Women's Basketball
    Basketball Opens Pac-10 Season Against UCLA
    USC hosts crosstown rival UCLA this Sunday to begin Pac-10 play.
    USC hosts crosstown rival UCLA this Sunday to begin Pac-10 play.

    Dec. 26, 2003

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    THIS WEEK

    Sunday, Dec. 28 - UCLA at USC
    2 p.m. at Los Angeles Sports Arena
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    Listen to the game at www.usctrojans.com


    The Facts
    The USC women's basketball team (3-5) begins the 2003-04 Pac-10 schedule this week when it hosts crosstown rival UCLA (4-4) on Sunday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The game will mark the first women's basketball meeting of this year's Lexus Gauntlet competition. Sunday's game will also be a doubleheader with the men as the Trojans face Lafayette following the women's match-up at 5 p.m. The Women of Troy are coming off a 73-62 loss at Notre Dame before taking a couple days off for the holidays.

    All USC home games (and select road games) can be heard live via the internet at www.usctrojans.com. To find the USC audio broadcast go to the "Multimedia" link at the top of the homepage. You can also follow the select games with Live Stats by going to the women's basketball schedule page.

    Battle For The Lexus Gauntlet
    Sunday's game will mark the first women's basketball match-up of 2003-04 in the Lexus Gauntlet competition. The Lexus Gauntlet is a season-long competition between USC and UCLA in all sports. Points are awarded to the winner of each Bruin-Trojan head-to-head contest throughout the year and the Lexus Gauntlet trophy is awarded to the school with the most points at year's end. USC captured the inaugural trophy in 2001-02, but the Bruins took the title last season. So far this year, USC leads 22.5 to 12.5 after meetings in football (USC-10), women's volleyball (USC-10), men's water polo (tie-2.5 each), women's soccer (UCLA-5) and women's cross country (UCLA-5).

    Sunday Doubleheader
    Sunday's game will be a doubleheader with the men's team as they host Lafayette at 5 p.m. following the USC-UCLA women's match-up. It's the first doubleheader since last season when the women opened the season with a win against Northern Arizona before a men's exhibition game on Nov. 15.

    UCLA Connections
    In addition to the fact that the two teams share the city, the local recruits, the fans and the media, USC and UCLA women's basketball have their share of common connections.
    * Bruin sophomore guard Lisa Willis and USC seniors Ebony Hoffman and Jessica Cheeks all attended Los Angeles' Narbonne High.
    * USC assistant coach Shannon Perry and UCLA assistant coach Tia Jackson were teammates at Iowa in 1995. Jackson graduated in 1995, while Perry completed her eligibility in 1998.
    * Fourth-year USC director of operations and marketing Patrick Auerbach graduated from UCLA in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and business.
    * UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier served as an assistant coach at USC for three years (1984-86) and helped lead the Women of Troy to the NCAA Championship in 1984 and a runner-up finish in 1986.
    * Lindsey Brooks, the daughter of USC second-year assistant coach Steve Brooks, is a 2001 graduate of UCLA. Brooks' wife Kathleen also attended UCLA.
    * Six USC coaches and assistant coaches either attended or coached at UCLA, including men's basketball head coach Henry Bibby (played), water polo head coach Jovan Vavic (asst. coach), rowing head coaches Zenon and Kelly Babraj (both coached, Kelly also rowed for the Bruins), golf assistant coach Ted Gleason (played) and assistant track coach John Henry Johnson (decathlete).

    Game Recaps
    vs. Notre Dame
    -- Notre Dame used a 19-6 scoring run at the start of the game to gain the edge it needed for a 73-62 victory over USC on Dec. 22 in South Bend. USC had four players finish in double digits, including Meghan Gnekow who finished with a career-high 20 points. Ebony Hoffman contributed 14 points, Jessica Cheeks added 11 and Rometra Craig posted 10. Hoffman led with a season-best 16 rebounds. USC's 24 turnovers were the biggest factor in the game as Notre Dame converted for 30 points off of bad passes and offensive miscues. The Trojans forced 15 Irish turnovers but were only able to gain eight points in the effort. The Women of Troy found themselves at an 18-point deficit, 36-18, at halftime due to 15 turnovers and a 26.9 percent first-half shooting effort. Notre Dame opened the game with a 19-6 scoring run to go ahead by 12 points at the 10-minute mark. The Trojans were held without a field goal for the final seven minutes of the half. USC fought back in the second half, outscoring Notre Dame 44 to 37, but it was not enough. With three minutes remaining and down by 18 (69-51), the Women of Troy attempted to close the gap by hitting three, three-pointers for the final 11-point loss.

    USC In Pac-10 Openers
    * USC is 11-7 all-time in Pac-10 openers - 5-3 on the road, 6-3 at home and 0-1 at a neutral site.
    * The Women of Troy are 8-9 in the first road game of each Pac-10 season, and 13-5 in the first home game.
    * In the opening series of Pac-10 play, USC is 20-13 all-time and has defeated both opponents eight times (2001-02 vs. OSU/Oregon, 1999-00 vs. Wash/WSU, 1996-97 vs. Wash/WSU, 1993-94 vs. Oregon/OSU, 1992-93 vs. Arizona/ASU, 1991-92 vs. Oregon/OSU, 1990-91 vs. UCLA and 1987-88 vs. Oregon/OSU).
    * The Trojans have opened the Pac-10 season twice against rival UCLA (1990-91, 1989-90).
    * Last year, the Women of Troy fell to both Oregon State, 63-61, and Oregon, 79-73, on the road to begin the conference schedule. USC faced Washington State the following week in the Pac-10 home opener and defeated the Cougars, 92-44.

    Cheeks Returns To Lineup
    Senior guard Jessica Cheeks, who had been serving the remaining weeks of a suspension first granted last season, returned to the team on Dec. 19 and made her first two appearances against Colorado on Dec. 20 and at Notre Dame on Dec. 22. After two games, Cheeks is averaging 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Despite missing the final 10 games of the 2002-03 season, Cheeks averaged 8.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals as a junior.

    A Narrow Gap Between Wins and Losses
    USC's 3-5 record is hardly indicative of the Women of Troy's efforts this season. With the exception of the 84-61 loss to Minnesota on Nov. 29 and the 73-62 loss at Notre Dame on Dec. 22, USC's other three losses have come by a total of seven points (that's 2.3 points per game). More impressive is the fact that all three of these opponents - New Mexico, Connecticut, Colorado - have been ranked this season.

    Against Ranked Opponents
    USC's match-up with No. 14 Colorado on Dec. 20 marked the Trojans' third ranked opponent of this young season. The Women of Troy will likely face seven ranked opponents this season, including No. 11 Minnesota (Nov. 29), No. 1 UConn (Dec. 7), No. 6/6 Stanford (Jan. 25 and Feb. 19), No. 14/13 Colorado (Dec. 20), No. 16/19 UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 26), RV/No. 25 Arizona (Jan. 15 and Feb. 15) and No. 20/20 Oregon (Jan. 2 and Jan. 31).

    USC's strength of schedule is currently ranked No. 8 according to the Dec. 21 WBCA/Summerville RPI report, which also lists the Trojans as 45th in the RPI.

    Pac-10 Media Teleconference to Resume On Jan. 6
    The second Pac-10 coaches media teleconference of the season will take place following the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 6. There are 10 dates schedule throughout the season. Each coach is available for questions for five minutes (Chris Gobrecht will be available from 9:55-10 a.m.) and a tape replay will be available beginning at 3:30 p.m. that same day. Media members may call the Pac-10 or USC Sports Information to receive the media-only number.

    Record Crowd Witnesses Outstanding Match-Up
    A total of 6,172 fans were in attendance to watch USC take on Connecticut on Dec. 7, marking the largest Trojan crowd since 1985 and the seventh-highest in program history. It also marked USC's largest women's-only crowd, due to the fact that the top six attended games listed were played as double headers with men's basketball.

