Women's Basketball
    Women of Troy Host Washington, WSU In Final Series

    March 7, 2001

    Game Broadcasts
    USC vs. Washington

    Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m.
    On the web ... www.usctrojans.com

    USC vs. Washington State
    Saturday, March 10, at 1 p.m.
    On the radio ... KMPC 1540
    On the web ... www.usctrojans.com

    The Facts
    USC women's basketball is looking to end the 2001 season on a good note with wins against Washington and Washington State. The Women of Troy are coming off two landmark victories over Stanford and Cal which marked the first time USC has swept in the Bay Area since 1986. With a two-game win streak in hand, the Trojans host the Huskies on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m., and the Cougars on Saturday, March 10, at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at the Sports Arena. USC will honor its two graduating seniors, Tashara Carter and Denise Woods, on Saturday and the game will be broadcast on KMPC-AM 1540.

    Game Promotions
    "Girl Scouts Night" - All Girl Scouts (dressed in troup uniform) get in free.
    Saturday, March 10, vs. Washington State

    Senior Salute
    On Saturday (March 10), USC will honor its two graduating senior - Tashara Carter and Denise Woods.

    #22 Tashara Carter
    As the team's only four-year starter, Tashara Carter has made her mark on USC women's basketball since entering the program in 1997. A do-everything player at forward, she has been an huge contributor in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. Since her freshman year, Carter has played in every single game and only missed four starts. She is the only player on the team this season to have started in every game, surviving 11 lineup changes. Carter was a Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention selection in 1998 and led the team in steals and assists in 1999 and 2000. Carter will likely finish her USC career among the program's top-10 in rebounding, steals, assists, and among the top-20 in scoring.

    #13 Denise Woods
    Denise Woods joined the Women of Troy program in 1998 after transferring from the University of San Francisco. Redshirting her first year, she has played in nearly game for USC, including 25 starts. The Trojans' only true active center for the past two season, Woods has made an impact in the post by leading the team in blocks. She is currently first in the Pac-10 with an average of 1.88 stops per game. A true student-athlete, Woods earned her undergraduate degree in May of 2000 and is in the process of earning a graduate degree in communication management. Last season, she was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team.

    Last Week's Game Notes
    * USC posted its first sweep in the Bay Area since 1986, its first win over Stanford since 1994 (breaking a 14-game losing streak) and its first win at Maples Pavilion since 1987.
    * With the win over the Bears, USC posted its first two consecutive wins since defeating the Oregon schools on Jan. 25 and 27.
    * Against Cal, the Trojans halftime lead (40-25), total points (91) and field goal percentage (56.4) were all season bests.
    * Aisha Hollans surpassed her career high with 26 points, 12 first-half points and five steals against the Bears.
    * Ebony Hoffman posted her fourth double-double with a career-high 21 points and recorded her best first-half performance of the season with 13 points before the break.

    Game #25 - Women Of Troy Bury Bears
    Led by Aisha Hollans' 26 points, USC buried the Cal Golden Bears 91-74 in front of 2,690 at Haas Pavilion Saturday afternoon. Led by a 12-point effort from Hollans in the first half, the Women of Troy took advantage of the Bears by forcing 13 turnovers while shooting 53.3 percent from the field. The Trojans entered the break with a 40-25 advantage. Even after the half, USC came out firing. Cal was held to only a single field goal in the first four minutes while the Women of Troy embarked on a 25-8 run which put the team up by 30 with 10:25 remaining. Cal did try to get back in the game with a string of fouls in the final three minutes and a strong effort from Courtney Johnson and Lauren Ashbaugh who managed to cut the lead to 17 by the final buzzer.

    Game #24 - Women Of Troy Stun Stanford
    Ebony Hoffman guided USC in a 62-59 upset victory over Stanford on Thursday at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal fell in the final moments to the Women of Troy after leading for the first 19 minutes of the second half. Stanford pushed to a 10 point lead following the break (47-37 at 9:43), but watched as the Trojans went on an 11-4 run to cut the margin to three, 51-48 (6:21). With 58 seconds remaining in the game Denise Woods tied the game at 59-59 on a layup from Jessica Cheeks. Hoffman then scored to give USC its first two-point lead since the start of the game with 12 seconds to go. Stanford's attempts were no good and a Yamasaki foul put Aisha Hollans on the line with one second on the clock. Hollans hit the second free throw to make the final score 62-59. The game remained a close one throughout, with Stanford leading by one point, 28-27, at halftime.

