Women's Hoops Preps For Tough Series Against ASU, Arizona

Feb. 10, 2004

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THIS WEEK


Thursday, Feb. 12 - Arizona State at USC
7 p.m. - Sports Arena
INTERNET:
Follow the game at www.usctrojans.com



Sunday, Feb. 15 - No. 24 Arizona at USC
Noon - Sports Arena
TV:
Catch the game live on FOX Sports West
INTERNET:
Follow the game at www.usctrojans.com



The Facts
Coming off a 36-point victory at Washington State and a narrow loss at Washington last week, the USC women's basketball team (12-9, 9-4 Pac-10) enters what could be its most difficult and most critical series of the 2003-04 Pac-10 season. The Women of Troy host Arizona State (15-6, 9-3 Pac-10) and 24th-ranked Arizona (18-5, 10-2 Pac-10) this week - both teams coming off a rare sweep of the Bay Area schools. USC hosts the Sun Devils on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Sports Arena. Fans can listen to the game at www.usctrojans.com. On Sunday, Feb. 15, the Women of Troy host the Wildcats at noon at the Sports Arena. The game will air live on FOX Sports West 2 and can also be followed at www.usctrojans.com.

** Take note that this week's series will be played Thursday and Sunday, unlike the usual Thurs.-Sat. with a one-day gap between games. **

USC defeated Washington State, 83-47, then fell at Washington, 70-72, last week on the road. The loss dropped the Trojans a half game behind Arizona State for fourth place, but the team remains only a game out of first. The outcomes of this week's game will have significant impact on the top half of the conference standings.

The Race Is On
The race is on for the 2004 Pac-10 regular season title and four of the top five teams in the conference meet in Los Angeles this week. Arizona has moved into first place at 10-2 and Stanford lies only a half game behind in second place at 10-3. Arizona State pushed ahead of USC for third place with a 9-3 mark and the Trojans trail by a half game in fourth place at 9-4. UCLA owns a 7-6 record and is currently in fifth place.

Life on The Road
The Arizona State-Arizona series is the only home Pac-10 series for the Women of Troy in the month of February. Five of USC's final seven conference games are on the road. The Trojans have already traveled to Washington State and Washington last week, return home to host Arizona State and Arizona this week, then finish the Pac-10 season with games at Stanford, California and UCLA.

What Might Have Been
USC's narrow two-point loss to Washington on Feb. 7 was not the first of its kind this season. The Women of Troy have lost six games (of nine total losses) by five or less points.

The Last Time...
* The last time USC beat both Arizona State and Arizona in Los Angeles was in 2000.
* The last time USC dropped no more than four games this far into the conference season was in 1997. Under then-head coach Fred Williams, the Women of Troy finished 13-5 in the Pac-10 for third place. This is the best conference start for USC under Chris Gobrecht.
* Prior to USC's win over Stanford on Jan. 25, the last time USC defeated a ranked opponent was last season when the Trojans beat fifth-ranked Stanford 75-72 on Jan. 26, 2003. Ironically, the game was also played at the Sports Arena, the final margin of victory was also three points and the game was played exactly one year ago to the day.

Getting Some Attention
The Women of Troy have warranted some attention with their recent victories. USC held on to two votes in this week's USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.

The Revolving Door
USC has 11 players that average more than 11 minutes per game and Ebony Hoffman is the only player who averages more than 25 minutes (Hoffman averages 28.8 mpg). So far this season, the Women of Troy have also utilized 11 different staring lineups.

Last Woman Standing
With 11 different starting lineups utilized this season, the only player to survive the rotations is sophomore forward/guard Meghan Gnekow. Gnekow has started all 21 games and is second on the team in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and third in scoring (7.5 ppg).

Against Ranked Opponents
USC's win over Stanford on Jan. 25 was its first over a ranked opponent this season. The Women of Troy are now 1-3 against top-25 teams, including the win over No. 6 Stanford (Jan. 25) and losses to No. 11 Minnesota (Nov. 29), No. 1 UConn (Dec. 7) and No. 14 Colorado (Dec. 20).

