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Lions Announce Letters of Intent

Nov. 9, 2006

LOS ANGELES, CA - Loyola Marymount women's basketball head coach Julie Wilhoit announced today the signing of high school seniors Renahy Young and Melanie Ysaguirre to national letters of intent to join the Lions for the 2007-2008 season. The two players are incredible athletes and proven winners who will be outstanding additions to the LMU women's basketball program.

"These players truly responded to our program and coaching. They knew that LMU was the right fit for them. They want to be challenged athletically and academically. They will contribute to LMU and LMU will give them an amazing experience," said Wilhoit.

Renahy Young

Young, a 5-8 guard from Redondo Union High School is a Street & Smith Preseason All-American this season after earning Cal Hi Sports All-State honors last year. As a junior, she earned second team All-CIF honors and first team All-Bay League honors after averaging 14 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds per game. She helped lead Redondo to the CIF semifinals. Young had an outstanding summer with her club team, Swish, helping them win the Oregon Trail Tournament. She was named to the All-Tournament team at the Oregon Trail Tournament, as well as the River City Classic Tournament and the Nike Nationals.

"Renahy is a very exciting and fun player to watch. Her potential is limitless because she is a tremendous athlete. She can totally control games defensively. She is a physical presence with incredible reaction ability. We look forward to seeing her grow and develop as a basketball player," Wilhoit said.

Ysaguirre comes to LMU from an outstanding high school program of Troy High School in Fullerton, CA. The 6-0 forward is a Street & Smith Preseason All-American this season after helping her team to a state championship two out of the last three years. As a junior, Ysaguirre was a first team All-Freeway League selection after averaging 8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists per game. She teamed with Young on the Swish team that won the Oregon Trail Tournament in the summer of 2006.

Melanie Ysaguirre

"Mel comes to us from a winning program. She knows what it takes to win and her knowledge of the game is a direct result of her high school coaching. She's an outstanding rebounder with incredible defensive skills," Wilhoit commented.

"Our staff worked very hard to recruit this caliber of athlete, and our program will receive a huge impact by their presence as we coach them over the course of their college career. The best part of signing Renahy and Mel is not only in how much we wanted them, but how much they wanted to come to LMU. It's a pretty special day for everyone," Wilhoit concluded.