Women's Hoops Travels To Arizona, Arizona State

Jan. 12, 2004

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THIS WEEK


Thursday, Jan. 15 - USC at Arizona
7 p.m. MST at Tucson, Ariz.
INTERNET:
Listen to the game at www.arizonaathletics.com



Saturday, Jan. 17 - USC at Arizona State
2 p.m. MST at Tempe, Ariz.
INTERNET:
Listen to the game at www.thesundevils.com



The Facts
The USC women's basketball team (7-6, 4-1 Pac-10) -- winners of the last four of five games -- hits the road this week as it looks to maintain its position among the top teams in the Pac-10. The Women of Troy first travel to face Arizona (12-4, 4-1 Pac-10) in Tucson on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. MST. The game can be heard on www.arizonaathletics.com. On Saturday, Jan. 17, the Trojans face the Sun Devils (9-5, 3-2 Pac-10) at 2 p.m. MST in Tempe. Fans can follow the game on www.thesundevils.com.

The Women of Troy are coming off a sweep over the Washington schools last week. USC defeated Washington on Jan. 9, 70-50, to break a six-game losing streak to the Huskies, then beat Washington State, 82-52, on Sunday, Jan. 11. Ebony Hoffman and Rometra Craig led the team with an average of 12.0 apiece in both games. Meghan Gnekow led with 6.0 rebounds per game.

In The Running
Despite a difficult nonconference season, the Trojans have won the last four of five games and find themselves in the running for the Pac-10 title with a 4-1 conference record. USC is currently tied for second place with Arizona and behind Stanford (who is 6-0 in the Pac-10).

USC Surpasses .500, Looks For Third-Straight
The Women of Troy surpassed .500 for the first time this season, improving to 7-6 overall after wins over Washington and Washington State. USC now looks to garner a third straight victory for the first time this season.

The Streak Is Broken
USC put an end to its only significant conference losing streak with a 70-50 victory over Washington on Jan. 9. The Trojans and Huskies had met six times over the last two seasons, thanks to consecutive postseason meetings in the Pac-10 Tournament, but the Women of Troy had gone winless throughout. Washington was the only Pac-10 team USC had not beat in the last two years.

Gobrecht Earns 50th Pac-10 Win
The win over Washington also marked head coach Chris Gobrecht's 50th Pac-10 victory at USC. Gobrecht now owns a 183-110 (.625) career Pac-10 record and a 51-62 (.451) mark with the Women of Troy.

Game Recaps
vs. Washington
-- With double-digit performances from three players, a balanced USC squad defeated Washington, 70-50, on Jan. 9. The Trojans held the Huskies to a season-low point total (50) and season-worst shooting percentage (39.2), in addition to forcing the Huskies to a season-high 22 turnovers. The final score was hardly indicative of the way the game began. After opening with the first bucket, USC was held scoreless for more than eight minutes as Washington took a 10-2 lead. Thanks to a series of free throws, the Trojans evened the score at 19-19, then managed to pull ahead with an 8-4 run to take a 27-23 lead into halftime. Scoring 19 points off of turnovers in the second half, the Women of Troy steadily increased their lead. Ahead by 10 points with nine minutes remaining, 47-37, USC completed the game on a 23-to-13 run for the final 20-point decision. Rometra Craig, Jamie Hagiya and Eshaya Murphy led with 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively.

vs. Washington State -- Ebony Hoffman led with 16 points as four players finished in double digits in an 82-52 USC victory over Washington State on Jan. 11. Chlo� Kerr opened the game with three consecutive layups and a free throw to ignite the Trojan offense, which shot a season-best 65.6 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes. Washington State also opened the game with consecutive layups in the first minute, but was then held without a field goal for the following seven minutes. USC led by as much as 15 points (21-6) at the 10-minute mark and took a 29-point (49-20) lead into halftime. The Women of Troy had little difficulty continuing their scoring spree in the final period. USC widened the gap to as much as 39 points at 6:01 (71-32) and 4:58 (73-34) before most of the team's starters were pulled. Entering just her second game this season, freshman Markisha Lea scored eight points in the final three minutes to cap off USC's convincing victory.

