Women's Basketball

    Mar. 10, 1997

    USC Set to Play USF in First Round of NCAA Tournament

    LOS ANGELES - The USC women's basketball team (19-8 overall, 13-5 in the Pac-10, third place), under the direction of second-year coach Fred Williams and paced by Naismith Player of the Year finalist Tina Thompson, will face San Francisco (25-5, 11-3 in the West Coast Conference, second place) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday (March 15) at 6 p.m. (EST). USC is the No. 6 seed in the Mideast Regional and faces a Dons team that is the No. 11 seed. The game will be played at host Florida, the No. 3 seed. Florida takes on No. 14-seed Florida International 30 minutes after the USC game. The Women of Troy are returning to the NCAA Tournament after a 1-year absence, having gone 5 consecutive times prior to last season. USC has won 10 of its last 14 games and has surpassed both its overall and conference win totals of last season when the Women of Troy went 13-14 and 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 2,209. If USC wins, it would play the winner of the Florida-Florida International game on Monday (March 17) at 8 p.m. (EST).

    TELEVISION
    There is no scheduled television coverage for USC's first-round game.

    RANKINGS
    USC and San Francisco are not ranked.

    USC IN THE NCAAs
    USC enters the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection. It marks USC's 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, tied with Auburn for third most in the nation . . . The Women of Troy are veterans of the postseason with national championships to their credit in 1983 and 1984. USC has been to 3 Final Fours and 3 regional finals. USC owns a 26-10 record in the NCAA Tournament, trailing only Tennessee, Louisiana Tech and Stanford in NCAA victories . . . The Women of Troy last went to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 9 seed in 1995, falling to Memphis in the first round of the West Regional, 74-72 . . . USC Coach Fred Williams, who has served in some capacity with the Women of Troy program for 12 years (in 2 stints), will be making his ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament with USC but his first as a head coach. He was on the 1984 NCAA championship staff and went to the tournament 5 times with former coach Linda Sharp (1984-88). Williams went once as part of former coach Marianne Stanley's staff (1991) and went twice while serving as associate head coach under Cheryl Miller (1994-95) . . . USC has 4 players who have played in the NCAA Tournament. Seniors Michelle Campbell, Erica Jackson and Tina Thompson all played in 1994 and 1995. Senior Rashida Jeffery (out for the season with a knee injury) played only in 1995 . . . USC has played 9 teams that are in the NCAA Tournament, going a combined 6-7. Those opponents are: San Diego State (W), Louisiana Tech (L), Utah (W), UC Santa Barbara (W), Western Kentucky (L), Washington (W, L), Stanford (L, L), Arizona (W, L) and Oregon (W, L) . . . USC is one of 24 teams with both women's and men's teams in the NCAA Tournament. The last time USC had that happen was in 1992.

    SERIES
    USC leads the series with San Francisco, 4-2. USC last played San Francisco on Nov. 27, 1991, in a game the Women of Troy won, 50-49, at USC. Current Don assistant coach Tami Adkins started at guard in the game for San Francisco, scoring 11 points. The 2 schools have played each other in postseason competition once before. The Women of Troy squared off against the Dons on March 6, 1980, in the second round of the WAIAW Region 8 Basketball Championships at San Jose State. No. 4-seed USC defeated No. 1-seed San Francisco, 63-50. USC and San Francisco have 3 common opponents this year: Arizona, California and Stanford. USC split with Arizona, swept California and got swept by Stanford. San Francisco fell to Arizona, beat Cal and lost to Stanford.

    SAN FRANCISCO
    The Dons are headed by co-head coaches Bill Nepfel and Mary Hile-Nepfel. San Francisco finished 25-5 overall, 11-3 in the West Coast Conference. The Dons got into the NCAA Tournament by earning the automatic bid that went with winning the West Coast Conference Tournament. San Francisco defeated Gonzaga, St. Mary's and then Portland in overtime in the final. The Dons feature a balanced offensive attack led by junior guard Brittany Lindhe, who is averaging 14.7 points per game and 5.3 rebounds. Coming off the bench is their second-leading scorer, senior forward Andrea Kagie (12.9), who is shooting 42.3 percent (58-137) from 3-point range. Senior center Julie Murdent is averaging 10.7 points and freshman forward Denise Woods is averaging a team-high 6.6 rebounds. The Dons hold opponents to an average of 53.4 points per game and only 36.4 percent shooting.