    Trojans Make Habit of Taking On Champs
    This is the third-straight year the Women of Troy have had to face the defending national champion. In addition to its match-up against UConn on Dec. 7, USC also faced the Huskies last season, a season after the they captured the 2002 national title. The Trojans also faced Notre Dame in 2001-02 after the Fighting Irish won the 2001 championship.

    Gnekow Makes Presence Known
    As a first-year starter, sophomore Meghan Gnekow has stood out in the Women of Troy's first eight games. With top defensive and offensive performances in these outings, Gnekow ranks among Pac-10 leaders in multiple categories. This week she ranks fifth in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (42.1), sixth in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and eighth in defensive rebounds (4.38 drpg).

    Stop Thief!
    Ebony Hoffman has already established herself as the team thief. Hoffman is averaging a team-best 3.0 steals per game and ranks second in the Pac-10. She had six steals against both Minnesota on Nov. 29 and San Diego on Dec. 13 (just one short of her career high). USC is second in the Pac-10 with 11.8 steals per game.

    Player News N' Notes
    * Meghan Gnekow collected a career-high 20 points at Notre Dame (Dec. 22).
    * Kim Gipson collected a career-high four steals against Colorado on Dec. 20.
    * Ebony Hoffman recorded her first double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds against SMU on Dec. 17.
    * Meghan Gnekow tied her career-high with 10 rebounds against UConn (12/7) and set a new career-high with five assists.
    * Meghan Gnekow surpassed her career high with 10 rebounds and tied her career high with two blocks at New Mexico (11/21).
    * Tiffany Hicks collected a career-high five rebounds at New Mexico (11/21).

    Team News N' Notes
    * The win over San Diego on Dec. 13 marked the 800th game in USC program history.
    * USC's loss to UConn in its home opener (Dec. 7) was only the third home-opening loss in program history.
    * UConn's 15-point deficit (37-22) to USC during the first half was the largest disadvantage Connecticut has been in this season.
    * USC's five assists against Minnesota tie for seventh among program records for fewest assists in a game, and its 28 personal fouls tie for seventh-most. Minnesota's 29 fouls tie for 10th among opponent game records and its 38 free throws attempted rank 10th.
    * Multiple marks were set in the USC record books against New Mexico (11/21): USC's 33 personal fouls tie for second-most and New Mexico's 33 free throws made and 43 free throw attempts rank fourth and second among opponent game records.

    Head Coach Chris Gobrecht
    Chris Gobrecht enters her seventh 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 24 years of head coaching experience, Gobrecht has amassed a 413-303 (.577) 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 179-109 (.622) mark and she ranks among the top 50 active Division I coaches with 413 career victories.

    Opponent Notes

    UCLA (4-4) -- The Bruins enter the conference season with a 4-4 record and are coming off a 69-56 victory over Fresno State on Dec. 21. UCLA has nearly alternated wins and losses this season with victories coming against UNLV, Illinois, Cal State Northridge and Fresno State, and falling to Texas, Saint Mary's, Purdue and Michigan State. Guard Nikki Blue currently leads the team on all fronts, with 15.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 4.0 steals per game.

    UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier is in her 11th season at the helm of the Bruins' program. She led last year's team to a 18-11 overall record and 12-6 mark in the Pac-10 to finish in fourth place. The Bruins returned three starters and nine total letterwinners from last year's squad.

    USC-UCLA Series Record -- This crosstown rivalry remains the longest standing and most evenly matched series in USC program history. Sunday's game will mark the 63rd meeting between the Women of Troy and Bruins (according to USC records). USC owns a 33-29 advantage in the series and a 17-12 record at home. Last season, the two teams split with each team winning on its home court. USC has won the last four-of-five match-ups.

