Women's Basketball
    Women's Hoopsters Travel To No. 24 Arizona State, No. 23 Arizona

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    Feb. 12, 2001

    Game Broadcasts
    USC at Arizona State

    Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. MT
    On the web... www.thesundevils.com

    USC at Arizona
    Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. MT
    On T.V. ... Fox Sports West 2
    On the web... www.thesundevils.com

    The Facts
    The USC women's basketball team began the second half of the Pac-10 season with a win over UCLA, 61-56, on Saturday (Feb. 10). The victory avenged an earlier season loss to the Bruins and broke a two-game losing streak for the Women of Troy. This week, USC travels to Arizona to face the Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday (Feb. 15) at 7 p.m. MT, and the Arizona Wildcats on Sunday (Feb. 18) at 2 p.m MT. The USC-Arizona game will be televised and aired live on Fox Sports West 2 at 1 p.m. PT.

    At This Time A Year Ago
    Nine games into the 2000 Pac-10 season, USC was in a familiar position. The Trojans were 3-6 in conference play with nine games left. USC embarked on a 7-2 conference run, eventually earning a bid to the WNIT. It could be said that a win at home against UCLA on Feb. 12, 2000, turned the season around for the Women of Troy.

    Last Week's Game Notes
    * For the first time this season, a freshman did not lead the team in points and/or rebounds in USC's victory against the Bruins.
    * Prior to Saturday, a freshman had led in scoring the last 12 consecutive games.
    * Denise Woods tied a career high with five blocks against UCLA.

    Game #20 - USC Earns Win Over Rival Bruins
    USC defended its home court Saturday, defeating UCLA 61-56 before 2,136 at the Sports Arena. The Bruins took a 13-6 (12:52) lead at the start of the game. However, a jumper by Denise Woods at the eight minute mark gave the lead to the Women of Troy (14-13). The Trojans never looked back, going on a 10-0 run to go up 28-17 (3:28). USC held a eight-point advantage at the break (34-26). In the second half, UCLA held USC scoreless for the first three minutes, but the Women of Troy regained their composure and went on a 10-2 run, led by two quick shots by Woods to go up 47-36 (12:23). UCLA's Michelle Greco stopped USC's run with a three-pointer and then led the Bruins on a 14-3 run of their own to get the deficit down to only two points, 52-50, with four minutes on the clock. That was as close as UCLA would get. USC withstood the run and hit key free throws in the final minutes to defeat the Bruins and earn a split in this year's rivalry.

    Common Connections
    Arizona State Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne served as a graduate assistant for two years at Washington (1988-90) under Chris Gobrecht. "The Washington staff was wonderful to work with," states Turner Thorne in the 2001 ASU media guide. "It was their influence that helped me truly believe in a unique style of pressure defense."

    Woods Makes The Difference
    While tieing a career high with five blocks against the Bruins (Feb. 10) and leading with 13 points, Woods made a huge difference for the Women of Troy. In a five-minute span (15:54 - 9:55) she grabbed two rebounds, added six points and stopped four UCLA shots. By the 11:19 mark, and following three of Woods' five blocks, USC had gone on a 10-4 run and posted its largest lead of the game (47-36). The 6-3 center currently ranks second in the Pac-10, averaging 1.63 blocks per game.

    Who Will Be The First?
    Currently first and second in the conference, either Stanford's Nicole Powell (8.3 rpg) or USC's Ebony Hoffman (8.2 rpg) are on pace to become the first freshman to ever win the league rebounding title.

    There's Never Been A Game She's Missed
    Tashara Carter entered the 2000-2001 season as the team's lone three-year veteran of the program and the only player to play under Coach Gobrecht all three years. In her career, Carter has played in all 84 games and only missed four starts. This season Carter is the only player to start and play in every game, surviving nine lineup changes.

    USC Game Tracker
    Watch and listen to USC women's basketball home games on www.usctrojans.com. With the new Fansonly Game Tracker, fans can follow the games stat-by-stat while listening to the audio broadcast.

    Women Of Troy On The Air
    Five 2000-01 Women of Troy games will be broadcast via the Los Angeles airwaves. KMPC-AM 1540 will broadcast the following games: USC at UCLA on Jan. 14, USC vs. ASU on Jan. 20, USC vs. Stanford on Feb. 4, USC vs. UCLA on Feb. 10 and USC vs. Washington State on March 10. Regional television sports announcer Jim Watson will handle the play-by-play, while former volleyball and college hoops star Mike Dodd will serve as the color analyst.

