Women's Basketball

    Feb. 3, 1997

    Trojans Set For Important Battles Against Stanford, Cal

    LOS ANGELES -- The USC women's basketball team (14-4 overall, 8-1 in the Pac-10, good for second place and only 1 game back), under the direction of second-year coach Fred Williams and paced by Naismith Player of the Year candidate Tina Thompson, travels north to take on first-place Stanford (21-1, 9-0) on Thursday (Feb. 6) at Maples Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. USC follows that with a game at California (6-12, 2-7) at Harmon Gym on Saturday (Feb. 8) at 2 p.m. USC has won a season-high 5 games in a row and has won 12 of its last 14 games overall. USC also puts on the line its 5-0 road record in the Pac-10. Fred Williams will be celebrating his 40th birthday on the day of the Cal game.

    TELEVISION -- The USC-California game is the Pac-10 Game of the Week and will be televised live by Fox Sports Net on Saturday (Feb. 8) at 2 p.m. Calling the action for the national telecast will be Rich Waltz and Heather Cox.

    RANKINGS -- Stanford is No. 3 in the AP poll. USC and California are not ranked.

    VS. STANFORD -- Stanford holds an 18-15 series edge on USC. The Women of Troy have not defeated Stanford since the 1993-94 season and have lost 6 in a row, including a 77-76 loss to the Cardinal in the first meeting this year at the Lyon Center on Jan. 12. USC hasn't won at Stanford since a 72-59 win on Jan. 4, 1987. The last time USC defeated the Cardinal anywhere was on Jan. 20, 1994, 81-73, at the Lyon Center. In the game earlier this year, Stanford's senior forward Kate Starbird scored 40 points, outdueling USC senior forward Tina Thompson, who had 25. USC took a 76-75 lead with 22.8 seconds to go on senior center Michelle Campbell's layup, but Stanford senior guard Charmin Smith scored with 9.4 seconds to go to take the lead back. Thompson had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but missed a jumper in the lane as time ran out.

    VS. CALIFORNIA -- The Women of Troy are 19-8 against California. USC has won 8 in a row against the Golden Bears, including a 91-57 win this season on Jan. 10 at the Lyon Center. USC last lost to Cal on Jan. 21, 1993, 68-55, in Berkeley. In the win earlier this year, USC, led by Thompson's 19 points and 8 rebounds, defeated the Golden Bears, 91-57. Sophomore forward Adrain Williams had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds and sophomore forward Jodi Parriott scored 16.

    PROBABLE STARTERS:

    USC    
                            Pos.  Ht. Yr.   PPG   RPG
    14  Tina Thompson        F   6-3  Sr.  22.3  11.1
    45  Jodi Parriott        F   6-2  So.   9.1   3.8
    50  Michelle Campbell    C   6-5  Sr.  11.9   7.8
    5   Erica Jackson        G   5-8  Sr.   6.2   4.5*
    32  Kristin Clark        G   5-7  So.  12.2   3.3*
    Stanford    
                            Pos.  Ht. Yr.   PPG   RPG
    30  Kate Starbird       F/G  6-2  Sr.  22.0   4.1
    13  Vanessa Nygaard      F   6-1  Jr.  12.1   7.4
    00  Olympia Scott        F   6-2  Jr.  16.1   7.6
    10  Jamila Wideman       G   5-6  Sr.   6.3   4.6*
    10  Charmin Smith        G   5-10 Sr.   4.4   3.4 
    California  
                            Pos.  Ht. Yr.   PPG   RPG
    32  Patrycja Czepiec     F   6-0  Sr.  16.4   4.9
    40  Kobie Kennon         F   6-1  So.   2.2   2.4
    50  Jennie Leander       C   6-3  So.  11.3   8.8
    3   Liz Rizzo            G   5-10 Sr.   8.3   3.2
    23  Sherrise Smith       G   5-5  So.   5.1   3.5*
    *assist average
    

    LAST WEEK -- USC swept Oregon and Oregon State at home for the first time since 1994 as the Women of Troy defeated Oregon State on Friday (Jan. 31), 85-72, and beat Oregon on Sunday (Feb. 2), 73-65. Against the Beavers, senior center Michelle Campbell scored a game-high 23 points and senior forward Tina Thompson added 21 points and 12 rebounds. USC shot just 26.3 percent in the first half, taking a 29-27 halftime lead. The Women of Troy turned it on in the second half, shooting 62.5 percent and scoring 56 second-half points. USC took a 17-point lead twice in the second half, leading 73-56 with 5:19 to go. The Beavers, however, rallied with an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 73-67 with 2 1/2 minutes to play but got no closer. Against the Ducks, Thompson scored 20 points and had 14 rebounds and sophomore guard Kristin Clark also scored 20 points. The game was tied at 48-48 with 9:10 to go but a Thompson layup shortly after gave USC a lead it would not relinquish. Thompson's double-double was her fifth consecutive and 11th of the season. The Women of Troy pushed their lead to 60-52 on a Thompson 3-pointer with 5:31 left, but the Ducks, who were led by forward Arianne Boyer's 20 points, used a 9-2 run to get to within 62-61 with 2:35 to go. A Clark 3-pointer on the ensuing possession gave USC a 65-61 advantage with 2:20 remaining in the game and the sophomore guard followed that up with a layup for a 67-61 lead with 1:49 left. Oregon would get no closer than 5 points the rest of the way. Senior center Michelle Campbell added 13 points and 3 blocks for USC.

