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Lions Host Hawaii, Head to Santa Barbara

Dec. 6, 2006

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Briefly
LMU returns to Gersten Pavilion this Thursday night to host Hawai'i before heading up the road to take on UC Santa Barbara on Saturday afternoon. The Lions are 4-4 on the season, and are led by junior Jennifer Hall. The forward leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Both games will be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access on www.LMULions.com. Streaming video will also be available for Thursday's game on Lions All-Access.

About Hawai'i
The Rainbow Wahine are 4-2 on the season after Tuesday night's 72-61 win over Cal State Northridge. UH overcame a 13 point halftime deficit to outscore the Matadors 46-22 in the second half for the win. Four players scored in double digits, led by Pam Tambini with 19 points. Hawaii played its first five games at home and will play three games on this road trip. UH picked up wins over Georgetown, Texas Tech and Gonzaga, with losses to Oklahoma and Arkansas. Janevia Taylor leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.7 points per game, with Pam Tambini and Brittany Grice also averaging double digit scoring (12.5 and 11.8 ppg, respectively). Tanya Smith is averaging 9.0 rebounds per game. It has been almost 20 years since Hawaii last played in Gersten Pavilion. The last meeting in Los Angeles was on December 19, 1987.

About UC Santa Barbara
The Gauchos are 2-5 so far and are coming off of a 51-49 win over Richmond on Monday night. UCSB will host Weber State on Thursday night before its game with LMU on Saturday. The Gauchos have played a challenging schedule so far, facing #1 Maryland, NC State, Louisville and UCLA. UCSB defeated Portland State 88-73 before dropping five straight decisions. Jenna Green leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. She has also recorded eight blocks this year. Jessica Wilson is averaging 14.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

By the Numbers
The NCAA came out with its first national statistic rankings this week, and the Lions are currently ranked 16th in fewest personal fouls committed per game. LMU is averaging 14.4 personal fouls a game. In addition, the Lions are 49th in free throw percentage at 74%. Amanda Patton is 77th in three-point field goal percentage at 39.5%, and Amanda DeCoud is 84th in steals at 2.6 per game.

Wilhoit Hits 150
With the win over Long Beach State, head coach Julie Wilhoit recorded her 150th LMU victory. Now in her 12th season with the Lions, Wilhoit has a 152-169 record at LMU, and a 273-239 record overall. She has recorded over 100 wins during the last six seasons.

Against the Big West
The Lions are 2-1 against Big West teams so far this year after last week's split with Cal Poly and UC Irvine. Last season, the Lions were a perfect 4-0 against Big West opponents, including wins over Long Beach State and UCSB. Interestingly, LMU's biggest win of the non-conference season was over the 2006 Big West regular season champion, UC Santa Barbara. The Lions defeated the Gauchos by 27 points. Amanda Patton averaged 16.3 points against Big West opponents, hitting 57.7% of her three-point attempts. In 2005-06, LMU averaged 79 points against the Big West, and allowed just 63.5 points per game.

Lions Challenged Early
LMU has faced two teams ranked in the top 12 this season, and a third team that is receiving votes in the polls. The Lions faced then-#4 Stanford in the season opener, and played then-#12 Texas A&M in the Championship game of the LMU Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic. Xavier, who has been receiving votes in the polls, defeated the Lions in the championship game of the Xavier Invitational. None of LMU's remaining games are against teams currently ranked in the top 25.

Looking Back
The Lions split on their two game Big West road trip, defeating Cal Poly 64-62 on Tuesday before falling to UC Irvine, 79-59 on Friday night.

After taking a 32-29 lead into halftime, the Lions trailed late in the second half, but used strong defense in the end to pull out the close win. Jennifer Hall led all players with 18 points, while Amanda Patton added 11 points with five assists. Amanda DeCoud chipped in nine points with four steals in the win.

Friday's game was a disappointment to the Lions who had won four straight over UC Irvine. However, this game would not go LMU's way. The Lions led by as many as 10 points in the first half, and held a lead with 12 minutes remaining in the game. In the final minutes of the game the LMU offense went cold, as turnovers and missed rebounds allowed the Anteaters to pull away for the win. Hall added her second double double of the year with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Cassady Moore had nine points with a career-high six steals.

Patton, Ogoke Climb The Charts
Amanda Patton and Valerie Ogoke had their names in the LMU career record books entering the season, and continue to climb the charts. Patton has made 17 three-pointers in eight games, and now has 103 shots from behind the arc. She has passed Rosa Bernasconi and sits in fourth place in LMU history. She needs just three more to tie Kate Murray in third place, and is 23 away from tying Rachael Ziemann's all-time mark of 126. Ogoke is in the LMU top 10 for blocks and with seven this season, she has passed Jennifer Henry and has moved into fourth place all-time. She'll need quite a few more blocks to continue climbing, as Amy Lundquist sits in third place with 155.

Freshmen Get Things Going
Three members of LMU's freshmen class are giving the fans glimpses into the future of LMU basketball with their strong play in recent games. Lisa Helmers is averaging over 18 minutes played per game, and had a breakout game against American. She scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds in 17 minutes. She followed that up with six points and three rebounds in 24 minutes of action against the Aggies. Jessica Vargas made her minutes count against LBSU and TAMU, grabbing three rebounds and scoring two points in three minutes of action against LBSU. She grabbed three steals and three rebounds in 11 minutes against Texas A&M. Kavita Goss got into the scoring column against the Aggies, finishing with five points and dishing out two assists in eight minutes of action. She played a career-high 14 minutes against UC Irvine, and has scored in the last three games.

Looking Ahead
LMU will break for nine days for final exams before getting back into action on Monday, December 18th. The Lions will host Northern Arizona at Gersten Pavilion at 7:00pm, and travel to Fresno to take on the Bulldogs of Fresno State on Thursday, December 21st. Both games will be heard live on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

All-Tournament Honors
Three different Lions have earned All-Tournament team honors this season. Amanda DeCoud was named to the All-Tournament team at the Xavier Invitational. Amanda Patton and Valerie Ogoke got the nod at the LMU Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic.

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.