Women's Basketball

    Mar. 3, 1997

    USC Hosts Washington St., Washington in Final Pac-10 Weekend of Season

    LOS ANGELES - The USC women's basketball team (18-7 overall, 12-4 in the Pac-10, in third place, a half game out of second), under the direction of second-year coach Fred Williams and paced by Naismith Player of the Year candidate Tina Thompson, concludes the Pac-10 season as it plays host to Washington State (10-15, 4-12) on Thursday (March 6) at 7:30 p.m. and Washington (15-10, 10-6) on Saturday at 3 p.m. Both games are at the Lyon Center. The Women of Troy have won 9 of their last 12 games and have surpassed both their overall and conference win totals of last season when the Women of Troy went 13-14, 8-10. Thompson recently has become only the fifth player in Pac-10 history to reach the 2,000-point plateau for her career and now stands at 2,148.

    TELEVISION - The Washington game will be televised live on Saturday (March 8) at 3 p.m. by Fox Sports Net. Paul Sunderland and Heather Cox will call the action.

    RANKINGS - USC, Washington State and Washington are not ranked.

    PROBABLE STARTERS:

    USC Pos. Ht.Yr. PPG RPG 14 Tina Thompson F 6-3 Sr. 22.1 10.5 45 Jodi Parriott F 6-2 So. 8.3 3.6 50 Michelle Campbell C 6-5 Sr. 12.0 7.5 5 Erica Jackson G 5-8 Sr. 6.3 4.2* 32 Kristin Clark G 5-7 So. 11.6 3.0* Washington State Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG 32 Doreen Evans F 5-11 Jr. 3.3 3.5 40 Amy Saneholtz F 6-2 Jr. 12.0 5.0 44 Yvonne Kunz C 6-4 Jr. 12.6 6.1 4 Jade Hyett G 5-4 So. 6.2 7.6* 15 Joanna Smith G 5-10 Fr. 10.3 2.9 Washington Pos. Ht. Yr. PPG RPG 22 Gena Pelz F 6-2 Jr. 7.3 7.4 34 Malinda Lynch C 6-3 So. 6.5 5.3 5 Laure Savasta G 5-7 Sr. 13.4 2.5 33 Elise Niemela G 5-9 Sr. 8.7 3.2 11 Jamie Redd G 5-10 So. 21.0 5.7 *assist average

    Vs. Washington State - USC leads the series, 15-7, including a 70-63 win earlier this season on Jan. 4 in Pullman. USC split with the Cougars each of the last 2 years and has not swept them since 1994. In the Women of Troy's win this season, senior forward Tina Thompson led all scorers and rebounders with 23 points and 10 boards. Sophomore forward Jodi Parriott and sophomore guard Kristin Clark had 13 points apiece and sophomore forward Adrain Williams added 12 off the bench. In a close contest, neither team led by more than 5 in the first half and Washington State took a 38-36 lead into halftime. Down 44-38 with 18:25 to play in the second half, USC went on a 13-0 run to take a 51-44 lead at 13:48. USC never relinquished the lead and led by at least 3 points the rest of the game.

    Vs. Washington - USC trails Washington in the overall series, 12-9. USC had lost 5 in a row to the Huskies prior to its win earlier this year when the Women of Troy defeated Washington in Seattle on Jan. 2, 69-68. Against the Huskies the first time around, Jodi Parriott sank 3 free throws with no time remaining on the clock to earn the victory. The Women of Troy trailed the Huskies, 68-66, with 2.3 seconds remaining when Washington's Elise Niemela went to the stripe in a one-and-one situation. She missed the front end and the rebound caromed to Parriott. From the key, Parriott, who scored a team-high 22 points, took 2 dribbles and heaved a shot from near halfcourt. The shot was off, but Niemela was called for a foul, sending Parriott to the line. In front of a screaming crowd almost 4,000-strong, Parriott, who made her first career start in the game, calmly sank all 3 shots, starting a wild USC celebration. Early in the game, it didn't look like USC would need such a stunning comeback. The Women of Troy, behind 13 first-half points from Thompson and 10 from Parriott, led by as much as 15 in the first half and took a 34-21 lead into halftime. But Washington, sparked by the return of guard Savasta in her first game of the season, mounted a comeback. USC held a 10-point lead as late as 8:50 to go, but a 13-2 run that covered almost 7 minutes gave Washington the lead at 62-61. A 3-pointer from senior guard Erica Jackson gave USC the lead at 64-62 and a Parriott putback tied the game at 66-66 with 36 seconds to go. A Laure Savasta layup with 19 seconds remaining gave the Huskies the lead and, after failing to tie the game, USC fouled Niemela to set the scene for Parriott.

