THIS SEASON: Denise Woods begins her senior year with the Women of Troy... She will be looked upon for her maturity and leadership on a young team... She has made a huge commitment in her final season and is prepared to play at a peak level... Will make an impact in the conference in the post.
IN 1999-00: In her first competitive season with the Women of Troy, Woods played in all 30 games and made eight starts... The team's shot stopper, she led the squad and ranked third in the Pac-10 with a 1.47 blocks per game average... To start the season, she made the game-winning layup in USC's narrow victory over Creighton (Nov. 26)... Added a season-high 19 points (8-11) against Texas Tech (Nov. 29), and led the team with eight rebounds and three blocks... Posted a season-best 12 boards, and accounted for three blocks against Sacramento State (Dec. 11)... Provided a spark of the bench, posting 14 second-half points (6-of-10) against UCLA (Jan. 16)... Led the squad with seven rebounds and a season-high five blocks against Arizona State (Jan. 20)... Was flawless from the field against UCLA (Feb. 12), hitting 4-of-4 field goals, 1-of-1 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 at the line... Displayed a great all-around performance and nearly reached a double-double against Cal (Mar. 3) with nine points, including 8-of-11 at the line, nine rebounds and three blocks... In the final game of the season, she shot 85.7 percent against Colorado State (Mar. 18) to lead the team with 15 points... Was named to the 2000 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team.
IN 1998-99: Woods redshirted the 1999 season after transferring to USC from San Francisco.
AT SAN FRANCISCO: Woods played two seasons (1996-97, 1997-98) with the Lady Dons of San Francisco... She earned All-West Coast Conference honorable mention honors as a sophomore, averaging 14.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game with a .539 field goal percentage... She finished the year first in the West Coast Conference in rebounding, third in blocks and fourth in scoring and field goal percentage... She was on the honor roll as a sophomore and freshman and in 1998 earned the Wilma Rudolph Outstanding USF African-American Female Athlete/Scholastic Achiever award.
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Woods is a 1996 graduate of Holy Names High in Richmond, Calif... A member of the 1995 National AAU team, she was two-time All-Metro first team selection and a three-time ACCAL all star... In 1994, she was selected as a BCI junior All-American... Following her junior and senior seasons, she led the team to the league championship while averaging 19.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.6 blocks... She was a Division IV all-state selection as a junior and a Division II all-state selection as a senior... Both years she was named to the North Coast Scholastic Team... As a prep she was a four-year honor roll student.
PERSONAL: Carol Denise Woods was born on Dec. 31, 1978, in Oakland, Calif. ... The daughter of Andrew and Carol Woods, she has two brothers, Andy and Maurice... Her older brother, Maurice, plays professional basketball in Japan... She enjoys spending time with friends and family, shopping, watching movies and cooking... She is a communications major at USC and following graduation she would like to earn her graduate degree and pursue a career in athletic public relations.