USC To Retire Lisa Leslie Jersey
The USC women’s basketball team will kick off the 2006-07 season in a most memorable fashion, combining the grand stage of the new Galen Center with the retirement of two jerseys belonging to USC’s outstanding alumnae, Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie. The current Women of Troy take on Long Beach State at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 10 in their home opener, and welcome back the great #31 and #33 for a halftime ceremony with many other former Trojans in attendance. USC also is hosting a Women’s Basketball Alumni Reunion in conjunction with this game, which falls during USC’s annual Homecoming Weekend.
“We are so very proud to be retiring the jerseys of Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie, two of the greatest women’s basketball players ever, on this historic evening for USC women’s basketball at our Galen Center,” USC head coach Mark Trakh said. “Cheryl is a basketball icon. She not only put the Women of Troy on the map, but also became one of the first household names ever in our sport. Lisa Leslie right now is the best women’s basketball player in the world, and is a wonderful ambassador for our game with her class, dignity and grace.”
Both Miller and Leslie stand alone as USC’s two Naismith Player of the Year Award winners, and both are Olympic gold medalists.
Miller won the Naismith Award three times during her career at USC – 1984, 1985 and 1986 – while she helped the Women of Troy claim back-to-back NCAA titles (1983 and 1984). Miller finished her USC career owning virtually every school record, including career scoring (3,018 total points), scoring average (22.3 ppg), career rebounds (1,534), total field goals (1,159) and total free throws made (700). Miller also owns USC single-season records for points (814) and rebounds (474). During her career she broke USC’s all-time scoring records three times after tallying 40 points against Cal State Fullerton (1/19/85), 43 against Louisiana Tech (1/26/85) and 45 against Arizona (2/28/85). Miller is the fastest player in USC history to reach the 1,000-point and 500-rebound mark in her career. In her four years, USC went an incredible 112-20, won two national championships and made three Final Four appearances. Twice she was named the NCAA Tournament MVP (1982-83, 1983-84). A four-time All-American, Miller starred on the U.S. gold medal teams at the 1984 Olympics and 1983 and 1986 Goodwill Games, leading each squad in scoring. She currently is serving as the Honorary Co-Chairperson of the USC Black Alumni Association’s 22nd Annual Trojan Legacy Homecoming Weekend Celebration.
Leslie, the 1994 Naismith Player of the Year, has followed up her Trojan career – in which she was a three-time All-American and the first player in Pacific-10 Conference history to make the All-Pac-10 team in each of her four seasons – with a similarly successful pro career with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and an international impact as a three-time U.S. Olympian. Most recently, Leslie was named the WNBA's most valuable player, becoming the second player in league history to win the award three times. Leslie was also WNBA MVP in 2001 and 2004 and she stands as the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer and became the first player to pass the 5,000 career-point mark this season. While at Troy, Leslie claimed two Pac-10 records that have yet to be topped. She holds the conference record for scoring and rebounding with 2,414 career points and 1,214 career rebounds. She still stands at No. 3 on USC’s all-time scoring chart and is No. 4 in rebounding. She is also USC’s all-time leading shot blocker (321), No. 3 in field goals (973), free throws (461), scoring average (20.1) and rebounding average (10.1), and No. 5 in all-time steals (228). As a freshman, she led the nation in scoring and rebounding, then became the first rookie in Pac-10 history to be named a First Team selection and was named the NCAA Freshman of the Year. She has highlighted her resume with three Olympic gold medals, earned in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Games.
Tickets for the November 10 women’s basketball Galen Center opener are available for $15 each (premium seat locations while supplies last) or $10 each, by calling (213) 740 GO SC. Special group tickets, which cost only $5 each for groups of 20 or more people, may be purchased by calling (213) 821-0782 or by downloading an order form at www.usctrojans.com.