    Team Comparisons
    
    Team Ppg Margin FG% 3-FG% FT% Rpg Apg TOpg Spg Bpg

    USC 68.8 +0.4 39.6 32.6 63.2 38.8 14.3 19.8 11.9 2.5
    UCLA 60.2 +0.8 38.7 28.4 60.7 38.5 12.4 18.1 11.8 1.9

    UCLA Probable Starters
    No. Name Pos. Ht. ppg rpg apg spg

    40 Lisa Willis Guard 5-11 11.4 5.3 2.1 2.5
    32 Nikki Blue Guard 5-8 15.0 6.3 4.9 4.0
    35 Jamila Veasley Forward 6-1 0.9 2.3 0.9 0.9
    11 Julia Pitts Forward 6-2 7.1 3.8 0.9 0.9
    10 Whitney Jones Forward 5-10 6.3 5.3 1.0 0.5

    Player Profiles

    #2 Jamie Hagiya (Point Guard * Freshman)
    Jamie Hagiya enters her first season at USC... A much-needed player at the point guard position whose leadership capabilities and work ethic may give her an active role in the lineup this season... As a senior at South Torrance (Calif.) High, she led all Southern California prepsters with an 87.7 free throw percentage... One of four USC freshman who served as student body president or vice president in 2003.
    This Season (1 game started, 8 games played):
    at New Mexico (11/21): 5 points (2-4), 1 rebound, 2 steals... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 3 points (1-1), 3 assists... vs. Minn. (11/29): 12 points (4-18), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals, hit halfcourt shot as clock ran down in the first half... vs. UConn (12/7): 7 points (2-5), 4 assists, 1 steal... vs. San Diego (12/13): 9 points (4-7), 2 assists, 3 steals... vs. SMU (12/17): started, 8 points (4-9), 1 rebound, 4 assists, 3 steals... vs. Colorado (12/20): 4 points (2-5), 1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 steals... at Notre Dame (12/22): 2 points (1-5), 2 rebounds, 3 assists...

    #3 Rometra Craig (Guard * Senior)
    Rometra Craig begins her second season with the Women of Troy... A 2003 All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick... Averaged 13.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.4 steals last season, while leading the team with 34 three-pointers... A returning starter.
    This Season (6 games started, 8 games played):
    at New Mexico (11/21): started, 11 points (3-13), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 18 points (7-13), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 11 points (4-11), 1 rebound, 3 steals, 1 block... Named to Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament team... vs. UConn (12/7): started, 8 points (4-11), 1 steal... vs. San Diego (12/13): 7 poinst (2-7), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. SMU (12/17): 15 points (6-12), 2 rebounds, 4 steals... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 9 points (2-6), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, 10 points (4-13), 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals...

    #5 Meghan Gnekow (Guard * Sophomore)
    Meghan Gnekow enters her second season at USC... Played mainly at off the bench last season at the shooting guard and small forward positions... Averaged 6.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks per game in 2002-03.
    This Season (8 games started, 8 games played):
    at New Mexico (11/21): started, 14 points (1-5), career-high 10 rebounds, 3 assists, tied career high 2 blocks... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 7 points (2-7), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 5 points (2-6), 7 rebounds, 2 steals.. vs. UConn (12/7): started, 7 points (3-7), tied career-high 10 rebounds, career-high 5 assists, 2 steals... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 14 points (5-9), 6 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. SMU (12/17): started, 14 points (5-8), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 2 points (1-4), 5 rebounds, 1 assist... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, career-high 20 points (8-11), 1 rebound...

    #10 Jessica Cheeks (Guard * Junior)
    Jessica Cheeks enters her fourth season with the Women of Troy, but will not join the team until the conclusion of the fall semester as an extension of her 10-game hiatus from the 2003 season... Played 22 games last season and averaged 8.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game... A returning starter.
    This Season (2 games played):
    Missed first six games due to suspension granted in 2003 season... vs. Colorado (12/20): made first appearance of season, 7 points (2-4), 3 rebounds, 1 steal... at Notre Dame (12/22): 11 points (4-8), 4 assists...

