Four Women of Troy Earn All-Pac-12 Accolades
As the regular season comes to a close and postseason play appears on the horizon, four members of the USC women's basketball team have landed spots on the All-Pac-12 honor roll for this 2020-21 campaign. Leading the way for the Women of Troy is sophomore guard Endyia Rogers with her first appearance on the All-Pac-12 Team. Additionally, two Trojans stand tall with All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in sophomore post Alissa Pili and senior forward Jordan Sanders. Meanwhile, true freshman Amaya Oliver has earned a place on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention list.
It is the first time since 2012 that USC has had four different players earn Pac-12 honors in the same season (not including Defensive Team selections). In 2012, USC had two All-Pac-12 Team honorees — Ashley Corral and Briana Gilbreath — along with Cassie Harberts earning All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and Ariya Crook on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
Endyia Rogers' 2021 All-Pac-12 Team selection is an upgrade from her Honorable Mention status earned in her freshman campaign. She picked up her first Pac-12 Player of the Week honor last month, and she continues to lead USC in scoring (15.2 points per game), assists (4.1 per game) and 3-pointers (1.6 per game). She matched her career high with a 30-point outing vs. ASU this season, marking one of her 15 double-digit outings so far. Rogers entered her sophomore season with a selection to the Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference Team.
In her first season as a Trojan, grad transfer Jordan Sanders quickly made herself known as an impact player. Her All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention accolades are an acknowledgement of that, as she stands as USC's second leading scorer with 11.9 points per game and is the team's sharpshooter from 3-point range with her 46.8 percentage from beyond the arc. She set a career high for herself with five 3-pointers made against Cal in December. Sanders also was USC's first recipient of Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this season.
The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year last season, Alissa Pili had her sophomore season delayed in her recovery from injury. But once she got back to the court for the Trojans in mid-January she began turning heads once again. In her 11 games back in action, Pili is averaging 11.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. She's hit double digits in six of USC's last seven games, including a pair of season-high 18-point outings. On Feb. 8, Pili picked up her first career Pac-12 Player of the Week nod. And before the season got underway, she was named to the Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference Team.
True freshman Amaya Oliver announced her arrival on the collegiate basketball scene with a double-double in her Trojan debut. Freshly bestowed with Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention, Oliver's athleticism makes her a vital asset in USC's gameplan. She's currently averaging 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Trojans.
USC's four-pack of Pac-12 honorees lead the Trojans into the coming Pac-12 Tournament, where No. 9 seed USC (10-11) will open up with a first-round clash against No. 8 seed Arizona State at 2 p.m. on Wednesday (March 3) at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas.