The Women of Troy want more. More than just a trip to the NCAA Tournament, they want to be respected as one of the best up-and-coming programs in the Pac-12. Coming off an impressive end to last season, following a stretch of four-straight victories into the big dance, the Women of Troy are hungry for more.
USC welcomes Beth Burns and Jualeah Woods to the coaching staff and are looking to rebuild after losing leading scorer Cassie Harberts to graduation and top-returning scorer Ariya Crook, who was dismissed from the program. This will place the scoring load on captain Alexyz Vaioletama (8.6 PPG) and Brianna Barrett (7.4 PPG) on offense.
To fill that void, the coaching staff expects Jordan Adams (a former McDonalds High School All-American) to step up for a breakout season. Head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke also loves freshmen McKenzie Calvert and believes now is the time for certain players to make a lasting impact. Coach Cooper-Dyke tries to stay away from her own accomplishments, from the perspective of an all-time USC and WNBA legend, because she wants to focus on the development of her own players.
Check out conversation around the 2013-2014 season, some of Cooper-Dyke's top players moving forward and the culture around her program during Pac-12 Media Day hosted at the Pac-12 Networks Studios in San Francisco.