Women Play Final Regular Season Games; Host UCSB, Travel To UCLA

Feb. 24, 2004

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THIS WEEK


Thursday, Feb. 26 - UC Santa Barbara at USC
7 p.m. - Sports Arena
RADIO:
KMPC 1540-AM
INTERNET:
Follow the game at www.usctrojans.com



Sunday, Feb. 29 - USC at UCLA
2 p.m. - Pauley Pavilion
RADIO:
KMPC 1540-AM
INTERNET:
Follow the game at www.usctrojans.com



The Facts
Following a two-game skid, the USC women's basketball team (14-11, 11-6 Pac-10) is looking to bounce back this week with two final regular season games. The Women of Troy host UC Santa Barbara (19-5) in a nonconference match-up on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Sports Arena. The game will be the final home game for seniors Ebony Hoffman, Jessica Cheeks, Rometra Craig and Tiffany Hicks. The four players will be honored prior to tip-off. On Sunday, Feb. 29, USC wraps up the Pac-10 season against crosstown rival UCLA (15-11, 10-7 Pac-10) at 2 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. This Lexus Gauntlet showdown will award the final five-of-10 women's basketball points in this year's competition. Both games this week can be heard on KMPC 1540-AM, as well as followed on the internet at www.usctrojans.com.

USC is coming off a 75-57 loss at No. 10 Stanford and 68-59 loss at California last week. The Women of Troy, who embarked on the Bay Area trip with a shot at capturing the lead in the conference race, have now dropped to fourth place in the Pac-10 - two-and-a-half games behind current leader Stanford. The Trojans, looking for their first NCAA Tournament invitation since 1997, can still finish among the top three Pac-10 teams with a win this week.

Senior Salute
Thursday's game will be played in celebration of the Women of Troy's four graduating seniors - Ebony Hoffman, Jessica Cheeks, Rometra Craig and Tiffany Hicks. The players will be honored prior to tip-off.

Hoffman will leave as USC's most celebrated player since Tina Thompson left Troy in 1997. A starter since her freshman season, Hoffman quickly established herself as one of the Pac-10's most dominating players. She will likely finish as a four-time All-Pac-10 selection, in addition to being honored nationally as a preseason All-American and Wooden Award candidate. Hoffman has made her mark in the USC record books, joining the ranks of Lisa Leslie, Cheryl Miller and Tina Thompson in multiple categories, including the top five in free throws, steals and blocked shots.

Cheeks can be credited with some of USC's most thrilling victories during her time with the Women of Troy. A steady player, Cheeks has come up big when the team needed her most, including highlight performances against UCLA and Arizona this season. She has played at both point guard and shooting guard and this season she is averaging 6.6 points, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game off the bench.

A starter for the past two seasons, Craig has been a top contributor for the Women of Troy since transferring from Duke in 2002. She is the only player on the team this season to finish every game in double figures. Craig ranks second on the team with 11.1 points per game and leads the team with 57 total steals this season (2.3 spg).

Hicks earned the starting spot at point guard this season and has led USC to one of its best performances in recent years. A two-year letterwinner at Troy, she transferred from Iowa Western Community College in 2002. Hicks currently averages a team-best 46.8 field goal percentage, in addition to 2.7 points and 1.7 assists per game.

Battle For the Lexus Gauntlet
Sunday's game will mark the second women's basketball match-up of 2003-04 for the Lexus Gauntlet. The Lexus Gauntlet is a season-long competition between USC and UCLA in all sports. Points are awarded to the winner of each Bruin-Trojan head-to-head contest throughout the year and the Gauntlet trophy is awarded to the school with the most points at year's end. USC captured the inaugural trophy in 2001-02, but the Bruins took the title last season. So far this year, USC leads 37.5 to 25. The Women of Troy won the first women's basketball match-up, 64-51, at the Sports Arena on Dec. 28. There is also a chance USC and UCLA could face each other at the Pac-10 Tournament, March 5-8. If a third meeting occurs, the winner of two-of-three will earn all 10 points.

Pac-10 Tournament Seeding Still In Question
With just a week left, the top half of the conference standings (in addition to the seedings for the Pac-10 Tournament) are still in question. Stanford currently holds a one-game lead over second-place Arizona in the race for the regular season championship. Arizona State is in the hunt as well, two games behind Stanford in third place. Two and a half games separate the top four teams, including USC at 11-6 and currently in fourth place. UCLA is in fifth place, just a game behind the Women of Troy. The top six teams will start tournament play on Saturday, March 6, while the four lower seeds have to face each other in a play-in game on Friday, March 5.