    Pac-10 Online Chats
    Each Wednesday during conference play, a Pac-10 women's basketball player will drop in for a special chat and take questions on the conference race, women's hoops and the college basketball scene. The chats are featured on the Pac-10's official website, www.pac-10.org. Fans may send in their questions and they will be saved until the live chat begins. A full transcript of each chat will be posted weekly. The Women of Troy are scheduled to host a chat on Feb. 21.

    Injury Report
    At practice on Thursday, Feb. 8, Aisha Hollans suffered a contusion (bruised) to her right shoulder and did not play against UCLA (Feb. 10). She is currently listed as day-to-day.

    Defense Is Their Game
    Despite its shooting woes, USC has found success over the last three years thanks to a tough defensive effort. The Trojans currently average a conference-leading 23.0 opponent turnovers per game and rank second in steals (10.20) behind UCLA.

    The Up-N-Down Trojans
    You're not alone if you can't figure out the 2000-01 Women of Troy. Following is their season in streaks.
    The year began with two losses on the road at Creighton and Drake...
    Followed by five wins (3 at home, 2 on the road including victories over UCSB and Pepperdine)...
    Then six losses (1 at home, 5 on the road - 2 against ranked opponents, 2 against WSU and UCLA)...
    One win at home against No. 22 and conference-leading Arizona...
    One loss at home against ASU...
    Two wins on the road against No. 20 Oregon and OSU (who were first and second in the Pac-10)...
    Two losses at home to Cal (who was last among Pac-10 standings) and Stanford...
    One win over rival UCLA.

    USC In The RPI's
    In the latest WBCA/Summerville RPI report, USC is ranked No. 99 nationally and No. 44 in strength of schedule. According the Collegiate Basketball News, USC ranks 103rd nationally and 57th in strength of schedule. The Pac-10 ranks first in nonconference strength of schedule and fifth in overall RPI.

    It's A Freshman's Game
    So far this season USC's scoring, rebounding and assist leaders are all first-year players. Aisha Hollans leads with 12.3 points per game, while Ebony Hoffman follows closely with 12.0 points and leads with 8.2 rebounds per game. Jessica Cheeks leads with 2.3 assists per outing.

    Hoffman Among Pac-10 Leaders
    Freshman Ebony Hoffman has broken into six Pac-10 stat categories this season. She ranks first in offensive rebounds (3.20 rpg), second in rebounding (8.2 rpg) and defensive rebounds (4.95 rpg), fourth in free throw percentage (77.6), sixth in blocked shots (1.00 bpg) and 13th in scoring (12.0 ppg).

    Against Ranked Opponents
    USC will face its fifth and sixth ranked opponents of the season this Thursday (Feb. 15) against 24th-ranked Arizona State and Sunday (Feb. 18) against 23rd-ranked Arizona.

    Before Game	Team		Date		W/L		After Game
    
    No. 11 Texas Tech Dec. 22 L, 85-59 No. 10
    No. 3 Notre Dame Dec. 28 L, 70-61 No. 3
    No. 19 Arizona Jan. 18 W, 81-67 No. 25
    No. 20 Oregon Jan. 25 W, 55-53 No. 23
    No. 24 Arizona State Feb. 15
    No. 23* Arizona Feb. 18 *rank according to ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
    News-N-Notes
    *** A freshman has led in points and/or rebounds in 19 of 20 games this season.
    *** Prior to UCLA (Feb. 10), a freshman led in scoring in 12 consecutive games.