    RECORDS -- Forward Tina Thompson has become the Pac-10's all-time leader in free throws attempted and made. Standing at 491-for-681 for her career, she passed Stanford's Val Whiting (666 attempts) against UCLA (1/24) and passed Trojan great Cherie Nelson (488 made) against the Beavers. Thompson also moved into a tie for fourth place on the Pac-10's all-time scoring list with 1,996 points, tying USC great Cherie Nelson. Thompson's 14 rebounds against Oregon give her 1,061, good for fourth place on the Pac-10 career rebounding chart. Next up is Whiting (1,134). Thompson is 36 field goals away from cracking the Pac-10's Top 5 chart and 82 away from doing the same in field goal attempts . . . USC's 12 3-pointers at Arizona set a school record for most 3-pointers in a game. The previous record was 11, set against Arizona State on Feb. 15, 1996. Kristin Clark's 5-of-6 performance on 3-pointers in the Arizona game tied her for the second-most made in a game with Erica Mashia's performance last year against California. Clark's 3-point percentage against the Wildcats is also good for second all-time on the single game chart . . . The Women of Troy tied a school record at Washington when they made 19-of-20 free throws for a clip of 95 percent. The Women of Troy did the same in 1993.

    TROY NOTES -- USC is off to its best conference start (8-1) since the 1993-94 season when the Women of Troy won their first 10 Pac-10 games . . . Three of USC's 4 losses have been by 3 points or less and 3 of USC's 4 losses have come at the hands of teams that were ranked in the AP Top 10 at the time of the game . . . USC topped the 90-point mark in 3 consecutive games (UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State, New Orleans) for the first time since the 1986-87 season. The last time USC did it 4 times in a row was in the 1982-83 season when the Women of Troy surpassed 90 points 5 consecutive times . . . USC has outblocked its opponents at a wild pace, 94-27, or an average of 5.2-1.5 . . . USC has had 2 overtime games this season (UC Santa Barbara and Western Kentucky, double overtime) and is 1-1 in those games, beating the Gauchos and falling to the Lady Toppers . . . USC is holding opponents to a .371 field goal percentage and is outscoring opponents, 78.0-66.1 . . . USC has had 6 players set or tie career scoring highs this season (Michelle Campbell, Kim and Kristin Clark, Erica Jackson, Jodi Parriott, Adrain Williams) . . . In the double-overtime Western Kentucky game, USC had 5 players play more than 40 minutes, including Kristin Clark, who played all 50 minutes . . . USC has played 3 Sun Belt Conference schools, beating New Orleans and falling to Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky . . . USC swept the Washington schools on the road this year for the first time since the 1992-93 season.

    COACH FRED WILLIAMS -- USC women's basketball coach Fred Williams is in his second year as head coach and is in his 12th season with the program in some capacity. He was named head coach of the Women of Troy following Cheryl Miller's resignation in September of 1995. A longtime fixture in the Los Angeles basketball community, Williams was USC's associate head coach under Miller for 2 seasons (1994-95) and spent 8 seasons as an assistant (1984-91). In his first season as head coach, Williams' squad, which featured 6 freshmen and only 1 healthy senior, finished 13-14 overall and 8-10 in the Pacific-10 Conference. As associate head coach during the 1993-94 and 94-95 seasons, Williams helped direct USC to a 44-14 record and 2 NCAA Tournament appearances (including to the Mideast Regional Final in 1994).

    TROJAN PROFILES

    COACH FRED WILLIAMS -- USC women's basketball coach Fred Williams is in his second year as head coach and is in his 12th season with the program in some capacity. He was named head coach of the Women of Troy following Cheryl Miller's resignation in September of 1995. A longtime fixture in the Los Angeles basketball community, Williams was USC's associate head coach under Miller for 2 seasons (1994-95) and spent 8 seasons as an assistant (1984-91). In his first season as head coach, Williams' squad, which featured 6 freshmen and only 1 healthy senior, finished 13-14 overall and 8-10 in the Pacific-10 Conference. As associate head coach during the 1993-94 and 94-95 seasons, Williams helped direct USC to a 44-14 record and 2 NCAA Tournament appearances (including to the Mideast Regional Final in 1994).

