Nov. 21, 2006
The LMU women's basketball team will open its home schedule this week, hosting Long Beach State on Tuesday afternoon before the annual Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Texas A&M, West Virginia and American University join LMU in the tournament field for the LMU Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic. Gametracker will be available for all games this week, and all LMU games will have video and audio provided live and free on Lions All-Access on www.LMULions.com
About Long Beach State
The 49ers are 0-4 on the season following Sunday's 44-33 loss to Oregon. Tyresha Calhoun leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.7 points per game, and Karina Figueroa is averaging 11.3 points per game. Kaiti O'Brien is the team's top rebounder at 6.5 boards per contest.
The LMU Thanksgiving Classic
This is the 10th year of the LMU Thanksgiving Tournament. The Lions have welcomed some of the nation's top programs to Gersten Pavilion over that time, including North Carolina, Oklahoma, North Carolina State, Arkansas, UCLA, and Georgia. LMU has won the tournament championship three times- the last in 2003-04 when the Lions defeated Arkansas in the championship game. Last season, UCLA defeated Georgia and Charlotte to win the tournament title.
The Eagles are 1-3 overall after three straight losses. AU opened the season with a 78-53 win at Fordham, but has lost to Longwood, Delaware and Towson since. Liz Hayes leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.8 points per game. Tish Curry is averaging 8.0 rebounds per game.
About Texas A&M
The Aggies are ranked 12th in this week's polls and are 2-0 in this young season. TAMU will play McNeese State before heading to this weekend's tournament. The Aggies opened the season with a 72-48 win over Pepperdine, and followed that up with a 95-41 win over Mercer. TAMU has four players averaging double digit scoring, led by Morenike Aturase who is averaging 16.5 points per game. Takia Starks is averaging 15. 0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
About West Virginia
The Mountaineers are 2-2 overall and have won two straight games. After season opening losses to LSU and Virginia Tech, WVU rebounded with wins over Howard and Wofford. LaQuita Owens leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.0 points per game. Three other players are averaging over 10.3 points per game - Sparkle Davis, Chakhia Cole and Olayinka Sanni. Sanni leads the team in rebounding at 7.5 boards per game.
Wilhoit Nears 150
With LMU's next victory, head coach Julie Wilhoit will record her 150th LMU victory. Now in her 12th season with the Lions, Wilhoit has a 149-167 record at LMU, and a 270-237 record overall. She has recorded over 100 wins during the last six seasons.
The Lions picked up their first win of the season in the first round of the Xavier Invitational, defeating Toledo, 56-53. Amanda DeCoud scored 18 points in the first half, and Jennifer Hall added 18 points and seven rebounds to lead the Lions to the victory. LMU used strong defense and rebounding the pick up the win. Ashlee Dunlap contributed 13 rebounds, three steals and three assists to go along with eight points to help LMU advance to the championship game of the tournament.
The championship game was a battle. The game was tied nine times, and there were 10 lead changes, but a 10-2 run by the Muskateers midway through the second half was the difference. Amanda Patton led LMU with 22 points, including four three-pointers. She also led the team in rebounds with eight.
LMU will face a pair of local opponents next week, traveling up the road to take on Cal Poly on Tuesday evening. The Lions will stay a little closer for their Friday night contest at UC Irvine. Both games will be broadcast live on Lions All-Access.
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.
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.