Trojans Open Home Schedule Friday Against No. 6 Notre Dame
Nov. 23, 2004
The USC women's basketball team (1-1), under the leadership of first-year head coach Mark Trakh, opens the 2004-05 home schedule this week with games against No. 6 Notre Dame (5-0) and Harvard (2-0). The Women of Troy host the Fighting Irish on Friday, Nov. 26 - the eve of the USC-ND football game. The 7 p.m. match-up at the Sports Arena will be broadcast on KMPC-AM 1540 and on Indiana's Comcast Cable. On Sunday, Nov. 28, USC hosts Harvard at 2 p.m. at the Sports Arena. All USC home games can be followed with Live Stats and Audio at www.usctrojans.com.
The Women of Troy are coming off a runner-up finish at the DePaul Moran Realty Classic in Chicago, Ill., last week. USC defeated Massachusetts, 54-49, in the tournament opener on Nov. 19, then fell to No. 20 DePaul, 99-77, in the championship game on Nov. 20. Sophomore point guard Jamie Hagiya, who averaged 9.5 points, 4.5 assists, 5.0 steals and 3.5 rebounds per game, was named to the all-tournament team.
It's a new start for USC as it enters the 2004-05 season under Trakh. Trakh, who was hired in April and boasts a history of success after spending 11 seasons at nearby Pepperdine and 13 years at the prep level, has high hopes for his young squad made up of nine returning letterwinners and four newcomers.
Win USC-Notre Dame Football Tickets!
Five lucky Trojan fans in attendance at Friday's basketball game will win a pair of tickets to the next day's sold-out football game at the Coliseum between the top-ranked Trojans and the rival Fighting Irish. A drawing will be held at halftime and fans must enter the drawing inside the Sports Arena by 7:30 p.m. to be eligible. Fot tickets, please call (213) 740-GO SC or purchase individual tickets online. Group tickets are available by calling (213) 821-0782.
Trakh Collects 200th Win
Head Coach Mark Trakh's first victory at USC was also his 200th career win. By leading the Trojans to a 54-49 win over UMass on Nov. 19, Trakh's career record improved to 200-124 (.617) overall.
Home Season Openers
The Women of Troy are 25-3 all-time in the first home game of the season. Last year, USC hosted a thrilling match-up against defending national champion and top-ranked UConn to begin the home schedule. In front of 6,172 at the Sports Arena, the Huskies slipped past the Trojans, 72-69.
Three Opponents Ranked In Top 25
USC's schedule features three opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, including No. 6 Notre Dame (Nov. 26), No. 20 DePaul (L, 77-99 on Nov. 20) and No. 25 Arizona (Jan. 14 and Feb. 12).
Notre Dame Connections
USC has no players from the state if Indiana.
The Fighting Irish boast two players from the state of California - junior forward Courtney LaVere, who prepped at Buena High in Ventura, and sophomore forward Crystal Erwin, who attended St. Paul High in Rancho Cucamonga.
Notre Dame women's volleyball coach Debbie (Landreth) Brown was a two-time All-American (1976-77) at USC on a pair of national championship teams.
USC has no players from the state of Massachusetts.
Harvard boasts three players from the state of California - junior forward Maureen McCaffery, who prepped at St. Ignatius Prep in Hillsborough, sophomore guard Julia Pederson, who attended Santa Margarita (Calif.) High, and junior guard Laura Robinson, who hails from Freemont and prepped at the Menlo School in Menlo Park.
Strength of Schedule
According to the WBCA/Summerville Preseason Strength of Schedule rankings, USC's schedule is rated No. 66 overall and No. 73 for nonconference games.
Freshman point guard Jazlyn Davis is out indefinitely after suffering a fracture in her left foot on Oct. 16. Freshman forward Simone Jelks fractured her right hand on Nov. 14 and is sidelined for two weeks.
Sophomores Looks To Lead
The sophomore class makes up nearly half of the 2004-05 squad with six players. This group, including Jamie Hagiya, Jamie Funn, Eshaya Murphy, Chloé Kerr, Allison Jaskowiak and Markisha Lea, averaged 19.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.8 steals per game last season.
USC To Field One of Youngest Lineups
USC will field one of the youngest lineups in the country this season. The Women of Troy will feature 10 underclassmen, including six sophomores and four freshmen, and only three upperclassmen. The average age on the 2005 roster is 19.2.