    Common Connections
    From 1988 to 1996, USC head coach Chris Gobrecht "put Washington women's basketball on the map. In 8 years (as Washington's head coach), she created a product that the city of Seattle embraced...," as explained in the 2000-01 Huskie media guide. Gobrecht was the first women's basketball coach to lead the Huskies for five consecutive seasons, win 100 games, and reach the 300-win milestone in her career. She became the winningest coach in Washington history in just her fourth season, and in 7 of the 8, her teams posted 17 or more wins.

    Hoffman Honored As WBJ Second Team Freshman All-American
    Ebony Hoffman has been named to the Women's Basketball Journal Freshman All-America second team. This is the first honor Hoffman has received for her performance throughout the 2001 season. The WBJ All-America team, which is named by position, is selected by the publication's editors and contributors.

    Injury Update
    Ebony Hoffman was forced to leave the game against Cal (March 5) with a twisted left ankle she suffered two minutes into the second half after landing on a player's foot. She is practicing with the team and is likely to play against Washington.

    Narrow Losses
    Just a few points could have made a difference for the Women of Troy this season. With an 11-15 overall record, USC's games have been decided by an average of 1.8 points per game.

    Basketball, Volleyball Record Firsts At Maples
    In September, USC women's volleyball swept the Cardinal at Maples Pavilion giving USC its first win in Palo Alto since 1977. Last week women's basketball made its own mark by, once again, stunning the Cardinal with its first win at Maples since 1987.

    Countdown To 1,000
    Tashara Carter is just 37 points away from reaching the 1,000-point career mark. But in order to do so, Carter will have to average 18.5 points per game this week. Carter would become the 16th player in USC history to reach the mark.

    Woods Back in the Lead
    With three blocks against Stanford (March 1) and five against Cal (March 3), Denise Woods is once again sitting atop the Pac-10 with a 1.88 blocks per game average.

    Who Will Be the First?
    Either USC's Ebony Hoffman (8.0 rpg) or Stanford's Nicole Powell (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. In her career, Carter has played in all 110 games and only missed four starts. This season Carter is the only player to start and play in every game, surviving 11 lineup changes.

    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 22.8 opponent turnovers per game and rank second in steals (10.04) behind UCLA.

    It's a Freshman's Game
    So far this season USC's scoring, rebounding and assist leaders are all first-year players. Ebony Hoffman leads in scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg), while Aisha Hollans follows with 11.8 points per game. Jessica Cheeks leads the team in assists (2.5 apg) and steals (1.72 spg).

    Hoffman Among Pac-10 Leaders
    Freshman Ebony Hoffman has broken into six Pac-10 stat categories this season. She ranks first in offensive rebounds (3.27 rpg), second in rebounds (8.0 rpg), third in defensive rebounds (4.77 rpg), fifth in free throw percentage (78.3), ninth in blocked shots (0.96 bpg) and 14th in scoring (12.4 ppg).

    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.

    News-N-Notes
    *** A freshman has led in points and/or rebounds in 25 of 26 games this season.

    Losses to Oregon (Feb. 25) and Oregon State (Feb. 23) at home marked the first time ever USC has lost to both schools at home *** Denise Woods again tied her career high with five bocks against Oregon State (Feb. 23) *** Tiffany Elmore collected a career-high six steals against Arizona (Feb. 18) *** Ebony Hoffman contributed her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Arizona (Feb. 18) *** The Sun Devils win on Feb. 15 completed the first-ever ASU season sweep of the Trojans in 23 years *** ASU's 38 free throws made and 47 free throws attempted on Feb. 15 were both USC opponent records *** 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 (Feb. 10) *** Denise Woods tied a career high with five blocks against UCLA (Feb. 10) *** 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 378-267 (.586) 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 168-94 (.641) mark, and she ranks 37th among active Division I coaches with 378 career victories.

    This Week's Opponents

    Washington (19-7, 12-4 Pac-10)
    The Huskies moved into first place in the Pac-10 race after defeating Washington State 80-64 last week ... The team is currently 19-7 overall and 12-4 in the Pac-10 and has won its last 8-of-9 games ... Ranked 22nd in this week's AP poll, the Huskies could clinch at least a share of the conference title with one win this week ... In the win over the Cougars, senior center LeAnn Sheets paced the team with her second double-double of the year (16 points, 13 rebounds) ... Sheets and Giuliana Mendiola lead the team in rebounding averaging 6.5 per game ... Guard Megan Franza leads the team in scoring (16.1 ppg), while Mendiola is first in assists (4.19 apg) ... Washington leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense (.308), three-point field goals made (7.38), offensive rebounds (16.85), defensive rebounds (26.58), rebounding offense (43.4), rebounding margin (+4.7) and assists (16.92).

