Sept. 11, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CA - The LMU women's basketball team will face nine teams that participated in postseason play last year, as the Lions announced their 2006-07 schedule today. LMU will open its season in the Preseason WNIT at Stanford, and will play a challenging schedule in preparation for West Coast Conference play.
After an exhibition against the Melbourne Roos, the Lions open their season on Thursday, November 9th in the first round of the Preseason WNIT at Stanford. The Cardinal was 26-8 in 2005-06 and advanced to the Elite Eight. Should LMU win, it will advance further into the tournament with the championship game on Sunday, November 19th.
LMU will travel to the Xavier Tournament to face Toledo in the first round on Friday, November 17th. The Lions will play either host Xavier or Western Carolina. The Muskateers were 21-9 a year ago, and advanced to the WNIT.
Long Beach State serves as LMU's home opener on Tuesday, November 21st. The Lions will host their annual Thanksgiving Tournament on November 24th and 25th. LMU will take on American in the first round, while Texas A&M and West Virginia will battle in the other first round game. The Aggies were 23-9 last season and participated in the NCAA Tournament.
Two straight road games to local opponents follow the Thanksgiving Tournament. LMU heads up the coast to Cal Poly on November 28th and down the 405 freeway to take on UC Irvine on Friday, December 1st. The Lions welcome the Rainbow Wahine of Hawaii to Gersten Pavilion on Thursday, December 7th.
The three games before Christmas will pose quite a challenge for the Lions. UC Santa Barbara (December 9th), Northern Arizona (Dec. 18th) and Fresno State (December 21st) all participated in postseason play last season. The Gauchos lost to the Bulldogs in the first round of the WNIT, and FSU advanced to the third round of the postseason tournament. Northern Arizona was the Big Sky Champion and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
LMU wraps up non-conference play at the Iowa State Tournament. The Lions will face Colgate on Friday, December 29th before taking on the host Cyclones on Saturday, December 30th. ISU was 18-13 last season and advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
The Lions open West Coast Conference action at home, hosting Gonzaga and Portland in the first weekend of action. After a weekend at San Francisco and San Diego, the Lions welcome rivals Pepperdine to Gersten on January 20th. The Lions wrap up the first half of conference play by hosting Saint Mary's and Santa Clara.
LMU opens the second half of the WCC schedule on the road at Portland and Gonzaga. The Lions will host San Diego and San Francisco in their final two home games of the season. The Dons will be the opponent on LMU's Senior Day on Saturday, February 10th.
Road games at Pepperdine, Santa Clara and Saint Mary's round out the regular season schedule. This year's WCC Tournament is hosted by Portland. The first round is on Thursday, March 1st and the semifinals are on Saturday, March 3rd. The Championship game is on Sunday, March 4th.