    LAST TWO GAMES - The Women of Troy split its road trip in Oregon, losing at Oregon on Feb. 27, 70-53, and defeating Oregon State on March 1, 86-60. Nothing went right in the loss to the Ducks as USC trailed at halftime, 42-17, after shooting just 28.6 percent in the first half. Tina Thompson led USC with 14 points (all in the second half) and 9 rebounds, but Oregon's Renae Fegent had 15 points and 11 boards. USC turned the tables on Oregon State, leading from wire to wire. Thompson led all scorers and rebounders with 25 and 9, respectively. USC also got 15 points apiece from senior center Michelle Campbell and sophomore guard Kristin Clark, who also had 6 steals. USC opened an 11-1 lead and never looked back. USC led 44-28 at halftime and never led by less than 14 points again. Sophomore forward Adrain Williams added 14 points off the bench.

    RECORDS - Senior forward Tina Thompson surpassed the 2,000-point mark for her career against Stanford on Feb. 6 and now stands at 2,148, good for third place on the Pac-10's all-time scoring list. She recently passed Stanford's Val Whiting, who scored 2,077 points from 1989-93. In second is Oregon State's Tanja Kostic, who's at 2,349. Thompson has also moved into second place on the Pac-10's all-time list for free throws made and attempted and stands at 525-for-722 for her career. Thompson has 1,124 rebounds for her career, good for fourth place on the Pac-10 career rebounding chart. Next up is Whiting (1,134). Thompson has also cracked the Pac-10's Top 5 chart in field goals made and attempted . . . 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 (12-4 in the Pac-10) is assured of its best conference record since the 1993-94 season when the Women of Troy won their first 10 Pac-10 games and won the conference with a 16-2 record . . . Three of USC's 7 losses have been by 3 points or less and 4 of USC's 7 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, 116-39, or an average of 4.7-1.6 . . . 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 .383 field goal percentage and is outscoring opponents, 76.2-68.2 . . . 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

    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 22.1 points and 10.5 rebounds, shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 35.6 from 3-point land. She is also averaging 1.1 blocks and 1.9 steals per game, scoring at least 20 points in 18 of 25 contests, including 11 efforts of 25 or more. She surpassed the 2,000-point mark for her career against Stanford on Feb. 6. Thompson, who has 14 double-doubles this season and 56 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). She had 14 points and 15 rebounds at UCLA (1/24), had 21 points and 12 rebounds vs. Oregon State (1/31) and 20 points and 13 rebounds against Oregon (2/2). She scored 29 points and had 7 rebounds against Stanford (2/6) and had 17 points at Cal (2/8), including the go-ahead layup with less than a minute to play. On the latest homestand, Thompson had 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting against Arizona State (2/14), followed that with 26 points and 12 rebounds against Arizona (2/16) and had 19 points and 14 rebounds against UCLA (2/22). She had 14 points and 9 rebounds in the loss to Oregon (2/27) but came back with 25 points and 10 rebounds at Oregon State (3/1). Thompson is the active leading scorer and rebounder in the Pac-10 with 2,148 points and 1,124 boards to her credit, good for third and fourth place, respectively, on the all-time lists. 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 as the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and a Pac-10 high 2.0 blocks per game. Campbell, who has 5 double-doubles and has scored in double figures in 12 of her last 13 games, 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 23 points and 9 rebounds vs. Oregon State (1/31), 18 points and 9 rebounds at Arizona State (1/18), 17 points and 3 blocks at Cal (2/8) and had 15 points, 4 blocks and tied a season high with 13 rebounds vs. Long Beach State (12/21). Campbell had 15 points at Oregon State (3/1), had 14 points and 13 rebounds vs. UC Santa Barbara (12/19), 14 points vs. Arizona (2/16), 13 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona (1/16), 13 points and 3 blocks against Oregon (2/2), 13 points vs. UCLA (2/22), 12 points vs. Stanford (1/10), 11 points at UCLA (1/24) and at Oregon (2/27), 10 points and 11 rebounds against Arizona State (2/14), 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 20 of 24 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 150. 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 third-leading scorer (11.6) 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) and she had 20 points (including 3 3-pointers) against Oregon (2/2). 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 19 of 25 games this season. At Cal (2/8), her 3-pointer with 1:24 left in the game got USC to within 1 point, kickstarting a Women of Troy game-winning rally. She has scored 19 points 3 times, in wins over Utah (12/14) and New Orleans (12/28) and in a loss at Stanford (2/6). She had 17 points and 5 steals in the win over UCLA (2/22), 15 points and 6 steals at Oregon State (3/1), 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) and had 10 points and 4 steals vs. Stanford (1/10). 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 (2.6) and floor burns. Playing in all 27 games as a freshman, Clark came on at the end of the 1995-96 season, 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 is averaging a team-high 4.2 assists. She 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 11 points and had 8 assists in the win over Oregon State (1/31), scored 11 points and had 5 assists vs. UCLA (2/22), scored 10 points vs. Arizona State (2/14), 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), once made a stretch of 17 free throws in a row this season, which 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 (7.9) and third in rebounding (5.6) and posted the best game of her USC career against Colorado State (12/13) with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Williams, who has come off the bench since the Pac-10 season started, had 14 points at Oregon State (3/1) and 13 points and 13 rebounds at California (2/8), hitting 2 clutch free throws in a one-and-one situation with 21.8 seconds left to give USC a 3-point cushion, which the Women of Troy held on to. Williams put together a double-double 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), had 11 points vs. New Orleans (12/28), Oregon State (1/31) and Oregon (2/27). 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 (8.3) who has started at small forward since the Pac-10 season started, has become a valuable contributor offensively and defensively for USC. She scored 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), had 16 points and 8 rebounds vs. California (1/10) and scored 11 points and made a career-high 5 steals against Oregon State (1/31). 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) has added speed and 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, now averaging 8.9 minutes per game, made her season debut against Long Beach State (12/21). She has played in 15 games this season, setting a career high with 11 points vs. California (1/10) on 5-of-6 shooting in 8 minutes. She played 17 minutes at UCLA (1/24), and was on the floor in the game's final minutes, and then played 18 minutes at Stanford (2/6). 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 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 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). Washington matched that with 11 points and 5 rebounds vs. Arizona State (2/14). She had 8 points and 7 rebounds (5 offensive) at Arizona State (1/18), had 8 points and 5 rebounds (all offensive) at Oregon State (3/1) and had 7 points and 6 rebounds vs. UCLA (2/22). She has made 29-of-54 shots on the season (53.7 percent) and is averaging 3.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 11.5 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 6-of-12 on the season in 7 games, setting a career high with 6 points at Arizona State (1/18) 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 9 games this season, making 4-of-12 shots to go with 5 steals.