USC In The RPI
USC's strength of schedule is currently ranked No. 56 according to the Feb. 9 WBCA/Summerville RPI report, which also lists the Trojans as 46th in overall RPI.

Game Recaps
at Washington
-- USC suffered a heartbreaking 72-70 loss at Washington on Feb. 7, thanks to an 8-3 Husky rally in the final two minutes. The Women of Troy, who led by as much as nine points with a little more than five minutes left in the game, allowed UW to score consecutive three pointers to ignite the crowd of 6,339 at Bank of America Arena. Ebony Hoffman led the Trojans with 16 points, 11 of which she scored in the second half, and seven rebounds. The two teams were comparable from the field, but the Women of Troy were not able to overcome UW's 70-percent effort at the line. The Huskies finished the game with 24 free throw attempts and made 17, while USC got 19 opportunities and made only nine (47.4 percent). USC was the first to pull ahead when Eshaya Murphy entered the game and scored seven straight points to give the Women of Troy a 18-11 lead at 12:24. With a 16-to-8 run of their own, the Huskies got back in the game and eventually took 39-35 lead into the break. A key three-pointer by Jessica Cheeks with 7:51 on the clock seemingly gave the Women of Troy some breathing room and USC rallied to lead by as much as nine points, 62-53, with 5:54 left on the clock. But Washington managed to hold USC without a field goal for more than four minutes and quietly chipped away at the lead. Consecutive three-pointers with a little more than a minute left gave the Huskies a 70-67 advantage and they never looked back.

at Washington State -- Behind a full team effort, USC defeated Washington State, 83-47, on Feb. 5 in Pullman, Wash. The team was led by Meghan Gnekow who contributed 15 points, including a 3-of-5 effort from three-point range and 6-of-6 at the line. Ebony Hoffman posted 12 points and 10 rebounds. WSU opened with a 5-0 lead, but it didn't take long for the Women of Troy to turn things around. After the teams reached a 9-9 tie at 15:52, USC began its decisive run. The Trojans held the Cougars scoreless for nearly seven minutes, building a 10-point lead, 19-9, before WSU was able to score again. USC extended its lead to 30 points, entering halftime with a 46-16 advantage. The Women of Troy forced 16 Cougar turnovers in the first half, collected seven steals and benefited from a 60.0 percent shooting effort from three-point range (4-8). The Trojans pushed their lead to 37 points, 68-31, with 11:40 on the clock thanks to three-straight three-pointers. With reserves on the court for the final three minutes, the Women of Troy extended their lead to as much as 39 points on three occasions before the final buzzer.

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 collegiality 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.

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.

Win And Win Big
USC's 12 victories this season have come by an average of 16.5 points. USC's losses have come by an average of 7.3 points and six of the nine were lost by no more than five points.

A Narrow Gap Between Wins and Losses
Four of USC's five nonconference losses were 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.

Hoffman's Double Doubles
Ebony Hoffman collected her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Washington State on Feb. 5. She now has 34 double doubles for her career.

Youth Takes Over
Three freshmen - Eshaya Murphy, Jamie Funn and Jamie Hagiya - made the start against Arizona State on Jan. 17. For Murphy and Funn it marked the first start of their careers. It was Hagiya's second start this season. USC beat the Sun Devils that afternoon with three freshmen, one sophomore (Meghan Gnekow) and a senior (Ebony Hoffman). USC has maintained at least one freshman in the starting lineup since then. Funn currently remains in the starting lineup, while Murphy started against California (Jan. 23) and Kerr got the nod against Oregon (Jan. 31).