    TINA THOMPSON -- A Naismith Player of the Year Top 10 candidate for the 1996-97 season, 6-3 forward Tina Thompson is in the midst of an All-American senior season, averaging 22.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, both Pac-10 highs, 1.4 blocks and 2.1 steals per game, scoring at least 21 points in 12 of 16 contests, including 8 efforts of 25 or more. Thompson, who has 9 double-doubles this season and 51 in her career, has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week 3 times this season for the weeks ending Dec. 8, Dec. 22 and Jan. 19. They were her third, fourth and fifth such honors in her career with one each coming as a sophomore and junior. Thompson, who has also been named to 2 all-tournament teams this season in addition to being selected as MVP of the Pac-10/Sun Belt Challenge, posted a season-high 31 points vs. UC Santa Barbara (12/19) to go along with 14 rebounds. She had 30 points against New Orleans (12/28) in the first day of the Pac-10/Sun Belt Challenge and she scored 26 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, blocked 3 shots and had 5 steals vs. Long Beach State (12/21). Thompson hit 26 again at Arizona (1/16) to go with 14 rebounds. She began this season with a 25-point, 11-rebound effort against San Diego State (12/1). She put up 22 points and a career-high 6 blocks against Western Illinois (12/6) in the first round of the Dial Soap Classic at Louisiana Tech and came back with a game-high 25 points (including 2 3-pointers) in the title game against the Lady Techsters (12/7), helping her earn All-Tournament honors. Thompson posted a 25-point, 17-rebound showing against Utah (12/14) in the UC Irvine Tournament, where she also earned All-Tournament honors. She opened the Pac-10 with a double-double at Washington (1/2) and followed that up with a 23-point, 10-rebound, 4-steal outing against Washington State (1/4). She had 19 points against California (1/10), 25 vs. Stanford (1/12) and 22 vs. Arizona State (1/18). Her latest double-double came against UCLA (1/24) with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Thompson is the active leading scorer and rebounder in the Pac-10 with 1,955 points and 1,035 boards to her credit, good for sixth and fourth place on the all-time lists, respectively. Thompson's junior season was highlighted by a 49-point effort against UCLA, which is second all-time among Pac-10 and USC performers, just 1 point shy of former Trojan standout Cherie Nelson's 50 against Cal in 1989.

    MICHELLE CAMPBELL -- The top shot blocker in the Pac-10, 6-5 center Michelle Campbell has proven to be a big factor in the fortunes of the Women of Troy in 1996-97. She put in another summer in which she worked hard on her game and USC has relied on her for inside scoring support as well as strong defense in the post. A reserve last season, she is again a starter and is flourishing, averaging 11.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Campbell, who has 4 double-doubles, put forth an excellent performance in the Pac-10/Sun Belt Challenge, earning All-Tournament honors. She scored 25 points, blocked 7 shots, both career highs, and had 12 rebounds against Western Kentucky (12/29) and had 16 points against New Orleans (12/28) to go along with 4 blocks and a career-high 5 assists. She had 18 points and 9 rebounds at Arizona State (1/18), had 15 points and tied a season high with 13 rebounds vs. Long Beach State (12/21) to go along with 4 blocks. Campbell had 14 points and 13 rebounds vs. UC Santa Barbara (12/19), 13 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona (1/16), 12 points vs. Stanford (1/10), 11 points at UCLA (1/24), 10 points against Utah (12/14) and 11 rebounds and 3 blocks vs. Colorado State (12/13). Campbell, who has at least 1 block in 13 of 14 games, increased her scoring in 7 consecutive games in one early stretch, going from 4 points against Louisiana Tech to 25 against Western Kentucky. One of only 2 fifth-year seniors on the team (Rashida Jeffery is the other), Campbell was second on the Pac-10's active career leader board in blocked shots entering her senior season and now has 138. Campbell was a key reserve off the bench in 1995-96 as a junior, averaging 4.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in just 13.4 minutes.

    KRISTIN CLARK -- A feisty guard with a do-all attitude, sophomore Kristin Clark (identical twin of USC guard Kim Clark) figured to serve mainly as a backup guard in 1996-97, but has moved into the starting role as a result of Erica Mashia's hip injury. Clark has been sharp all season as the team's second-leading scorer (11.9) and possibly the Pac-10's most improved player. Clark scored a career-high 25 points at Arizona (1/16), making 5-of-6 3-pointers in the process. She followed that up 2 games later with 23 points and 4 key steals at UCLA (1/24). In USC's overtime win over UC Santa Barbara (12/19), Clark hit the game-tying shot, a 12-footer with 14 seconds to go, that sent the game into the extra period. She finished with 11 points and 6 steals in the win and has had at least 2 steals in 12 of 16 games this season. She has scored 19 points twice, once in the win over Utah (12/14) and again in the win over New Orleans (12/28). She had 13 points and 7 rebounds at Washington State (1/4) and, in the second game of the Pac-10/Sun Belt Challenge vs. Western Kentucky (12/29), Clark played all 50 minutes of the double-overtime affair, scoring 12 points and dishing out 8 assists. She opened the season with 12 points and 6 rebounds against San Diego State (12/1), had 11 points, 2 assists and 3 steals vs. Washington (1/2), 12 points and 4 assists at Arizona State (1/18), 10 points and 4 steals vs. Stanford (1/10), 9 points vs. Colorado State (12/13) and had a game-high 5 assists vs. Western Illinois (12/6). A solid ball-handler, the 5-7 Clark is equally deft at penetrating and dishing or pulling up for a 3-pointer. She is also valuable defensively as she is one of the quickest players on the team and is first in steals (2.5) and floor burns. Playing in all 27 games as a freshman, Clark came on at the end of the 1995-96 season and became a valuable contributor for the USC backcourt, starting 3 times.

