USC To Honor 1983 and 1984 Women's Basketball NCAA Champions
Dec. 5, 2002
LOS ANGELES -- USC women's basketball will honor members of its 1983 and 1984 NCAA Championship teams - including former players Cheryl Miller, Cynthia Cooper, Pam and Paula McGee, Rhonda Windham and former head coach Linda Sharp - during a pregame luncheon and halftime presentation at the USC-Tennessee game on Saturday, Dec. 14.
In one of the best women's basketball match-ups to hit Southern California in recent years, the game will fittingly be played at the legendary Forum in Inglewood.
Between them, these two programs have won eight national championships - USC owns two (1983, 1984) and Tennessee claims six (1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998). Both teams enter the 2003 season ranked among the Top 25 in preseason polls.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of USC's first women's basketball national title (1983), players from both championship squads have been invited to join the Dec. 14 celebration. Confirmed guests include: the McGee sisters, Miller, Cooper, Windham, Sharp, Tracy (Longo) Rath, Yolanda Fletcher, Timi (Pitzer) Pikard, Melissa Ward, Jamaiia Bond, Amy (Alkek) Crain, Kathy Doyle, Juliette Robinson, Dr. LeeAnne Sera and assistant coach Fred Williams and graduate assistant coach Kathy (Hammond) Cotton.
There will be a halftime presentation to honor the former Women of Troy. There will also be a special pregame Tip-Off Club luncheon in the Forum Club where fans will have an opportunity to meet the former USC stars. For special courtside and premier seating packages that include a 20th anniversary memento, or for information on the pregame event, please call USC assistant athletic director Teresa Verbeck (213) 740-4155.
Individual tickets ($10 Premier, $5 Reserved) for the game are available by calling (213) 740-GO SC. Group tickets ($3 each, minimum group of 15) are available by calling (213) 821-0782. USC students are admitted free with a Spirit Activity Card.
The start time for the game has been set at 1:30 p.m. PST and it will be televised nationally by FOX Sports Net.
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1983 and 1984 USC Women's Basketball NCAA Championship Team Members
AMY ALKEK '85 - Resides in Cuero, Texas; vice president and trust officer at First Victoria National Bank.
JAMAIIA BOND '86 - Resides in Los Angeles.
CYNTHIA COOPER '86 - Resides in Sugarland, Texas; former head coach for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury; played for the WNBA's Houston Comets; two-time WNBA MVP.
KATHY DOYLE '83 - Resides in Aptos.
YOLANDA FLETCHER '85 - Resides in Hawthorne; high school teacher.
TRACY LONGO '85 - Resides in Newport Beach, Calif.
PAM MCGEE '84 - Resides in Detroit, Mich.; assistant coach for the WNBA's Detroit Shock; played for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks and Sacramento Monarchs; 1984 USC All-American.
PAULA MCGEE '84 - Resides in Nashville, Tenn.; Dean of the Chapel at Fisk University; an ordained Baptist minister; 1982 and 1983 USC All-American.
CHERYL MILLER '86 - Resides in Los Angeles; TNT sports broadcaster; former head coach and general manager of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury; 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986 USC Naismith Award winner.
TIMI PITZER '83 - Resides in Whittier.
JULIETTE ROBINSON '84 - Resides in Pasadena; lawyer.
LEEANNE SERA '84 - Resides in Saratoga; dentist.
LINDA SHARP (HEAD COACH 1977-89) - Resides in San Marcos, Texas.
RHONDA WINDHAM '87 - Resides in Los Angeles; real estate investor; commissioner of the "Say No" league; former general manager of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.
MELISSA WARD '86 - Resides in Denver, Colo.; pilot; first African-American woman to fly for United Airlines.