USC Women Receive No. 22 National Ranking in USA Today/ESPN Poll

Nov. 3, 2005

The USC women's basketball team turned a lot of heads with last season's powerful 20-11 performance and trip to the NCAA Second Round. This year, thier efforts have been recognized with a No. 22 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Preseason Poll.

'We're are honored to be chosen among those top 25 teams,' USC second-year head coach Mark Trakh said. 'But I feel like a top-25 team is something that comes with time, and although we definitely had a great season last season, it's going to take a few years before I think we can really be considered a legitimate top-25 team. We have some work do do, but we're very excited for this season to get going.'

The Women of Troy have 10 players back this season, returning almost 80 percent of their scoring production. Depth will be the key once again for this season's run, especially in light of the increased attention on the USC program. USC ended the 2004-05 season at No. 22 in USA Today/ESPN's final poll. The Trojans were one of five Pac-10 teams to reach the NCAA Tournament and win at least one game. This season, USC has been picked to finish No. 2 behind No. 1 Stanford in the Pac-10 Coaches Poll and No. 3 in the Pac-10 Media Poll behind UCLA.

No. 22 USC and No. 10 Stanford are the only Pac-10 teams to be ranked in the 2005-06 USA Today/ESPN Preseason Poll. The Trojans recieved 145 points in the poll.

USC has one more exhibition game to play, facing Team Concept at 7 p.m. on Monday (Nov. 7) at the Lyon Center. Regular season competition kicks off for the Women of Troy in Hawai'i at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic Nov. 19-20.

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