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Conference Play Opens at Gersten

Jan. 4, 2007

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The LMU women's basketball team will open West Coast Conference action at home this weekend, welcoming Gonzaga and Portland to Gersten Pavilion. The Zags and Lions will open up conference action on Friday night at 7:00pm, and LMU will host Portland on Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm. Audio for both games will be live and free on Lions All-Access on www.LMULions.com. Video streaming will be available for both games this weekend. Friday's game will be streamed on WCC All-Access, and Sunday's game will be available on Lions All-Access.

WCC All-Access
This week marks the beginning of women's basketball action on WCC All-Access. 14 conference games will be broadcast live and free exclusively on the WCC's sebsite at WCCSports.com. LMU will be featured four times, including this Friday's game against Gonzaga. Fans looking to watch the game online will only be able to access the video on WCC All-Access. Audio will remain on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

Looking Back
LMU went 1-1 at the Cyclone Classic to wrap up non-conference play, easily defeating Colgate before falling to Iowa State.

Jennifer Hall scored 21 points and Amanda Patton added 18 to lead the Lions to an 85-57 win over Colgate in the first game of the tournament. The Lions pulled out to a 20 point lead in the first half by shooting 57.6% from the field. Patton hit four three-pointers and the Lions outrebounded the Red Raiders 43-26. Ashlee Dunlap added 12 points in the win, shooting 6-for-9 from the field.

The Lions started strong against Iowa State, taking a five point lead midway through the first half, but the Cyclones went on a 17-0 run late in the first half to pull ahead. ISU stayed strong in the second half, hitting shots to hold off any LMU momentum for the 71-55 win. Hall recorded her fourth double double of the year with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Amanda DeCoud led LMU with 13 points. Valerie Ogoke was active on the court, recording five blocks to go along with eight rebounds and eight points. Ogoke and Hall were named to the All-Tournament Team, and LMU was awarded second place in the tournament.

About Gonzaga
The Zags enter WCC action with an 8-8 record. After three straight losses, Gonzaga defeated Montana State to close out non-conference action with a win. Stephanie Hawk leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.7 points and 6.1 boards per game. She also has blocked 36 shots this year. Transfer Michelle Elliott is averaging 12.8 points and has converted 35.4% of shots from behind the arc. Jami Bjorklund and Heather Bowman (10.1, 10.0 points per game respectively) round out the Bulldogs averaging double digit scoring.

About Portland
The Pilots are 8-7 on the year, but have lost three of their last four games. They started the year with wins in four of their first five games, and won three straight games in early December. Freshman Laiken Dollente leads the team in scoring and is second in the WCC at 16.7 points per game. Rachel Warren is averaging 11.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, and has blocked 35 shots this year. Portland will play at Pepperdine on Friday night before coming to Gersten Pavilion on Sunday.

Terrific Transfer
For the second straight year, a transfer athlete is making a big impact for the Lions in her first year of eligibility. This year, Jennifer Hall leads the team in scoring and rebounding. The junior transfer from Vanderbilt is averaging 13.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. She has made 45% of her shots from the field and 82.5% from the free throw line. Hall has recorded four double doubles in non-conference action. Last year, Ashlee Dunlap, a transfer from San Diego State, led the team in scoring and rebounding and was named the WCC's Newcomer of the Year.

They Shoot, They Score
LMU shot 55.9% from the field against Colgate at the Cyclone Classic, writing their name in the Lion record book. It was tied for the seventh highest team field goal percentage in program history. Three different players scored six field goals in the win, as the Lions were 33-for-59 from the field.

More and More from Moore
It's often said that the greatest time of growth is the summer following a player's freshman year. Sophomore Cassady Moore is certainly proving that philosophy to be true. In her first year, Moore played in 20 games, averaging 7.0 minutes and 1.4 points per game. This season, Moore is the only player to have started all 14 games, and is averaging nearly 30 minutes per contest. She is fourth on the team in scoring at 7.2 points per game, and she has recorded 23 steals and 28 assists. The Long Beach, Calif. native really turned things up in the five games before the Iowa State tournament, averaging 10.0 points and nearly three steals per game.

