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Sam Fischer concluded her senior season at LMU by leading the nation in batting average (.492) and becoming the first Lion in softball program history to earn All-American honors. In June, she achieved another milestone - being named to the 2012 USA Softball Women's National Team.

Check out this feature from the <i>Norman (OK) Transcript</i> on Fischer's rise from LMU to earning an opportunity to try out, and be selected to Team USA.

Fischer Beats Longshot Odds to Represent Mid-Major Programs With Team USA
The run-and-gun era that was the late 1980s for LMU's basketball is constantly featured in magazines and news specials to this day. Yahoo!Sports writer Jeff Eisenberg is working on a series of articles on the 10 most untouchable records in sports. LMU's 186-point game is ranked No. 7. Interview for the story was LMU scorekeeper Dale Marini, who has been doing the games since 1970. Eisenberg went on to do a feature on Marini and his days of writing down each and every point of those fast-paced days. Take a look:

National television coverage commences Thursday, March 1

SAN BRUNO, Calif. ---
The West Coast Conference announced today that BYUtv will produce and broadcast eight games from the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.  BYUtv will broadcast the men's and women's second round on Thursday, March 1, the women's quarterfinals on Friday, March 2 and the women's semifinals on Saturday, March 3.

In addition, all eight games produced by BYUtv will air live on ESPN3 and seven of the eight games will be carried by ESPN Full Court. This is in addition to the six games that will be televised live by ESPN: the men's quarterfinals on ESPNU, men's semifinals on ESPN2, women's championship on ESPNU and men's championship on ESPN. 

"We are enthusiastic about partnering with BYUtv at the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships for the second consecutive year," WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich said. "In addition to our multiple broadcasts on ESPN, BYUtv will help enhance both our national and international exposure for the tournament.
"We are thrilled that BYU Basketball joined the prestigious West Coast Conference," said Derek Marquis, Managing Director of BYUtv. "And we're equally excited to provide coverage of the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships to fans who wouldn't otherwise be able to watch their favorite teams in action."
BYUtv is currently in over 60 million homes nationwide on DirecTV, Dish Network and approximately 600 other cablesystems throughout the United States. BYUtv is also available in HD via live streaming and video-on-demand through
, BYUtv iPhone/iPad apps, and Roku or Google TV devices. A comprehensive list of where to find BYUtv is available at http://byutv.org/getBYUtv.

Here is a game-by-game look at media coverage for the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships:
Wednesday, February 29
Women's Game #1: No. 8 vs. No. 9, 3:00 p.m.
(Live streaming on WCCsports.com)
Men's Game #1: No. 8 vs. No 9, 6:00 p.m.
(Live streaming on WCCsports.com/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
Thursday, March 1
Women's Game #2: No. 8/9 vs. No. 5, 12:00 p.m.
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
Women's Game #3: No. 6 vs. No. 7, 30 min. after game #2
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
Men's Game #2: No. 8/9 vs. No. 5, 6:00 p.m.
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
Men's Game #3: No. 6 vs. No. 7, 30 min. after game #2
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
Friday, March 2
Women's Game #4: No. 5/8/9 vs. No. 4, 12:00 p.m.
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
Women's Game #5: No. 6/7 vs. No. 3, 30 min. after game #4
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
Men's Game #4: No. 5/8/9 vs. No. 4, 6:00 p.m.
(ESPNU/ESPN3/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
Men's Game #5: No. 6/7 vs. No. 3, 8:00 p.m.
(ESPNU/ESPN3/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
Saturday, March 3
Women's Game #6: No. 4/5/8/9 vs. No. 2, 12:00 p.m.
(BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court)
Women's Game #7: No. 3/6/7 vs. No. 1, 30 min. after game #6
Men's Game #6: No. 4/5/8/9 vs. No. 2, 6:00 p.m.
(ESPN2/ESPN3/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
Men's Game #7: No. 3/6/7 vs. No. 1, 30 min. after game #6
(ESPN2/ESPN3/Audio: Sirius Satellite Radio)
Monday, March 5
Women's Game #8: Championship Game, 12:00 p.m.
Men's Game #8: Championship Game, 6:00 p.m.
(ESPN/ESPN3/Audio: Westwood One Radio)



I just want to thank all of the students, parents and families, alums, faculty/staff, LionsFund members and all Lion fans who came to cheer on the Lions against Valpo in the BracketBusters game last night.  

