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First Half of WCC Wraps Up In Gersten

Jan. 24, 2007

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The Lions wrap up the first half of conference play by hosting Saint Mary's and Santa Clara this weekend in Gersten Pavilion. This week's opponents boast the top two offenses in the conference, while LMU is holding opponents to less than 50 points a game in WCC action. Fans can listen to both games and watch Thursday's game free on Lions All-Access. Thursday's game will also be broadcast live on KXLU 88.9FM. The Santa Clara game is part of the WCC All-Access package, and streaming video can be found at www.WCCSports.com.

Blood: Water Mission
All ticket sales from Thursday's game against Saint Mary's will go to the Blood: Water Mission. The Blood: Water Mission initiative is to promote clean blood and water efforts in Africa to help reduce the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The first initiative they will undertake is to build 1000 wells on the continent to provide fresh drinking water. In addition to all ticket sales proceeds going to Blood: Water Mission, fans can purchase raffle tickets to win prizes including two iPods, a clinic run by the LMU basketball team, and a signed basketball. Information on Blood: Water Mission can be found at www.bloodwatermission.com.

Patton Breaks Record
With her second three-pointer against Pepperdine, Amanda Patton broke the LMU career record for three-pointers and now has 128 and counting. She broke the year-old record set by former teammate Rachael Ziemann 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.

Defensive Excellence
For the second straight home game, and the third time this year, LMU limited an opponent to less than 40 points as the Lions shut down Pepperdine in a 52-35 win. It matched a program-low for points by the Waves, and Pepperdine's 13 points in the first half also matched a program-low. It was the second time this year that LMU has written its name in an opponent's media guide. LMU defeated Portland 54-34, a program-low for points by the Pilots, whose previous low was 35 points.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. 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.

WCC All-Access
This season marks the first year 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 Saturday's game against Santa Clara. 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
The Lions dominated every aspect of the game against Pepperdine last weekend, cruising to a 52-35 win over the Waves. LMU led by double digits for 35 minutes of the game, going ahead by 11 points at 14:50, and extending the lead to 20 at 8:40. Pepperdine was only able to score 13 points in the first half, matching its program-low for points in a half. The 35 points scored by the Waves also ties its program-low for points in a game.

Amanda Patton set the new LMU career record for three-pointers, tying the mark with her first of the game, and making the record her own with her second. She now has 128 three-pointers, passing the previous record set by former teammate Rachael Ziemann. Patton outscored Pepperdine by herself in the first half, scoring 14, and finished as the game's leading scorer with 17 points. She also added five assists in the win. Valerie Ogoke had a strong all-around game, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks.

About Saint Mary's
The Gaels are 8-10 overall, and 2-3 in WCC play. After a WCC opening loss to Santa Clara, SMC split in both of its next weekends, picking up wins over Portland and San Francisco, but falling to Gonzaga and San Diego. The Gaels are led by Jontelle Smith who is averaging 11.4 points per game. Maija Lahde is averaging 9.8 points and 5.9 rebounds a game. Sheridan Arredondo is averaging 13.2 points per game in WCC games, and 8.7 ppg overall. Lauren Shaughnessy is second in the WCC in steals and third in assists.

About Santa Clara
The Broncos are 11-9 overall and are tied with LMU for third place in the WCC with a 3-2 mark. SCU has picked up conference wins over Saint Mary's, Portland and San Francisco, and fell to Gonzaga and San Diego. The Broncos will face Pepperdine on Thursday night before Saturday's showdown. Chandice Cronk leads the WCC in scoring, averaging 17.2 points per game. She also leads the nation in three-pointers made, and has connected on 73 this season. Jen Gottschalk has led the team in scoring in WCC play, averaging 18.4 points over the last five games. She is shooting 61.9% from the field and is averaging 8.6 rebounds in WCC play. SCU leads the conference in scoring, averaging 71.7 points per game.

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.

I'll Take That
Cassady Moore and Amanda DeCoud are ranked first and fourth in steals in WCC games after the first five games of conference play. Moore has made 14 steals in five WCC games, and DeCoud has 12 swipes. For the season, DeCoud leads the team with 43, and Moore has contributed 37.

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 34th in three-point field goal percentage (40.4) and 72nd in three-point field goals made (2.2). Jennifer Hall is 42nd in the nation in free throw percentage at 84.9%. As a team, LMU is ranked 11th in the nation in fewest fouls committed, and is ranked 48th in free throw percentage (73.1).

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. 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. The Lions limited Pepperdine to just 13 points in their 52-35 win over the Waves on January 20, 2007.

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 begin the first half of conference play on the road in the Northwest next weekend. LMU will face Portland on Thursday, and wrap up the weekend with a Saturday afternoon game at Gonzaga.

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. 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.