LMU Basketball Announces 'Road Warrior' Schedules for 2000-2001
Los Angeles, Calif. (July 21)--Loyola Marymount University announced its schedule for the upcoming 2000-2001 basketball season for both its men's and women's programs. As the season takes shape, both programs will be forced to become road warriors.
The men's basketball program, under first year head coach Steve Aggers, will begin the 2000-2001 campaign against Vanguard University at Gersten Pavilion before embarking on the first of two four-game road trips, this one coming against UC-Irvine, USC, Colorado and Idaho State heading into the month of December. The Lions schedule includes seven NCAA Division I state of California institutions not in the West Coast Conference. In addition to Irvine and USC, the Lions will face Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and San Diego State at home and will travel to face Sacramento State and UC Santa Barbara.
"We want to schedule as many local opponents as possible and play within the state," said Aggers. "As we establish our recruiting base in this area, it is important to face the top universities of this area and create rivalries the fans will be able to relate to and get excited about."
The Lions non-conference schedule will also include a trip to Chicago to face Loyola-Chicago on December 21 and a trip to Las Vegas on January 3 to face UNLV. Following the Vegas trip, the Lions will host four in a row, starting with SDSU on the 6th and open conference play against San Diego, Santa Clara and Pepperdine. LMU will then have three conference games on the road, followed by two at Gersten. A four-game road trip to Santa Clara, San Diego, Gonzaga and Portland from February 8-17 will conclude the Lions' road trips for the season. They will close at home against San Francisco on February 23 and Saint Mary's the next night.
Good players want to play good competition. Our schedule really reflects that this season. The challenging non-league schedule will better prepare us for the demanding West Coast Conference.
The women's basketball team will also open the regular season at home as it hosts San Diego State on November 21. The Lions are set to compete in three tournaments this year, one of which is the LMU Thanksgiving Classic. The Lions will host that event November 24-25 as they welcome Xavier, UC Riverside and Stonybrook. LMU will then travel to Berkeley, Calif., for the California Tournament featuring Cal, CS Northridge and Florida International December 1-2. The Lions' final tournament appearance will take place at the Washington Tournament hosted by the University of Washington. The tournament field includes LMU, Washington, James Madison and Western Michigan and will be held December 21-22.
Concluding the month of December against Pittsburgh, the Lions will embark on a five-game road trip. The trip will start on January 2 against Utah and conclude on the 17th in conference against Pepperdine. In between, they will face Long Beach State, San Diego and Santa Clara.
In the middle of that road trip, the Lions open conference play against San Diego on January 11. LMU will battle rival Pepperdine on January 20 to mark the first home conference game of the season, ending the road trip. The Lions will end conference action as it began, on the road. They will end the season at San Francisco on February 23 and then finish the regular season the following night at Saint Mary's.
"We're excited about the season," states head coach Julie Wilhoit. "Last year was a new beginning for LMU. We brushed upon a new frontier of success, we hope to build on that. Continuing to improve this season will get us closer to our goal of becoming a serious contender for the West Coast Conference Championship. We've got a great recruiting class coming in to add to an already talented and competitive group of veterans, the combination of which is capable of writing a new history for the LMU women's basketball program."
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