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Lions Travel to Xavier Invitational

Nov. 15, 2006

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The LMU women's basketball team will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend to participate in the Xavier Invitational. The Lions will face Toledo in Friday's first round and either Xavier or Western Carolina on Saturday. All of the action from Cincinnati will be broadcast free and live on Lions All-Access.

About Toledo
Toledo is 0-1 on the year following last Saturday's 66-55 loss to IPFW. UT shot just 23.8% from the field in the first half and 38% for the game. The Rockets were led by sophomore Diana Reindl who finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Lisa Johnson added 11 points and four rebounds in her collegiate debut. The Rockets were 11-18 a year ago, 4-12 in the MAC. They return their top three scorers from 2005-06.

About Xavier
The Muskateers are 1-0 after Sunday's 86-70 win over Florida. Xavier shot 50% from the field in the first half to pull ahead to a 47-25 lead over the Gators. Five players finished in double digit scoring, led by Suntana Granderson with 19 points, including five three-pointers. Four others added 15 points each. Miranda Green finished with nine assists and three steals, and Deanna Mason led the team with nine rebounds. Last year, Xavier finished with a 21-9 record and advanced to the second round of the WNIT.

About Western Carolina
Western Carolina lost its season opener to Auburn, 71-56. The Lady Catamounts were led by Monique Dawson who finished the game with 16 points. Chevon Keith was one point away from a double double, as she had nine points and 11 rebounds. WCU shot just 26.4% from the field, while Auburn shot 51.9%. A year ago, WCU was 9-20 and finished fifth in the Southern Conference with an 8-10 record.

Looking Back
LMU had a strong effort against #4 Stanford, but the height advantage that the Cardinal had proved to be too much to overcome in the second half. The Lions showed that they could play tough with Stanford, taking a lead in the second half, but the Cardinal went on a strong run during a six minute span of the second half to take control of the game. The game started well for LMU, as Cassady Moore scored on the Lions' first possession to take the early lead. Every time Stanford would pull ahead, the Lions answered back with a run of their own to tie the game. The Cardinal took a 10 point lead, 30-20 with 8:21 remaining in the first half, but the Lions finished the half on a 14-6 run to cut the halftime lead to 36-34.

Moore led LMU with nine points in the first half, including LMU's first seven points of the game. The Lions shot 40.6% from the field in the first half, while Stanford shot 42.9% from the field.The second half started like the first, as LMU took a lead in the opening minutes on a three-pointer by Patton. After Stanford used a jumper by Smith and a free throw by Candice Wiggins, a jumper by Ashlee Dunlap tied the game again, 39-39, at 18:08. But Stanford used its considerable height advantage inside to go on a 24-2 run over the next six minutes to take a 63-41 lead at 11:47. That stretch would be the turning point in the game. In the final 12 minutes of the contest, Stanford only outscored LMU 25-20, but the damage was done. It was an outstanding showing for LMU's guards, as the trio of Moore, Patton and Amanda DeCoud combined for 39 points and six steals. Patton led LMU with 18 points, going 4-for-6 from behind the three-point line and 6-for-10 from the field. DeCoud had a strong showing, finishing with 12 points, four steals and four assists. Moore played 28 minutes, contributing nine points.

Looking Ahead
LMU returns to Gersten Pavilion for three games next week, hosting Long Beach State on Tuesday afternoon before its annual Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Lions welcome American University, Texas A&M and West Virginia to Gersten Pavilion. LMU will face AU, with Texas A&M playing WVU on Friday. The consolation game is on Saturday at 2:00pm, and the championship game is at 4:00pm All LMU games will be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access.

Offense Shines in Exhibition
Five players scored in double digits as LMU cruised to an 85-68 win over the Melbourne Roos in its only exhibition of the season. Valerie Ogoke led all Lions with 17 points and 13 rebounds with two blocks. Ashlee Dunlap picked up where she left off last season with a double double at 10 points and 10 assists. Cassady Moore had a strong performance in her first career start, scoring a career high 14 points with four assists. Amanda DeCoud had a game-high eight assists to go along with 12 points, while Amanda Patton had four three-pointers and finished with 15 points.

Newcomers Contribute In Season Opener
Several newcomers played significant minutes in the season opener against Stanford. Transfer Jennifer Hall played 21 minutes and led the team in rebounding with seven boards. Freshman Lisa Helmers played 15 minutes and grabbed two rebounds, and Kavita Goss and Jessica Vargas played five and four minutes, respectively. Vargas made a layup and had an assist in the game, while Goss added a steal.

Lions Top Preseason Poll
For the second straight year, LMU was chosen as the favorite to claim the WCC women's basketball title in the 2006-07 WCC preseason poll, as selected by the conference coaches. The Lions, who posted a 17-12 overall record last season and a 10-4 mark in conference play to finish in third place, tied Pepperdine as the coaches' picks to win the WCC. Gonzaga finished third in the poll, with Santa Clara coming in fourth. Saint Mary's and San Diego were picked fifth and sixth, respectively, with San Francisco and Portland placing seventh and eighth.

Lions All-Access
For the fourth straight year, every LMU women's basketball game will be broadcast live on LMU's website at www.LMULions.com. This season, all Lions All-Access broadcasts will be free. Fans just need to register and they will gain free access to all LMU broadcasts. In addition to audio for all games, streaming video will be available for all LMU home games. Angie Kiel and Patrick Duggan return for the third year as the voices of the Lions to provide play by play, along with insight and analysis for every Lion broadcast. Check www.LMULions.com for more information on Lions' All-Access.