    LAST WEEK
    USC split its last home-stand of the season, trouncing Washington State, 101-59, on Thursday (March 6) and falling to Washington, 71-66, on Saturday (March 8). Both games were at the Lyon Center. Against the Cougars, senior forward Tina Thompson recorded a double-double with game highs in points (29) and rebounds (11) and sophomore guard Kristin Clark added 18 on 6-of-7 3-pointers. Her 6 3-pointers tied a USC record for treys in a game. USC led 17-7 less than 7 minutes into the game and after senior Michelle Campbell's layup with 10:10 made the score 25-14, USC's lead was never again in single digits. The Women of Troy led 56-32 at halftime and cruised the rest of the way. USC's 56 first-half points were a season high and its 42-point margin was its biggest ever in the series against the Cougars. In the loss to Washington, Thompson scored a season-high 32 points and had 13 rebounds (good for her Pac-10 high 16th double-double) but it wasn't enough. USC led 37-36 at the half but immediately fell behind in the second half and trailed 52-43 with 11:37 to play. A 10-2 run got USC back into the game and the Women of Troy regained the lead at 60-59 with 5:47 left. A Jamie Redd 3-pointer put Washington ahead for good, however, with 2:46 remaining.

    RECORDS
    Senior forward Tina Thompson surpassed the 2,000-point mark for her career against Stanford on Feb. 6 and now stands at 2,209, good for third place on the Pac-10's all-time scoring list. In second is Oregon State's Tanja Kostic, who's at 2,349. Thompson has 1,148 rebounds for her career, good for second place on the Pac-10 career rebounding chart. Thompson now trails only former teammate and 1996 U.S. Olympic gold-medalist Lisa Leslie (1,214). Thompson has moved into second place on the Pac-10's all-time list for free throws made and attempted and stands at 529-for-727 for her career. Thompson also has cracked the Pac-10's Top 5 chart in field goals made and attempted . . . USC's 12 3-pointers at Arizona (1/16) 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 6-of-7 performance on 3-pointers against Washington State (3/6) tied her for the most made in a game with Erica Mashia's performance last year against California. Clark's 3-point percentage (.857) against the Cougars is also good for second all-time on the single game chart. Earlier in the year, Clark made 5-of-6 at Arizona . . . 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's Pac-10 finish of 13-5 is 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 . . . Four of USC's 8 losses have been by 5 points or less, 4 of USC's 8 losses have come at the hands of teams that were ranked in the AP Top 10 at the time of the game and 7 of USC's 8 losses were to teams that are now in the NCAA Tournament. . . USC's 101 points against Washington State (3/6) marked the first time the Women of Troy topped the 100-point plateau since scoring 105 points against Arizona State on Feb. 18, 1994. USC topped the 90-point mark this season in 3 consecutive games (UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State, New Orleans) for the first time since the 1986-87 season . . . USC has outblocked its opponents at a wild pace, 126-43, 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 .381 field goal percentage and is outscoring opponents, 76.8-68.0 . . . 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 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 (1996), 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

    Tina Thompson
    A Naismith Player of the Year finalist for the 1996-97 season, 6-3 forward Tina Thompson is in the midst of an All-American senior season. An All-Pac-10 first-team selection for the third consecutive time, Thompson won the regular season Pac-10 scoring crown, averaging 22.7 points per game. She is averaging 10.6 rebounds (second in the Pac-10), shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 33.6 from 3-point land. She is also averaging 1.0 blocks and 1.9 steals per game, scoring at least 20 points in 20 of 27 contests, including 13 efforts of 25 or more. She surpassed the 2,000-point mark for her career against Stanford on Feb. 6. Thompson, who has a Pac-10-high 16 double-doubles this season and 58 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. In USC's last 2 games of the regular season, Thompson scored 29 points and had 11 rebounds in only 25 minutes of action against Washington State (3/6) and followed that up with a season-high 32 points and 13 rebounds vs. Washington (3/8). Thompson, who has been named to 2 all-tournament teams this season in addition to being selected as MVP of the Pac-10/Sun Belt Challenge, posted 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. 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 2,209 points and 1,148 boards to her credit, good for third and second 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. Named a 1997 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection, Campbell has been relied on for inside scoring support as well as strong defense in the post. Flourishing as a starter, she is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 11.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and a Pac-10 high 2.1 blocks per game. Campbell, who has 5 double-doubles and has scored in double figures in 13 of her last 15 games, put forth an excellent performance in the Pac-10/Sun Belt Challenge, earning All-Tournament honors. She scored 25 points and 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) and Washington State (3/6), 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 22 of 26 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 157. 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 became a starter as a result of Erica Mashia's hip injury. Clark, 1 of only 2 players to start every game for USC this year, earned 1997 All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors for her efforts as the team's third-leading scorer (11.6) and possibly the Pac-10's most improved player. 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. Clark scored a career-high 25 points at Arizona (1/16), making 5-of-6 3-pointers in the process. Clark recently bettered her trey marksmanship record with a 6-of-7 effort from behind the 3-point line against Washington State (3/6), scoring all of her 18 points on 3-pointers. She is USC's leading 3-point shooter (38-of-105) and shot a blistering 41.9 percent (31-of-74) on 3-pointers in the Pac-10. She had 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 21 of 27 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). 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 was looking for a solid leadership figure as well as a veteran guard in 1996-97 and found both in 5-8 senior Erica Jackson. Jackson is a starter for her third consecutive year and has started 77 games in her career. 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 13 points vs. Washington (3/8), had 11 points and 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), had 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) and had 8 vs. Washington State (3/6), 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 (pronounced A-dree-un) Williams has started 9 games for the Women of Troy this season after starting most of last 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 (8.0) and third in rebounding (5.5) 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 matched that in her next game against Washington State (3/6). She had 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) and 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 (8.2) 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 matched 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. She recently suffered a slight sprained ankle, missing USC's last 2 games.

