USC Women Welcome Temi Fagbenle and Candela Abejón To Troy

    Candela Abejón joins Temi Fagbenle as USC's newest additions.
    April 29, 2015

    USC women's basketball head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke has added two new Women of Troy to the roster for the coming 2015-16 season to come, welcoming Temi Fagbenle and Candela Abejón to the Trojan Family. Fagbenle comes to USC via Harvard as a graduate transfer, and Abejón arrives from Spain with four years of eligibility.

    Temi Fagbenle
    Temi Fagbenle
    A 2012 Olympian playing for Great Britain at the London Games, Fagbenle finished her undergraduate degree in anthropology at Harvard before making this move to USC to finish out her eligibility as a grad student. The 6-4 forward is originally from London, but moved to the United States and attended high school at Blair Academy in New Jersey, where she was a McDonald's All-American and Parade All-American as a senior. She was the New Jersey Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year as a senior as well, while also competing in track and field at Blair Academy, where she holds the school high jump record. Last season at Harvard, she averaged a double-double with 14.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. In her three seasons played at Harvard, she started all but one game and averaged 13.2 points per game in her 87 appearances. She was a three-time All-Ivy League selection and was the 2012-13 All-Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

    "We are proud and excited to add Temi to our team," Cooper-Dyke said of Fagbenle. "Temi is the consummate student-athlete. Temi is an impact athlete, with over 30 double-doubles at Harvard. Her length and speed will anchor our defense, and her offensive skills and versatility will enable us to utilize her in a variety of ways. As a Harvard graduate and an Olympian, Temi's maturity, intellect and international experience will command the respect of her teammates, and she will be a valued voice and leader on our team."

    Added international experience arrives at Troy with the addition of Abejón who comes to USC via University de Ovideo in Asturias, Spain, where she studied for a year. She'll have four years of eligibility as a Trojan, adding an important element of size and skill to the USC back court. She hopes to study electrical engineering at USC and has grown up in a basketball family in Spain. Her father is a coach and her mother is a former player, and her younger siblings also play the sport. A 6-1 wing, Abejón recently competed with Nacional de Basket Mar Gijón and also has played for Colegio Ursulinas. Currently playing for the third league in Spain, Abejón has averaged 16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this season.

    "Candela is a bright student-athlete who will make an immediate impact on our program," Cooper-Dyke said of Abejón " She is extremely versatile in her style of play and has great length and size. Her ability to shoot and put the ball down will allow us to spread the floor offensively. Candela is a great young athlete and we are thrilled that she is a part of our Trojan Family."