    Against Stanford (Feb. 4) Ryane Alexander became USC's fourth freshman to enter the starting lineup *** The loss to Cal (Feb. 2) and Stanford (Feb. 4) marked the first time USC has been swept by these two teams since the 1989-90 season *** Carmen Krause tied a career high with three steals against Cal (Feb. 2) *** USC's posted its first sweep in Oregon since the 1993-94 season *** This is the second-straight win for USC over a ranked Oregon squad *** The win over Arizona (Jan. 18) marks the second straight for the Women of Troy against a ranked Wildcats squad *** Tennille Grant played a career-high 31 minutes against Arizona (Jan. 18) and surpassed career-highs in field goals made (2), field goal percentage (100.0), free throws made (6), free throws attempted (6) and free throw percentage (100.0), while tieing a career mark with 10 points *** For the first time this season, three freshmen (Ebony Hoffman, Aisha Hollans and Jessica Cheeks) started against UCLA (Jan. 14) *** Carmen Krause tied a career-high with nine rebounds against the Bruins (Jan. 14) *** The USC-Washington match-up was the second-straight overtime game these two teams have played (both have been in Seattle), and the second triple overtime game in USC program history (last was vs. LBSU on March 1, 1982) *** Against Washington (Jan. 7), Denise Wood tied a career-high with five blocks and Camille Norwood set a career mark with seven rebounds and tied a career mark with five assists *** Tiffany Elmore surpassed a career high with seven assists against the Cougars (Jan. 4) *** There were 2,178 fans in attendance when the Women of Troy faced Notre Dame (Dec. 28), marking the highest USC home attendance figure since the 1986-87 season when the Trojans averaged 1,061 fans per game *** The Trojans shot 57.1 percent from three points range (10th among USC single game records) against the Lady Raiders (Dec. 22) *** USC had a season-high 30 turnovers against Baylor (Dec. 20) and Texas Tech (Dec. 22) - just three shy of making the program's top-10 list for most turnovers in a single game *** Camille Norwood set a career-high with five assists against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) *** With five consecutive wins between Nov. 24 and Dec. 15, USC enjoyed its longest win streak since winning five straight during the 1996-97 season *** The Trojans' 32 assists against Sac State (Dec. 9) rank sixth among program records *** USC's 26-point margin of victory over the Hornets (Dec. 9) was its largest since also beating Sac State by 42 points (84-42) last season (Dec. 11) at the Sports Arena *** Tashara Carter surpassed a career-high with seven assists against Sac State (Dec. 9) *** The USC-San Diego game was the first time the Women of Troy shot above 50 percent since January 9, 2000, when the Trojans shot 50.8 in a win over Washington *** Forward Tennille Grant surpassed a career-high with ten points and seven rebounds against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) *** Tashara Carter tied a career-high with four blocks against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) *** USC is 21-4 all-time in season openers (6-4 on the road, 10-0 at home and 5-0 at neutral sites) *** The Trojans are 22-2 all-time in home season openers.

    Head Coach Chris Gobrecht
    Chris Gobrecht enters her fourth season at the helm of the USC women's basketball program. Replacing former head coach Fred Williams on May 8, 1997, Gobrecht returned to her alma mater to help guide the Women of Troy back to national prominence. Throughout 22 years of head coaching experience, Gobrecht has amassed a 376-263 (.588) career record with her programs at Cal State Fullerton (six years), Washington (11), Florida State (one) and USC. During her 11-year tenure at Washington, she was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1987 and 1988). Gobrecht remains the second-winningest coach in conference history with a 166-90 (.648) mark, and she ranks 37th among active Division I coaches with 376 career victories.

    This Week's Opponents

    Arizona State (16-7, 8-3 Pac-10)
    Ranked No. 24 in the AP poll, the Sun Devils are currently tied for first place in the conference race with Washington and Stanford ... With a win over Washington State, 74-72, and a loss to Washington, 79-60, Arizona State improved to 15-6 overall and 8-3 in the Pac-10 ... The loss against the Huskies broke a seven-game win streak for the Sun Devils ... Center Melody Johnson and guard Amanda Levens currently lead the team with 14.7 points per game, while Johnson leads with 6.9 rebounds per outing ... In the Pac-10, Johnson ranks fifth in scoring, fifth in rebounding and fourth in field goal percentage (55.3), while Levens is fifth in scoring, third in free throw percentage (78.9) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (41.6) ... As a team, ASU leads the conference in scoring defense (60.4) and rebounding defense (33.9)

    Possible Starting Lineup	Position	Hgt.	Ppg	Rpg
    
    #23 Betsy Boardman Forward 6-1 11.1 4.1
    #52 Cian Carvalho Forward 5-11 6.7 5.2
    #35 Melody Johnson Center 6-2 14.7 6.9
    #4 Amanda Levens Guard 5-9 14.7 3.4
    #33 Natalie Tucker Guard 5-9 5.1 2.3
    USC-Arizona State Series Record
    The ASU-USC series has been the most successful for the Women of Troy in conference play. With a 40-6 overall series record in Troy's favor, Thursday's game will mark the 47th meeting between these two squads. The Women of Troy fell to 21-3 against the Sun Devil at home after a 66-59 loss on Jan. 20. USC has only lost three times in Tempe, including an overtime loss last season. Arizona State has never swept the Women of Troy.

    The Last Time Against Arizona State
    ASU 66, USC 59 - Jan. 20, 2001 - Los Angeles

    Despite a 19-point effort from Ebony Hoffman, ASU defeated USC 66-59 in front of a sellout crowd of 1,410 at the Lyon Center on Jan. 20. The Sun Devils quickly took a 18-8 lead in the first nine minutes of the game and the Women of Troy responded by pulling within three (15-18) at the 8:25 mark. But eight turnovers in the remainder of the half negated the Trojans' effort and ASU entered halftime with a 32-24 advantage. Refreshed from the break, the Sun Devils held USC scoreless in the first four minutes of the half to take a 41-26 lead. The Trojans got as close as five points 40-45 at the 11:26 mark and 49-44 at the 8:55 mark, but turnovers and missed shots down the stretch proved too much for the Women of Troy to overcome. USC and ASU shot a comparable 43.6 and 44.4 percent and matched each other with 32 rebounds apiece. USC finished with 24 turnovers, the Devils had 21.

    Arizona (16-7, 6-5 Pac-10)
    Despite two losses last week, Arizona enters this week ranked No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll ... On Thursday, the Wildcats fell 98-88 to Washington, then were upset 93-86 at Washington State ... Arizona is 4-0 this season at home against conference opponents ... The team has lost five of the last seven games - a string which began with a loss at USC on Jan. 18 ... The Wildcats are currently 16-7 overall and tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with a 6-5 record ... With four players scoring in double figures, Arizona is led by Elizabeth Pickney who is averaging 15.7 points per game ... Veranda James leads the squad in rebounding with 8.3 boards per outing ... Guard Reshea Bristol is the team's best all-around leader, appearing in six Pac-10 categories and leads the conference with 3.04 steals per game ... Bristol has also posted five points-assists double-doubles this season, including 12 points, 11 assists against WSU last week ... The team leads the conference in scoring offense (80.7), scoring margin (+11.4) and field goal percentage (46.3).

    Possible Starting Lineup	Position	Hgt.	Ppg	Rpg
    
    #35 Krista Warren Forward 6-2 9.2 5.7
    #45 Elizabeth Pickney Forward 6-4 15.7 6.5
    #50 LaKeisha Taylor Center 6-4 11.5 5.9
    #10 Reshea Bristol Guard 5-10 14.7 4.7
    #13 Aimee Grzyb Guard 5-7 8.2 2.0
    USC-Arizona Series Record
    Sunday's game will be the 46th meeting between the Women of Troy and Wildcats. USC owns a 35-10 series advantage which once began with a 21-game Trojan win streak. Arizona broke the streak with a 94-84 win in 1988-89. The Wildcats have found great success in the last four seasons. Since 1995-96, Arizona has defeated the Women of Troy in eight of the last 11 games, but the Women of Troy are on the rebound and have won the last two meetings.

    The Last Time Against Arizona
    USC 81, Arizona 67 - Jan. 18, 2001 - Los Angeles

    With three players in double figures, USC upset 19th-ranked Arizona 81-67 for its first Pac-10 win of 2001. Arizona led only once in the game following a layup by Reshea Bristol to put the Cats up 10-8, 5:35 into the game. Ahead by as much as 11 points (25-14) at 7:52, Tennille Grant sank 4-of-4 free throws in the final 1:30 to give the Women of Troy a seven point advantage (39-32) at the half. Upon returning to the floor, Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini was charged with a technical, giving USC two quick points at the line. The Women of Troy extended that lead with an 11-3 run which put the team ahead by 17 (52-35) at 16:19. The Trojans never looked back, extending the lead to as much as 20 points following two more free throws by Grant with six minutes remaining. USC was led by career-high performances from Grant and freshman Jessica Cheeks who added 10 and 18 points, respectively.

    2000-2001 Women of Troy

    #3 Tiffany Elmore
    Guard * 5-10 * Junior * Sacramento, Calif. * Florin HS

    Tiffany Elmore begins her junior season with the Women of Troy as one of two returning starters... Primarily a two-guard, she was the go-to player last season and played a big role in a lot of key wins... Will establish herself as one of the top guards in the conference this season... A 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection and Pac-10 Player of the Week (Feb. 21).
    This Season: Has made 17 starts and played in 20 games.
    Against Creighton (Nov. 17) she collected eight points (4-12) ... Led with 11 points (4-9), two assists and two steals at Drake (Nov. 19) ... Added 14 points and four steals against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Struggled offensively, hitting 1-of-9 shots, but provided two blocks and four steals against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Collected six rebounds against San Diego (Dec. 2) despite shooting 1-for-6 ... Returning to her hometown, she led with 20 points (8-14) against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Has her second-straight 20+ point game, leading the team with 22 points against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Committed six turnovers against Baylor (Dec. 20)... Added 12 points against Texas Tech (Dec. 22), hitting 5-of-13 from the field ... Finished with nine points and five rebounds, but committed four turnovers against Notre Dame (Dec. 28) ... Added a career-high seven assists against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Fell one point and one rebound short of a double-double against Washington (Jan. 7) while leading the team with nine boards ... Did not start against UCLA (Jan. 14) but played 16 minutes ... Added nine points and four assists off the bench against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Resumed her starting role against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Had 10 points against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Added five points and five rebounds against Cal (Feb. 2) ... Led with nine rebounds against the Cardinal (Feb. 4) ... Led with 13 points and added seven rebounds in win over UCLA (Feb. 10).