    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.), and forward Tiffany Washington (6-2), from Bishop Montgomery High (Torrance, Calif.). Miller comes to USC as a USA Today All-USA Honorable Mention and Southern Section Division IV Co-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 was named a1997 Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention selection. The Southern Section Division III Player of the Year as a senior last year, she 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 30-of-58 shots on the season (51.7 percent) and is averaging 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game. Coach Williams has welcomed to the squad Antoinette Polk, a 5-10 guard who played in the fall 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 7-of-14 on the season in 8 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 10 games this season, making 5-of-15 shots to go with 6 steals.

    USC IN PAC-10 (3/9)
    Tina Thompson finished the regular season as the Pac-10 scoring champion (22.7) and she is the second-leading rebounder (10.6). She is fifth in free throw percentage (.773), tied for seventh in blocked shots (1.0) and is ninth in field goal percentage (.505). Michelle Campbell leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots (2.1), is fifth in field goal percentage (.517) and ninth in rebounding (7.3). Erica Jackson is fifth in assists (4.2) and Kristin Clark is fifth in steals (2.6) and seventh in 3-point percentage (.362). As a team, USC is tied for second in the Pac-10 in rebounding (43.1) and scoring offense (76.8). 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 that have been in either the AP or USA Today/CNN 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. San Francisco will be the fourth Top 25 opponent USC has faced this year.

    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 all season. It starts with the 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
    "First of all, we're happy to be going to the NCAA Tournament. That was our No. 1 goal at the beginning of the season. This is what everyone was working toward and all of us are very excited. This is my first time bringing a team to the tournament as a head coach, so this is extra special for me. San Francisco is a very good team and they went to the tournament last year. They've played consistently well all year. At this point in the season, all of the wins and losses -- you can put them over here. Now we take it one possession at a time for the rest of the way."

    PROBABLE STARTERS
    USC (19-8)  
                            Pos.  Ht.  Yr.  PPG  RPG
    14  Tina Thompson        F   6-3   Sr. 22.7 10.6
    45  Jodi Parriott        F   6-2   So.  8.2  3.8
    50  Michelle Campbell    C   6-5   Sr. 11.7  7.3
    5   Erica Jackson        G   5-8   Sr.  6.5  4.2*
    32  Kristin Clark        G   5-7   So. 11.6  2.6**
    San Francisco (25-5)    
                            Pos.  Ht.  Yr.  PPG  RPG
    24  Renee Demirdjian    F/G  5-10  Sr.  8.6  6.0
    50  Denise Woods         F   6-2   Fr.  7.7  6.6
    32  Julie Murdent        C   6-2   Sr. 10.7  5.0
    3   Jamie Shadian        G   5-7   Sr.  6.8  6.1*
    40  Brittany Lindhe      G   5-9   Jr. 14.7  5.3
    *assist average; **steal average
    Final Pac-10 Standings
    Team         Pac-10  Overall
    Stanford      18-0    30-1
    Oregon        14-4    21-6
    USC           13-5    19-8
    Arizona       12-6    22-7
    Washington    12-6   17-10
    UCLA          7-11   13-14
    Oregon St.    5-13   11-16
    Wash. St.     4-14   10-17
    Arizona St.   3-15    9-19
    California    2-16    6-21

