Women's Basketball

    Nov. 25, 1997

    USC Coasts Past Long Beach State

    LOS ANGELES - New USC head coach Chris Gobrecht enjoyed a dominating debut in an 84-55 thumping of Long Beach State (2-1) at the L.A. Sports Arena.

    Despite facing a non-stop full-court press, the Trojans (1-0) jumped out to a 19-point halftime lead and were never threatened the rest of their season-opener.

    Sophomore forward Tiffany Washington topped and active and balanced Trojan attack. Washington scored 12, grabbed 9 rebounds and collected 6 steals in only 24 minutes.

    Flashy guard Kristin Clark scored a game-high 15 to go along with 5 steals and 6 assists.

    Freshman forward Whitney Houser (6 of 7 fg, 2 of 2 ft) pitched in 14. 6-4 center Adrain Williams and Kim Clark (Kristen's twin sister) added 12 each.

    Next, the Women of Troy play at UCSB Thursday December 4.

    USC Head Coach Chris Gobrecht:
    "It was part wierd, since I have coached against them so many times at Washingtona and Cal-State Fullerton, and it was part natural. I've always been a Trojan and it was very natural to put two fingers up in the air (and give the victory sign). It's fun to be back."


  • Starting forwards Tiffany Washington and Tashara Carter are former teammates from powerhouse Bishop Mongomery in the south bay section of L.A.

  • Freshman Forward Whitney Houser is the daughter of Phillip Hauser, a 7-time All-Amerca swimmer at SC and the 1968 NCAA 200 butterfly champion. Also, her mother, two aunts and grandfather are Trojans.

  • Greg Lakey of the men's team arrived early and was an involved fan.