Life on The Road
Five of USC's final seven conference games are on the road. The Trojans have already traveled to Washington State, Washington, Stanford and California. The Women of Troy finish the Pac-10 season this week with a game at UCLA on Sunday.

The Last Time...
* The last time USC swept the Bruins was in 2002.
* The last time USC and UCLA faced each other in the final week of conference play was in 1991. That season, the Women of Troy began conference play with a win at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 5, but completed the year with a loss at home on March 8.
* The last time head coach Chris Gobrecht won 11 conference games was in 2002. The last time Gobrecht captured more than 11 Pac-10 wins was in 1995 as head coach at Washington.

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 29.0 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 25 games and is second on the team in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and third in scoring (8.0 ppg).

Against Ranked Opponents
USC's win over then-No. 24 Arizona on Feb. 15 was its second over a ranked opponent this season. The Women of Troy are now 2-4 against top-25 teams, including wins over No. 6 Stanford (Jan. 25) and Arizona, and losses to No. 11 Minnesota (Nov. 29), No. 1 UConn (Dec. 7), No. 14 Colorado (Dec. 20) and No. 10 Stanford in the second meeting of the year (Feb. 19).

UCSB Connections
* Sophomore Meghan Gnekow can almost call Santa Barbara home. Gnekow hails from nearby Santa Ynez and prepped at Santa Ynez County Union High.
* UCSB freshman Jenna Green and USC senior Rometra Craig are both graduates of Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose.
* UCSB senior April McDivitt is familiar with the Women of Troy. A transfer from Tennessee, she faced the Trojans as a Lady Vol in Knoxville in 2002.

UCLA Connections
In addition to the fact that the two teams share the city, the local recruits, the fans and the media, USC and UCLA women's basketball have their share of common connections.
* Bruin sophomore guard Lisa Willis and USC seniors Ebony Hoffman and Jessica Cheeks all attended Los Angeles' Narbonne High.
* USC assistant coach Shannon Perry and UCLA assistant coach Tia Jackson were teammates at Iowa in 1995. Jackson graduated in 1995, while Perry completed her eligibility in 1998.
* Fourth-year USC director of operations and marketing Patrick Auerbach graduated from UCLA in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and business.
* UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier served as an assistant coach at USC for three years (1984-86) and helped lead the Women of Troy to the NCAA Championship in 1984 and a runner-up finish in 1986.
* Lindsey Brooks, the daughter of USC second-year assistant coach Steve Brooks, is a 2001 graduate of UCLA. Brooks' wife Kathleen also attended UCLA.
* Six USC coaches and assistant coaches either attended or coached at UCLA, including men's basketball head coach Henry Bibby (played), water polo head coach Jovan Vavic (asst. coach), rowing head coaches Zenon and Kelly Babraj (both coached, Kelly also rowed for the Bruins), golf assistant coach Ted Gleason (played) and assistant track coach John Henry Johnson (decathlete).

Win And Win Big
USC's 14 victories this season have come by an average of 15.4 points. USC's losses have come by an average of 8.5 points and six of the 11 were lost by no more than five points.

Hoffman's Double Doubles
Ebony Hoffman collected her seventh double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Arizona State on Feb. 12. She now has 35 double doubles for her career.

A Narrow Gap Between Wins and Losses
Three of USC's five nonconference losses were by a total of seven points (that's 2.3 points per game). More impressive is the fact that all three opponents - New Mexico, UConn, Colorado - have been ranked or received votes this season.

Game Recaps
at No. 10 Stanford
-- USC fell to 10th-ranked Stanford, 75-57, in a battle for the Pac-10 conference lead on Feb. 19 at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal was led by Nicole Powell, who had 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Meghan Gnekow led with 15 points for USC, that came into the game one half-game behind Stanford. Ebony Hoffman added 13 points and Chlo� Kerr led with 10 rebounds. USC scored the first seven points of the second half, including an inside jumper by Hoffman, to close to 37-31 with 17:52 remaining. Stanford's Kelley Suminski hit a three-pointer three minutes later to help the Cardinal rebuild a double-digit lead. The Cardinal's 13-1 run gave them a 60-41 lead with just over seven minutes to play. Stanford used an 11-0 run, capped by a driving layup from Sebnem Kimyacioglu, to take a 19-7 lead midway through the first half. The Cardinal led by as many as 14 points in the final two minutes before settling for a 37-24 halftime advantage.

