Women's Basketball

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    Aarika Hughes
    Aarika Hughes

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Beaverton, Ore.

    High School:
    Southridge HS

    Height:
    6-2

    Position:
    Guard/Forward

    Experience:
    3V

    01/04/2008

    USC vs. California

    USC vs. California Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photos)

    THIS SEASON
    Aarika Hughes has a strong senior season ahead of her as a proven 3-point threat who can also play at the post position and crash the boards.

    2008-09 JUNIOR SEASON
    Hughes was a team captain as a junior... Appeared in all 32 games with 18 starts... Led team in defensive rebounds with 3.8 per game... Averaged 4.1 rebounds, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 steals per game... Scored in double figures in back-to-back games with 10 points vs. BYU and Montana State... Opened the season with back-to-back double-digit rebounding efforts with 11 and 13 vs. Charlotte and Milwaukee, named to the Wolfpack Invitational All-Tournament Team for her efforts... Led team in rebounding in seven games.

    2007-08 SOPHOMORE SEASON
    Hughes again battled a foot injury in her sophomore season, appearing in 18 games... Averaged 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game and led the team in 3-point shooting percentage, going 18-of-44 (.409) from 3-point range to lead the team... That percentage ranked her No. 3 all-time at USC for single-season 3-point shooting average, tied with Brynn Cameron... Set a new career high with 13 points against Georgia and twice hit a career-best three 3-pointers in games at UC Santa Barbara and Arizona... Also had a career-high seven rebounds and three assists at UCSB.

    2006-07 FRESHMAN SEASON
    Hughes started once and played in 18 games as a true freshman... Sidelined for 12 games with a stress fracture in her foot, returning on Jan. 18... Scored five points three times this year and has hit seven 3-pointers total... Had a career-high three steals against Nebraska and three assists at South Dakota State... Averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds per game, playing 13.2 minutes per game.

    HIGH SCHOOL
    Hughes started all 29 games as a senior at Southridge High in Beaverton, Ore.... Lost only five games in three years at Southridge... Averaged 10 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 2.9 spg as a senior to help Southridge win the 4A state title and finish the season ranked No. 6 in the nation by USA Today... As a junior, averaged 12.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.9 spg and 2.4 apg, when Southridge went 29-0, won state and finished ranked No. 22 in the nation... Named to 2006 All-Oregon 4A first team by the Portland Oregonian... Earned All-Oregon 4A State Tournament first team honors in 2006... Received All-State first team honors in 2005 and 2006 and second team honors in 2004... Named Metro League Player of the Year in 2005 and All-Metro League in 2005 and 2006... A former teammate current USC freshman Michelle Jenkins... Invited to the U.S. Under-20 National Team Trials... Participated in the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival along with Trojan teammate Jacki Gemelos.

    PERSONAL
    Aarika Hughes was born on Sept. 5, 1987, in Milwaukee, Wisc.... The daughter of Alfred and Sandi, she has one brother, Aaron... Names Mia Hamm as her biggest sports hero... Favorite TV show is `Grey's Anatomy'... Has always wanted to take a road trip around the USA... Would like to either keep playing basketball or work with children in the future... Is majoring in psychology.

    HUGHES' Career Statistics
    Year	GP-GS	MINS	FG-FGA	FG%	3FG-3FGA   3FG%	FT-FTA	FT%	OR	DR	REB	AVG	PF-D	AST	TO	BLK	STL	PTS	AVG
    2006-07	18-1	237	19-57	.333	7-29	.241	1-3	.333	6	20	26	1.4	28-0	14	22	2	7	46	2.6
    2007-08	18-0	276	40-87	.460	18-44	.409	6-17	.353	16	54	70	3.9	28-0	14	22	6	8	104	5.8
    2008-09	32-18	645	48-147	.327	15-56	.268	19-40	.475	32	122	154	4.8	57-0	43	50	13	28	130	4.1
    Totals	68-19	1158	107-291	.368	40-129	.310	26-60	.433	54	196	250	3.7	113-0	71	94	21	43	280	4.1
    Career averages:
    4.1 pts per game
    1.0 asts per game
    0.6 steals per game
    3.7 rebs per game
    17.0 mins per game