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Lions Back In Action With NAU, Fresno State

Dec. 14, 2006

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After a break for final exams, the Lions return to action with two games next week. LMU will host Northern Arizona on Monday night in its final home game of 2006 before heading up the road to Fresno State on Thursday night. The Lions have won two straight and look to continue that momentum in their final non-conference games. Both games will be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access on www.LMULions.com. Streaming video will also be available for Monday's game on Lions All-Access.

About Northern Arizona
The Lumberjacks are 6-4 overall and are coming off of a 74-59 win over Pacific last Thursday. Alyssa Wahl leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.8 points per game. Kim Winkfield is scoring 13.3 points per game, averaging over five assists and 1.2 blocks per game. Megan Porter is averaging 9.6 points per contest, and Laura Dinkins leads the team in rebounding at 7.5 boards per game. NAU has blown out a few teams this year, registering a 40 point win over Western New Mexico and a 20 point win over Eastern Michigan. Northern Arizona won the Big Sky Conference last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

About Fresno State
The Bulldogs are 4-4 this season, but have lost four of their last five games. All four of those losses were on the road, where FSU is 1-4. The Bulldogs are 3-0 at home. Chantella Perera leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game, and Tierra Wilson is close behind with 14.3 points per game. The Bulldogs have played a difficult schedule so far, picking up wins over #18 BYU and #23 Texas Tech. FSU fell to #16 California on the road last week. Fresno will play two games before hosting LMU on December 21st.

Against Hawaii, Jennifer Hall was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line. Although this technically ties the LMU record for free throw percentage in a game, Hall will sit atop the chart because of the number of free throws she converted. The record of 100% has been met 14 times (at least 8 attempts) but the most attempts (and makes) previously was nine.

By the Numbers
When the NCAA came out with its national statistic rankings this week, the Lions are currently ranked 28th in free throw percentage at 75.4%. Jennifer Hall is currently 59th in the nation with a 86.4% accuracy rate from the charity stripe. The Lions are also ranked 33rd in fewest personal fouls committed at 15.3 per game.

Yep, That Was a Record
When LMU defeated Long Beach State, 61-38, on November 21st, the 49ers scored just nine points in the second half. After careful research, it has been verified that this is an LMU program record low for points allowed in a half. The previous low was 13 points which happened twice- against George Mason on November 30, 2001, and against Wyoming on December 12, 1992.

Goss Shines in Starts
An ankle injury to Amanda DeCoud forced Kavita Goss into the starting point guard spot against Hawaii but her play against the Rainbow Wahine was so strong that has made it hard to take her off the court. In the first eight games of the year, she averaged 6.8 minutes per game and 1.5 points per game. In the last two games (both starts) she is playing 32.5 minutes per game, scoring 3.5 points per game and grabbing 4.0 rebounds a game. In addition, she has dished out nine assists in those two starts. Even though LMU had DeCoud back against UCSB, Goss played 34 minutes and dished out four assists with a seven rebounds.

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 154-169 record at LMU, and a 275-239 record overall. She has recorded over 100 wins during the last six seasons.

Against the Big West
The Lions finished the 2006 with a 3-1 record against Big West teams this year after last Saturday's win over UC Santa Barbara. Over the last four years, LMU is an impressive 14-2 against Big West opponents.

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
LMU women's basketball used a strong effort to come from behind to defeat Hawaii 79-69 last Thursday night. The Rainbow Wahine jumped out quickly, opening up a 17 point lead early in the game. However, LMU's aggressiveness forced UH into early foul trouble and eventually the Lions were able to take advantage. LMU took its first lead of the game on a three-pointer by Kavita Goss with 12:59 remaining in the game. The teams battled back and forth, but the Lions took the lead for good in the final eight minutes of the game. Jennifer Hall scored a career-high 24 points and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line.

The Lions continued that momentum against UC Santa Barbara, holding off a tough Gaucho squad for a 63-58 road win. LMU led most of the way, but UCSB made it a three-point game in the final minute of the contest. However, the Lions made 8 of 8 free throws in the final 2:37 of the game to preserve the victory. Amanda DeCoud matched her career-high with 18 points and Cassady Moore upped her career-high with 11 points.

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 19 three-pointers in 10 games, and now has made 105 shots from behind the arc. She recently passed Rosa Bernasconi and sits in fourth place in LMU history. She needs just one more to tie Kate Murray in third place, and is 21 away from tying Rachael Ziemann's all-time mark of 126. Ogoke is in the LMU top 10 for blocks and with 10 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.

Looking Ahead
Following a break for Christmas, the Lions are back in action at the Cyclone Challenge hosted by Iowa State. The Lions will face Colgate and the host Cyclones in Ames, IA. The games will serve as a final tune-up before WCC play begins on January 5th. 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.