Player News N' Notes
* Jamie Funn collected her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds against Oregon on Jan. 31.
* Ebony Hoffman was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after guiding USC to wins over Cal and Stanford on Jan. 23 and 25. She averaged a team-leading 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game, in addition to shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 92.3 percent at the line.
* Ebony Hoffman tied her career high with four blocks against Cal on Jan. 23.
* Eshaya Murphy posted eight steals at Arizona on Jan. 15 - the mark ties for eighth place among USC all-time game records.
* 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 had her first double-double of the year with 18 points, 13 rebounds against SMU on Dec. 17.
* Meghan Gnekow tied her career-high with 10 rebounds against UConn (Dec. 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 (Nov. 21).
* Tiffany Hicks collected a career-high five rebounds at New Mexico (Nov. 21).

Team News N' Notes
* USC's 36-point margin of victory over Washington State on Feb. 5 is its largest of the season.
* With its win on Jan. 31, USC completed a season sweep of Oregon for the first time since the 2000 season and only the second time in the last 10 years.
* The Trojans held Cal to only 10 points in the first half on Jan. 23, marking the lowest first-half total ever for a USC opponent.
* Arizona's 65.9 field goal shooting percentage in the game on Jan. 15 marks the second-highest ever for a USC opponent. The Wildcats' 36 turnovers tied the eighth-most in Trojan history.
* USC's 49 points at the half, 29-point halftime margin, 65.6 first-half field goal percentage, 82 final points and 30-point 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 into 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.

Opponent Notes

Arizona State (15-6, 9-3 Pac-10) -- Following wins over Cal (62-43) and Stanford (73-53) last week, the Sun Devils have moved into third place in the Pac-10. ASU has won its last five-straight and its last seven-of eight dating back to Jan. 10. The only loss in that streak was to USC on Jan. 17. The Sun Devils posted a 6-3 record against nonconference opponents this season. The team is led by junior forward Betsy Boardman who is averaging 11.2 points per game, in addition to 4.6 rebounds per outing. Forward Kristen Kovesdy leads the team with 5.2 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. This year, USC beat ASU on the road, 68-65, on Jan. 17 and now owns a 44-8 overall series record. Thursday's game will mark the 52nd meeting between these two squads. USC is 23-3 all-time when playing in Los Angeles.

Team ComparisonsTeam		Ppg	Margin	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	TOpg	Spg	BpgUSC		69.0	+6.3	40.4	31.9	68.6	39.0	14.4	20.0	11.5	2.5Arizona State	67.7	+6.9	42.3	35.7	70.9	38.7	17.4	21.2	10.2	2.8


Arizona State Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg
4 Emily Westerberg Forward 6-0 6.5 3.3 1.7 0.654 Kristen Kovesdy Forward 6-3 10.4 5.2 0.8 0.810 Kylan Loney Guard 5-7 10.0 2.2 3.0 1.123 Betsy Boardman Guard 6-1 11.2 4.6 3.1 1.930 Carrie Buckner Guard 5-9 6.6 4.1 2.9 1.9

No. 24 Arizona (18-5, 10-2 Pac-10) -- Coming off a sweep of Stanford (88-63) and Cal (77-59), Arizona is riding a two-game win streak and has won its last five of six. The Wildcats' only loss during the stretch was a 68-60 defeat to crosstown rival Arizona State on Jan. 31. With its recent success, Arizona has taken over first place in the Pac-10 with a 10-2 record (its other conference loss was at Stanford on Jan. 10). The UA posted an 8-4 nonconference record this season. Guard Dee-Dee Wheeler currently leads the team with 17.6 points, 4.7 assists and 2.6 steals per game. Center Shawntinice Polk leads the team with 9.8 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 52nd meeting between the Women of Troy and Wildcats. USC owns a 36-15 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 13-of-17. Last season, the Trojans lost both games - 79-76 on the road and 78-64 at home. To start this year, USC fell to Arizona, 75-64, in Tucson on Jan. 15. The Women of Troy are 20-6 all-time when playing in Los Angeles.