Hall Named WCC Player of Week
Junior Jennifer Hall was named the WCC Player of the Week for her play against Northern Arizona and Fresno State. The forward averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds for the week. She scored 14 points with nine rebounds against the Lumberjacks, and helped LMU to the road win with 11 points and eight rebounds against Fresno State. It is the first Player of the Week award for Hall, and the first for LMU this season.

Against Hawaii, Jennifer Hall was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line. Although this technically ties the LMU record for free throw percentage in a game, Hall will sit atop the chart because of the number of free throws she converted. The record of 100% has been met 14 times (at least 8 attempts) but the most attempts (and makes) was previously nine.

Yep, That Was a Record
When LMU defeated Long Beach State, 61-38, on November 21st, the 49ers scored just nine points in the second half. After careful research, it has been verified that this is an LMU program record low for points allowed in a half. The previous low was 13 points which happened twice- against George Mason on November 30, 2001, and against Wyoming on December 12, 1992.

Wilhoit Hits 150
With the win over Long Beach State, head coach Julie Wilhoit recorded her 150th LMU victory. Now in her 12th season with the Lions, Wilhoit has a 156-171 record at LMU, and a 277-241 record overall. She has recorded over 100 wins during the last six seasons.

Lions Challenged Early
LMU has faced two teams ranked in the top 12 this season, and two more teams that have received votes in the polls. The Lions faced then-#4 Stanford in the season opener, and played then-#12 Texas A&M in the Championship game of the LMU Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic. Xavier, who has been receiving votes in the polls, defeated the Lions in the championship game of the Xavier Invitational. LMU fell to Iowa State, another team receiving votes, in the Cyclone Classic.

Patton, Ogoke Climb The Charts
Amanda Patton and Valerie Ogoke had their names in the LMU career record books entering the season, and continue to climb the charts. Patton has made 27 three-pointers in 14 games, and now has made 113 shots from behind the arc. She passed Kate Murray to move into third place when she made three three-pointers against Fresno State. She is 13 away from tying Rachael Ziemann's all-time mark of 126. Ogoke is in the LMU top 10 for blocks and with 18 this season, she has passed Jennifer Henry and has moved into fourth place all-time. She'll need quite a few more blocks to continue climbing, as Amy Lundquist sits in third place with 155.

Looking Ahead
The Lions head out on the road to face San Francisco and San Diego next weekend. LMU will take on the Dons on Thursday, January 11th and head down to San Diego for a matchup with the Toreros on Saturday, January 13th.

All-Tournament Honors
Four different Lions have earned All-Tournament team honors this season. Amanda DeCoud was named to the All-Tournament team at the Xavier Invitational. Amanda Patton and Valerie Ogoke got the nod at the LMU Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic. Ogoke joined Jennifer Hall to earn All-Tournament honors at the Cyclone Classic to round up tournament action.

Lions Top Preseason Poll
For the second straight year, LMU was chosen as the favorite to claim the WCC women's basketball title in the 2006-07 WCC preseason poll, as selected by the conference coaches. The Lions, who posted a 17-12 overall record last season and a 10-4 mark in conference play to finish in third place, tied Pepperdine as the coaches' picks to win the WCC. Gonzaga finished third in the poll, with Santa Clara coming in fourth. Saint Mary's and San Diego were picked fifth and sixth, respectively, with San Francisco and Portland placing seventh and eighth.

Lions All-Access
For the fourth straight year, every LMU women's basketball game will be broadcast live on LMU's website at www.LMULions.com. This season, all Lions All-Access broadcasts will be free. Fans just need to register and they will gain free access to all LMU broadcasts. In addition to audio for all games, streaming video will be available for all LMU home games. Angie Kiel and Patrick Duggan return for the third year as the voices of the Lions to provide play by play, along with insight and analysis for every Lion broadcast. Check www.LMULions.com for more information on Lions' All-Access.