    Possible Starting Lineup	Position	Hgt.	Ppg	Rpg
    
    #13 Giuliana Mendiola Guard 5-10 10.7 6.5
    #14 Megan Franza Guard 5-11 16.1 3.7
    #22 Loree Payne Guard 6-0 10.8 2.3
    #40 Andrea Lalum Center 6-4 8.8 5.4
    #42 LeAnn Sheets Forward 6-2 7.5 6.5
    USC-Washington Series Record
    Washington is one of two Pac-10 schools (Stanford is the other) that owns a winning record against USC. Since their first meeting in 1986-87, the Trojans have posted a 12-17 mark against the Huskies. This season, the Women of Troy fell to the Huskies in the opening series of the Pac-10. USC owns an 8-6 record at home against Washington.

    The Last Time Against Washington
    Washington 91, USC 79 (3ot) - Jan. 6, 2001 - Seattle

    The Women of Troy suffered a triple overtime defeat at Washington (91-79) on Sunday, Jan. 7, after the Huskies' Megan Franza scored six of her 18 points in the final overtime period to put the game away. USC led for most of the first half but Washington took command with a 22-5 run that started with 5:19 remaining in the first half and wrapped around halftime. The Huskies entered the break ahead 40-30. The Trojans responded with a 24-9 run in the first ten minutes of the second half, and the lead changed hands three times late before UW scored the final points of regulation with an eight-foot fadeaway that tied the game at 58-58 with 36.3 seconds remaining. With the score tied at 66-66, Jill Pimley missed a short runner and Payne a 15-foot fadeaway jumper in the final five seconds of the first overtime. Tashara Carter had a chance to win it for USC in the second overtime period, but missed the second of two free throws with .5 seconds remaining in the period and the score tied 75-75. Washington outscored USC 16-4 in the third overtime period for the win.

    Washington State (11-15, 6-10 Pac-10)
    After starting the season with a 7-5 record, the Cougars have dropped 10 of the last 14 games, including a loss to the Huskies last week ... With a 6-10 conference record, they are tied for eighth in the conference race with the Trojans ... Against Washington, three players scored in double digits including Victoria Harrod (10 points), Kelley Berglund (16 points) and Joanna Smith (19 points), while Berglund posted a double-double with 14 rebounds ... Forward Yvonne Volkman leads the team in scoring this season with 10.2 points per game, while Katie Nyseth follows closely with 10.0 ... Berglund leads on the boards with 5.7 rebounds per outing.

    Possible Starting Lineup	Position	Hgt.	Ppg	Rpg
    
    #5 Victoria Harrod Forward 6-0 7.6 4.9
    #20 Katie Nyseth Guard 5-3 11.8 2.8
    #31 Yvonne Volkman Forward 6-0 10.8 3.5
    #32 Kelley Berglund Center 6-3 10.8 6.3
    #14 Sarah Barrett Guard 5-9 8.1 1.4
    USC-Washington State Series Record
    Saturday's game will mark the 31st meeting between these two teams. The first was in 1981-82 in a preseason game before the Cougars joined the Pac-10. USC owns a 19-11 overall record against Washington State, after falling to WSU to open the 2001 Pac-10 season. The Trojans are 11-4 all-time against the Cougars at home.

    The Last Time Against Washington State
    Washington State 79, USC 78 - Jan. 4, 2001 - Pullman

    Despite a 21-point effort from Ebony Hoffman, USC suffered a 79-78 loss to Washington State thanks to a last-second jumper by Cougar Brittany Hawks. The Trojans shined defensively in the first half, forcing the Cougars to turn the ball over five times in their first eight possessions. Within the first 10 minutes, WSU committed 12 turnovers and allowed six USC steals. The Trojans led by as many as 10 points in the first half (32-22 at 3:25) but the lead was diminished to four with only seconds left on the clock. USC entered the break up by seven (40-33). The game was much closer in the second half as a the Cougs embarked on a 8-2 run six minutes into the game which brought them within one, 54-53, at the 10:45 mark. WSU tied the game, 72-72, at 3:04, then took its first lead, 75-74, with 2:21 left. At the one-minute mark, Hoffman grabbed a key offensive rebound and followed with the shot to put the Trojans up by one, 78-77. With a quick steal by freshman guard Aisha Hollans, USC regained possession, but a missed shot gave the Cougs the ball with 0:05 remaining. WSU inbounded the ball to Hawks who followed with the layin for the win.