    ERICA JACKSON -- Coach Williams is looking for a solid leadership figure as well as a veteran guard in 1996-97 and has both in 5-8 senior Erica Jackson. With 50 career starts to her credit entering this season, Jackson is a starter for her third consecutive year. Jackson (averaging a team-high 4.1 assists) tied her career high in scoring against California (1/10) with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, which included 2-of-3 on 3-pointers. She followed that with an 11-point effort, including 2 more 3-pointers, against Stanford (1/12) and had 10 points, 9 assists and another 2 3-pointers at Arizona (1/16). She scored 9 points and dished out 6 assists in USC's opener vs. San Diego State (12/1) and had 9 points again vs. Utah (12/14) and New Orleans (12/28). Jackson, who had a career-high 10 assists vs. Western Kentucky (12/29), is USC's second best free throw shooter, making 29 of her 44 attempts, which includes a stretch of 17 in a row that ended against the Gauchos. She is set at point guard, but, as she did for much of last season, she is able to slide over and play the 2-guard as well. Jackson started all but 1 game as a junior in 1995-96, sharing the backcourt with Erica Mashia.

    ADRAIN WILLIAMS -- A 6-4 sophomore forward, Adrain Williams has started 9 games for the Women of Troy this season after starting most of the season as a freshman. An athletic player, she is quick and agile for her size, a good rebounder and she can get out on the break or pull up for a jumper. She is fifth in scoring (7.6) and third in rebounding (5.8) and posted the best game of her USC career against Colorado State (12/13) with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Williams put together her second double-double of the season in the win over Long Beach State (12/21) with 13 points and 11 rebounds and repeated the feat vs. California (1/10) with 12 points and 13 rebounds off the bench. She scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting at Washington State (1/4) off the bench, posted 11 points and 4 steals against Western Illinois (12/6) and had 11 points vs. New Orleans (12/28). A frontcourt starter in 20 of 27 games as a freshman in 1995-96, Williams averaged 9.6 points per game (third on the team) and was second in rebounding (5.8).

    JODI PARRIOTT -- A versatile forward, 6-2 sophomore Jodi Parriott has seen her role increase in 1996-97 as she provides Coach Williams with options at both the 3 and 4 positions. Parriott, USC's fourth-leading scorer (9.4) who has started at small forward since the Pac-10 season started, has been strong as of late, scoring a career-high 22 points vs. Western Kentucky (12/29) on 9-of-16 shooting and then matching that on 9-of-15 shooting at Washington (1/2) in her first career start. In the win over the Huskies, Parriott sank 3 free throws with no time on the clock to give USC a 1-point win. She followed that up with a 13-point effort on 6-of-8 shooting at Washington State (1/4). Parriott posted 20 points (including 7 in overtime) and 8 rebounds against UC Santa Barbara (12/19) and had 16 points and 8 rebounds vs. California (1/10). Playing in all but 1 game, all off the bench, as a 1995-96 freshman, Parriott averaged 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in an average of 9.6 minutes per outing.

    KIM CLARK -- After missing most of last season with a right shoulder injury, Kim Clark (identical twin of USC guard Kristin Clark) is expected to add outside shooting depth to USC's perimeter game in 1996-97. The 5-7 redshirt freshman, an aggressive player with an eye for loose balls, has come on recently as a defensive catalyst and as a back-up ball-handler. A lower back injury kept her out of early action this season, but Clark made her season debut against Long Beach State (12/21), playing 6 minutes, making 1-of-2 shots to go along with 1 rebound and 1 assist. She has played in 7 games this season, setting a career high with 11 points vs. California (1/10) on 5-of-6 shooting in 8 minutes. She played a career-high 17 minutes at UCLA (1/24) and was on the floor in the game's final minutes. At Washington State (1/4), she played 5 minutes in the first half as a defensive spark off the bench and served the same role at Arizona (1/16). At Arizona State (1/18), Clark had 3 points, 2 assists and 2 steals in 11 minutes. She is one of 2 2-sport athletes on the team (true freshman Antoinette Polk is the other) and was a starting midfielder on the USC soccer team this fall. Clark scored 6 goals this year and had 3 assists.