Seniors Rachel Woodward and Kim Gipson were selected as team co-captains for 2005. Both players are looking to gain additional playing time this season after quiet campaigns in 2004. Woodward enjoyed her most successful season as a freshman. That year she earned Pac-10 All-Freshman accolades and finished third on the team with 11.3 points, 1.8 assists and 0.6 blocks per game. Gipson also had her best season as a freshman, averaging 3.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
All In The Family
These USC women's basketball players are not the only standout athletes in their families: Brynn Cameron's grandfather, Jack Cravens, played basketball and baseball at BYU; Jamie Funn's sister, Nicole, played basketball at Pepperdine and Oregon State; Jamie Hagiya's cousin, Dana Nakaya, swam at Syracuse; Allison Jaskowiak's sister, Emily, is a senior forward at Tulsa, her brother, Derek, played football at Navy, her father, Dennis, played football at Missouri and her grandfather, Charles Share, played basketball at Bowling Green and professionally with the St. Louis Hawks; Chloé Kerr's father, Lloyd, and uncle, Flody, played basketball at Colorado State, her brother, Lloyd Jr., played football at Tennessee and her brother, Schin, played basketball at Loyola-Chicago and professionally overseas; Markisha Lea's brother, Marvin, is a redshirt sophomore guard at Pepperdine; and Rachel Woodward's father, Barney, played football at Buffalo.
Women's Basketball On LA Airwaves
KMPC-AM 1540 - USC's flagship station - will air six Women of Troy basketball games this season, including this Friday's USC-Notre Dame match-up. Pete Arbogast, the voice of Trojan football, will provide play-by-play, and former Trojan women's basketball standout Denise Woods ('00) will provide color commentary for the following games: Nov. 26 vs. Notre Dame, Jan. 4 vs. Oregon State, Feb. 5 vs. Washington, Feb. 18 vs. Stanford, Feb. 20 vs. California and Feb. 26 vs. UCLA.
No. 6 Notre Dame -- The Fighting Irish are on a roll heading into Los Angeles with a 5-0 record. UND captured the Preseason WNIT Championship on Nov. 20 by defeating then-No. 10 Ohio State, 66-62. En route to the championship, the Irish got past Illinois State, Nebraska and No. 6 Duke. Notre Dame also defeated Colorado State, 69-47, on Nov. 22. Under 18th-year head coach Muffet McGraw, UND returned seven letterwinners and four starters freom last year's squad which advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and finished the year ranked 20th with a 21-11 overall record and a 12-4 second-place finish in the Big East. The team is led by preseason All-American Jacqueline Batteast, who is averageing 20.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, and center Teresa Borton, who leads on the boards with 6.2 rebounds per outing.
USC-Notre Dame Series Record -- Notre Dame owns a 5-1 record against the Women of Troy. Last season, USC fell 73-62 on Dec. 22 in South Bend.
Team ComparisonsTeam Ppg Margin FG% 3-FG% FT% Rpg Apg TOpg Spg BpgUSC 65.5 -8.5 35.8 27.5 68.1 33.5 9.5 20.0 16.5 2.0Notre Dame 75.2 +14.4 44.7 44.4 75.7 40.6 19.8 15.8 11.4 6.2
Notre Dame Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg21 Jacqueline Batteast Forward 6-2 20.0 5.8 4.8 1.841 Courtney LaVere Forward 6-3 10.4 5.2 1.8 1.212 Teresa Borton Center 6-3 8.8 6.2 1.0 0.213 Megan Duffy Guard 5-7 13.4 2.6 5.8 2.832 Breona Gray Guard 5-7 5.8 4.6 1.8 1.8
Harvard -- Harvard comes to Los Angeles with a 2-0 record after defeating Fairfield, 71-68, on Nov. 19 and Rhode Island, 83-77, on Nov. 22. Under head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, who is in her 23rd season in Cambridge, Mass., the Crimson returned 10 letterwinners and three starters from last year's squad which went 16-11 overall and 9-5 in the Ivy League to tie for second place. Junior guard Jessica Holsey currently leads the team with 22.0 points per game and forward/center Reka Cserny is averaging a double-double with 17.0 points and a team-best 10.5 rebounds per outing.
USC-Harvard Series Record -- This will be the first meeting between these two teams.
Team ComparisonsTeam Ppg Margin FG% 3-FG% FT% Rpg Apg TOpg Spg BpgUSC 65.5 -8.5 35.8 27.5 68.1 33.5 9.5 20.0 16.5 2.0Harvard 77.0 +4.5 46.0 30.2 65.8 43.0 17.0 20.5 7.0 3.5
Harvard Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg33 Shana Franklin Forward 6-0 8.0 5.0 1.5 0.542 Kate Mannering Forward 6-1 9.0 5.0 1.0 0.510 Reka Cserny Center 6-3 17.0 10.5 3.0 2.520 Jessica Holsey Guard 5-8 22.0 4.0 3.5 1.032 Katie Murphy Guard 5-9 4.5 5.5 3.0 1.5