    USC IN THE PAC-10 (as of 3/3) - Tina Thompson is tied for the Pac-10 scoring lead at (22.1) and is the second-leading rebounder (10.5). She is fifth in free throw percentage (.775), tied for sixth in blocked shots (1.1) and eighth in 3-point percentage (.356). Michelle Campbell leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots (2.0), is third in field goal percentage (.530) and eighth in rebounding (7.5). Erica Jackson is tied for fifth in assists (4.2) and Kristin Clark is tied for fourth in steals (2.6) and is 10th in 3-point percentage (.344). As a team, USC is second in the Pac-10 in rebounding (43.1) and is third in scoring offense (76.2) and field goal percentage (.446). USC's 45 free throws vs. UC Santa Barbara (12/19), its .950 free throw percentage at Washington and its .800 3-point percentage vs. Arizona State on 4-of-5 shooting are Pac-10 highs and its 59 rebounds against Colorado State (12/13) is tied for a high. 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 (twice) 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 twice: 77-76 at the Lyon Center and 103-69 in Palo Alto.

    WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars, directed by 15th-year coach Harold Rhodes, are in the midst of their first sub-.500 season since 1994 and have lost 6 of 8. Washington State, coming off of an 84-70 win against Arizona State in its last outing, is led by junior center Yvonne Kunze who is averaging team highs in points (12.6) and rebounds (6.1). Junior forward Amy Saneholtz (12.0) and freshman guard Joanna Smith (10.3) are also scoring in double figures.

    WASHINGTON - Playing under first-year coach June Daugherty, the Huskies are led by sophomore guard Jamie Redd, who is averaging a team-high 21.0 points and 4.2 assists as well as 5.7 rebounds. Senior guard Laure Savasta is averaging 13.4 points and is shooting 41.8 percent from 3-point range, making 38-of-91. The Huskies recently lost the services of starting sophomore forward Amber Hall (13.2 points), who is out for the year after suffering an ankle injury.

    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 - "Losing like we did at Oregon was disappointing, but I liked the way we regrouped and put together a solid effort in the win over Oregon State. Washington State and Washington were both hard-fought battles when we beat them earlier in the season and I expect nothing less this time around."