NCAA 2007 At USC's Galen Center - Nation's Best Comes To Town

Feb. 8, 2007

The USC women's basketball team was one of six Pac-10 teams that competed in last season's NCAA Tournament, and this season the Women of Troy currently sit in fourth place in the Pac-10 standings. The goal of the year is to make a third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament to join in the NCAA first- and second-round action set to take place at USC's brand-new Galen Center on March 17 and 19, 2007.

The Trojans - led by Wooden Award candidate Shay Murphy - are aiming to be one of the eight teams lined up to open the NCAA Tournament in Los Angeles. In 2005, USC fell in the second round to eventual NCAA finalist Michigan State. In 2006, the Trojans faced another eventual finalist, Duke (this year's top-ranked team), in the second round to close out USC's 2005-06 season.

Here's a look at the other stories around the nation - who's beating who, and who could be coming to town in March:

• No. 2 North Carolina leads the NCAA in scoring offense, putting up 89.3 points per game. The Tar Heels also lead the NCAA in scoring margin, holding opponents to 52.2 points per game for a 37.1 per contest differential. Not surprisingly, the Lady Heels also lead the NCAA in assists per game at 19.6 per contest.

• No. 7 LSU leads the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing only 46.8 points per game. The Lady Tigers also lead the country in holding opponents to a low 31.2% shooting on the season.

• No. 6 Maryland leads the NCAA in rebound margin, out-boarding their opponents by an incredible 16.5 rebounds per game.

• Only two undefeated Division I teams remain, No. 1 Duke and No. 2 North Carolina, both of the Atlantic Coast Conference. One team will fall for the first time on Thursday, February 8, 2007 when the two face off in Chapel Hill, N.C.

• Three conferences have four teams each in the national top 25; the Southeastern Conference, the Big 12 and the Big East.

• Western Michigan senior guard Carrie Moore leads the NCAA in scoring with 25. 7 points per game.

• Southeast Missouri State senior center Lachelle Lyles leads the NCAA with 17.0 rebounds per game.

• University of San Diego junior guard Amanda Rego leads the NCAA with 8.2 assists per game.

• Duke senior center Alison Bales leads the NCAA with 4.7 blocks per game.

• Sacred Heart University senior guard Amanda Pape leads the NCAA with 3.8 steals per game.

• Maryland University junior center Crystal Langhorne leads the NCAA in field goal percentage at 72.9%

• New Mexico University senior guard Julie Briody leads the NCAA in free-three percentage at 92.3%

• Maryland University sophomore guard Kristi Toliver leads the NCAA in 3-point field percentage, shooting 50% on the season.

• Ohio State senior center Jessica Davenport is averaging 18.7 PPG, 9.6 RPG and 3.0 blocks per contest

• Oklahoma sophomore center Courtney Paris is averaging a strong double-double with 23.0 PPG (3rd in the NCAA) and 16.0 RPG (2nd in the NCAA). She also blocks 3.4 shots per game and shoots 58.7% from the field (13th in the NCAA).

• Idaho center Katie Madison is the highest scoring freshman in the country with 19.5 PPG (19th overall). She also pulls down 9.2 rebounds per game while shooting 52.4% from the field for the year.

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