Team ComparisonsTeam		Ppg	Margin	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	TOpg	Spg	BpgUSC		69.0	+6.3	40.4	31.9	68.6	39.0	14.4	20.0	11.5	2.5Arizona		73.0	+9.1	45.8	32.1	67.8	38.6	15.0	17.2	8.8	4.0


Arizona Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg
50 Shannon Hobson Forward 6-2 4.0 2.0 0.2 0.300 Shawntinice Polk Center 6-5 16.0 9.8 2.5 1.511 Dee-Dee Wheeler Guard 5-6 17.6 4.2 4.7 2.613 Aimee Grzyb Guard 5-7 10.7 2.0 2.7 1.223 Natalie Jones Guard 5-10 8.6 4.5 2.7 1.6

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 (2 games started, 21 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): made first career start, 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... at Arizona (1/15): 3 rebounds, 1 assist... at ASU (1/17): started, 10 points (1-3), 4 assists, 3 steals... vs. Cal (1/23): 5 points (1-1), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Stanford (1/25): 2 points (0-2), 1 assist... vs. OSU (1/29): 6 points (1-2), 1 rebound, 1 assist... vs. Oregon (1/31): 8 points (3-5), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals... at WSU (2/5): 9 points (3-5), 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals... at Wash (2/7): 5 points (2-2), 1 rebound, 4 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 (17 games started, 21 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... at Arizona (1/15): started, 6 points (2-13), 5 rebounds, 1 assists, 3 steals... at ASU (1/17): 11 points (4-7), 2 rebounds, 2 steals... vs. Cal (1/23): 19 points (7-14), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals... vs. Stanford (1/25): started, 8 points (3-10), 1 rebound, 1 assist... vs. OSU (1/29): started, 12 points (5-12), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Oregon (1/31): started, 18 points (7-19), 2 rebounds, 5 assists... at WSU (2/5): started, 9 points (3-7), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... at Wash (2/7): started, 5 points (1-7), 3 rebounds, 1 steal...

#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 (21 games started, 21 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... at Arizona (1/15): started, 7 points (3-6), 5 rebounds... at ASU (1/17): started, 10 points (3-8), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. Cal (1/23): started, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. Stanford (1/25): started, 3 points (1-2), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. OSU (1/29): started, 10 points (3-6), 9 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. Oregon (1/31): started, 9 points (4-10), 6 rebounds, 1 assist... at WSU (2/5): started, 15 points (3-6, 3-5 3-ptrs), 6 rebounds, 1 assist... at Wash (2/7): started, 8 points (4-6), 6 rebounds, 4 assists...