    RASHIDA JEFFERY -- Counted on for important minutes inside the key, 6-2 fifth-year senior forward/center Rashida Jeffery saw her season, and USC career, end on Jan. 21 with knee surgery. Jeffery hadn't played since USC's second game of the season when she suffered a sprained knee. Jeffery was expected to play a valuable role for the Women of Troy in 1996-97 as the top post player off the bench. Jeffery, plagued by knee problems throughout her career, got a chance to start in USC's opener and came up big, grabbing a career-high 17 rebounds in 31 minutes to go along with 10 points against San Diego State (12/1). She was 3-of-3 against Western Illinois when she suffered the knee injury that ended her season. When healthy, Jeffery was one of the most athletic players in the conference and routinely played at the rim, making her one of the most fierce rebounders in the Pac-10. USC's most productive frontcourt player off the bench as a junior in 1995-96, Jeffery averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds (third best on the team) in only 15.2 minutes per game.

    ERICA MASHIA -- A Pac-10 All-Freshman team selection as a freshman guard in 1995-96, Erica Mashia was slated as USC's starting shooting guard this season. However, after finishing second on the team in scoring as a freshman and setting school season free throw and 3-point percentage records, Mashia reaggravated a hip injury suffered last season (in the preseason) and will likely be forced to redshirt.

    FANTASTIC FRESHMEN -- Williams added 4 freshmen to his roster this season, including 2 who are seeing opportunities right away. Guard Kiyoko Miller (5-8), from Valley Christian High (Brea, Calif.), comes to USC as a USA Today All-USA Honorable Mention and Southern Section Division IV Co-Player of the Year. Forward Tiffany Washington (6-2), from Bishop Montgomery High (Torrance, Calif.), was the Southern Section Division III Player of the Year. Miller, who made her first career start at Arizona (1/16), scored a season-high 7 points vs. Utah (12/14), had a season-high 5 rebounds vs. New Orleans (12/28), had 6 points, 3 assists and 2 steals vs. Long Beach State (12/21), 6 points on 3-of-4 shooting vs. California (1/10) and had a combined 10 points in USC's 2 games in the Dial Soap Classic (12/6-7). Washington, who recently came up with a strong showing against Stanford, scoring 5 points in 5 minutes, posted a double-double in only her second game, scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds against Western Illinois (12/6) and then scored 11 points (on 5-of-5 shooting) with 7 rebounds vs. Colorado State (12/13). She had 8 points and 7 rebounds (5 offensive) at Arizona State (1/18). She has made 19-of-36 shots on the season and is averaging 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.2 minutes per game. Coach Williams has welcomed to the squad Antoinette Polk, a 5-10 guard who recently finished her first season with the volleyball team. Polk spent the volleyball season as a redshirt, but began basketball practice Dec. 16 and made her USC debut in the final 3 minutes of the Long Beach State game. She made 1 of 2 shots in her first appearance and is 5-of-10 on the season in 4 games, recently setting a career high with 6 points at Arizona State on 3-of-3 shooting. The Sacramento Player of the Year, Polk, from El Camino High (Sacramento, Calif.), is an excellent athlete with great speed, quickness and leaping abilities. Also new is walk-on Robyn Lewis, a 5-7 guard from Gahr High (Cerritos, Calif.), who earned All-San Gabriel Valley League honors as a senior last year. She has played in 6 games this season, making 4-of-12 shots.

    USC IN THE PAC-10 (as of 2/2) -- Tina Thompson is the Pac-10's leading scorer (22.3) and rebounder (11.1). She is fourth in 3-point percentage (.394), free throw percentage (.759), tied for fourth in blocked shots (1.3) and is tied for sixth in field goal percentage (.517). Michelle Campbell leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots (2.3), is seventh in rebounding (7.8) and ninth in field goal percentage (.513). Erica Jackson is fourth in assists (4.5) and Kristin Clark is tied for fifth in steals (2.5). As a team, USC leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (44.9), is second in field goal percentage defense (.371) and is third in scoring offense (78.0) and scoring margin (11.9). USC's 45 free throws vs. UC Santa Barbara (12/19) and its .950 free throw percentage at Washington are Pac-10 highs and its 59 rebounds against Colorado State (12/13) and .667 3-point percentage (12-of-18) against Arizona (1/16) are tied for Pac-10 highs. Campbell's 7 blocks vs. Western Kentucky (12/29) are a Pac-10 high.

    SCHEDULE -- The Women of Troy have faced 3 teams currently in the AP Top 25 this season: Louisiana Tech, Stanford and Western Kentucky. USC fell to then-No. 3 Louisiana Tech in the Dial Soap Classic, 66-47, lost to then-No. 9 Western Kentucky, 85-82, in double overtime, and lost to No. 3 Stanford, 77-76.