Arizona Connections
* Arizona guard Aimee Grzyb is a former prep teammate of USC's Rometra Craig. The two players both graduated from Archbishop Mitty High (San Jose, Calif.) in 2000.
* The Wildcats have six California players on their roster, including center Danielle Adefeso (Los Angeles), guard Aimee Grzyb (San Jose), forward/center Shannon Hobson (Perris), guard Linda Pace (San Diego) center Shawntinice Polk (Hanford) and forward CoCo Sanford (Inglewood).
* Common Opponents: USC and Arizona both played at New Mexico this season. USC fell to the Lobos, 77-75, while the Wildcats barely won their game, 50-49.

Arizona State Connections
* Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne served as a graduate assistant for two years at Washington (1988-90) under Chris Gobrecht. 'The Washington staff was wonderful to work with,' states Turner Thorne in the ASU media guide. 'It was their influence that helped me truly believe in a unique style of pressure defense.'
* First-year Arizona State assistant coach Meg Sanders has multiple USC connections. She attended Poly High School in Riverside, Calif., where she was a teammate of Hall of Famer and USC standout Cheryl Miller. Sanders played collegiately at Cal State Fullerton for USC head coach Chris Gobrecht.
* Sophomore forward Jenny Thigpen is the only Arizona State player that hails from California. Thigpen prepped at Hanford (Calif.) High.
* Common Opponents: USC and ASU both faced defending national champion UConn this season. USC suffered a narrow loss at home, 72-69, while the Sun Devils were defeated 81-55 on the road.
* Both USC and Arizona State competed at the Junkanoo Jam Grand Bahama Tournament, but played in two separate divisions - the Freeport and Lucaya division.

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 on Jan. 4. After a slow start to the season, the senior forward/center has been difficult to stop. She now has 33 double doubles for her career.

A Narrow Gap Between Wins and Losses
USC's 7-6 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.

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. 19 according to the Jan. 12 WBCA/Summerville RPI report, which also lists the Trojans as 41st in the RPI.

Player News N' Notes
* Jessica Cheeks tied her career high with eight assists against Washington State (Jan. 11).
* 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's 49 points at the half, 29-point halftime margin, 65.6 first-half field goal percentage, 82 final points and 30-point final margin of victory were all season-highs against WSU on Jan. 11.
* The Women of Troy also shot over 50.0 percent from the field against the Cougars (Jan. 11) for only the second time this season.
* The Trojans held Washington (Jan. 9) to a season-low point total (50) and season-worst shooting percentage (39.2), in addition to forcing the Huskies to a season-high 22 turnovers. The USC win also broke the Trojans' six-game losing streak to Washington.
* 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.
* A total of 6,172 fans were in attendance for the USC-UConn game on Dec. 7, marking the largest Trojan crowd since 1985 and the seventh-highest in program history. It also marked USC's largest women's-only crowd, due to the fact that the top six attended games listed were played as double headers with men's basketball.
* 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 417-304 (.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 183-110 (.622) mark and she ranks among the top 50 active Division I coaches with 417 career victories.

Opponent Notes

Arizona (12-4, 4-1) -- After an 8-3 nonconference start, Arizona opened the Pac-10 with wins against Washington, Washington State and Arizona State. The Wildcats have since dropped a nonconference game at 17th-ranked Louisiana State, 76-66, fell to seventh-ranked Stanford, 84-62, and beat Cal, 70-68. Guard Dee-Dee Wheeler currently leads the team with 17.5 points, 5.1 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Center Shawntinice Polk leads the team with 9.4 rebounds per game.

Head coach Joan Bonvicini, currently in her 13th season at the UA, led the 2003-03 squad to a 22-9 overall record and 13-5 mark in the Pac-10 to finish tied for second place. The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season but were eliminated in the first round. From that squad, Arizona returned three starters and 10 letterwinners.

USC-Arizona Series Record -- Sunday's game will be the 51st meeting between the Women of Troy and Wildcats. USC owns a 36-14 series advantage, which originally began with a 21-game Trojan win streak from 1978 to 1989. USC only lost two games in the first 18 years of competition, but since 1996, the Women of Troy have lost 12-of-16. Last season, the Trojans lost both games - 79-76 on the road and 78-64 at home. USC is 16-7 against Arizona in Tucson.

Team ComparisonsTeam		Ppg	Margin	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	TOpg	Spg	BpgUSC		69.4	+5.8	40.8	31.5	65.0	39.3	14.5	19.8	11.4	2.4Arizona		73.2	+9.4	45.8	28.6	68.3	38.9	15.6	16.7	7.9	3.9


Arizona Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg
44 Danielle Adefeso Forward 6-2 6.4 5.6 0.1 0.300 Shawntinice Polk Center 6-5 16.0 9.4 2.3 1.311 Dee-Dee Wheeler Guard 5-6 17.5 4.2 5.1 2.413 Aimee Grzyb Guard 5-7 10.5 2.1 2.5 0.923 Natalie Jones Guard 5-10 7.8 3.9 3.2 1.6

Arizona State (9-5, 3-2 Pac-10) -- The Sun Devils posted a 6-3 record against nonconference opponents this season then began the Pac-10 schedule with back-to-back wins against Washington and Washington State. Since then, Arizona State has dropped games against Arizona, 81-60, and Stanford, 60-46, but beat California, 56-52. The team is led by junior forward Betsy Boardman who is averaging 11.5 points per game, in addition to 4.7 rebounds per outing. Forward Kristen Kovesdy leads the team with 5.4 rebounds per game.

Head coach Charli Turner-Thorne, currently in her eighth season in Tempe, led the 2002-03 Sun Devils to a 16-14 overall record and 7-11 Pac-10 record for an eighth-place finish. The team returned all five starters and 11 total letterwinners from last year's squad.

USC-Arizona State Series Record -- The ASU-USC series has been the most successful conference series for the Women of Troy. After a brief slump in which the Sun Devils won five-of-six between 1999 and 2002, the Women of Troy seem to be back on track. USC defeated Arizona State twice last season, 58-53 on the road and 64-56 at home. With a 43-8 overall series record in Troy's favor, Saturday's game will mark the 51st meeting between these two squads. USC is 19-5 all-time at ASU's Wells Fargo Arena.

Team ComparisonsTeam		Ppg	Margin	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	TOpg	Spg	BpgUSC		69.4	+5.8	40.8	31.5	65.0	39.3	14.5	19.8	11.4	2.4Arizona State	67.8	+5.5	41.3	35.3	69.0	38.9	17.7	20.6	11.0	2.5


Arizona State Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg4 Emily Westerberg Forward 6-0 6.1 3.0 1.4 0.654 Kristen Kovesdy Forward 6-3 9.6 5.4 0.9 0.910 Kylan Loney Guard 5-7 9.6 2.3 3.1 1.223 Betsy Boardman Guard 6-1 11.5 4.7 3.2 1.830 Carrie Buckner Guard 5-9 5.4 4.4 2.7 2.1

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, 13 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... vs. Wash (1/9): 12 points (3-7), 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal... vs. WSU (1/11): 10 points (4-5), 1 rebound, 6 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 (11 games started, 13 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... vs. Wash (1/9): started, 13 points (3-10), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. WSU (1/11): started, 11 points (5-10), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 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 (13 games started, 13 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... vs. Wash (1/9): started, 9 points (4-8), 8 rebounds, 1 steal... vs. WSU (1/11): started, 2 points (1-4), 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block...

#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, 7 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... vs. Wash (1/9): 8 points (3-6), 3 steals... vs. WSU (1/11): 9 points (4-4), tied career high with 8 assists, 2 steals...

#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 (13 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... vs. Wash (1/9): 11 points (4-9), 4 rebounds, 4 steals... vs. WSU (1/11): 5 points (1-6), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal...

#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 (2 games 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... vs. Wash (1/9): DNP... vs. WSU (1/11): scored 8 points (4-5) in the final 3 minutes, 1 rebound...

#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... injured as of Jan. 8 and will not dress for games until futher notice...

#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 (12 games started, 13 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... vs. Wash (1/9): started, 2 points (1-2), 1 rebound... vs. WSU (1/11): started, 2 rebounds, 3 steals...

#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 (2 games 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... vs. Wash (1/9): DNP... vs. WSU (1/11): played 3 minutes, 1 rebound...

#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 (13 games started, 13 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... vs. Wash (1/9): started, 8 points (3-9), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. WSU (1/11): started, 16 points (6-10), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 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, 13 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... vs. Wash (1/9): 4 points (2-2), 1 rebound... vs. WSU (1/11): 6 points (2-3), 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 (13 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... vs. Wash (1/9): 3 points (1-5), 3 rebounds, 1 steal... vs. WSU (1/11): 5 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, 13 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... vs. Wash (1/9): 2 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. WSU (1/11): 4 points (2-5), 4 rebounds, 1 steal...

#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 (2 games started, 13 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)... vs. Wash (1/9): started, 2 rebounds... vs. WSU (1/11): started, 11 points (5-9), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals...

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