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Wilhoit Inks Three

Nov. 14, 2007

LMU women's basketball has signed three players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, Head Coach Julie Wilhoit announced Wednesday. Alex Cowling, Monica DeAngelis, and Mikah Maly-Karros are all highly-decorated players who hail from California and will join the Lions for the 2008-09 season.

"I am extremely excited about this incoming class because for the first time, we did not want to bring in anyone but these young women and, more importantly, they did not want to go anywhere besides LMU," Wilhoit said. "When we first met with each of them, we walked away knowing that these were players that we wanted to coach. Furthermore, their stats speak to the type of talent that each brings to our program."

Alex Cowling

Cowling is a 5-11 guard/forward who hails from Benicia. The 24th-ranked guard and 73rd-ranked overall player in the country by Hoopgurlz/Scout.com, Cowling racked up the Player of the Year honors in 2007, earning no less than four such awards: Sports Focus NCS Player of the Year, Bay Shore Athletic League MVP, San Francisco Chronicle East Bay Player of the Year, and Contra Costa Times Player of the Year. Last year, she led St. Patrick's/St. Vincent High School to its first appearance in the state championship, averaging a double-double of 25.2 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.

"Alex is a complete player," Wilhoit said. "She is a floor general who makes everyone around her better. She is a scorer and tenacious rebounder but what impresses me the most is that she knows what she wants. Alex is a winner and we are happy to have her come and continue to do so at LMU."

Monica DeAngelis

DeAngelis comes to LMU from Windward High School in Santa Monica. In 2006, DeAngelis helped the Wildcats to a Southern Section championship, earning First Team All-State Division IV honors along the way. A three-time First Team All-League and All-CIF performer, DeAngelis averaged 21.4 points, 3.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.0 steals per game as a junior. A 5-7 guard, DeAngelis was picked by Sporting News for the 2007-08 preseason Honorable Mention All-American Team. She enters her senior season ranked seventh in the state of California in career three-point baskets made with 324 in her three seasons. DeAngelis is also an excellent student, being named to the Dean's List all three years. She is a member of the National Arts Honor Society and the Academic Honors Society.

"Monica is a savvy point guard who is dedicated to continually improving through her hard work," Wilhoit said. "She has a great scoring touch and incredible shooting range that will help us stretch defenses."

Mikah Maly-Karros

Maly-Karros is the most local of the trio, coming out of Manhattan Beach's Mira Costa High School. Like DeAngelis, Sporting News has selected her as a preseason Honorable Mention All-American. A three-time First Team All-Bay League performer, Maly-Karros was an Honorable Mention All-American selection by Street and Smith after averaging 21.1 points, 16.2 rebounds, 3.4 blocks, 3.1 steals, and 2.4 assists per game as a junior. Last year, the 6-1 forward led the Mustangs to the CIF Division IA Finals, earning Bay League Most Outstanding Player accolades. She has been named to her class-specific All-State team each season by Cal Hi Sports and has been awarded All-CIF status three times. In the classroom, Maly-Karros is a Principal's Honor Roll student and a Scholar Athlete.

"Mikah is extremely athletic and a fearless rebounder," Wilhoit said. "She has a tremendous nose for the ball and is very strong for someone her age."

LMU is off to a 1-1 start to the 2007-08 season. The Lions close out their season-opening three-game road trip on Thursday at Long Beach State before returning home to face UC Santa Barbara on Monday at 7 p.m.