    STANFORD -- Tara VanDerveer, the coach of the 1996 USA Olympic gold-medalist women's basketball, is in her 11th season at Stanford. Stanford (21-1,9-0), ranked No. 3 by AP, is led by senior forward Kate Starbird, an All-American candidate who is averaging 22.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Three other players are averaging in double-figures in scoring, including junior forward Olympia Scott (16.1 points, 7.6 rebounds). The Cardinal won its first 9 games before losing its only contest at Old Dominion. Stanford has since won 12 in a row, going a perfect 9-0 in the Pac-10 to stay 1 game ahead of USC.

    CALIFORNIA -- Former USC Coach Marianne Stanley is in her first year as the head coach of California. Stanley, who served as a co-coach for the Cardinal last year, helping guide Stanford to a 29-3 mark and a Final Four appearance, was 71-46 with the Women of Troy between 1990-93. USC fifth-year seniors Michelle Campbell and Rashida Jeffery both played under Stanley as freshmen, though Campbell redshirted. The Golden Bears are 6-12, 2-7 and have lost 6 of their last 7. They are led by senior forward Patrycja Czepiec's 16.4 points and 4.9 rebounds and sophomore center Jennie Leander's 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds. Sophomore guard Sherrise Smith, who prepped at Crossroads High in Los Angeles, leads Cal in assists (3.5). True freshman guard Paige Bowie prepped at the same high school, Clovis West in Fresno, Calif., as USC sophomore Adrain Williams.

    PAC-10 PRESEASON COACHES POLL -- 1. Stanford, 2. Oregon, 3. USC, 4. Arizona, 5. UCLA, 6. Washington, 7. Washington State, 8. California, 9. Oregon State, 10. Arizona State.

    EARLY SIGNING -- USC signed one player in the early signing period, Tashara Carter, a 6-0 forward from Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.). Carter averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds as a junior last season when she teamed with current Trojan freshman forward Tiffany Washington. Carter was recently tabbed a 1996-97 Street & Smith All-American honorable mention. Other honors include: All-State Division III as a junior in 1996, All-CIF Division III in 1995 and 1996, 1995 Los Angeles Times All-South Bay, 1995 and 1996 Daily Breeze All-South Bay, 1995 Del Rey League MVP and 2-time All-Del Rey League selection. Carter, who averaged 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore, helped lead Bishop Montgomery to the Division III-AA state championship in 1995.

    SHORTHANDED -- USC Coach Fred Williams has been without his full complement of players so far this season. It starts with the likely season-long loss of starting sophomore guard Erica Mashia because of a hip injury. He had been without the services of both redshirt freshman guard Kim Clark (because of a nagging back injury) and freshman guard Antoinette Polk, who has been with the volleyball team. Both made their debut in USC's game against Long Beach State (12/21). Williams also has had to do without senior forward Rashida Jeffery since the second game of the season. Jeffery had season-ending knee surgery on Jan. 21.

    WILLIAMS SAYS -- "The Bay Area road trip always poses a big challenge and it's no different this year. We are coming off of 2 solid wins over Oregon State and Oregon, which will hopefully provide momentum heading into Palo Alto and Berkeley. The Stanford game will be a battle and we are looking forward to the rematch, but I know California on the road is also a tough task."

    TROJAN SEASON HIGHS

    Erica Jackson -- #5
    FG:     5    (vs. California, 1/10)
    FGA:    9    (vs. Arizona, 1/16)
    3FG:    2    (3 times, last vs. Arizona, 1/16)
    3FGA:   4    (vs. Utah, 12/14)
    FT:     8    (vs. UC Santa Barbara, 12/19)
    FTA:   11    (vs. UC Santa Barbara, 12/19)
    O-REB:  2    (3 times, last vs. OSU, 1/31)
    D-REB:  5    (twice, last vs. OSU, 1/31)
    REB:    7    (vs. Oregon State, 1/31)
    AST:   10    (vs. Western Kentucky, 12/29)
    TO:     8    (vs. Long Beach State, 12/21)
    BLK:    1    (twice, last vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    S:      3    (twice, last vs. UNO, 12/28)
    PTS:   14    (vs. California, 1/10)
    MIN:   43    (vs. Western Kentucky, 12/29)
    
    Kim Clark -- #10
    FG:     5    (vs. California, 1/10)
    FGA:    6    (vs. California, 1/10)
    3FG:    1    (vs. California, 1/10)
    3FGA:   2    (twice, last vs. UCLA, 1/24)
    FT:     2    (vs. New Orleans, 12/28)
    FTA:    4    (vs. New Orleans, 12/28)
    O-REB:  2    (vs. New Orleans, 12/28)
    D-REB:  2    (last vs. UCLA, 1/24)
    REB:    2    (twice, last vs. UCLA, 1/24)
    AST:    2    (twice, last vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    TO:     3    (vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    BLK:    0
    S:      2    (twice, last vs. UCLA, 1/24)
    PTS:   11    (vs. California, 1/10)
    MIN:   17    (vs. UCLA, 1/24)
    