    #5 Camille Norwood
    Guard * 5-8 * Junior * Los Angeles, Calif. * Washington HS

    Camille Norwood enters her junior season with the Women of Troy... A player who has proven to be one of the steadiest performers on the team... Her progress made a huge impact last season and she expects to do the same this year... A dependable player who is tough to rattle at the point.
    This Season: Has made 2 starts and played in 18 games.
    Is expected to played limited minutes in nonconference play while still rehabbing from ACL surgery she underwent in July ... Played eight minutes off the bench against Creighton ... Played eight minutes off the bench and made one steal against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Contributed two assists and two points in 18 minutes against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Played 14 minutes against San Diego (Dec. 2) ... Made her first start of the season against Sac State (Dec. 9), adding four assists despite four turnovers ... Set a new career-high with five assist against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... In eight minutes on the court against Texas Tech (Dec. 22), she added five points (2-of-2 from the field), two assists, two steals and three turnovers ... Had three points and two steals against Notre Dame (Dec. 28) ... Set a career high with seven rebounds and tied a career high with five assists against Washington (Jan. 7) ... Hit 2-of-3 shots against the Bruins (Jan. 14) ... Did not play against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Hit 2-of-2 from the field for five points against Arizona State (Jan. 20) ... Had one assist and one steal in nine minutes against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Added five points and two assists against Stanford (Feb. 4) ... Started against the Bruins (Feb. 10) and played 20 minutes.

    #10 Jessica Cheeks
    Guard * 5-9 * Freshman * Los Angeles, Calif. * Narbonne HS

    Jessica Cheeks begins her first season with the Women of Troy... A player with great instincts for the game... An excellent shooter who provides a terrific backcourt threat... Will be able to play well with a three guard lineup.
    This Season: Has made 14 starts and appeared in 19 games.
    Led with 10 points (3-8), seven boards and three assists against Creighton (Nov. 17) ... Made her first collegiate start against Drake (Nov. 19) but had nine points with a 3-of-13 effort ... Added eight points, four steals and hit 2-of-4 from three-point range against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Added eight points against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Posted double figures against San Diego (Dec. 2) with 13 points hitting 6-of-8 from the field ... Did not play against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Contributed 10 points and two assists against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Added only four points and one steal against Baylor (Dec. 20) ... Led with four steals against Texas Tech (Dec. 22) ... Despite not starting against Notre Dame (Dec. 28), sparked a 15-2 run with seven points and two steals to bring USC within three ... Led with three steals against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Started against Washington (Jan. 7) but fouled-out with only two points, one board and one steal ... Started against the Bruins (Jan. 14) and added seven points and four rebounds ... Starting at the point she had a season best performance with 18 points off of 7-of-12 shooting, three assists and four steals against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Struggled against Arizona State (Jan. 20) with seven turnovers despite three assists and eight points ... Had a season-high five assists in addition to three steals against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Suffered from 1-of-8 shooting but added three assists against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Tied a season-high with five assists against Cal (Feb. 2) ... Contributed seven points and three assists against Stanford (Feb. 4) ... Hit 3-of-7 for eight points against the Bruins (Feb. 10) and led with four assists.

    #13 Denise Woods
    Center/Forward * 6-3 * Senior * Richmond, Calif. * Univ. of San Francisco

    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.
    This Season: Has made 14 starts and played in 19 games.
    Shot 50.0 percent (3-6, 7 points) with two boards against Creighton (Nov. 17) ... Had six rebounds and three blocks against Drake (Nov. 19) ... Led with 16 points , three blocks and five boards against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Hit 4-of-6 for 11 points against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Continues to improve with another top performance against San Diego (Dec. 2), including a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds ... Began USC's first scoring run against Sac State (Dec. 9) by accounting for the first five of six field goals in the game and finishing 14 points (7-9) ... Despite 3-of-12 shooting, she led with three blocks and added nine points against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Led with 14 points and seven rebounds against Baylor (Dec. 20) ... Was 1-of-8 from the field and finished with seven turnovers against Texas Tech (Dec. 22) ... Finished with seven points and four rebounds against Notre Dame (Dec. 28) ... Shot 50 percent (4-8) against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Tied a career-high with five blocks against Washington (Jan. 7) ... Sprained her left ankle on Jan. 11 and did not play against UCLA (Jan. 14) ... Returned to the lineup against Arizona and contributed eight points (4-7) ... Had three blocks against Oregon State (Jan. 29) ... Hit 2-of-3 against the Cardinal (Feb. 4) ... Off the bench, she led with 13 points and tied a career-high with five blocks against UCLA (Feb. 10).

