Women of Troy Retiring McGee Sisters' Jerseys
Jan. 31, 2012
Long before Briana and Stefanie Gilbreath combined forces at USC, there was another shining sister act starring for the Women of Troy. USC greats Pam and Paula McGee are two pillars in the national championship history of USC women's basketball, and on February 19, 2012, the All-American sisters will have their jerseys retired and hung high in the Galen Center at a halftime ceremony to be held at USC's 12 p.m. rivalry clash with UCLA. The McGees were members of USC's back-to-back NCAA Championship teams in 1983 and 1984 and are both locked in the USC history books in several statistical categories.
Pam McGee (#30) developed a reputation as an imposing rebounder at USC, averaging at least 8.6 rebounds per game all four years of her career. She remains ranked second in school history for total rebounds (1,255), and also ranks sixth in scoring (2,214). After helping the Trojans win back-to-back NCAA National Championships, Pam McGee went on to earn a gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Games as a member of Team USA. In the pro ranks, Pam McGee was the second overall pick in the 1997 WNBA Draft. She later became the first WNBA player to have her son (JaVale McGee) play in the NBA. Her accolades as a Trojan also include: 1983-1984 Kodak and ABA-USA All-American, 1980-81 WCAA All-Conference Second Team, three-time WCAA All-Conference First Team.
Paula McGee (#11) made an immediate impact at USC, averaging 20.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game as a freshman. Her 683 points and 289 field goals made in her first year are both still USC freshman records. She continued her scoring tear, and currently ranks as USC's fourth all-time scorer with 2,346 career points. She also recorded the second-most field goals made (993) and third-most blocked shots (190) in USC history. She went on to start a sports management agency and represent her twin sister, Pam, in the WNBA. She is currently a preacher. Her accolades as a Trojan also include: 1981-1982 WBCA All-American, 1982-83 Kodak All-American, 1982-83 and 1983-84 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team, four-time WCAA First Team All-Conference.
Pam and Paula McGee now comprise a group of five Women of Troy to have their jerseys retired and hung at the Galen Center, joining Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Lisa Leslie and Cheryl Miller.
Join the celebration of Pam and Paula McGee's illustrious playing career as Women of Troy! Tickets are on sale now for the February 19 clash between USC and UCLA at the Galen Center. Go to gettrojantix.com to join the jersey retirement festivities today!