Women's Hoops Looks To Continue Hot WCC Start On The Road
Weekly Release No.9
Jan. 14, 2003
After dropping their final non-conference game, 51-61, at UNLV; the Lions kept their unbeaten home streak alive and in tact at 8-0 opening West Coast Conference action with wins against Portland (78-57) and Gonzaga (58-42) last weekend. Senior Claudine Auld led LMU's scoring efforts both nights. Against the Pilots on Friday night Auld picked up a career-high 26 points and collected her second career double-double with 11 rebounds. She ended the week with a total of 61 points and 26 rebounds earning her WCC Player of the Week honors.
LMU continues West Coast Conference action this weekend, this time on the road. The Lions travel to San Diego, Calif., to play their first WCC road game on Thursday, Jan.16. LMU and the Toreros will match-up at 7 p.m. in Jenny Craig Pavilion. Following that the Lions head north to Santa Clara, Calif. LMU will face off against the Santa Clara Broncos on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7:05 p.m. at the Leavey Center.
The Lions Den
The Lions continue to dominate their home court in Gersten Pavilion. Under the direction of Head Coach Julie Wilhoit, LMU owns an impressive 28-6 record at home since 2000. The last two years the Lions have lost just three games in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions improved their home record to a perfect 8-0 last weekend opening West Coast Conference action with wins over Portland and Gonzaga.
Auld Named WCC Player Of The Week
Senior Claudine Auld was named the West Coast Conference's women's basketball Player of the Week for the 61 points and 26 rebounds she collected over the course of three games last week. The 5-foot-7 guard's 44 point effort over the weekend helped the Lions start WCC action 2-0 and improve their home unbeaten streak to a perfect 8-0 this season. After scoring a team-high 17 points in LMU's non-conference finale at UNLV, Auld started her weekend with a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds performance against Portland marking her second career double-double. She followed that performance with a game-high 18 points against Gonzaga the next night. This is Auld's first player of the week award of her career.
Slaughter's Rebounding Saga
Junior Adrianne Slaughter set a new career record with the 17 rebounds she collected against UC Irvine (Dec.28) earlier this season. The total ranked fourth best in a single-game at LMU. The 6-foot-2 starting center is also tied for seventh on the single-game charts. Twice as a freshman and once as a sophomore the Colorado native pulled down 16 boards to make the list. The record of 20 rebounds in a game was set by Miki Graf (1991-92) against Cal Poly Pomona (12/13/91). Slaughter's career total now stands at 530 ranking her seventh all-time at LMU. Her 8.4 rebounds per game average ranks second best in the West Coast Conference.
More On Auld
Claudine Auld has been a key player in the Lions success this season. She is back in the starting line-up once again and is making a strong statement on staying there. Auld leads the Lions scoring efforts with 196 total points. She is averaging 13.1 points per game, the seventh best average in the West Coast Conference. Auld is the only active Lion averaging in double-digits scoring. Her scoring has come as much from the free-throw line as from the floor. She leads the squad in both free-throws made (55) and free-throw attempts (74). Her .743 free-throw percentage is the third best in the conference. As if that were not enough, Auld also hustles for any and every loose ball as is evident in her 77 rebounds, third best among Lions. She is averaging 5.1 boards per game ranking her 15th among conference leaders.
The Key Is Strong "D"
The key to the Lions 8-4 record can be attributed hands down to one thing - defense. LMU is holding its opponents to an average of 56.4 points and a field goal percentage of 36.6. The Lions scoring defense ranked 20th best in the nation as of Dec.16. At that point, LMU was only allowing 52.6 points per game. A strong defense has helped give the Lions an offensive edge. LMU, who is averaging 59.2 points per game, is currently outscoring its opponents by almost three points.
Its Been Awhile
Head Coach Julie Wilhoit and the Lions are relishing their 2-0 start to West Coast Conference action. Why you ask? Well, mainly because it has only been done once in program history and its been nine years. Head Coach Todd Corman's 1992-93 squad was the only team to start conference play with two wins. Oddly enough, that year it was also home wins against Portland (74-61) and Gonzaga (71-56). No LMU team has ever started with a 4-0 WCC record. Coach Wilhoit and the Lions would love to claim that honor as they face the University of San Diego and Santa Clara on the road this week.
The Lions have will be without the services of senior Kate Murray for the remainder of the season. Murray, a Tigard, Ore., native, suffered the knee injury (ACL) in practice the week of Dec. 9.
Lions Lead The Way
The Lions, who were picked to finish fourth in the West Coast Conference preseason coaches poll, are not only making waves with their 10-5/2-0 start but are shaking things up in the stats as well. LMU currently leads the WCC in scoring defense (55.8), field goal percent defense (.356), rebounding offense (45.6), blocked shots (6.33) and offensive rebounds (17.07).
All For One - One For All
The last two games have truly been team efforts for the Lions. LMU's performance from the bench has provided not only some much needed rest for the starters, but some offense as well. The Lions' bench scored 47 points over the weekend, which included outscoring Portland's bench 32-13 last Friday night. LMU's reserves also came up 43 of the team's total 110 rebounds for the weekend. Junior Michele Brown led the force with 17 points and 15 rebounds off the bench.
Lions In The Polls
Despite a 10-5 overall and a 2-0 start to West Coast Conference action the Lions are no longer being recognized in the national polls. LMU had been receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Top-25 Coaches Poll for four straight weeks.
