Feb. 7, 2007
The LMU women's basketball team will host its final home games of the season this weekend, welcoming San Diego and San Francisco to Gersten Pavilion. LMU is currently in third place in the conference standings, and wins this weekend keep the Lions in the hunt for the conference title. LMU will host the Toreros on Thursday night at 7:00pm, and the Dons on Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm. LMU's two seniors, Amanda Patton and Ashlee Dunlap, will be honored in a ceremony before Saturday's game. Free audio and video will be available live on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com, and Thursday's game will be broadcast on KXLU 88.9FM.
LMU will honor the two members of its senior class in a ceremony prior to Saturday's game against San Francisco. Amanda Patton and Ashlee Dunlap have had different journeys over the last several years, but both have been instrumental to LMU's success. The 2005-06 season was a breakout year for both players. Dunlap was named the WCC Newcomer of the Year after transferring from San Diego State. She led the Lions in scoring and rebounding, setting the single season mark for rebounds and earned first team All-WCC honors. Patton set the LMU single season mark for three-pointers, making 67 and was second on the team in scoring. It was her first healthy season, and she became one of the most feared three-point shooters in the conference. This season, she broke the LMU career mark for three-pointers and is nearing her own single season mark again. She leads the team in scoring in WCC games, and has made 25 three-pointers against conference opponents.
There will be an autograph session following Saturday's game against San Francisco. After a brief locker room talk, all 14 members of the LMU women's basketball team will be available to sign autographs. Team posters will be provided.
Patton Earns Monthly Honor
Amanda Patton was named the LMU/Enterprise Student-Athlete of the Month for January, as chosen by the LMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Patton broke the LMU career record for three-pointers in January, and now has 138 and counting. She led the team in scoring, averaging 12.3 points per game, and had four double digit scoring games. She had a season-high 24 points against San Francisco, hitting six three-pointers to lead LMU to the win. She also had 17 points in wins over Pepperdine and Santa Clara, and 14 points against Portland. It is the second Student-Athlete of the Month honor for Patton, who picked up the award in November 2005.
It was another split for the Lions, who picked up a win in Portland before falling to Gonzaga.
The Lions rolled against the Pilots, shooting 50% from the field for the game, and 60% in the second half. LMU broke things open in the second period, outscoring Portland 37-21 and limiting the Pilots to 20% shooting for the half to finish with a 74-52 win. Jennifer Hall led a quartet of Lions in double digit points, scoring 16. Cassady Moore had 12 points with five steals, and Ashlee Dunlap contributed 12 points and seven rebounds.
LMU had a strong first half against Gonzaga, but struggled in the second half. The Lions led at the break, but were outrebounded 29-13 in the second half as the Zags rallied for a 66-56 win. Amanda Patton led the Lions with 17 points, including four three-pointers, and had a team-high six rebounds. Hall chipped in 13 points for LMU.
About San Diego
The Toreros enter Thursday's game with an 18-4 record and a 7-1 conference record. USD is half a game behind Gonzaga in the conference standings, with its only loss so far coming to the Bulldogs. The 18 wins matches the school record for victories. Amber Sprague leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Kelly Winther is averaging 11.8 points per game overall, and 13.5 in WCC games. Amanda Rego leads the nation in assists and has 180 this season. She also leads the team in steals with 62. All three players scored in double digits as the Toreros defeated San Francisco 66-60 last weekend.
About San Francisco
The Dons are 7-16 this season and have a 1-7 WCC record. They have lost five straight following their first conference win over Pepperdine in the first weekend of conference action. Dominique Carter leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game. Shay Rollins is chipping in 10.6 points per game, and Nickie Warren leads the team in rebounding with 6.6 per game. Four players scored in double digits against San Diego on Saturday, but it was not enough for the win.
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.
More from Moore
Cassady Moore shattered her career-high when she scored 22 points against Saint Mary's. The sophomore guard almost singlehandedly kept the Lions in the game in the first half, scoring 18 of LMU's 29 points in the opening half. She was 7-for-11 from the field in the first half, and finished 9-for-16 for the game. She also had two assists, three rebounds and a steal in the game.
Patton Eyes Single Season Mark
A year after setting the LMU single season record for three-pointers, Amanda Patton has caught fire from behind the arc and is eying her own record. She enters Thursday's game with 52 on the season and sits in third place on the single season list. She needs 11 more to move into a tie for second place. Last year, she connected for 67 to break the LMU single season mark.
Patton Breaks Record
With her second three-pointer against Pepperdine, Amanda Patton broke the LMU career record for three-pointers and now has 138 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.
I'll Take That
Amanda DeCoud and Cassady Moore continue to be two of the greatest thiefs in the WCC, ranking first and second in steals in conference games. After nine WCC games, DeCoud averages 3.0 per game, and Moore is close behind at 2.44 per game. For the year, DeCoud leads the team with 58 steals, and Moore has added 45.
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 (39.4) and 60th in three-point field goals made (2.3). Jennifer Hall is 37th in the nation in free throw percentage at 84.7%. Valerie Ogoke cracked the nation's top 100 in blocks, ranked 94th, averaging 1.5 per game. Amanda DeCoud is also ranked in steals, coming in at 60th by averaging 2.5 per game. As a team, LMU is ranked 16th in the nation in fewest fouls committed.
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.
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.
The Lions head out on the road but stay local when they face Pepperdine next Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 5:00pm and the game is the first of a doubleheader with the men's team.
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 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.