    #14 Eshaya Murphy (Guard * Freshman)
    Eshaya Murphy enters her first season with the Women of Troy... Also goes by "Shay"... As a senior at Montclair Prep in Van Nuys, she finished among the CIF Southern Section's top 25 in scoring, rebounding and steals... She was a two-time Street & Smith All-American honorable mention and the 2003 CIF Southern Section Player of the Year... One of four USC freshman who served as student body president or vice president in 2003.
    This Season (7 games played):
    at New Mexico (11/21): 5 points (2-6), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 8 points (2-5), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Minn. (11/29): 5 points (1-5), 1 rebound, 1 steal... vs. UConn (12/7): 13 points (5-10), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. San Diego (12/13): DNP (flu)... vs. SMU (12/17): 2 points (1-7), 5 rebounds... vs. Colorado (12/20): 13 points (5-14), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals... at Notre Dame (12/22): 2 points (0-7), 2 assists, 1 steal...

    #15 Markisha Lea (Center * Freshman)
    Markisha Lea enters her first season with the Women of Troy... A Street & Smith honorable mention pick... One of four USC freshman who served as student body president or vice president in 2003... Her brother, Marvin, is currently a redshirt freshman on the Pepperdine men's basketball team.
    This Season (1 game played):
    at New Mexico (11/21): DNP... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): DNP... vs. Minn. (11/29): DNP... vs. UConn (12/7): DNP... vs. San Diego (12/13): 2 points... vs. SMU (12/17): DNP... vs. Colorado (12/20): DNP... at Notre Dame (12/22): DNP...

    #22 Allison Jaskowiak (Guard/Forward * Freshman)
    Allison Jaskowiak begins her first season at USC... A player capable of playing at the 2, 3 and 4 positions... One of four USC freshman who served as student body president or vice president in 2003... Comes from a long-line of athletes: her grandfather played 10 years in the NBA, father played football at Missouri, brother played football at Navy and sister, Emily, is currently a junior forward at Tulsa.
    This Season (1 game played):
    at New Mexico (11/21): DNP... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): DNP... vs. Minn. (11/29): DNP... vs. UConn (12/7): DNP... vs. San Diego (12/13): 3 minutes played... vs. SMU (12/17): DNP... vs. Colorado (12/20): DNP... at Notre Dame (12/22): DNP...

    #24 Tiffany Hicks (Point Guard * Senior)
    Tiffany Hicks begins her fourth season at USC... A 2002 junior college transfer... The only true returning point guard... Made 15 starts last season and averaged 2.0 points, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
    This Season (7 games started, 8 games played):
    at New Mexico (11/21): started, 4 points (1-4), career-high 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 4 points (1-1), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 2 points (1-1), 1 rebound, 1 assist... vs. UConn (12/7): started, 3 points (1-2), 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 3 points (1-2), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals... vs. SMU (12/17): did not start due to mildly sprained right knee, played 11 minutes... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 8 points (3-3), 1 rebound, 1 assist... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, 2 assists, 1 steal...

    #30 Katie Henderson (Forward * Freshman)
    Katie Henderson begins her first season at USC... A multi-sport athlete with good size and shooting ability... Will have the opportunity to contribute off the bench for the Women of Troy this season.
    This Season (1 game played):
    at New Mexico (11/21): DNP... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): DNP... vs. Minn. (11/29): DNP... vs. UConn (12/7): DNP... vs. San Diego (12/13): 3 minutes played... vs. SMU (12/17): DNP... vs. Colorado (12/20): DNP... at Notre Dame (12/22): DNP...