    #14 Carmen Krause
    Forward * 6-1 * Junior * Prescott, Ariz. * Prescott HS

    Carmen Krause returns for her junior season with the Women of Troy... An athlete who plays with passion and intensity... Her defense has improved tremendously over the past two seasons and the team will rely on her toughness at the post.
    This Season: Has made 8 starts and played in 18 games.
    Played 13 minutes against Creighton (Nov. 17) and 23 minutes with nine points (2-5) against Drake (Nov. 19) ... Hit 2-of-4 off the bench against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Made her first start against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) and contributed four points, rebounds and assists ... Did not play against San Diego (Dec. 2) ... Hit 2-of-4 from the field, including 1-of-1 three-pointers for six points against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Collected four quick fouls against Baylor (Dec. 20) to play only seven minutes ... Contributed four rebounds against Notre Dame (Dec. 28) ... Collected six rebounds and eight points after going 8-for-11 from the line against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Started against Washington (Jan. 7) and sparked the Trojans' lead by hitting the team's first 3-of-5 field goals ... Fouled out against the Huskies ... Started against the Bruins (Jan. 14) and tied a career high with nine rebounds ... Did not play against Arizona (Jan. 18) to rest a mild sprain she suffered on her left ankle at practice on Jan. 16 ... Returned to the lineup against Arizona State (Jan. 20) and contributed three assists and four rebounds ... Made two steals against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Added another two steals and four points against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Equaled a career high with three steals against Cal (Feb. 2) and tied a season high with nine points ... Contributed nine points against UCLA (Feb. 10) while hitting 5-of-5 at the line.

    #15 Lauren Smith-Hams
    Guard * 5-7 * Sophomore * Los Altos, Calif. * Pinewood HS

    Lauren Smith-Hams begins her sophomore season with the Women of Troy... Recruited to be a shooting force for the team at guard, but instead became one of the team's most solid defenders... This season, she will again be utilized on defense and will be relied on as one of the team's most reliable shooters off the bench.
    This Season: Has played in 9 games.
    Added four points in 13 minutes against Creighton (Nov. 17) and five points in 22 minutes against Drake (Nov. 19) ... Did not play against UCSB (Nov. 24) and St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Came off the bench for 11 minutes against San Diego (Dec. 2) and hit 2-of-3 from the field ... Was 2-of-3 from three-point range for six points against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Did not play against Baylor (Dec. 20) ... Did not play against Washington (Jan. 7) ... Did not play against UCLA (Jan. 14) ... Did not play against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Did not play against Arizona State (Jan. 20) ... Did not play against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Did not play against Cal (Feb. 2) ... Did not play against Stanford (Feb. 4).

    #20 Tennille Grant
    Forward * 5-10 * Sophomore * Kansas City, Mo. * Northeast HS

    Tennille Grant returns for her sophomore season with the Women of Troy... She has worked hard in the off-season to get stronger and improve her defense... Will likely be used as a post or wing player this year... A natural player who can score with her back to the basket.
    This Season: Has played in 19 games.
    Recorded eight points on 4-of-6 shooting against both Creighton (Nov. 17) and Drake (Nov. 19) Only played two minutes off the bench against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Surpassed her previous career-highs with 10 points and seven rebounds against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Played 14 minutes against San Diego (Dec. 2) with four points and two rebounds ... Shot 50.0 percent (3-6) and added seven rebounds against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Hit 4-of-9 from the field for eight points against Baylor (Dec. 20), despite four turnovers ... Only played six minutes against Notre Dame (Dec. 28) ... Collected nine points just in the first half after going 4-for-6 from the field against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Played 16 minutes against the Bruins and tied a career high with two steals ... Played a career-high 31 minutes against Arizona (Jan. 18) and surpassed career-highs in field goals made (2), field goal percentage (100.0), free throws made (6), free throws attempted (6) and free throw percentage (100.0) ... Also tied a career mark with 10 points against the Wildcats ... Contributed six rebounds against Oregon (1/25) ... Played 11 minutes against Stanford (Feb. 4) ... Did not play against UCLA (Feb. 10).

    #21 Erin Young
    Guard * 5-11 * Sophomore * Dallas, Tex. * Highland Park HS

    Erin Young enters her sophomore season with the Women of Troy as a walk-on guard... Will return to the court with high expectations after a solid freshman campaign... Looks to become a more consistent shooter, primarily at the two... Has an exceptional ability to learn and will continue to get better with each season.
    This Season: Has played in 12 games.
    Played nine minutes against Drake (Nov. 19) ... Came off the bench early and played nine minutes with two assists against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Played three minutes against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Added one rebound and one steal in four minutes against San Diego (Dec. 2) ... Grabbed five rebounds in 15 minutes on the court against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Did not play against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Did not play against Notre Dame (Dec. 28) ... Did not play against Washington (Jan. 7) ... Did not play against the Bruins (Jan. 14) ... Did not play against the Sun Devils (Jan. 20) ... Did not play against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Did not play against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Played five minutes against Cal (Feb. 2), adding two points a rebound and an assist ... Played 13 minutes against Stanford (Feb. 2).

