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Four Lions Earn Conference Honors

Feb. 26, 2007

LOS ANGELES, CA - Four Lions were honored as the West Coast Conference announced its yearly awards today. Senior Amanda Patton was named to the All-Conference team, and junior Amanda DeCoud was selected as the WCC Defensive Player of the Year. DeCoud joins Ashlee Dunlap and Jennifer Hall as honorable mention selections. LMU leads all teams with four players earning honors today.

Patton was LMU's leading scorer in conference action and was one of the top three-point shooters in the conference. In conference play, Patton averaged 12.6 points and 2.86 assists per game. She ranked in the top 8 in the conference in scoring, assists, three-pointers made and free throw percentage. Earlier this season, she became LMU's all-time career leader in three-pointers, and is currently five three-pointers away from tying her own single season record for threes. This is the second time that Patton has earned honors from the league's coaches after earning honorable mention honors in 2006.

Amanda DeCoud was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year.

DeCoud is LMU's first Defensive Player of the Year since Adrianne Slaughter won the award in 2002-03. The junior guard was unbelievable on defense this season, leading the conference in steals in conference games, averaging 3.0 per game. In conference play, LMU led the league in overall defense and three-point field goal defense. DeCoud was instrumental in LMU shutting down some of the top scoring guards in the conference. In addition, she ran the Lion offense, averaging 9.3 points and 3.79 assists per game in conference play. In addition to defensive honors, DeCoud was also named to the honorable mention team.

Ashlee Dunlap earns honorable mention honors.

Dunlap earns conference honors for the second straight year after being named the 2005-06 WCC Newcomer of the Year last season. She led the conference in offensive rebounds in conference games, and was the Lions' top rebounder against WCC teams. Dunlap averaged 8.2 points and 7.7 rebounds, and recorded double doubles in three of the last four games of the regular season.

Hall rounds out the Lions' honorees. A junior transfer from Vanderbilt, Hall had an outstanding first season with LMU. She led the team in scoring and rebounding overall, averaging 12.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. She was named the WCC co-December Player of the Month and earned WCC Player of the Week honors. She broke the LMU single game record for free throws when she was 11-for-11 from the line against Hawaii.

Jennifer Hall was named the December Player of the Month.

The Lions lead all teams with four selections this season. Gonzaga's Stephanie Hawk and San Diego's Amanda Rego shared Player of the Year honors, and their respective coaches also shared coach of the year honors. Heather Bowman of Gonzaga was named the conference's Newcomer of the Year.

LMU will open the WCC Tournament on Thursday against Santa Clara. The game will tip off at 6:00pm.