at California -- Cal put an end to its 11-game losing streak with a 68-59 victory over USC on Feb. 21 at Haas Pavilion. Cal senior Nihan Anaz scored 21 points to lead the Golden Bears. Ebony Hoffman led the Women of Troy with 15 points and Rometra Craig added 12. It took four minutes until the Bears were able to hit a field goal at the start of the game, but Cal kept the Women of Troy within close range for most of the afternoon. USC entered the break with a 30-24 advantage following a 43.3 percent shooting effort. The Bears were held to 28.9 percent in the first half. Cal opened the second half by scoring six consecutive points as they continued to put pressure on the Women of Troy. Eventually, the Bears earned their first lead of the game following a layup by Anaz, to go ahead 37-36 at the 14:22 mark. The team went on to extend its lead to as much as seven points, 60-53, with three minutes remaining. By that point, USC was unable to slow the Bears' momentum. The Trojans missed six shots in the final stretch, while Cal hit key layups and collected six points at the line to secure the victory. California shot 46.7 percent from the field in the second half and USC was held to a 29.7 percent effort.

Player News N' Notes
* Jessica Cheeks had a perfect outing against ASU (2/12). Cheeks came off the bench to lead the Trojans with 15 points and three steals. She didn't miss a shot, making three 3-pointers and two field goals from inside the arc, as well as two foul shots.
* Ebony Hoffman tied her career high with four blocks against Arizona State on Feb. 12.
* 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
* The Trojans scored a season-low 57 points at Stanford on Feb. 19.
* USC beat both Arizona State and Arizona in Los Angeles on Feb. 13 and 15 for the first time since 2000.
* 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

UC Santa Barbara (19-5) -- The Gauchos, who currently lead the Big West Conference by two-and-a-half games with four to play, travel to the Sports Arena with a 19-5 overall record and 10-game win streak. The team is coming off a 64-48 victory over Cal State Northridge and 65-41 victory over Pacific last week. UCSB is led by 6-foot-8 senior center Lindsay Taylor, who is averaging a team-best 16.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. The Gauchos faced Pac-10 foe Arizona during the nonconference season and defeated the Wildcats 75-65 in Santa Barbara.

UC Santa Barbara head coach Mark French is in his 17th season at the helm of the Gauchos' program. He led last year's team to a 27-5 overall record, 15-1 first-place Big West Conference finish and a No. 18 final national ranking. The Gauchos advanced to the NCAA Second Round. UCSB returned four starters and seven total letterwinners from the 2003 squad.

USC-UCSB Series Record -- USC trails UC Santa Barbara in the all-time series, 12-9. The Gauchos have won the last four-of-five contests, including a 72-52 victory last season at UCSB's Thunderdome. The teams have faced each other eight of the last 10 seasons. USC won the last match-up at the Sports Arena, 60-55, in 2001.

Team ComparisonsTeam	Ppg	Margin	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	TOpg	Spg	BpgUSC	68.0	+4.9	40.1	31.0	67.7	38.2	13.8	20.0	11.5	2.7UCSB	70.0	+12.2	45.7	35.0	68.7	39.6	16.1	16.6	8.8	4.4


UCSB Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg
15 Brandy Richardson Forward 6-0 6.6 6.6 1.8 0.744 Kristen Mann Forward 6-2 13.1 6.7 2.7 1.313 Lindsay Taylor Center 6-8 16.1 7.2 1.5 0.610 April McDivitt Guard 5-7 7.7 3.5 4.3 1.821 Mia Fisher Guard 5-9 10.2 3.3 2.7 1.4

UCLA (15-11, 10-7 Pac-10) -- The Bruins are on a roll as they head into the final week of the conference season having won the last seven-of-nine games. The win streak boosted UCLA all the way to fourth place in the Pac-10 standings after a rocky start. UCLA compiled a 4-5 record in the first half of the conference season. Forward Noelle Quinn has earned two consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after leading her team on its recent run. Quinn averages a team-best 16.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier is in her 11th season at the helm of the Bruins' program. She led last year's team to a 18-11 overall record and 12-6 mark in the Pac-10 to finish in fourth place. The Bruins returned three starters and nine total letterwinners from last year's squad.

USC-UCLA Series Record -- This crosstown rivalry remains the longest standing and most evenly matched series in USC program history. Sunday's game will mark the 64th meeting between the Women of Troy and Bruins (according to USC records). USC owns a 34-29 advantage in the series and a 15-12 record when playing at Pauley Pavilion. USC has won the last five-of-six match-ups, including a 64-51 victory at the Sports Arena in the first meeting this season on Dec. 28.

