Jan. 10, 2007
The Lions head out on the road this week for a pair of West Coast Conference matchups. LMU will face San Francisco on Thursday night at 7:00pm, and head down to San Diego for a Saturday afternoon showdown. Audio for both games will be live and free on Lions All-Access on www.LMULions.com. Free video streaming for Thursday's game at San Francisco will be available on WCC All-Access. In addition, Thursday's game will be broadcast on KXLU 88.9FM.
Last week marked the beginning of women's basketball action on WCC All-Access. Fourteen conference games will be broadcast live and free exclusively on the WCC's website at WCCSports.com. LMU will be featured four times, including this Thursday's game at San Francisco. 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.
Hall was December's Finest
Junior Jennifer Hall was named the WCC Player of the Month for December. The forward averaged 14.6 points and a WCC-best 8.9 rebounds in LMU's seven games. The Lions faced a challenging December slate that included four opponents that competed in the 2006 post-season. Hall scored in double digits in six of the seven games during the month, including a 24 point night against Hawaii on December 7th. In that game, she tied the LMU single game record for free throw percentage while going a perfect 11-for-11 from the charity stripe. The transfer from Vanderbilt recorded three double doubles in December. Hall shares the monthly award with San Diego's Amanda Rego.
The Lions were 1-1 in the first weekend of WCC play, dropping a close game to Gonzaga before rebounding with a strong team defensive effort against Portland.
Friday's WCC opener was a nailbiter, and the Zags pulled away with the 60-56 win. The game was tied with less than a minute on the clock, but Gonzaga pulled ahead for good on a layup with 44 seconds remaining. LMU had its chances, but missed two shots on its next possession. Amanda DeCoud led all players with 16 points, and Jennifer Hall chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds. Valerie Ogoke had a solid all-around game with 12 rebounds, three blocks, a career-high five assists and six points.
LMU rebounded with an outstanding defensive effort on Sunday against Portland, limiting the Pilots to a program-low 34 points for a 20 point win. The Lions pulled out to a double digit lead in the first half, and continued to play well in the second. Portland's Laiken Dollente, who entered the game as the WCC's leading scorer, was held without a point and committed eight turnovers. The duo of Cassady Moore and DeCoud shut down the Pilot guard. Moore recorded seven steals in the win, and the Lions forced 25 Pilot turnovers. Amanda Patton hit four three-pointers and led all players with 14 points.
About San Francisco
The Dons enter Thursday's game with a 6-10 record overall, 0-1 in WCC action. USF fell to San Diego 52-45 last weekend to open conference action. The Dons had a 27-21 lead at half against USD on Sunday, but the Toreros came back in the second half by outscoring USF 31-18. USF won three of its four final non-conference game. Dominique Carter leads the team in scoring at 14.1 points per game, while Shay Rollins chips in 9.2 points a game. Nickie Warren leads the team in rebounding at 6.5 per game, and she also contributes 8.8 points.
About San Diego
The Toreros hold the WCC's best overall record, recording an 11-3 mark entering conference play. USD improved to 12-3 overall with a 52-45 win over San Francisco last Sunday. USD has played 11 of its 15 games at home, and has a 9-2 record at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Amber Sprague leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.9 points and 7.9 boards a game. Kelly Winther is averaging 10.4 points and has made 43.9% of her shots from behind the arc. Amanda Rego leads the nation in assists, averaging nearly eight per game and has also recorded 46 steals this season.
For the second time this year, LMU limited an opponent to less than 40 points when the Lions defeated Portland 54-34. It was a program-low for points by the Pilots, whose previous low was 35 points. Earlier this year, the Lions defeated Long Beach State, 61-38, setting a new LMU program low by allowing just nine points in the second half. The 34 points allowed by LMU were the lowest since the Lions limited the University of San Francisco to 30 points in the 1987-88 season.
Patton Closes in on Ziemann
With four three-pointers against Portland, Amanda Patton moved into second place on the LMU career three-pointers list, passing Lion legend Bryn Britton who held the record until last year with 118. Rachael Ziemann broke the record last year, and finished her career with 126 three-pointers. Entering the San Francisco game, Patton has 119 career three-pointers and need seven to tie and eight to pass Ziemann.
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 7.5 rebounds per game. She has made 45% of her shots from the field and 83.6% from the free throw line. Hall 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.
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 157-172 record at LMU, and a 278-242 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.
Next week, LMU plays just one contest as it hosts WCC rival Pepperdine at Gersten Pavilion as part of a doubleheader with the men's team. The January 20th matchup will begin at 4:30pm, and will be broadcast live on CSTV.
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.
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.