    #32 Ebony Hoffman (Forward * Senior)
    Ebony Hoffman enters her fourth season with the Women of Troy... One of the most dominating post players in the conference who has already enjoyed three outstanding seasons at USC... Named to the 2003 All-Pac-10 First Team and a WBCA All-District 8 selection after leading the team with 16.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks per game last season... Already selected to three Preseason All-America lists for 2004... A returning starter in the post.
    This Season (8 games started, 8 games played):
    at New Mexico (11/21): started, 19 points (8-14), 3 rebounds, 1 block... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 20 points (5-12), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 4 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 10 points (4-15), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 6 steals... vs. UConn (12/7): DNP... vs. UConn (12/7): started, 15 points (5-13), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 14 points (4-9), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 steals... vs. SMU (12/17): started, 18 points (7-14), 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 3 steals... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 13 points (4-9), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, 14 points (5-8), 16 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal...

    #33 Rachel Woodward (Forward * Junior)
    Rachel Woodward enters her third season with the Women of Troy... A 2002 Pac-10 All-Freshman team selection... Made 29 starts and averaged 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game last season... A talented passer who works well in transition and possesses strong rebounding skills... A returning starter.
    This Season (3 games started, 8 games played):
    at New Mexico (11/21): 9 points (4-9), 2 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 2 points (0-3), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): 1 point (0-3, 1-2 FT), 2 rebounds... vs. UConn (12/7): started, 8 points (4-7), 3 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 16 points (6-11), 4 rebounds, 3 assists... vs. SMU (12/17): started, 2 points (1-4), 3 rebounds, 2 assists... vs. Colorado (12/20): 3 points (1-6), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... at Notre Dame (12/22): 2 rebounds...

    #41 Jamie Funn (Center * Freshman)
    Jamie Funn enters her first season with the Women of Troy... A three-time Street & Smith honorable mention selection... A fellow Narbonne High standout, along with current teammates Ebony Hoffman and Jessica Cheeks... Her sister, Nicole, is currently a senior guard on the Pepperdine women's basketball team... A versatile forward with great reach.
    This Season (8 games played):
    at New Mexico (11/21): 2 points (1-5), 6 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 4 points (2-5), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): 6 points (0-0, 6-8 FT), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. UConn (12/7): 2 points (1-3), 2 rebounds... vs. San Diego (12/13): 4 points (2-5), 2 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. SMU (12/17): 1 rebound, 2 assists... vs. Colorado (12/20): 3 rebounds... at Notre Dame (12/22): played 2 minutes...

    #44 Kim Gipson (Center * Junior)
    Kim Gipson begins her third season with the Women of Troy... At 6-foot-5, she is the tallest player on the USC roster... A fast and mobile player, who can run the court well... She played in all 31 games last season and averaged 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks per game.
    This Season (7 games started, 8 games played):
    at New Mexico (11/21): started, 6 points (3-9), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): started, 1 assist... vs. Minn. (11/29): started, 7 points (3-6), 5 rebounds... vs. UConn (12/7): 3 points (1-2), 1 rebound, 1 assist... vs. San Diego (12/13): started, 2 points (0-1), 2 rebounds, 1 assist... vs. SMU (12/17): started, 4 points (2-4), 1 rebound... vs. Colorado (12/20): started, 2 points (1-3), 1 rebound, career-high 4 steals... at Notre Dame (12/22): started, 3 points (1-3), 4 rebounds...

    #50 Chlo? Kerr (Center * Freshman)
    Chlo? Kerr enters her first season with the Women of Troy... A three-time Street & Smith honorable mention pick, who was ranked 33rd among prep recruits in 2003... Will be looked to for much-needed depth in the post... Her father and uncle both played basketball at Colorado State, one brother played football at Tennessee and another brother played basketball at Loyola-Chicago.
    This Season (8 games played):
    at New Mexico (11/21): 10 points (4-10), 9 rebounds, 1 block... vs. Seton Hall (11/28): 4 points (1-5), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3 steals... vs. Minn. (11/29): 2 points (1-3), 1 rebound, 1 steal... vs. UConn (12/7): 3 points (1-6), 3 rebounds... vs. San Diego (12/13): 11 points (5-11), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal... vs. SMU (12/17): 1 point (0-4), 1 rebound... vs. Colorado (12/20): 6 points (3-4), 1 block... at Notre Dame (12/22): 2 rebounds, 3 blocks...