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Final Non-Conference Tuneup

Dec. 28, 2006

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The LMU women's basketball team wraps up non-conference action at the American Family Insurance Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa this weekend. The Lions will take on Colgate on Friday night before playing the host Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday. Both games will be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access on www.LMULions.com.

Hall Named WCC Player of Week
Junior Jennifer Hall was named the WCC Player of the Week for her play against Northern Arizona and Fresno State. The forward averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds for the week. She scored 14 points with nine rebounds against the Lumberjacks, and helped LMU to the road win with 11 points and eight rebounds against Fresno State. It is the first Player of the Week award for Hall, and the first for LMU this season.

Looking Back
The Lions recorded a split in the two games before the Christmas break, falling to Northern Arizona before rebounding with a big road win against Fresno State.

LMU never got things going against NAU, falling to the Lumberjacks 74-58. NAU shot over 50% from the field for the win, while the Lions shot 39.3%. Cassady Moore was a bright spot, breaking her career-high for the second straight game with 14 points, and Jennifer Hall added 14 points and eight rebounds.

After a three day break, it was a different LMU squad that took the court against Fresno State. Good shooting and defense helped LMU break FSU's 16-game home winning streak, handing the Bulldogs their first loss in over a year. Amanda Patton scored 14 points to help LMU to the 65-60 win. Hall chipped in 11 points with nine rebounds. LMU recorded 18 assists on 24 field goals, and made 11 steals. Amanda DeCoud was active in the game, recording five assists, four steals, to go with nine points and four rebounds. Kavita Goss added six points and four assists and did not turn the ball over in 26 minutes of action.

About Colgate
The Red Raiders are 1-10 this season and have lost nine straight. Colgate defeated Canisius 62-57 in overtime on November 14th, but hasn't won in its last nine attempts. Caitlin Gillard leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 11.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. She has also recorded 21 blocks this year. Melanie Cargle averages 9.3 points per game. Colgate will face Iowa State on Thursday night before playing LMU on Friday night as part of the Cyclone Classic.

About Iowa State
The Cyclones are 9-1 on the season, and have won six straight games. Their only blemish of the season was a 52-46 loss at Pepperdine on November 25th. The Cyclones are receiving votes in both polls this week. ISU is led by Toccara Ross who is averaging 13.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Lyndsey Medders is averaging 13.0 points and has 74 assists this year. Nicky Wieben is the third Cyclone averaging double digits at 11.0 points per game. The Cyclones will face Colgate and Utah State before playing LMU on Saturday night for their third game in three days.

More and More from Moore
It's often said that the greatest time of growth is the summer following a player's freshman year. Sophomore Cassady Moore is certainly proving that philosophy to be true. In her first year, Moore played in 20 games, averaging 7.0 minutes and 1.4 points per game. This season, Moore has started all 12 games, and is averaging nearly 30 minutes per contest. She is fourth on the team in scoring at 7.4 points per game, and she has recorded 20 steals and 25 assists. The Long Beach, Calif. native has really turned things up in the last five games, averaging 10.0 points and nearly three steals per game.

Sybesma Shines
Jenna Sybesma has been outstanding in recent games, scoring eight points in three of the last four contests. After scoring 12 total points in the first eight games of the year, Sybesma has seen her playing time increase and her offensive output has skyrocketed. In the win over Hawaii, she helped key LMU's comeback, putting in eight points in 10 minutes of action. Against NAU, she played a career-high 18 minute and was 3-for-6 from the field for eight points. She played another 16 minutes in the win over Fresno State, matching the career-high with eight points.

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) was previously nine.

By the Numbers
In the NCAA statistics that came out on December 17th, the Lions were ranked 27th in free throw percentage at 75.4%. Jennifer Hall is currently 54th in the nation with a 86.4% accuracy rate from the charity stripe. The Lions are also ranked 36th 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.

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 155-170 record at LMU, and a 276-240 record overall. She has recorded over 100 wins during the last six seasons.

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.

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 22 three-pointers in 12 games, and now has made 108 shots from behind the arc. She passed Kate Murray to move into third place when she made three three-pointers against Fresno State. and sits in fourth place in LMU history. She is 18 away from tying Rachael Ziemann's all-time mark of 126. Ogoke is in the LMU top 10 for blocks and with 11 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
LMU will open WCC play at home next week, welcoming Gonzaga and Portland to Gersten Pavilion. The Zags come to town for the conference opener on Friday, January 5th at 7:00pm. Portland and LMU will face off on Sunday, January 7th at 2:00pm.

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.