Women's Hoops Heads To Big Bear For Some Preseason Training

Nov. 2, 2004

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The 2004-05 USC women's basketball team took a new route to preparing for the start of the season this year. It's a route that led the Women of Troy on a snowy path to Big Bear Mountain for a preseason retreat.

USC spent Friday, Oct. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Peak Performance Challenge Course Program held at the Big Bear Action Learning Campus. The goals were to get to know each other better, increase trust, improve team focus, understand the characteristics of a high achieving team and learn how to maximize the strengths of the team.

Among the many activities, the Trojans participated in low and high ropes courses. These obstacles challenge groups both physically and mentally, progressing in difficulty as the skills in teamwork increase.

The low ropes course, held inside the cabins, provided challenges close to the ground for the Women of Troy and incorporated various team-building activities. The high course involved activities 30-40 feet above ground on wire and ropes with the players harnessed for safety. Everyone on USC's team proudly completed this course despite a common fear of heights.

The three-day weekend was a success for the Trojans as they returned to the gym on Monday to prepare for their exhibition openers. USC hosts Love & Basketball on Tuesday, Nov. 9, and Play Mode All-Stars on Sunday, Nov. 14. Both exhibition games will be played at the Lyon Center.