    #22 Tashara Carter
    Forward * 6-0 * Senior * Harbor City, Calif. * Bishop Montgomery HS

    Tashara Carter begins her senior season with the Women of Troy as one of two returning starters... A do-everything player at forward, she contributes points, rebounds, assists and steals... She brings experience as the only three-year starter on the team... A 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection.
    This Season: Has made 20 starts.
    Contributed six points and six rebounds against Creighton (Nov. 17) ... Added six points, 10 rebounds against Drake (Nov. 19) ... Fouled out after only adding four points and two boards against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... With an outstanding performance, she led with 14 points (4-10), 10 rebounds, four blocks and four assists against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Was the second-leading scorer against San Diego (Dec. 2) with 14 points (6-8) in addition to two assists, two steals and five rebounds ... Added a career-high seven assists and three steals against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Had 12 points after hitting 8-of-10 at the line, in addition to four assists and five steals against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Led with five assists against Baylor (Dec. 20) ... Was called for a technical foul at 16:20 in the second half ... Had nine points and three rebounds, steals and turnovers against Texas Tech (Dec. 22) ... Had nine points and six rebounds against Notre Dame (Dec. 28) ... Added eight points, three assists and three steals against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Shot 44.4 percent against Washington (Jan. 7), but 20.0 percent at the line and finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists and steals ... Fouled out against the Huskies ... Led with four steals and five boards against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Added three assists but only two points against Arizona State (Jan. 20) ... Finished with 12 points and six rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Shot a season-best 75.0 percent, hitting 6-of-8 for 12 points against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Had five rebounds and five points against Cal (Feb. 2) ... One of two players to finish in double figures against Stanford (Feb. 4) with 13 points ... Fell one rebound short of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards, alongside three assists and three steals against UCLA (Feb. 10).

    #23 Aisha "ReeCee" Hollans
    Guard * 5-10 * Freshman * Berkeley, Calif. * Berkeley HS

    Aisha Hollans begins her first season with the Women of Troy... An extremely talented young athlete who possesses all the qualities of a great wing player... Brings a completely different dimension to the game with her ability to create opportunities... A gifted and knowledgable basketball player.
    This Season: Has made 5 starts and played in 13 games.
    Missed first six games due to a back injury ... Began practicing with the team the week of Dec. 4 ... Entered her first collegiate game on Dec. 15 against Pepperdine and contributed six rebounds and 14 points off of 6-of-12 shooting ... Again added double figures in her second game with 12 points against Baylor (Dec. 20) ... Played 24 minutes off the bench and led with 17 points against Texas Tech (Dec. 22), including 3-of-5 three pointers ... Made her first collegiate start against Notre Dame (Dec. 28) and led with 11 points despite 3-of-12 shooting ... Posted double figures for the fifth-straight game with 10 points, three assists, three steals and six boards, but shot 4-of-12 from the field against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Did not start against Washington (Jan. 7) but led with a season-high 18 points ... Led with 14 points against the Bruins (Jan. 14) and added seven rebounds ... Contributed four rebounds, eight points and three assists against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Despite hitting 3-of-10 from the field, led on the boards with a season-high nine against Arizona State (Jan. 20) ... Had eight points and five rebounds against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Led with 16 points and added two blocks against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Off the bench, led the team with 14 points going 4-of-6 from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range, and 4-of-4 at the line against Cal (Feb. 2) ... Had nine points against Stanford (Feb. 4) ... Did not play against the Bruins (Feb. 10) after injuring her right shoulder during practice on Feb. 8.

    #24 Ryane Alexander
    Guard * 5-7 * Freshman * Copperas Cove, Tex. * Copperas Cove HS

    Ryane Alexander begins her first season with the Women of Troy... A classic point guard who likes to dish the ball and run the show when she is on the court... A hard-nosed player with great intensity and toughness... The type of player who does what the team needs her to do at all times.
    This Season: Has made 1 start and played in 13 games.
    Made her collegiate debut against UCSB (Nov. 24) and played 15 minutes in which she made a crucial defensive stop to clinch the win for the Trojans ... Played seven minutes against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Played seven minutes against San Diego (Dec. 2) ... Played six minutes against Sac State (Dec. 9) ... Did not play against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Did not play against Notre Dame (Dec. 28) ... Did not play against Washington (Jan. 7) ... Did not play against UCLA (Jan. 14) ... Played seven minutes and hit 1-of-1 from the field against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Contributed two assists in seven minutes on the court against Arizona State (Jan. 20) ... Played six minutes against Oregon (Jan. 25) and forced one turnover by taking a charge ... Played five minutes against Cal (Feb. 2) with two points, an assist and a rebound ... Made her first collegiate start against Stanford (Feb. 4), adding three points, a steal and an assist ... Played 14 minutes against the Bruins (Feb. 10) and tallied two assists and a steal.