    1996-97 USC Women's Basketball Season Highs

    Erica Jackson -- #5
    FG:     5    (vs. California, 1/10)
    FGA:   10    (vs. Oregon, 2/27)
    3FG:    2    (3 times, last vs. Arizona, 1/16)
    3FGA:   5    (twice, last vs. Oregon, 2/27)
    FT:     8    (vs. UC Santa Barbara, 12/19)
    FTA:   11    (vs. UC Santa Barbara, 12/19)
    O-REB:  2    (5 times, last vs. UCLA, 2/22)
    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    (4 times, last vs. OSU, 3/1)
    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    (twice, last vs. Cal, 2/8)
    D-REB:  2    (last vs. UCLA, 1/24)
    REB:    2    (3 times, last vs. Cal, 2/8)
    AST:    2    (4 times, last vs. ASU, 2/14)
    TO:     3    (vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    BLK:    0
    S:      2    (twice, last vs. UCLA, 1/24)
    PTS:   11    (vs. California, 1/10)
    MIN:   18    (vs. Stanford, 2/6)
    Tina Thompson -- #14
    FG:    12    (3 times, last vs. Washington, 3/8)
    FGA:   25    (vs. Washington, 3/8)
    3FG:    3    (3 times, last vs. Stanford, 2/6)
    3FGA:   8    (vs. Arizona, 2/16)
    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:   32    (vs. Washington, 3/8)
    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    (3 times, last vs. WSU, 3/6)
    FT:     2    (vs. Washington State, 3/6)
    FTA:    2    (vs. Washington State, 3/6)
    O-REB:  1    (twice, last vs. WSU, 3/6)
    D-REB:  2    (vs. Oregon State, 3/1)
    REB:    2    (vs. Oregon State, 3/1)
    AST:    1    (vs. Washington State, 3/6)
    TO:     2    (vs. Washington State, 3/6)
    BLK:    0
    S:      1    (vs. Washington State, 3/6)
    PTS:    6    (vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    MIN:    9    (vs. Washington State, 3/6)
    Kiyoko Miller -- #20
    FG:     3    (3 times, last vs. Cal, 1/10)
    FGA:    9    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    3FG:    1    (twice, last vs. WSU, 3/6)
    3FGA:   2    (3 times, last vs. WSU, 3/6)
    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:    1    (twice, last vs. Washington, 3/8)
    S:      2    (4 times, last vs. ASU, 2/14)
    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    (4 times, last vs. Oregon, 2/27)
    3FGA:   3    (twice, last vs. Colorado St., 12/13)
    FT:     6    (vs. Oregon State, 3/1)
    FTA:    8    (vs. Oregon State, 3/1)
    O-REB:  4    (twice, last vs. Cal, 2/8)
    D-REB: 11    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    REB:   14    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    AST:    4    (vs. Colorado State, 12/13)
    TO:     7    (vs. California, 2/8)
    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:    6    (vs. Washington State, 3/6)
    3FGA:   9    (twice, last vs. Oregon, 2/2)
    FT:     7    (vs. Utah, 12/14)
    FTA:   10    (vs. Utah, 12/14)
    O-REB:  3    (twice, last vs. Stanford, 2/6)
    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    (twice, last vs. OSU, 3/1)
    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    (3 times, last vs. OSU, 3/1)
    3FG:    0
    3FGA:   0
    FT:     4    (3 times, last vs. OSU, 3/1)
    FTA:    7    (vs. Western Illinois, 12/6)
    O-REB:  5    (twice, last vs. OSU, 3/1)
    D-REB:  7    (vs. Western Illinois, 12/6)
    REB:   11    (vs. Western Illinois, 12/6)
    AST:    1    (4 times, last vs. WSU, 3/6)
    TO:     3    (twice, last vs. ASU, 2/14)
    BLK:    1    (twi ce, last vs. ASU, 2/14)
    S:      2    (4 times, last vs. OSU, 3/1)
    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:  6    (vs. Arizona, 2/16)
    D-REB:  5    (3 times, last vs. WSU, 3/6)
    REB:    8    (3 times, last vs. Arizona, 2/16)
    AST:    4    (vs. Arizona State, 1/18)
    TO:     5    (vs. California, 2/8)
    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: 10    (vs. Arizona State, 2/14)
    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    (3 times, last vs. WSU, 3/6)
    3FG:    0
    3FGA:   1    (3 times, last vs. WSU, 3/6)
    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    (twice, last vs. WSU, 3/6)
    REB:    2    (vs. California, 1/10)
    AST:    2    (twice, last vs. WSU, 3/6)
    TO:     4    (vs. Washington State, 3/6)
    BLK:    1    (vs. Washington State, 3/6)
    S:      2    (twice, last vs. Cal, 1/10)
    PTS:    6    (vs. California, 1/10)
    MIN:   14    (vs. Western Illinois, 12/6)