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Regular Season Wraps Up on Road

Feb. 21, 2007

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Briefly
The LMU women's basketball team wraps up the regular season this weekend in the Bay Area with two critical games against Santa Clara and Saint Mary's. The Lions and Gaels are tied for third place and two wins this weekend would guarantee LMU the No. 3 seed for the WCC Championships. Free audio will be available live on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com for both games, and on KXLU 88.9FM on Thursday.

The Conference Race
Gonzaga has earned at least a share of the WCC regular season title, heading into the final weekend of play with an 11-1 record. San Diego is two games behind the Bulldogs with a 9-3 mark. LMU and Saint Mary's are two games back from USD with identical 7-5 records. SCU and Pepperdine are tied for fifth place with 5-7 marks. San Francisco is in seventh place with a 3-9 record, while Portland is in eighth place with a 1-11 record. The Lions control their own destiny this weekend, and a sweep would insure that LMU would earn the #3 seed for the WCC Tournament.

Looking for a Senior Day Sweep
LMU will participate in three Senior Days this season, and so far the Lions are 2-0. LMU's seniors Ashlee Dunlap and Amanda Patton have been particularly inspired by the pregame ceremonies, leading the Lions to victories over San Francisco and Pepperdine. Patton has led the team in scoring in the last two wins with 16 and 15 points against USF and Pepperdine, respectively, while Dunlap has recorded her first two double doubles of the season in the Senior Day wins. Saint Mary's will host Senior Day on Saturday and the Lions are looking to make it a perfect 3-0 on Senior Days.

Looking Back
LMU swept the season series against Pepperdine with a 63-52 win on Saturday night.The Lions led for nearly the entire game, pulling out to a double digit lead in the first half. Pepperdine cut hte lead to three points early in the second half, but would never get any closer as the Lions used strong defense to hold off the Waves for the win. Amanda Patton was 10-for-11 at the free throw line to lead the team with 15 points, and Ashlee Dunlap added 11 points and 14 rebounds. Cassady Moore was 5-for-6 from the field to finish with 13 points and five rebounds.

About Santa Clara
The Broncos have lost five of their last six games, and were swept last weekend at San Diego and San Francisco. They are 13-14 on the season, 5-7 in WCC play. SCU sits in a tie for fifth place in the conference standings. Chandice Cronk leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game. She has converted 90 three-pointers this season, leading the nation. Jen Gottschalk leads the team in rebounds at 6.5 and is averaging 11.5 points per game.

About Saint Mary's
The Gaels have won three straight, including a 51-47 win over San Diego last Saturday. They have moved into a tie with LMU for third place in the conference standings with a 7-5 WCC record. They are 13-12 overall with wins in four of their last five games. Maija Lahde scored 15 points in the win over USD, and Serena Benavente added 13. Jontelle Smith leads the team in scoring, averaging 11.9 points per game, and two others average 9.8 points - Lahde and Sheridan Arredondo. Lahde leads the team in rebounding at 6.7 per game, and Lauren Shaughnessy leads the team in assists and steals.

The Last Time vs. SMC, SCU
LMU split the first time against SMC and SCU, falling to Saint Mary's before rebounding with a victory over Santa Clara. Cassady Moore smashed her career-high with 22 points but it was not enough as the Lions fell to Saint Mary's 64-59. The Gaels led by as many as 16, but the Lions cut the lead to two points late in the second half. Missed field goals and free throws in the final minutes slowed the comeback bid and the Gaels pulled out the road win. The Lions responded with an outstanding performance against Santa Clara, shutting down the conference's top scoring offense for a 67-52 win. LMU pulled ahead early, extending to a double digit lead midway through the first half, and led by as many as 23 points in the game. Amanda Patton led a group of four Lions in double digit scoring, putting in 17 points in the win.

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. 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 six 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.

Dunlap Eyes Rebounding Milestone
With one more rebound, Ashlee Dunlap will enter the LMU career top-10 for rebounds in just two seasons. She set the LMU single season mark for rebounds last season when she had 295, and the senior has pulled down 167 boards this season. One more would tie her with Sheri Brown at 463. Interestingly, Brown also only competed in two seasons at LMU. Dunlap's career average of 8.4 rebounds per game puts her in third place all-time at LMU.

DeCoud Cracks the Top 10
With a steal against Pepperdine, Amanda DeCoud has moved into the LMU single season top 10 for steals. She now has 64 swipes on the year. The junior has 151 career steals, good enough to move into the LMU career top 10 at number 9.

52 is the Magic Number
In an interesting coincidence, LMU has allowed 52 points in each of its last four 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 has now won two straight, picking up a 65-52 victory over San Francisco and following it up with a 63-52 win at Pepperdine. In fact, opponents have scored more than 52 points in just one of LMU's seven WCC wins.

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.

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 58 on the season and sits in third place on the single season list. She needs five 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 144 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 12 WCC games, DeCoud averages 2.75 per game, and Moore is close behind at 2.33 per game. For the year, DeCoud leads the team with 63 steals, and Moore has added 51.

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 50th in three-point field goal percentage (36.7) and 59th in three-point field goals made (2.2). Jennifer Hall is 43rd in the nation in free throw percentage at 84.1%. Amanda DeCoud is also ranked in steals, coming in at 65th by averaging 2.5 per game. As a team, LMU is ranked 22nd in the nation in fewest fouls committed.

Looking Ahead
The Lions will head to the WCC Tournament next weekend in Portland. Action begins on Thursday, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championship game on Sunday at 1:00pm.

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.