You were difference makers! Tonight, with your spirit and enthusiasm, we made an impression on national television.

We cannot thank you enough.

I hope to see you again for our last two games on Thursday and Saturday.  These are BIG games for the team and Saturday is senior night.  Come and say farewell to Drew, Laron and Tim in their last home game.  All three have unique stories, but in the end they are Lions to be proud of how they have represented anyone associated with LMU.  

Again thank you for making last night so special.

Go Lions!

On the web: http://www.wccsports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/020612aab.html

2012 Zappos.com WCC Basktball Championships ticket/hotel update
Hotel rooms going fast, single-game tickets expected to be available

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Hotel rooms are selling fast for the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena. The event begins on February 29 and runs through March 5 as 18 teamscompete for two automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.

The conference has released the following ticket and hotel information for the championships and information will be regularly updated on WCCsports.com in the days leading up to the event:
Ticket Availability
All-session tickets are sold out.  
However, a limited number of single game tickets are expected to be available each morning during the tournament at the Orleans Arena box office.  Any single game tickets available will go on sale at 10 a.m. each day for that day's games.

Hotel Availability
The WCC block for championship weekend at the Orleans Hotel still has limited availability, but fans are encouraged to book quickly to ensure rooms at the special WCC rate. Rooms can be reserved by calling 1-800-675-3267 or visiting www.orleanscasino.com/groups and using booking code 2WCCFAN

The Palms Casino and the Palms Place and Spa, both official corporate partners of the West Coast Conference for the thirdstraight year, are also offering special WCC room blocks and rates. The Palms will also run a free shuttle to-and-from the Orleans Arena, beginning approximately two hours before tournament games.
For more information regarding the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships, please visit WCCsports.com.

Inside the Numbers

For LMU men's basketball, most offensive numbers (and its records) start and end in the late 1980s. "The System" set offensive numbers so high, at last count 13 were still NCAA Division I records.

With that said, the Lions' 90-88 win over San Francisco on Saturday, which include a 60-point second half, had some numbers that hadn't been seen at Gersten Pavilion for quite some time. Here is a little more look into those numbers:

• The Box Score: It was uncommonly similar. FGs: LMU 29-for-60; USF 29-for-61. 3FGs: LMU 11-for-20; USF 11-for-27. FTs: LMU 21-for-25; USF 19-for-23. Rebounds: LMU 7o-24d=32 total. USF 7o-24d=32 total. Fouls: 20 each. Assists: LMU 18, USF 16. TOs: LMU 14; USF 13. Blocks: 1 each. Steals: 7 each. This all coming in a series that has been decided by a TOTAL of six points in the last four games. 2010-11: 1 point, 2 points. 2011-12: 1 points, 2 points.

• LMU trailed by 19 in the first half and then by 16 with 7:28 to play in the second half. The teams combined in the second half for 105 points, 16 three-pointers (on 26 attempts for a 61.5 percent clip), 27-for-32 shooting from the free throw line (84 percent) and 54 percent shooting from the field (31-for-57).

• The Lions comeback included a 10-for-13 clip from the three point line (76.9 percent), including a 4-for-4 clip by Drew Viney and a 3-for-4 clip by Jarred DuBois. They finished 18-for-30 from the field overall (60 percent) and went 14-for-15 (93.3 percent from the charity stripe. 

• The 60-point half was the most since the Lions scored 69 in the second half against USC on Nov. 30, 1993. The 60 points in a half is not a new thing, they did it four times in 1991-92, seven times in 1990-91 and 18 times in 1989-90. The Lions 122 points per game in that 89-90 season still holds the NCAA D-I record.