#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, 15 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... at Arizona (1/15): 7 points (3-16), 5 rebounds... at ASU (1/17): 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. Cal (1/23): 5 points (2-4), 2 rebounds, 1 block, 2 steals... vs. Stanford (1/25): 8 points (3-6), 3 rebounds, 3 assists... vs. OSU (1/29): 3 points (0-8), 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 block, 4 steals... vs. Oregon (1/31): 2 points (1-6), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... at WSU (2/5): 5 points (2-5), 3 assists, 5 steals... at Wash (2/7): 8 points (3-8), 1 rebound, 3 assists, 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 (2 games started, 21 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... at Arizona (1/15): 15 points (3-11), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 8 steals (ties for eighth among USC's single game records)... at ASU (1/17): made first career start, 11 points (5-11), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals... vs. Cal (1/23): started, 6 points (3-6), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals... vs. Stanford (1/25): 7 points (3-9), 9 rebounds, 1 steal... vs. OSU (1/29): 1 rebound, 1 steal... vs. Oregon (1/31): 4 points (2-4), 1 rebound, 1 assist... at WSU (2/5): 7 points (3-5), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3 steals... at Wash (2/7): 10 points (4-9), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 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 (3 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... at Arizona (1/15): DNP... at ASU (1/17): DNP... vs. Cal (1/23): DNP... vs. Stanford (1/25): DNP... vs. OSU (1/29): DNP... vs. Oregon (1/31): DNP... at WSU (2/5): 5 points (2-2), 1 rebound... at Wash (2/7): 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 (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... injured Jan. 8 through Jan. 17... vs. Cal (1/23): DNP... vs. Stanford (1/25): DNP... vs. OSU (1/29): DNP... vs. Oregon (1/31): DNP... at WSU (2/5): 1 rebound, 1 assist... at Wash (2/7): 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 (19 games started, 21 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... at Arizona (1/15): started, 3 points (1-2)... at ASU (1/17): started, 3 points (1-2), 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal... vs. Cal (1/23): started, 9 points (3-5), 2 assists... vs. Stanford (1/25): started, 5 points (1-4), 3 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. OSU (1/29): started, 2 points (1-1), 1 rebound, 3 assists... vs. Oregon (1/31): started, 3 rebounds, 2 assists... at WSU (2/5): started, 6 points (1-2), 1 rebound, 3 assists... at Wash (2/7): started, 1 rebound, 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 (3 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... at Arizona (1/15): DNP...at ASU (1/17): DNP... vs. Cal (1/23): DNP... vs. Stanford (1/25): DNP... vs. OSU (1/29): DNP... vs. Oregon (1/31): DNP... at WSU (2/5): 1 steal... at Wash (2/7): 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 (20 games started, 21 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... at Arizona (1/15): started, 17 points (7-10), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... at ASU (1/17): started, 9 points (3-11), 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals... vs. Cal (1/23): staretd, 15 points (5-9), 5 rebounds, 1 assists, career-high 4 blocks, 1 steal... vs. Stanford (1/25): started, 16 points (4-12), 9 rebounds, 4 steals... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Jan. 26)... vs. OSU (1/29): started, 19 points (6-10), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 steals... vs. Oregon (1/31): suspended for first half (violation of team policy), 12 points (5-8), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block... at WSU (2/5): started, double-double with 12 points (5-9), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal... at Wash (2/7): started, 16 points (5-11), 7 rebound, 2 assists...

#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, 21 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... at Arizona (1/15): 2 points (0-4), 3 rebounds, 1 steal... at ASU (1/17): 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block... vs. Cal (1/23): 2 points (1-3), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. Stanford (1/25): played 8 minutes... vs. OSU (1/29): 6 points (3-6), 1 rebound... vs. Oregon (1/31): 2 rebounds, 1 assist... at WSU (2/5): 2 points (1-4), 3 rebounds... at Wash (2/7): 9 points (4-6), 6 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 (6 games started, 21 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... at Arizona (1/15): 2 points (1-2)... at ASU (1/17): made first career start, 6 points (3-7), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 1 steal... vs. Cal (1/23): started, 5 points (1-1), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Stanford (1/25): started, 8 points (3-7), 5 rebounds... vs. OSU (1/29): 4 points (2-3), 1 rebound... vs. Oregon (1/31): started, first career double-double with 13 points (6-10), 11 rebounds, 1 assist... at WSU (2/5): started, 7 points (3-8), 6 rebounds, 1 assist... at Wash (2/7): started, 5 points (2-4), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 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 (10 games started, 21 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... at Arizona (1/15): 5 points (2-3), 1 rebound, 3 assists, 3 steals... at ASU (1/17): 2 points (1-2), 2 rebounds... vs. Cal (1/23): 2 points (1-2)... vs. Stanford (1/25): 2 points (1-2), 2 rebounds... vs. OSU (1/29): started, 2 points (1-1)... vs. Oregon (1/31): 3 points (0-3), 3 rebounds, 1 steal... at WSU (2/5): 2 rebounds... at Wash (2/7): played 2 minutes...

#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 (4 games started, 21 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): made career first start, 11 points (5-9), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals... at Arizona (1/15): started, 1 rebound... at ASU (1/17): started, 6 points (3-5), 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. Cal (1/23): started, 4 points (2-4), 3 rebounds... vs. Stanford (1/25): 3 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. OSU (1/29): 2 points (0-2), 2 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. Oregon (1/31): started, 2 points (1-2), 1 rebound, 1 assist... at WSU (2/5): 6 points (3-7), 5 rebounds... at Wash (2/7): 4 points (2-3), 2 rebounds, 2 blocks...

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