Junior Adrianne Slaughter and sophomore Jennifer Henry are making opponents think twice before driving the lane and taking shots in the paint. The two Lions stand 6-foot-2 and 6-foot-3, respectively. The duo have made quite the one-two punch in shot blocking this season. Slaughter has collected 41 blocks giving her an average of 2.73 per game. As of Jan. 6 she ranked 16th best in the nation. She collected a team and conference season-high six blocks against UC Irvine (Dec. 28) earlier in the year. She is once again leading the West Coast Conference in blocks and is followed closely by Henry. Henry's 28 blocks on the year is the second best total in the WCC; she is averaging 1.87 per game. Slaughter currently ranks third on the all-time blocks chart at LMU with 152 in her career; she is just three blocks shy of moving to second on the list.
San Diego welcomes the Lions with a 6-8 overall record and an 0-1 mark in West Coast Conference action. The Toreros have a had a rough go after starting the year 2-0, losing four straight at one point during the non-conference season. Currently USD has lost two straight including its WCC opener at Santa Clara (77-43). The Toreros have two players who average double-digit scoring. Erin Malich leads the way with a 13.8 points per game average while Marta Menuez follows averaging 11.4 points per game. Standing 6-foot-2 Malich is a presence in the paint for USD, she has blocked a team leading 19 shots on the year. Head Coach Kathy Marpe has compiled a 271-348 record with the Toreros while her career record stands at 358-411. San Diego holds a 25-15 advantage in the all-time series with LMU. The two teams split last years games each winning its respective home contest.
Brushing Up On The Broncos
Santa Clara enters the second week of West Coast Conference action with a 10-4 overall record and a 1-0 WCC mark. The Broncos are currently riding a five-game winning streak and will face the Pepperdine Waves before hosting the Lions. Tammy Annas and Quinn Thomas each average double-figures scoring for SCU. Annas leads the way averaging 10.7 points per game while Thomas follows close behind with a 10.5 points per game average. Head Coach Michelle Bento is in her first season at the helm of the SCU women's basketball program. Santa Clara owns a 30-6 advantage in the all-time series. The last LMU win, 82-72, came two years ago in Gersten Pavilion (1/22/00).
The Wilhoit File
Head Coach Julie Wilhoit, a two-time WCC Coach of the Year recipient, enters her eighth season at the helm of the women's basketball program at LMU. She has led the Lions to back-to-back winning seasons and an impressive 28-6 record in Gersten Pavilion since 2000. Under her direction, LMU set new school records for single-season overall wins (21) and single-season conference wins (10) in 2000-01. She led the Lions to a 21-10 overall record, a 10-4 mark in conference play, to within a game of LMU's first ever regular-season conference championship, to their first appearance in the WCC tournament championship game and to their first ever postseason game that year. She was the first LMU women's basketball coach to earn the top coaching nod in 1999-00, the first to have earned it in consecutive seasons at LMU and only the second coach in WCC history to garner the award in two straight years. She was named the fourth head coach in the program's history on June 30, 1995. Wilhoit came to LMU after a two-year stint at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford. With the Lions, she holds an 87-124 (.412) overall record and 36-70 (.340) record in West Coast Conference play. Wilhoit begins her 15th year as a head coach and owns a 208-194 (.517) overall record.
Wilhoit Win Watch
Head Coach Julie Wilhoit reached a milestone in her 15 year coaching career. Wilhoit, a native of Osgood, Ind., recorded her 200th career coaching victory with the Lions 40-37 win over South Alabama in November. She is the first head coach to reach 200 wins while at coaching LMU.
vs Gonzaga - Jan. 11
The Lions stayed perfect in the first weekend of West Coast Conference action with a 58-42 win over the University of Gonzaga last Saturday night in Gersten Pavilion. The win keeps LMU's home unbeaten streak in tact at 8-0 on the season. Senior Claudine Auld led all scorers with 18 points. Junior Adrianne Slaughter collected her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Lions took a nine point (30-21) lead into the half despite being outscored 8-2 by Gonzaga in the last five minutes of the half. LMU dominated the inside game outscoring the Bulldogs 14-8 in the paint. Auld led all scorers at the break with eight points. Slaughter collected three of her total four blocks in the first period. Gonzaga cut LMU's lead to seven twice early in the second half. Triana Allen opened the Bulldogs second period scoring with a lay-up at 19:11 off an assist from Ashley Burke. Seven points would be as close as GU could come though as LMU pulled away quickly. The Lions enjoyed their largest lead of the game, 22 points (54-32) with 4:21 remaining on the game clock. The second half ended with a 10-4 run by the Bulldogs but it was not enough as LMU cruised to the 16-point win. It was another team effort for LMU as 10 of the 13 players who suited up scored. Junior Raelen Self poured in eight points and six assists while junior Michele Brown ended her night with seven points. Sophomore Jennifer Henry and freshman Bianca Ziemann each contributed three points. Ziemann also added in five assists. Rachael Ziemann, Jackie Woods, Jevay Grooms and Shannon Wosman each finished with two points to round out the Lions' scoring. Burke led the Bulldogs scoring efforts with 13 points and picked up a double-double collecting 11 rebounds. Ashley Anderson followed with eight points.
Lions On The Airwaves
Catch every game of Loyola Marymount women's basketball live on the Lions' Broadcast Network. Every game of the 2002-03 season will be broadcast on KLMU or KXLU radio, student-ran stations on the campus of LMU. In addition, the audio will be cybercast live on www.LMULions.com. Calling the action for the second straight year is Matt Calkins.
Hottest Ticket In Town
The 2002-03 season started with more than 200 individuals holding season tickets for the second straight season. The 2nd annual women's basketball season ticket campaign exceeded its goal of $18,000 this year. For season ticket information please contact the LMU ticket office at (310) 338-LION.