• LMU's 90 points in WCC play was the most since scoring 94 points on Feb. 6, 2006. Prior to USF's 88 points, LMU had not allowed more than 77 on the season (Florida State) and more than 71 (Saint Mary's) in WCC play. In fact, the Lions' had allowed no more than 68 in nine of the previous 10 games. 

There is more to come, as the Lions head to their toughest road stretch of the season when they play at Portland, Gonzaga and No. 16 Saint Mary's in their next three. It begins Thursday at Portland. Listen live on KXLU 88.9 FM starting at 8 pm.

Here are the weekly award winners for Jesuit Men's Basketball for the week of 12/26/11 to 1/1/12.  Again, to demonstrate how far-reaching the Jesuit "conference" is, the ten players on this list come from 10 different states.
Jesuit Men's Player of the Week

Aaron Broussard (Seattle, Sr., F, 6-5, Federal Way, WA)
25.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.5 spg, 20-39 FG, 3-8 3PTFG, 7-8 FT
Led Redhawks to title game of Elgin Baylor Classic, named all-tourney despite loss
Posted career high in scoring with 31 vs. Nebraska-Omaha,  averaging 26.3 points and 9.0 rebounds over past two weeks
Jesuit Honor Roll

Angelo Caloiaro (San Francisco, Sr., F, 6-8, Saratoga, CA)
20.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 spg, 14-25 FG, 7-10 FT
Powered a USF rally vs. Loyola Marymount, scoring 21 after halftime (26 in all) as Dons wiped out big deficit to force OT before losing
Steve Catich (Wheeling Jesuit, Sr., F, 6-5, Tyrone, PA)
31 points, 3 rebs., 1 steal, 13-16 FG, 4-7 3PTFG, 1-4 FT
Continued stellar final season by leading Cardinals to win in only action of week. Has scored in double figures in all 11 games with 16+ in all but one game
Sam Dower (Gonzaga, So., C, 6-9, Brooklyn Park, MN)
17.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 12-18 FG, 3-4 3PTFG, 8-9 FT
Came off bench to spark Bulldogs to a 2-0 week and help extend GU win streak to six, had double-double (20 pts., 10 rebs.) in just 22 minutes in big win over JBS rival Xavier
Kevin Foster (Santa Clara, Jr., G, 6-2, Katy, TX)
22.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 16-31 FG, 10-17 3PTFG, 3-6 FT
Played key role as Broncos reached final of Cable Car Classic only to see strong comeback wiped out by controversial buzzer-beater, named to all-tournament team
Chris Gaston (Fordham, Jr., F, 6-7, Union City, NY)
23 points, 17 rebs., 2 assts., 3 steals, 6-16 FG, 11-15 FT
Dominated inside as Rams surprised Georgia Tech in only game of the week, 10th double-double of the season to lead the nation, has at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in three of last four games
Anthony Ireland (Loyola Marymount, So., G, 5-10, Waterbury, CT)
15.5 ppg, 4.5 apg, 8.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 10-24 FG, 9-10 FT
Guided Lions to a 2-0 week, sinking the game-winning runner with 1.8 seconds left in OT to beat JBS rival San Francisco
Otto Porter (Georgetown, Fr., F, 6-8, Sikeston, MO)
10.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 1.5 spg, 8-13 FG, 4-7 FT
Came up big in key spots as Hoyas went 2-0, including a win at Louisville
Scored 6 of the final 8 points of the game to hold off the Cardinals and had a timely putback basket in win over Providence
Rakim Sanders (Fairfield, R-Sr., F, 6-5, Pawtucket, RI)
19.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 13-22 FG, 7-12 3PTFG, 5-5 FT
Helped lead the Stags to a 1-1 week, including a JBS win over Canisius, has scored in double figures in 12 of 14 games this season
Corey Shontz (John Carroll, Sr., G, 6-1, Andover, OH)
17.0 ppg, 5.0 apg, 5.0 spg, 11-22 FG, 11-12 FT
MVP of Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament after leading Blue Streaks to title, their second in-season tourney title of the season and his second MVP award

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From the West Coast Chatter blog ...

SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Happy New Year from the West Coast Conference! Although we're just a week in, conference play in the WCC is off to another entertaining start. It's going to be a wild ride, and I personally can't wait to see where we end up.

First off, join us every Wednesday night for your chance to interact with WCC coaches and student-athletes on our famous WCC Live talk show. This popular Internet radio talk show airs each Wednesday from 8 to 9 p.m. Pacific. On this week's show, host Jeff Lampe will chat live with Santa Clara sophomore Evan Roquemore, LMU sophomore Anthony Ireland, USF senior Rheina Ale, and Saint Mary's sophomore Stephen Holt. Best of all, you can take part! Submit questions any time by e-mail (radio@westcoast.org); Twitter (@WCCsports); or on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/WCCsports); or by phone (877-779-6383) during the live broadcast.

If you can't catch the show live, don't worry. You can listen on-demand anytime. You can even download the show for your mp3 player, free of charge. The link to tune-in: http://blogtalkradio.com/wccsports

Also, we're bringing back the popular "Road to Las Vegas" web video series. Each week, join host Ted Robinson and other WCC correspondents as they bring you men's and women's highlights and interviews. On the first show (set to debut on January 4), we get to know LMU junior Alex Cowling, the WCC's leading scorer. In addition, Sean Farnham hosts a round table discussion with head coaches Marty Wilson, Rex Walters, and Eric Reveno on what it takes to build a program. New this year, we'll take you Around the WCC in a fast-paced segment to get you caught up on the latest WCC news. New episodes of "The Road to Las Vegas" can be seen on WCCsports.com and on our YouTube channel every Wednesday leading up to the tournament in Las Vegas.

Cowling's Corner

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Hey Lion fans!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! The most exciting moment of the year happened this weekend for my teammates and me. In the Consolation game of our Thanksgiving tournament we got our first win of the season! It definitely didn't come as early as we would have hoped, but it couldn't have happened in any more of a dramatic fashion.  The game was decided in the last minute of play, and I was even fortunate enough to be put in a position to hit what turned out to be the first game-winner of my career! Our opponent Wyoming was a very good team, and because the win was such a team effort we've really come away from it with a renewed confidence in our ability to execute our offense, and buckle down on defense.

We're going to need that as we prepare to travel to "The Pit" to face the University of New Mexico Lobos. At least 7,000 fans will be in attendance there, and they represent yet another opponent looking to use the altitude as an additional weapon to fight us with. Fortunately for us we've already faced Denver this year and gotten a taste of what it takes to play in an environment with thin air. We're excited for the challenge and looking forward to the game on Thursday. We're getting better everyday. The most important part of the regular season is conference. We have to remember that each day as we continue to improve in this preseason period. To everyone rooting for us, thank you so much for your continued support. Your loyalty will be rewarded in the end! Go Lions!

Cowling's Corner

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No one ever expects to start a season off without winning. Four games in and we're still searching for one. It really goes without saying then, that our season has thus far not gone as planned. But just as Coach always says, "it isn't the test when everything's going great." The true character of a team is revealed when times are tough. We refuse to stop working. On top of that, we are all committed to staying positive, and a genuine optimism towards the future has permeated our locker room. Everyday is a new opportunity for success. Victory is definitely afoot. After all there are some MAJOR positives that have come from our first games. Number one, we see a definite improvement each time we step on the floor. As Melinda Gomez so eloquently put it after our Fullerton loss, "some days they're just itty bitty tiny ant baby steps forward, but we're moving forward." My second point is kind of the reverse of the first, and ultimately since we have yet to put together a quality showing, teams looking to prepare for us by watching the game film of our previous games really have no idea what we're actually capable of doing. We're a talented team on the verge of putting it all together on the court. If that's not a silver-lining, I don't know what is. We're hungry for a win, and our next opportunity to feast is fast approaching. Friday at 1:00PM we face the Youngstown State Penguins in our Thanksgiving Tournament. I don't know about you, but penguins for a late lunch on Friday sounds like the most appetizing thing in the world to me right about now. GO LIONS.


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