Team ComparisonsTeam	Ppg	Margin	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	Rpg	Apg	TOpg	Spg	BpgUSC	68.0	+4.9	40.1	31.0	67.7	38.2	13.8	20.0	11.5	2.7UCLA	66.4	+3.4	40.1	34.4	68.5	38.1	14.1	17.3	12.5	1.9


UCLA Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg
40 Lisa Willis Guard 5-11 14.5 5.6 2.2 3.232 Nikki Blue Guard 5-8 14.1 5.5 5.0 3.135 Jamila Veasley Forward 6-1 1.9 3.2 0.9 0.910 Whitney Jones Forward 5-10 6.1 5.0 1.3 1.445 Noelle Quinn Forward 6-0 16.1 7.6 3.1 2.2

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, 25 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... vs. ASU (2/12): 3 assists... vs. Arizona (2/15): 9 points (3-8), 2 assists, 2 steals... at Stanford (2/19): 5 points (2-3), 4 rebounds... at Cal (2/21): 4 points (2-4), 1 rebound, 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 (21 games started, 25 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... vs. ASU (2/12): started, 15 points (5-12), 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 4 steals... vs. Arizona (2/15): started, 11 points (5-16), 2 rebounds, 2 steals... at Stanford (2/19): started, 8 points (3-8), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals... at Cal (2/21): started, 12 points (5-13), 1 rebound, 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 (25 games started, 25 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... vs. ASU (2/12): started, 19 points (7-11), 5 rebounds, 1 steal... vs. Arizona (2/15): started, 2 rebounds, 1 assist... at Stanford (2/19): started, 15 points (5-8), 5 rebounds, 1 assist... at Cal (2/21): started, 8 points (3-7), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 steal...

#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, 19 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... vs. ASU (2/12): 2 points (1-3), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Arizona (2/15): 15 points (5-5), was perfect from the field and at the line (2-2), 1 rebound, 1 assist, career-high 2 blocks, 3 steals... at Stanford (2/19): 6 points (2-5), 1 assist... at Cal (2/21): 2 points (1-7), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block...

#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, 25 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... vs. ASU (2/12): 1 steal... vs. Arizona (2/15): 7 points (3-9), 5 rebounds, 1 steal... at Stanford (2/19): 1 point (0-3), 1 steal... at Cal (2/21): 2 points (1-5), 2 rebounds, 1 assists, 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 (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... vs. ASU (2/12): DNP... vs. Arizona (2/15): DNP... at Stanford (2/19): DNP... at Cal (2/21): 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... vs. ASU (2/12): DNP... vs. Arizona (2/15): DNP... at Stanford (2/19): DNP... at Cal (2/21): 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 (23 games started, 25 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... vs. ASU (2/12): started, 6 points (2-3), 1 rebound, 4 assists, 1 steal... vs. Arizona (2/15): started, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... at Stanford (2/19): started, played 14 minutes... at Cal (2/21): started, 4 points (2-5), 2 rebounds, 3 assists...

#30 Katie Henderson (Forward * Freshman)
Katie Henderson begins her first season at USC... A multi-sport athlete with good size and shooting ability... Will have the opportunity to contribute off the bench for the Women of Troy this season.
This Season (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... vs. ASU (2/12): DNP... vs. Arizona (2/15): DNP... at Stanford (2/19): DNP... at Cal (2/21): 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 (24 games started, 25 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... vs. ASU (2/12): started, double-double with 17 points (5-12), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, tied career-high 4 blocks, 4 steals... vs. Arizona (2/15): started, 12 points (3-7), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 2 steals... at Stanford (2/19): started, 13 points (5-16), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals... at Cal (2/21): started, 15 points (6-14), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 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 (4 games started, 25 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... vs. ASU (2/12): 6 points (3-3), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 steals... vs. Arizona (2/15): 7 points (3-4), 3 rebounds... at Stanford (2/19): started, 1 assist... at Cal (2/21): 6 points (2-4), 3 rebounds, 1 steal...

#41 Jamie Funn (Forward * 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 (8 games started, 25 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... vs. ASU (2/12): started, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Arizona (2/15): 2 rebounds... at Stanford (2/19): 5 points (2-3), 4 rebounds... at Cal (2/21): started, 5 points (2-6), 7 rebounds, 2 blocks...

#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 (11 games started, 24 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... vs. ASU (2/12): 2 steals... vs. Arizona (2/15): started, 7 points (2-6), 2 rebounds, 1 steal... at Stanford (2/19): 1 rebound... at Cal (2/21): DNP...

#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, 25 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... vs. ASU (2/12): played 3 minutes... vs. Arizona (2/15): played 3 minutes... at Stanford (2/19): 7 points (3-7), 10 rebounds, 1 block... at Cal (2/21): 1 point (0-2), 3 rebounds, 1 steal...

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