Women's Basketball Hosts LMU, Sunday
Nov. 30, 2004
Coming off a split in the first home series of the season, the USC women's basketball team (2-2), under the leadership of first-year head coach Mark Trakh, continues its homestand this week against crosstown opponent Loyola Marymount (2-2). The Women of Troy will spend six days preparing for the Lions who come to the Sports Arena on Sunday, Dec. 5, for a 2 p.m. match-up. The game can be followed with Live Stats and Audio at www.usctrojans.com.
USC enjoyed a successful start at home last week. On Nov. 26, then-No. 6 Notre Dame survived a scare and barely got past USC, 60-56. Sophomore Jamie Funn led the Women of Troy with a career-high 13 points in the effort. Two days later USC collected a 16-point victory over Harvard, 74-58, fueled by freshman Brynn Cameron's 18 points.
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.
Busy Week Ahead
The game against Loyola Marymount will kick-off a three-game week, in which the Women of Troy travel to face San Diego on Dec. 7 (two days after playing LMU) and return home to host South Dakota State on Saturday, Dec. 11. To make it more difficult, USC begins finals week on Wednesday, Dec. 8.
Harvard Game Recap
Brynn Cameron led with 18 points as USC defeated Harvard, 74-58, on Nov. 28. Cameron hit 4-of-6 three-pointers off the bench to help give the Crimson their first loss of the year. The game remained close until a 16-4 Trojan run in the final five minutes sealed the 16-point victory. USC trailed by as much as 12 points at the start, before climbing back by holding Harvard to three points over a six-minute span. Chloé Kerr sparked a 15-point effort with six points of her own, and added a block and a steal on the defensive end. USC earned its first lead at 26-24 and entered the lockerroom ahead 33-32. The Crimson regained the advantage after the break and the teams alternated leads seven times until the Women of Troy eventually pulled ahead for good 56-54 at 7:50. While Kerr collected 12 of her career-high 14 points just in the first half, Cameron took over in the second half and posted 13 of her game-high 18 points.
Notre Dame Game Recap
Sixth-ranked Notre Dame survived a scare from USC before rallying for a 60-56 victory on Nov. 26 in front of 3,085. The Irish, who trailed the Women of Troy 45-40 with eight minutes left, used a 10-0 run over four minutes to take a 50-45 lead. With a 29-20 halftime deficit, USC used a 13-3 run to take its first lead at 33-32 following a layup by Chloé Kerr. The Trojans pressured the Irish defensively en route to their largest lead of the game, 45-40, at the eight-minute mark. Jamie Funn contributed seven of her career-best and game-high 13 points during the run. In the end, the Fighting Irish managed the clock well and hit 6-of-6 free throws to ensure the victory. Both teams struggled offensively, but it was the Women of Troy's performance at the line that may have been the deciding factor. USC hit 7-of-17 at the charity stripe, while UND made 18-of-24. The Trojans are the first team to outrebound the Irish this season, collecting 42 boards to UND's 36.
Fact Of The Day
With the exception of Cheryl Miller, every head coach in USC women's basketball history has begun their tenure at 2-2, including Marci Cantrell (1977), two-time national champion head coach Linda Sharp (1978-89), Marianne Stanley (1990-93), Fred Williams (1996-97), Chris Gobrecht (1998-2004) and now Mark Trakh. Miller, who coached two seasons (1994-95), notched six straight wins to start her career.
Freshman point guard Jazlyn Davis was cleared to practice on Nov. 27 after sitting out for six weeks with a fractured left foot, which she suffered on Oct. 16. BUT, during her first practice back she suffered a broken right ankle and is not expected to return to the team until February.
Freshman forward Simone Jelks fractured her right hand on Nov. 14 and remains sidelined indefinitely.
Although USC and LMU have never met, first-year head coach Mark Trakh is very familiar with the Lions. Trakh spent the last 11 years at the helm of the Pepperdine women's basketball program - a West Coast Conference rival of LMU. Against LMU he collected a 16-6 record during this span, swept the Lions six times and won four conference titles. Trakh did suffer two of the six losses last season when Loyola Marymount swept the Waves en route to the 2004 WCC Championship.
Loyola Marymount Connections
LMU freshman forward Carnie Noyes prepped at Brea Olinda (Calif.) High - the former stomping grounds of USC head coach Mark Trakh and assistant coach Jody Wynn. Trakh coached Brea Olinda for 13 seasons and Wynn played for Trakh as a prep from 1989-1992.
USC women's basketball athletic trainer Sandy Olsen spent one season (2001) with the women's hoops team at LMU.
USC women's soccer head coach Jim Millinder spent two seasons (1994-95) as head coach at LMU.
LMU baseball head coach Frank Cruz spent four years (1993-96) as an assistant coach under USC coach Mike Gillespie.
Four Opponents Ranked In Top 25
USC's schedule features four opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, including current No. 3 Notre Dame (L, 60-56, Nov. 26), No. 5 Stanford (Jan. 22 and Feb. 18), No. 17 DePaul (L, 77-99, on Nov. 20) and No. 25 UCLA (Dec. 28 and Feb. 26).
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.
Team News N' Notes
With a win over UMass on Nov. 19, head coach Mark Trakh notched his 200th career victory.
Player News N' Notes
Brynn Cameron hit four three-pointers against Harvard on Nov. 28 - a mark which ties for ninth among USC game records.
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. 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: Jan. 4 vs. Oregon State, Jan. 14 vs. Arizona, Feb. 18 vs. Stanford, Feb. 20 vs. Cal and Feb. 26 vs. UCLA.
All of USC's home games can be followed with either Live Stats or Live Audio at www.usctrojans.com. The audio broadcasts can be accessed by purchasing a Team Pass at yahoo.com. For games not broadcast by KMPC 1540-AM, Jonathan Horowitz will provide the play-by-play and Alex Schnieders will provide color commentary.
Loyola Marymount -- Loyola Marymount enters this week with a 2-2 record after defeating IUPUI, 54-44, but falling to Weber State, 78-62, in the championship game of its own LMU Thanksgiving Classic. The Lions will face Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 30 and Cal State Northidge on Dec. 2, before traveling to the Sports Arena on Sunday. So far, LMU has relied on junior guard Bianca Ziemann, who leads with an 11.3 scoring average off the bench, and junior center Jevay Grooms, who is also averageing double figures in scoring with 11.0 points per game and a team-best 8.3 rebounds per outing.
Under 10th year head coach Julie Wilhoit, Loyola Marymount returned 10 letterwinners, but only two starters from last year's championship squad. The 2004 Lions won the WCC regular season and tournament title and made their first ever apperance in the NCAA Tournament. The squad went 24-6 overall and 13-1 in conference play.
USC-LMU Series Record -- The will be the first-ever meeting between USC and LMU.
Team ComparisonsTeam Ppg Margin FG% 3-FG% FT% Rpg Apg TOpg Spg BpgUSC 65.2 -1.2 37.5 25.6 62.0 36.0 9.3 20.3 13.8 1.8LMU 60.2 -3.5 39.9 35.3 59.4 40.0 12.5 16.8 5.8 4.8
Loyola Marymount Probable StartersNo. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg32 Jacquelyn Woods Forward 6-0 7.0 5.0 1.0 1.333 Mary Turner Forward 5-10 8.0 5.3 1.8 1.550 Jevay Grooms Center 6-3 11.0 8.3 1.0 0.513 Amanda DeCoud Guard 5-7 3.5 2.0 2.3 1.321 Rachael Ziemann Guard 5-8 7.5 3.0 2.3 0.0