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USC Women Open Season Wednesday Against LMU

Nov 23, 2020

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USC (0-0) vs. LMU (0-0)

Galen Center | Los Angeles, Calif.

Wednesday, Nov. 25 | 1 p.m.

Series Record: USC leads 4-0

Last Meeting: W 80-70 (12/1/17 • Westchester)

Current Streak: USC won 4

THIS WEEK 

Hoops is finally here! The USC women will get to kick off their 2020-21 campaign with a home opener this week with a 1 p.m. clash against crosstown foe LMU on Wednesday (Nov. 25) at Galen Center. The Trojans bring in a perfect 4-0 record against the Lions as the teams are set to tangle on the first day of collegiate basketball competition around the nation. No fans will be in attendance at Galen Center due to coronavirus precautions and protocols, but the game will be streamed online at http://pac-12.com/live/usc with Rahshaun Haylock on the call.

IN THE NATION

USC is unranked in the AP and Coaches preseason polls, but is receiving a vote in the AP poll. 

SCOUTING LMU

The Lions went 7-25 overall last season, going 3-16 in the WCC. Chelsey Gipson is LMU's top returning scorer, having led the team with her 13.0 points per game last season. Jasmine Jones is LMU's top returning rebounder with a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game last season. USC is 4-0 all-time against LMU after an 80-70 USC win in the most recent meeting during the 2017-18 season in Westchester. 

BACK ON THE ATTACK 

After their postseason plans of a WNIT run were dashed back in March with the cancellation of all competition due to the pandemic, the USC women enter this 2020-21 campaign raring to go and replete with young talent. After a 17-14 overall record last year, the Trojans bring back two all-conference honorees in sophomores Alissa Pili and Endyia Rogers. Pili also has picked up national acclaim in recent days with her placement on watch lists for the Naismith Trophy and the Katrina McClain Award. All told, USC will graduate no seniors from this season's roster.

EXPECT EXPERIENCE 

The only true senior on the roster is grad transfer Jordan Sanders, who joins the Trojans from UC Irvine. Sanders' presence gives USC its second conference freshman of the year, as Sanders was the Big West's 2018 top freshman while USC's Alissa Pili picked up the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award last season. Pili and fellow sophomore Endyia Rogers are a proven one-two punch for USC, as the pair were the Trojans' top scorers in 2019-20. Pili and sophomore Angel Jackson packed the paint for the Trojans as freshmen, while sophomore sharpshooters Alyson Miura and India Otto were significant three-point threats, and Kyra White stood tall as a staunch defender and playmaker. That group got great experience as freshman, making for a shiny sophomore campaign ahead. 
 

NEW CREW

Replacing three departed seniors are four new Trojans. Sanders, as mentioned, spent three years as an Anteater. Also lined up for their USC debuts in 2020-21 are true freshmen Jordyn Jenkins, Amaya Oliver and Zayla Tinner, as well as redshirt freshman Madison Campbell, who is coming off a redshirt season.

SOPHOMORE SENSATIONS

Sophomore strength abounds for the USC women's basketball team this season, with Alissa Pili and Endyia Rogers at the forefront of the Trojans' youth movement. As the 2020-21 campaign drew near, Pili upgraded her national acclaim with a spot on the 2021 Jersey Mike's Naismith Trophy Watch List — recognized as one of the nation's top 50 players in line for the highest collegiate honor bestowed by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Also Pili and Rogers both picked up spots on the Pac-12 preseason honor roll. The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and an All-Pac-12 Team honoree last season, Pili finished her debut year ranked in the nation's top-100 in five statistical categories. Already on the 2021 Watch List for the Katrina McClain Award as one of the top 20 small forwards in the land, Pili's placement on the Naismith Trophy Watch List further cements her as the Trojans' top gun and a player to keep a close eye on as her career continues to blossom. Pili's power has been well-known in the Pac-12 conference, and as her sophomore year unfurls the Trojan post has earned her place on the Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference Team. Fellow sophomore Endyia Rogers — USC's second leading scorer and top 3-point shooter last year — picked up Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention. 

VOTE ON

Amidst a tumultuous summer, the USC women's basketball team found a powerful way to set a course for themselves away from the gym. All 13 Women of Troy registered to vote, marking an important benchmark for the program as the 2020 elections approach. What's more, their action helped spark a department-wide initiative that was embraced by USC Athletics' Black Lives Matter Action Team to challenge every USC team to reach 100 percent registration for eligible U.S. voters. Thanks to their 2020 registration, USC women's basketball was able to have a voice in elections in five different states — Alaska, California, Oregon, Texas and Washington — in the 2020 elections and beyond. •