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Future Lions Shine

May 3, 2006

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The future is bright for LMU women's basketball, as all four future Lions have excelled in their final season of high school basketball. All four were named to an All State team, including a Gatorade state Player of the Year.

Maggie Burkett, from Boise High School in Boise, ID, was named the Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year. She led her team to a 21-5 record, winning the consolation championship in the state tournament. In the state tournament, the 6-2 center averaged 10.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. For the season, she averaged 8.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, and shot 52% from the field.

Kavita Goss had a record breaking season for Newbury Park High School in Newbury Park, CA. She was named third team All-State and broke her school's single game record for points, scoring 41. She was named the Ventura County Player of the Year, as well as the Marmonte League MVP. The 5-9 guard earned first team All-CIF Division IIA honors, averaging 18.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game.

Lisa Helmers, a 5-9 guard from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, AZ, earned second team All-State honors and was named the Central Region MVP. She was named first team All South East Valley, and second team All East Valley. In addition to earning Tempe All City honors, Helmers was a McDonald's All American Nominee and a member of the Arizona 5A-4A Senior All-Star Team. For the season, she averaged 23.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.8 steals, and 2.7 assists per game. She had 12 double doubles and five 30+ point games. She broke her school record with 41 points in a game.

Rounding out the incoming class is Jessica Vargas. The 5-9 guard will graduate from Sinagua High School in Flagstaff, AZ this spring, and was named first team All State. In addition to earning Grand Canyon Region MVP honors, she was named first team All Region and was the City Player of the Year. She was named to the All-City Team, and was a McDonald's All American nominee. She averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 assists, 7.5 steals and 5.1 rebounds per game in her senior year. In addition, Vargas tied the Arizona record for steals in a single game with 17. She now shares the record with former LMU star guard Rosa Bernasconi (1999-2002).

"These four players are representative of the quality student-athletes that we continue to bring into our program. They are not only great athletes, but outstanding students and fantastic people. I can't wait to coach these women," said Head Coach Julie Wilhoit.