    Tina Thompson -- #14
    FG:    12    (vs. UC Santa Barbara, 12/19)
    FGA:   21    (twice, last vs. Stanford, 1/12)
    3FG:    3    (twice, last vs. Oregon, 2/2)
    3FGA:   7    (vs. Oregon, 2/2)
    FT:    11    (twice, last vs. Utah, 1/16)
    FTA:   14    (vs. New Orleans, 12/28)
    O-REB:  8    (vs. Utah, 12/14)
    D-REB: 10    (vs. Arizona, 1/16)
    REB:   17    (vs. Utah, 12/14)
    AST:    4    (3 times, last vs. Stanford, 1/12)
    TO:    10    (twice, last vs. OSU, 1/31)
    BLK:    6    (vs. Western Illinois, 12/6)
    S:      5    (twice, last vs. WK, 12/29)
    PTS:   31    (vs. UC Santa Barbara, 12/19)
    MIN:   44    (twice, last vs. WK, 12/29)
    
    Antoinette Polk -- #15
    FG:     3    (vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    FGA:    3    (twice, last vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    3FG:    0
    3FGA:   1    (twice, last vs. UNO, 12/28)
    FT:     0
    FTA:    0
    O-REB:  1    (vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    D-REB:  1    (vs. New Orleans, 12/28)
    REB:    1    (twice, last vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    AST:    0
    TO:     1    (twice, last vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    BLK:    0
    S:      0
    PTS:    6    (vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    MIN:    6    (vs. California, 1/10)
    
    Kiyoko Miller -- #20
    FG:     3    (3 times, last vs. Cal, 1/10)
    FGA:    9    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    3FG:    0
    3FGA:   2    (twice, last vs. Washington, 1/2)
    FT:     4    (vs. Western Illinois, 12/6)
    FTA:    4    (vs. Western Illinois, 12/6)
    O-REB:  2    (twice, last vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    D-REB:  4    (vs. New Orleans, 12/28)
    REB:    5    (vs. New Orleans, 12/28)
    AST:    3    (3 times, last vs. LBSU, 12/21)
    TO:     4    (3 times, last vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    BLK:    0
    S:      2    (3 times, last vs. LBSU, 12/21)
    PTS:    7    (vs. Utah, 12/14)
    MIN:   22    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    
    Adrain Williams -- #30
    FG:     8    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    FGA:   23    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    3FG:    1    (twice, last vs. Stanford, 1/12)
    3FGA:   3    (twice, last vs. Colorado St., 12/13)
    FT:     4    (twice, last vs. UCSB, 12/19)
    FTA:    7    (vs. Long Beach State, 12/21)
    O-REB:  4    (vs. Long Beach State, 12/21)
    D-REB: 11    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    REB:   14    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    AST:    4    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    TO:     6    (vs. Louisiana Tech, 12/7)
    BLK:    3    (vs. UCLA, 1/24) 
    S:      4    (vs. Western Illinois, 12/6)
    PTS:   21    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    MIN:   30    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    
    Kristin Clark -- #32
    FG:    10    (vs. UCLA, 1/24)
    FGA:   20    (vs. UCLA, 1/24)
    3FG:    5    (vs. Arizona, 1/16)
    3FGA:   9    (twice, last vs. Oregon, 2/2)
    FT:     7    (vs. Utah, 12/14)
    FTA:   10    (vs. Utah, 12/14)
    O-REB:  3    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    D-REB:  5    (vs. Washington State, 1/4)
    REB:    6    (twice, last vs. La. Tech, 12/7)
    AST:    8    (vs. Western Kentucky, 12/29)
    TO:     7    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    BLK:    0
    S:      6    (vs. UC Santa Barbara, 12/19)
    PTS:   25    (vs. Arizona, 1/16)
    MIN:   50    (vs. Western Kentucky, 12/29)
    
    Tiffany Washington -- #40
    FG:     5    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    FGA:    6    (vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    3FG:    0
    3FGA:   0
    FT:     4    (twice, last vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    FTA:    7    (vs. Western Illinois, 12/6)
    O-REB:  5    (vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    D-REB:  7    (vs. Western Illinois, 12/6)
    REB:   11    (vs. Western Illinois, 12/6)
    AST:    1    (vs. UCLA, 1/24)
    TO:     3    (vs. Utah, 12/14)
    BLK:    1    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    S:      2    (vs. UC Santa Barbara, 12/19)
    PTS:   12    (vs. Western Illinois, 12/6)
    MIN:   24    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    
    Rashida Jeffery -- #42
    FG:     5    (vs. San Diego State, 12/1)
    FGA:    8    (vs. San Diego State, 12/1)
    3FG:    0
    3FGA:   0
    FT:     0
    FTA:    2    (vs. San Diego State, 12/1)
    O-REB:  5    (vs. San Diego State, 12/1)
    D-REB: 12    (vs. San Diego State, 12/1)
    REB:   17    (vs. San Diego State, 12/1)
    AST:    2    (vs. San Diego State, 12/1)
    TO:     5    (vs. San Diego State, 12/1)
    BLK:    1    (vs. San Diego State, 12/1)
    S:      0
    PTS:   10    (vs. San Diego State, 12/1)
    MIN:   31    (vs. San Diego State, 12/1)
    