    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 19 starts and played in 26 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) ... Added 10 points off of 4-of-7 shooting and tied a season-best with two blocks ... Contributed a career-high six steals in addition to nine points against Arizona (Feb. 18) ... Did not start against OSU (Feb. 23) but added eight points in 17 minutes ... Went 7-of-8 at the line to add nine points and three assists against Oregon (Feb. 25) ... Had a great performance against Stanford (March 1) with 14 points, including 2-of-3 three-pointers and 4-of-4 at the line ... Added nine points off of 4-of-6 shooting and five rebounds against cal (March 3).

    #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 21 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 ... Sprained her left ankle at practice on Feb. 13 ... Did not play against Arizona State (Feb. 15) or Arizona (Feb. 18) ... returned to the court against OSU (Feb. 23) and added three points and two rebounds ... Did not play against Oregon (Feb 25) ... Hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch against cal (March 3).

    #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 25 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 ... Surpassed her season high with six assists against Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... Had eight points against Arizona (Feb. 18) ... Struggled against Oregon State (Feb. 23), going 0-for-6 from the field ... Had a team-high 12 points and three steals against Oregon (Feb. 25) ... Finished with eight points, four assists and two steals against Stanford (March 1) ... Added nine points, five assists and three steals against Cal (March 3).

    #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 18 starts and played in 25 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) ... Added four points in seven minutes on the court against Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... Reentered the starting lineup against Oregon State (Feb. 23) and tied a career high with blocks in addition to six points and nine rebounds ... Had four rebounds and four points against Oregon (Feb. 25) .. Fouled out against the Ducks ... Finished with three blocks, seven points and four rebounds against Stanford (March 1) ... Again, tied a career high with five blocks in addition to eight points on 4-of-6 shooting against cal (March 3).

    #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 10 starts and played in 24 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 ... Added seven points and two rebounds against ASU (Feb. 15) ... Finished with five points and three rebounds against Arizona (Feb. 18) ... Did not start against Oregon State (Feb. 23) and played 10 minutes ... Had five points and two rebounds against Oregon (Feb. 25) ... Tallied three assists and four points against Cal (March 3).

    #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 14 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) ... Entered the game for three minutes and hit one three-pointer against Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... Did not play against Oregon State (Feb. 23) ... Made 3-of-6 at the line in the final minute against Cal (March 3).

    #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 23 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) ... Did not play against Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... In just 14 minutes on the court against Oregon State (Feb. 23) she 4-of-4 at the line to finish with eight points, two assists and three rebounds ... Had two points and three rebounds against Oregon (Feb. 25) ... Did not play against Stanford (March 1) ... Added four points in six minutes against Cal (March 3).

    #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 23 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) ... Played 11 minutes against Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... Added one assist and one steal in five minutes on the court against Stanford (March 1) ... Played six minutes against Cal (March 3).

    #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 26 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) ... Added 10 points and four rebounds against Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... Finished with 10 points against Arizona (Feb. 18) ... Had nine points, five rebounds and three blocks against Oregon State (Feb. 23) ... Added a team-best 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals against Oregon (Feb. 25) ... Had eight rebounds but went 1-for-7 on the court against Stanford (March 1) ... Had three assists and seven points against Cal (March 3).

    #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 9 starts and played in 19 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 ... Back in the lineup, she finished with seven points and six rebounds against Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... Reentered the starting lineup against Oregon State (Feb. 23) and finished with 10 points and four rebounds ... Finished with 10 points and seven rebounds against Oregon (Feb. 25) ... Added six points, five rebounds and two steals against Stanford (March 1) ... Set a career high with 26 points and five steals to lead USC over Cal (March 3) with a 64.3 shooting percentage, including 6-of-6 at the line.

    #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 7 starts and played in 19 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 ... Played a season high 22 minutes and added three steals and four points against Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... Surpassed her season-highs with eight points and two rebounds against Arizona (Feb. 18) ... Added five points and two rebounds against Oregon State (Feb. 23) ... Had three points and two rebounds against Oregon (Feb. 25) ... Surpassed a season-best with three assists against Stanford (March 1) ... Finished with five points and one assists against Cal (March 3).

    #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 24 starts and appeared in 26 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) ... Led with 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals against Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... Collected her third double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Arizona (Feb. 18) ... Led with 18 points against Oregon State (Feb. 23) ... Had nine points, four rebounds and a team-best four assists against Oregon (Feb. 25) ... Fouled out against the Ducks ... Tied her season high with 21 points against Stanford (March 1) in addition to 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season ... Collected nine points and four rebounds in the first half against Cal (March 3) before she was forced out of the game with a twisted left ankle.

    #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 12 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) ... Tied a season high with four rebounds against Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... Did not play against Oregon State (Feb. 23) ... Did not play against Oregon (Feb. 25) ... Did not play against Stanford (March 1) ... Played three minutes and added two points against Cal (March 3).