THIS SEASON Athletic and talented, Alexyz Vaioletama enters her third season at USC as a force in the key with impressive leaping ability.
2012-13 SOPHOMORE SEASON Vaioletama played in 30 games and started 15 as a sophomore... Scored the winning buzzer-beater for USC at Oregon State... Averaged 4.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game... Was third on the team in 3-pointers made with 20, shooting 35.7% from beyond the arc... During Pac-12 play, hit 15 three and averaged 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game...Scored in doubles digits in five games, including a career-high 14 points vs. Stanford... Hit a career-high three 3-pointers at Oregon... Had a season-high 13 rebounds at Cal... Also had 12 blocks and 15 steals in the season.
2011-12 FRESHMAN SEASON Vaioletama appeared in 28 games and started eight as a true freshman... Averaged 4.5 points and was fourth on the team in rebounding with 5.1 per game... Also added 27 assists, 20 steals and nine blocks... Had a team-high 10 rebounds in win at UCLA and set her career high with 15 vs. UC Santa Barbara... Career-best 12-point games came at Texas A&M and vs. Oregon... Started the first three games of her career.
NATIONAL TEAMS Vaioletama was invited to participate in the 2011 U.S. Under-19 team trials... Was a member of the USA U-16 National Team that won gold at the 2009 FIBA Americas tournament... Also competed for the U.S. U-17 team.
HIGH SCHOOL Vaioletama was selected a A McDonald's All-American and earned All-CIF Southern Section honors out of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif.... Ranked as the nation's No. 6 forward and No. 14 overall player in the ESPNU Rankings Class of 2011... Also named to the 2011 Los Angeles Times All-Star Team, averaged 10.7 points and 7.5 rebounds as a senior... Mater Dei won back-to-back CIF state championships... Played club for West Coast Premier and Irvine Sol... An honor student.
PERSONAL Alexyz Anissa Vaioletama was born June 12, 1993 in Riverside, Calif.... The daughter of Vaovasa and Caroline Tuato... Has three brothers, Jonah and Marcus Tuato and Christian Petero... Her cousin Steve Francis played in the NBA... Favorite food is Hawaiian... Has always wanted to travel around the world, visiting Rome, Germany, New Zealand and Australia... Hopes to play basketball overseas after graduation... Majoring in psychology.