February 2018 (2) Candygrams

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Thursday, February 15, 2018---DeMar DeRozan Came Back!

At the USC Men's Basketball game versus Oregon, there was a pleasant surprise before the game. Four-time NBA All Star DeMar DeRozan came to cheer on his alma mater.

DeMar DeRozanDeRozan T-shirts were given to all the students on the north side of the Galen Center. Right after Trojan Candy saw DeMar talking to some students, I walked to where his courtside seats were at the north end. After DeMar sat down, I tapped him on the shoulder, and he turned around. I asked Demar if he remembered me volunteering at Heritage Hall, and he said, "Yes." DeMar is in my blog. Check out his picture at the Men's Basketball 2009 banquet (3/31/2009). Next, I took this picture of DeMar.

DeMar DeRozanThe Galen Center big screen showed some of DeMar's honors he attained at USC.


Sunday, February 11, 2018---Women of Troy Basketball vs Arizona

My husband Jim and I arrived at the pre-game Chalk Talk lunch in the Galen Center Founder's Room, and the patrons were just starting to get their food. Perfect timing!

Then, Trojan Candy saw her smiling face as she walked into our brunch. Jessika Carrington came in to visit her USC friends. Jessika, who was an Administrative Assistant under former USC Coach Cynthia Cooper last season, told us that she is now the Director of Operations at Arizona. Congratulations!

Mel and Doris Hughes and Jessika Carrington
I took this picture of Jessika with good friends Mel and Doris Hughes.
Doris Hughes, Patti Poon, Karen Tanimura, Jessika Carrington, Trojan Candy and Carole Zide
Trojan Candy gathered lady friends to pose with Jessika. Jim took this picture of Doris Hughes, Patti Poon, Karen Tanimura, Jessika Carrington, Trojan Candy and Carole Zide who all smiled for the camera.
Mark Trakh
Head Coach Mark Trakh came in the Founder's Room and started the program at 12 noon. He spoke about several players and told us what to look for in the upcoming game. Then, he answered questions.
Karen Trust, Jessika Carrington and Anita Ybarra
After the Chalk Talk, Trojan Candy went inside the arena. There, I took this picture of friends Karen Trust and Anita Ybarra with Jessika Carrington.
Dance Force
During the game, the Dance Force performed.
Song Girls
The Song Girls also danced.

Jamie Hagiya and Shay MurphyTrojan Candy saw two more Women of Troy friends. They are also Women of Troy alumnae who graduated in 2007. Jamie Hagiya (11/29/2012) is a personal trainer and coach, and Shay Murphy (11/29/2012) is still playing professionally in Turkey. FIGHT ON, Jamie! FIGHT ON, Shay!

We beat Arizona 78-52!

After the game, there was an autograph session. Trojan Candy took pictures of our team as they walked out and sat at the tables. Here are the 2017-2018 Women of Troy Basketball players:

Minyon Moore
Sophomore Guard Minyon Moore (11/5/2017)
Jordan Adams
Graduate Guard Jordan Adams (3/24/2017)
Marguerite Effa
Junior Forward Marguerite Effa
Shalexxus Aaron
Freshman Guard Shalexxus Aaron
Asiah Jones
Sophomore Forward Asiah Jones
Mariya Moore
Senior Guard Mariya Moore (11/5/2017)
Dani Milisic
Redshirt Sophomore Forward Dani Milisic (3/25/2016)
Kyerstin Galloway
Freshman Guard Kyerstin Galloway
Candela Abejon
Junior Guard Candela Abejon (3/25/2016)
Kristen Simon
Senior Forward Kristen Simon
Aliyah Mazyck
Junior Guard Aliyah Mazyck (10/11/2015)
Ja'Tavia Tapley
Sophomore Forward Ja'Tavia Tapley

Ja'Tavia TapleySenior Guard Sadie Edwards (3/25/2016)

FIGHT ON, Women of Troy Basketball!