2014-15 USC Women's Basketball Schedule Revealed|
Sept. 22, 2014
It's official! The 2014-15 USC women's basketball season schedule is locked and loaded, with over half the Trojans' games set to be televised on Pac-12 Networks. After claiming the Pac-12 Tournament title and breaking back into the NCAA Tournament scene last season under the direction of new head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, the Women of Troy carry a winning mentality into their 2014-15 campaign.
USC will face four fellow NCAA Tournament teams (South Carolina, Fresno State, Cal State Northridge and Oklahoma State) during the nonconference stretch. Of those squads, the Gamecocks and the Cowgirls finished 2013-14 in the national rankings. Pac-12 play will put another set of four NCAA Tournament teams on tap for the Trojans. In addition to USC's postseason journey, the conference saw Arizona State, California, Stanford and Oregon State take trips into 2014 NCAA action, while four more Pac-12 teams played in the WNIT last season.
USC has a busy November and December to contend with. After a Nov. 9 exhibition game against Concordia at the Galen Center, the Trojans jump right into the real deal with a trip eastward. USC's official season opener comes in a journey to take on South Carolina on Nov. 15 as the Women of Troy look to seek some revenge on the Gamecocks after a loss at home last year. From there, the Trojans travel next-door to North Carolina to take on host Davidson for the first time in program history on Nov. 17. USC heads back west for a couple local tilts -- first visiting Long Beach State, where former Women of Troy players Jody Wynn and Kari LaPlante are coaching the 49ers. After that Nov. 21 clash, USC will get back to Galen Center for the Trojans' home opener on Nov. 23 against Fresno State at 2 p.m.
That day, USC fans will get their first official home introduction to the 2014-15 Women of Troy, who are under the direction of head coach Cooper-Dyke and assistant Jualeah Woods for the second season and joined by first-year associate head coach Beth Burns and assistant Taja Edwards. They are two of a grand total of six new faces for the Women of Troy this season, as four freshmen have joined the roster for 2014-15. Chyanne Butler, McKenzie Calvert, Amy Okonkwo and Kristen Simon are on board for their first seasons as Trojans. Along with that foursome, Nov. 23 will also offer up a Galen Center debut for Alexis Lloyd, a transfer from Virginia Tech who was sidelined last year at USC by surgery. In all, those five fresh faces have a strong group of returners to help guide them.
With the dismissal of senior guard Ariya Crook from the program, the remaining Trojan senior corps includes Kiki Alofaituli, Kaneisha Horn and Alexyz Vaioletama. Vaioletama earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Team Honorable Mention last season along with guard Brianna Barrett, who now takes up her junior season with the Trojans. Fellow junior Destinie Gibbs returns for her third season of action. Jordan Adams received a redshirt season for her first year at Troy in which she picked up an injury, so she now heads into 2014-15 as a redshirt sophomore. True sophomores Drew Edelman and Courtney Jaco are also signed on, with Jaco boasting Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention from her first season as a Trojan. The departure of graduated All-American Honorable Mention recipient Cassie Harberts is sure to be noticed, but the 2014-15 Women of Troy still return three starters from the 2014 Pac-12 Championship squad as well as plenty of offensive and defensive firepower to remain a contender throughout the season to come.
Following USC's Nov. 23 home opener, the Women of Troy have another out-of-state adventure on the books with a trip to Dallas, Texas, for the SMU Tournament from Nov. 28-29. USC joins Sam Houston State, Florida A&M and host SMU at that two-day affair before returning to California to take on a stretch of four in-state squads.
On Dec. 6, USC heads north to Moraga to face Saint Mary's, then returns to Galen Center for the remainder of the month. Dec. 9 brings Cal State Northridge to town for a 6 p.m. revenge match at Galen Center. The following weekend, USC hosts Sacramento State at 2 p.m. on Dec. 14 and then squares off against LMU at 4 p.m. on Dec. 18. The busy week continues when USC's nonconference slate comes to a close on Dec. 21 when Oklahoma State journeys westward for a noon showdown against the Trojans at Galen Center. That matchup against the Cowgirls will mark USC's Pac-12 Network debut for the season.
After a short breather for the holidays, USC plunges into Pac-12 play with a televised Galen Center clash against crosstown rival UCLA on Dec. 30. That rivalry tilt -- set for 6 p.m. -- will wrap the calendar year for the Women of Troy, but marks the start of a competitive Pac-12 campaign. January 2015 will bring the Oregon schools and the Bay Area teams to Troy for more action at Galen Center, while the Trojans will also pack their bags that month for visits to Colorado, Utah and Oregon State. USC also is looking at a quick turnaround for its next face-off with the Bruins, who host the Trojans on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. -- less than three weeks after their conference-opening clash on Dec. 30.
The shortest month of the year also happens to hold the most games for the Women of Troy. Early February finishes off an Oregon trip for the Trojans, who are slotted to host Utah and Colorado (Feb. 6 & 8) and Arizona and Arizona State (Feb. 20 & 22) while trading off with visits to Stanford and Cal and to Washington and Washington State. USC caps off the regular season with that stint through Seattle and Pullman, but then will return to the Emerald State days later to engage in action at the Pac-12 Tournament, held March 5-8 at KeyArena in Seattle.
All of USC's Pac-12 games are slated to be televised on Pac-12 Networks and at pac-12.com/live except for home clashes against Cal and Arizona. Those games will be streamed live at http://pac-12.com/videos/university-southern-california.
2014-15 USC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Day Date Opponent Site Time Sun. Nov. 9 Concordia (exhib.) Galen Center 2 p.m. Sat. Nov. 15 at South Carolina Columbia, S.C. 2 p.m. Mon. Nov. 17 at Davidson Davidson, N.C. TBD Fri. Nov. 21 at Long Beach St. Long Beach, Calif. 5 p.m. Sun. Nov. 23 Fresno State Galen Center 2 p.m.