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Lions Add To Incoming Class

May 3, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU women's basketball head coach Julie Wilhoit announced today that Lauren Wilkins, a forward from Portland, Ore., has signed a letter of intent to join the Lions in the fall of 2007. She is the fourth player to sign for next fall, joining Renahy Young, Melanie Ysaguirre and Taylor Shead.

"We are very excited to sign Lauren Wilkins to a National Letter of Intent to play basketball here at LMU. Lauren is a three sport athlete who has excelled on and off the court. Her athletic ability is only one aspect of why she will be a natural fit into our program at LMU. She is a remarkable leader within the Jesuit High School Community and an outstanding scholar. We are thrilled that Lauren has chosen to continue her athletic and academic development in our women's basketball program and at LMU," said Wilhoit.

Wilkins earned first team All-State and first team All-State Tournament honors at Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore. The 6-1 forward was named Metro League Player of the Year and helped her team finish second in the state.

This season, she averaged 12.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.2 steals per game.

A three-sport athlete, she was also a first-team All-State selection in soccer and was named the Metro League Player of the Year. The outstanding student is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society.

In March, the Lions advanced to the championship game of the WCC Tournament and finished the season with a 19-12 record.