Meghan Gnekow
    Meghan  Gnekow


    Santa Ynez, Calif.

    High School:
    Santa Ynez Valley Union





    If there is a rebound within reach, count on fourth-year player Meghan Gnekow to snatch it up. As USC's most experienced player, Gnekow will step right back into her starting role for her final season as a Trojan.

    2004-05 JUNIOR SEASON
    Gnekow topped the team charts in rebounding, grabbing 5.8 boards per game and leading the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds with 2.97 per game... Eighth in the Pac-10 in rebounding... Awarded All-Pac-10 honorable mention... Started a team-high 27 games out of 31, averaging a team-high 25.3 minutes per game... Led team in scoring five times, hitting one point short of her career high with 19 points at BYU on Dec. 18... Averaged 8.3 points per game... Shot 33.9 percent from the floor and averaged 1.5 assists per game... Had two double-doubles last season, first at TCU on Dec. 21 (16 points, career-high 13 rebounds) and then against Arizona on Feb. 12 (17 points, 10 rebounds)... Put forth career efforts from three-point land against UCLA on Feb. 26, making four of nine attempts.

    Gnekow emerged as a true team leader in her sophomore year and was the only player to start in all 28 games... She finished second on the team in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and third on the team in scoring (7.9 ppg)... 14th in the Pac-10 in rebounding and eighth in offensive rebounds (2.36 orpg)... Had a 45.1 field goal shooting percentage, a 32.8 shooting percentage from three-point range and 70.9 percent at the line... Contributed 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocks per game... Honored with the `Coaches Award' for her contributions during the season... Recorded multiple career-high performances, including an outstanding outing at Notre Dame (Dec. 22), in which she accounted for a career-high 20 points and eight field goals made thanks to a 72.7 shooting effort... Began the season by collecting a career-high 10 rebounds and two blocks at New Mexico on Nov. 21... Duplicated the rebounding performance with 10 boards against Connecticut (Dec. 7)... Also had a career-high five assists against UConn and Washington State (Jan. 11)... Shot a career-high 80.0 percent (4-5) from three-point range against San Diego on Dec. 13... Was perfect from the line, hitting a career-high 6-of-6 at Washington State on Feb. 5... Had a career-high 11 free throw attempts against Arizona State on Feb. 12.

    In her first season, Gnekow played in 30 games off the bench... A guard who played at the 2/3 positions, as well as small forward... Averaged 6.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks per game... Played 20.5 minutes per game... Posted double figures in six games... Scored a season-best 17 points twice against Washington State on Jan. 3 and Feb. 1... Grabbed a season-best seven rebounds against UCLA on Feb. 8... Was a surprising force on the block, posting two blocks in three games and one block in seven games throughout the season.

    Gnekow is a 2002 graduate of Santa Ynez (Calif.) Valley Union High... Lettered four years in basketball and three in volleyball... Led basketball team to the CIF Division I Southern Section semifinals in 1999 and 2002, quarterfinals in 2001 and first round in 2000... Ranks second among Santa Ynez's all-time scorers with 1,550 career points and third among all-time rebounders with 1,046 boards... Holds the school record for career three-pointers (117), single season three-pointers (52) and three-pointers in a single-game (6)... Also collected 333 career steals (fourth among school leaders) and 210 career assists (ninth among school leaders)... Scored a career-high 32 points in the 2002 CIF semifinal game... As a senior she led the Los Padres League in scoring and rebounding... Also led in steals and assists in league games... Honored as All-Santa Ynez County and all-area MVP in 2002... Named to the Tournament of Champions and Righetti all-tournament teams in 2002... Helped lead team to the league championship and a No. 9 finish in the CIF Division I Southern Section as a senior... Named Los Padres League MVP and Santa Ynez County Co-MVP as a junior... As a sophomore, she earned Street & Smith All-American accolades and was named to the All-Los Padres League first team... Also selected to Nike's Top 80 Western Team and Righetti all-tournament team in 2000... An all-league honorable mention selection as a freshman... Played with the Santa Barbara Tides and California Storm traveling teams for six years... Won the Las Vegas Tournament with the California Storm in 2001.

    Meghan Colleen Gnekow was born on June 17, 1984, in Santa Barbara, Calif. ... The daughter of William and Pamela Gnekow, she has one brother, Brandon (22), and three sisters, Briana (19), Ariana (17) and Erin (17)... Names Lisa Leslie as her biggest sports hero and `Love and Basketball' as her favorite movie... A sociology major.

    GNEKOW'S Career Statistics
    2002-03	30-0	70-177	.395	18-63	.286	26-41	.634	184	6.1	30	62	92	3.1	78-1	29	41	13	19	615
    2003-04	28-28	82-182	.451	19-58	.328	39-55	.709	222	7.9	66	87	153	5.5	75-3	44	51	7	18	685
    2004-05	30-27	85-251	.339	32-109	.294	47-68	.691	249	8.3	89	86	175	5.8	67-0	45	51	10	33	760
    Totals	88-55	237-610	.389	69-230	.300	112-164	.683	655	7.4	185	235	420	4.8	220-4	118	143	30	70	2060