    #32 Ebony Hoffman
    Forward * 6-2 * Freshman * Harbor City, Calif. * Narbonne HS

    Ebony Hoffman enters her first season with the Women of Troy... A player with the potential to have a dominating influence and make a significant impact on the team... One of the country's best post players, she can run the floor and hit an outside shot... She plays a power-quickness game which will make her an exceptional player in the Pac-10.
    This Season: Has made 18 starts and appeared in 20 games.
    Made first collegiate start against Creighton (Nov. 17) and went 1-for-12 from the field with five points and three rebounds ... Against Drake (Nov. 19), she led with 11 rebounds but still suffered with 2-of-10 shooting ... Fouled out against the Bulldogs ... In her best performance, she added 12 points (5-10), five rebounds and three assists against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Did not start but led with 14 points (4-8) and added four rebounds and two blocks against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Resumed her starting position against San Diego (Dec. 2) and led with eight rebounds and three steals, in addition to 11 points ... Was one rebound and two assists shy of a triple-double against Sac State (Dec. 9) after contributing 14 points and a team-high nine boards and eight assists ... Contributed a team-high 11 rebounds and three blocks against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Fouled out against the Waves ... Led with seven rebounds and three steals against Baylor (Dec. 20) ... Was called for a technical four at 16:20 in the second half ... Led with 13 rebounds and four assists against Texas Tech (Dec. 22), but suffered from 1-of-8 shooting and six turnovers in the game ... Fouled out against the Lady Raiders ... Finished with a team-high 11 points and eight rebounds against Notre Dame (Dec. 28) ... Fouled out against the Irish ... Led the team with eight rebounds and a season-high 21 points against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Did not start against Washington (Jan. 7) but led with four steals, added 14 points and shot 62.5 percent ... Added 13 points, six rebounds against UCLA (Jan. 14) ... Guided USC with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in upset over Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Was the only player to finish in double digits for USC with a game-high 19 points against Arizona State (Jan. 20) ... Also added a season-best four blocks against the Sun Devils ... Earned her first (and the team's first) double-double of the season with 19 points and a season-best 17 rebounds to lead USC in upset over Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Recorded another double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Honored as the Pac-10 Player of the Week for her performances against the Ducks and Beavers, after averaging 15.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in the series ... Fell two boards short of a double-double with 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks against Cal (Feb. 2) ... Tied a season high with 21 points against Stanford (Feb. 4) ... Added only four points and seven rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 10).

    #35 Portia Mitchell
    Center * 6-4 * RS Freshman * Los Angeles, Calif. * Narbonne HS

    Portia Mitchell begins her redshirt freshman year at USC... A player with great size, a soft touch around the basket and excellent skills... Her commitment to her conditioning last year has already payed off this season... Mitchell ran a mile and a half in 13 minutes, one second on Sept. 8 to fulfill her requirements and begin team workouts... The team will benefit greatly from having her at the post.
    This Season: Has played in 10 games.
    Made her collegiate debut against Creighton (Nov. 17), collecting three rebounds in six minutes ... Played two minutes against Drake (Nov. 19) ... Added three rebounds in six minutes of play against UCSB (Nov. 24) ... Did not play against St. Joseph's (Nov. 26) ... Collected three rebounds in seven minutes off the bench against San Diego (Dec. 2) ... Played eight minutes against Sac State (Dec. 9) but hit only 1-of-7 from the field ... Played three minutes against Pepperdine (Dec. 15) ... Did not play against Texas Tech (Dec. 22) ... Did not play against Notre Dame (Dec. 28) ... Did not play against the Cougars (Jan. 4) ... Did not play against Washington (Jan. 7) ... Did not play against UCLA (Jan. 14) ... Played five minutes and hit 1-of-1 against Arizona (Jan. 18) ... Did not play against Arizona State (Jan. 20) ... Played five minutes against Oregon (Jan. 25) ... Did not play against Oregon State (Jan. 27) ... Did not play against Cal (Feb. 2) ... Was 1-for-1 against the Cardinal (Feb. 4) in four minutes on the court ... Did not play against UCLA (Feb. 10).