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Lions Looking For Rivalry Sweep

Feb. 15, 2007

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The LMU women's basketball team will play its final three games of the season on the road, starting this weekend at Pepperdine. The conference standings are extremely close, as LMU is currently in third place and sits just one game ahead of sixth place Pepperdine. Santa Clara and Saint Mary's are just half a game back from the Lions. Free audio will be available live on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com, and KXLU 88.9FM. Video is available as part of the WCC's All-Access package at www.WCCSports.com.

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 at Pepperdine. 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 Nabs Academic Accolades
Junior Jennifer Hall has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 First Team. The forward is now eligible for national Academic All-American honors. Hall leads the team in scoring and rebounding, and currently has a 3.79 GPA. The transfer from Vanderbilt has had an outstanding first season with the Lions, averaging 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She has connected on 45% of her shots from the field, and is among the nation's leaders with a .847 free throw shooting percentage. Hall was named the WCC's December Player of the Month, and earned Player of the Week honors in December as well. She has scored in double digits in all but five games this season, and has recorded four double doubles. She broke the school's single game record for free throw percentage when she was a perfect 11-for-11 from the line against Hawaii. In that game, she scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Looking Back
For the fifth time in conference play, the Lions recorded a weekend split. LMU fell to San Diego, 69-60, before rebounding with a 65-52 win over San Francisco in the final home weekend of the year.

The Lions fell behind early to the Toreros, and despite a strong LMU comeback, USD held off the Lions for the win. LMU came within three points with a minute remaining, but USD hit its free throws for the win. Jennifer Hall recorded her fifth double double with 10 points and 10 rebouns, and Amanda DeCoud led LMU with 15 points and a career-high eight rebounds.

Senior Day was special for the Lions, as Amanda Patton and Ashlee Dunlap led LMU to the win. Patton led all players with 16 points, including four three-pointers, and Dunlap recorded her first double double of the year with 12 points and 11 rebounds. DeCoud had her second straight impressive game with 14 points and four rebounds in the win. She scored six straight points in the second half to help LMU pull away from the Dons.

About Pepperdine
The Waves are 12-14 overall, and 5-6 in WCC play. After starting conference with a 1-5 record, Pepperdine has won four of its last five games, including wins over Gonzaga and San Diego. The Waves handed Gonzaga its first WCC loss of the season, a 70-56 win in Spokane. After struggling with injuries early in the conference schedule, Pepperdine is back to full strength with leading scorer Daphanie Kennedy back. The guard averages 11.2 points per game. Forwards Teena Wickett and Teiosha George both average 10.0 points per game, and 7.1 and 7.0 rebounds per game, respectively. George had 13 points and 10 rebounds in Pepperdine's 51-50 win over San Diego last Saturday.

The Last Time vs. Pepperdine
The Lions dominated every aspect of the game in the first meeting against Pepperdine, 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. 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.

52 is the Magic Number
In an interesting coincidence, LMU has allowed 52 points in each of its last three wins. The streak started with a 67-52 win over Santa Clara, then LMU followed it up with a 74-52 win at Portland. LMU's last win was a 65-52 victory over San Francisco.

Fabulous Freshmen
Three of LMU's freshmen guards have had their ups and downs as they've experienced their first year of college basketball, and the most recent freshman to make her mark is Jessica Vargas. Vargas played a combined 23 minutes in non-conference play, but has been a defensive spark for the Lions in conference play. Her breakout game came against Santa Clara as she played 20 minutes and made two steals. She helped shut down the Broncos' three-point shooters and help LMU to the win. Last Saturday, she had another standout game, playing a career-high 25 minutes. She scored a career-high six points, and grabbed a career-high five rebounds. Three of those rebounds were on the offensive end.

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.

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.

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 Saturday's game with 57 on the season and sits in third place on the single season list. She needs six 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 143 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 fifth in steals in conference games. After 11 WCC games, DeCoud averages 2.91 per game, and Moore is close behind at 2.09 per game. For the year, DeCoud leads the team with 63 steals, and Moore has added 46.

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 52nd in three-point field goal percentage (38.0) and 50th in three-point field goals made (2.2). Jennifer Hall is 46th in the nation in free throw percentage at 84.1%. Amanda DeCoud is also ranked in steals, coming in at 62nd by averaging 2.5 per game. As a team, LMU is ranked 16th in the nation in fewest fouls committed. The Lions are also moving up in turnovers committed per game, ranking 39th at 15.5 per game.

Looking Ahead
The Lions wrap up the regular season in the Bay Area, facing Santa Clara and Saint Mary's. The games will be critical to the seedings for the WCC Tournament, as those teams are close behind the Lions in the conference standings.

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 out 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.