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Rivalry Matchup This Saturday In Gersten

Jan. 17, 2007

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The Lions return to Gersten Pavilion this weekend to host WCC rival Pepperdine on Saturday. The game is the first of a doubleheader with the men's team and tip off is scheduled for 4:30pm. Fans will have several ways to catch the Lions and Waves, as the game will be broadcast tape delayed on CSTV at 9:30pm PT. In addition, live audio will be available on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com. Fans in the Los Angeles area can listen to the game on the radio on KXLU 88.9FM.

Patton Closes in on Ziemann
Amanda Patton took a big step towards the LMU career record for three-pointers when she made six against San Francisco last Thursday. She now has 125 in her career and needs just one more to tie the record set by former teammate Rachael Ziemann last year of 126. Patton also owns the LMU single season record for three-pointer and shares the LMU record for three-pointers in a single game with Ziemann.

Looking Back
The Lions split on the road last weekend, coming from behind to defeat San Francisco before falling to San Diego on Saturday.

LMU started strong against USF, but the Dons got hot offensively and led by as many as 18 points late in the first half. LMU scored the last five points of the half, and used that momentum in the second half to mount a comeback. The Lions outscored USF 18-4 over the first nine minutes of the half, taking their first lead on a free throw by Ashlee Dunlap at 10:22. The Lions never trailed again, recording the 70-64 win. Amanda Patton was on fire from three-point range, going 6-for-9 from behind the arc, finishing the game with a season-high 24 points. Dunlap added 16 points and eight rebounds, and Jennifer Hall chipped in 13 points with seven rebounds.

The Lions led for nearly the entire game against San Diego, but the Toreros took their first lead of the second half with 2:05 remaining in the game, and held off LMU to secure the win. The Lions had a chance to tie it with 2.9 seconds on the clock, but Amanda DeCoud converted one of two free throws and the Lions fell 50-49.

About Pepperdine
The Waves are 8-11 overall, and 1-3 in WCC play. Pepperdine has struggled with injuries and has lost seven of its last eight games. The Lions and Waves had five non-conference opponents in common. Pepperdine was 2-3 against these teams, while the Lions were 3-2 vs. the same opponents. The Waves are without leading scorer Daphanie Kennedy, who was averaging 11.9 points per game before her injury. Freshman Teena Wickett leads the team in scoring in WCC games at 11.5 points per game. She missed seven games due to injury, but returned to the lineup against San Diego. Jessica Ross averaged 9.3 points in the first four WCC games of the year.

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.

Defensive Excellence
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.

I'll Take That
Cassady Moore and Amanda DeCoud are ranked first and second in steals in WCC games after the first two weekends of conference play. Moore has made 12 steals in four WCC games, and DeCoud has 11 swipes. For the season, DeCoud leads the team with 42, and Moore has contributed 35.

Statistics Nationally
LMU had several players ranked in the top 100 in the national statistics when the NCAA released its stats on Monday. Amanda Patton has her name listed twice, ranked 43rd in three-point field goal percentage (40.6) and 85th in three-point field goals made (2.2). Jennifer Hall is 55th in the nation in free throw percentage at 84.9%. As a team, LMU is ranked 14th in the nation in fewest fouls committed, and is ranked 47th in free throw percentage (73.3).

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 13.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. She has made 45% of her shots from the field and 84.9% 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. Ashlee Dunlap added her name to the single game free throw list when she was a perfect 8-for-8 from the line against San Francisco.

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.

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.

Looking Ahead
The Lions wrap up the first half of conference play at home, hosting Saint Mary's and Santa Clara at Gersten Pavilion. The Gaels and Lions will face off on Thursday at 7:00pm. LMU and SCU will tip off at 2:00pm on Saturday.

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 most LMU home games. This Saturday's game will not have streaming video since it is being broadcast on CSTV. 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.