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Knight and Mathewson Earn Monthly Honors

Feb. 9, 2005

Los Angeles, CA (Dec. 7, 2004) -- Loyola Marymount University sophomores Matthew Knight and Lauren Mathewson were named the LMU/Enterprise Rent-A-Car Student-Athletes of the Month for January/February. Knight became a scoring threat for the men's basketball team the past two months while Mathewson led the Lions' swim team to a record setting season.

Mathewson finished the regular season undefeated in dual meet backstroke events, taking first place every single time she entered a backstroke race in a dual or double dual meet. She won the 200 backstroke at the CMS Invitational in December, setting the school record with a time of 2:09.60. That meet was only her second time competing in that event

The sophomore then led the Lions to LMU's first win ever over San Diego, giving the Lions a body-length lead on the backstroke leg of the winning 200 medley relay. She quickly returned to the pool to win the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke individual events before joining three teammates in another victory in the 400 freestyle relay at the end of the meet

She holds the LMU record in five different events entering the Pacific Coast Swim Conference Championships on Feb. 16-19.

As for Knight, he became one of the West Coast Conference top players in December and January. The Australian native averaged 16.1 points and 6.2 rebounds in December and January. In the 17 games played in that span, Knight had double figure scoring in 16 of those games.

The stretch of 17 games included a career-high 30 points and nine rebounds in the win over San Diego State. Two games later he added 27 points against 25th-ranked Virginia with a new career-high in rebounds with 10. Knight then became the first player since 1994 to have back-to-back double doubles with 19 points and 12 rebounds against Northern Arizona. He had four of his six 20-point games during the two months, added 20 against 20th-ranked Gonzaga and 20 more against Santa Clara.

Knight currently ranks eighth in the WCC in scoring and 10th in rebounding.

Each month during the academic calendar, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) will chose a male and female Enterprise Rent - A - Car student-athlete of the month whose performance best represents the traditions of Loyola Marymount University.