defeated by California, 85-71. WSU lost games at Arizona and Arizona State the previous week. The team is led by senior forward Bianca McCall, who was averaging 11.5 points and 6.2 rebounds prior to their match-up with the Bruins.

Head coach Sherri Murrell is in her second season at Washington State. She returned all five starters and eight total letterwinners from the 2002-03 squad that completed the year with a 2-26 overall record and 1-17 mark in the Pac-10 to finish last. The Cougars welcomed five newcomers this season.

USC-Washington State Series Record -- Sunday's game will mark the 37th meeting between these two teams. The first was in 1981-82 in a preseason game before the Cougars had joined the Pac-10. USC owns a 25-11 overall record against WSU and has won the last eight of nine meetings. The Women of Troy defeated the Cougars three times last season, including a 53-46 win in the opening round of the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament.

Team ComparisonsTeam		Ppg	Margin	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	TOpg	Spg	BpgUSC		68.2	+2.3	39.8	30.6	63.6	39.5	13.7	19.8	11.1	2.5Washington St	58.0	-8.5	37.3	29.9	72.5	37.2	11.4	20.9	8.8	3.9


Washington State Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg24 Adriane Ferguson Forward 6-0 4.7 3.2 1.2 0.832 Kate Benz Forward 6-2 7.2 6.1 1.4 1.335 Bianca McCall Forward 6-1 11.5 6.2 0.5 0.83 Jessica Perry Guard 5-6 9.5 3.6 2.4 1.921 Lindsey Egeland Guard 5-9 6.5 2.8 1.4 0.9

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, 11 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... at Oregon (1/2): 7 points (3-5), 1 assist, 1 steal... at OSU (12/4): 4 points (0-4), 3 assists, 2 steals...

#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 (9 games started, 11 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... at Oregon (1/2): started, 15 points (7-11), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals... at OSU (12/4): started, 8 points (3-9), 1 rebound, 2 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 (11 games started, 11 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... at Oregon (1/2): started, 7 points (3-7), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... at OSU (12/4): started, 1 rebound...

#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, 5 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... at Oregon (1/2): 5 points (2-3), 2 rebounds... at OSU (12/4): 5 points (2-7), 2 rebounds, 1 assist...

#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 (11 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... at Oregon (1/2): played four minutes... at OSU (12/4): 10 points (4-6), 1 rebound, 3 steals...

#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... at Oregon (1/2): DNP... at OSU (12/4): 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... at Oregon (1/2):DNP... at OSU (12/4): 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 (10 games started, 11 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... at Oregon (1/2): started, 3 rebounds, 2 assists... at OSU (12/4): started, 3 points (1-1), 1 assist...

#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... at Oregon (1/2): DNP... at OSU (12/4): 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 (11 games started, 11 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... at Oregon (1/2): started, double-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 1 steal... at OSU (12/4): started, double-double with 14 points (7-20), 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal...

#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, 11 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... at Oregon (1/2): 3 rebounds... at OSU (12/4): 4 points (2-3), 5 rebounds...

#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 (11 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... at Oregon (1/2): 6 points (3-5), 4 rebounds... at OSU (12/4): 6 points (2-14), 10 rebounds...

#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 (9 games started, 11 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... at Oregon (1/2): started, 2 points (1-5), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... at OSU (12/4): started, 11 points (4-5), 4 rebounds...

#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 (11 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... at Oregon (1/2): 2 points (0-1), 1 assist, 1 block... at OSU (12/4): 2 points (0-1)...

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