    Jodi Parriott -- #45
    FG:     9    (twice, last vs. Washington, 1/2) 
    FGA:   16    (vs. Western Kentucky, 12/29)
    3FG:    2    (3 times, last vs. Arizona, 1/16)
    3FGA:   4    (3 times, last vs. Arizona, 1/16)
    FT:     4    (vs. Washington, 1/2)
    FTA:    7    (vs. UC Santa Barbara, 12/19)
    O-REB:  3    (twice, last vs. Washington, 1/2)
    D-REB:  5    (twice, last vs. Washington, 1/2)
    REB:    8    (twice, last vs. Washington, 1/2)
    AST:    4    (vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    TO:     4    (twice, last vs. OSU, 1/31)
    BLK:    2    (3 times, last vs. OSU, 1/31)
    S:      5    (vs. Oregon State, 1/31)
    PTS:   22    (twice, last vs. Washington, 1/2)
    MIN:   41    (vs. Western Kentucky, 12/29)
    
    Michelle Campbell -- #50
    FG:    11    (vs. Western Kentucky, 12/29)
    FGA:   18    (vs. Oregon State, 1/31)
    3FG:    0
    3FGA:   0
    FT:     5    (3 times, last vs. OSU, 1/31)
    FTA:    8    (twice, last vs. UCLA, 1/24)
    O-REB:  7    (vs. Long Beach State, 12/21)
    D-REB:  9    (vs. UC Santa Barbara, 12/19)
    REB:   13    (twice, last vs. LBSU, 12/21)
    AST:    5    (vs. New Orleans, 12/28)
    TO:     7    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    BLK:    7    (vs. Western Kentucky, 12/29)
    S:      4    (vs. Washington, 1/2)
    PTS:   25    (vs. Western Kentucky, 12/29)
    MIN:   46    (vs. Western Kentucky, 12/29)
    
    Robyn Lewis -- #4
    FG:     2    (vs. California, 1/10)
    FGA:    3    (twice, last vs. Cal, 1/10)
    3FG:    0
    3FGA:   1    (twice, last vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    FT:     2    (vs. California, 1/10)
    FTA:    3    (twice, last vs. Cal, 1/10)
    O-REB:  1    (3 times, last vs. Cal, 1/10)
    D-REB:  1    (vs. California, 1/10)
    REB:    2    (vs. California, 1/10)
    AST:    2    (vs. California, 1/10)
    TO:     2    (3 times, last vs. UNO, 12/28)
    BLK:    0    (vs. Western Illinois, 12/6)
    S:      2    (twice, last vs. Cal, 1/10)
    PTS:    6    (vs. California, 1/10)
    MIN:   14    (vs. Western Illinois, 12/6)
    

    UP NEXT: USC next hosts Oregon State on Friday (Jan. 31) at 7:30 p.m. and Oregon on Sunday (Feb. 2) at 1 p.m. Both games are at the Lyon Center.

    USC PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINATION - sophomore guard Kristin Clark: Clark scored 23 of USC's 60 points (2 away from her career high) in the win over UCLA last Friday. Clark also made 4 key steals, all of which came in the second half as USC outscored the Bruins, 30-22. She made 10-of-20 shots, both of which were career highs. Clark is USC's second-leading scorer at 11.9 points per game, and is averaging 13.4 in Pac-10 play.

    NOTES: The 22 second-half points scored by UCLA was a low by a USC opponent this season for either half ... Senior forward Tina Thompson had her ninth double-double of the season and the 51st of her career with 14 points and 15 rebounds against the Bruins ... Thompson set the Pac-10 record for career free throws attempted last week. She now has 670 attempts. She should set the Pac-10 record for free throws made this weekend, as she has 482 and the record is 488 ...The Women of Troy are 8-1 when scoring 80-plus points, 4-3 when scoring less than 80.

    PAC-10 STANDINGS

    Team          Pac-10   Overall
    Stanford       9-0      21-1
    USC            8-1      14-4
    Arizona        6-3      16-4
    Oregon         6-3      13-5
    Washington     5-4      10-8
    Oregon State   3-6       9-9
    UCLA           3-6       9-9
    Wash. St.      2-7      8-10
    California     2-7      6-12
    Arizona St.    1-8      7-12