Jan. 15, 2008
LMU Head Coach Julie Wilhoit announced Tuesday that Candice Nichols has transferred from the University of Washington and is enrolled in classes at LMU for the spring semester. She is practicing with the team but, due to NCAA transfer rules, Nichols will sit out the remainder of the 2007-08 season and half of 2008-09 before being eligible to play for the Lions. She will have three years of eligibility following next season.
"I am excited to be returning to Southern California and to play for Coach Wilhoit," Nichols said. "I already feel comfortable with the coaching staff and team and look forward to being a Lion."
A 5-10 guard from Carson, CA, Nichols did not appear in any games for Washington. In high school, she was a standout player at Long Beach Poly, earning two-time CIF First Team honors. She was a two-time First Team All-Moore League selection and was named to the CIF All-Freshman Team in 2004, All-Sophomore Team in 2005, and All-Junior Team in 2006. She helped lead Poly to the state championship as a junior and the CIF Southern Section title as a sophomore. In 2007, Nichols was the #83 player ranked nationally by Hoopgurlz.com.
"We were very interested in Candice and recruited her while she was in high school," Wilhoit said. "I am thrilled to be getting the opportunity to coach her. She is a big guard who fits in well with the rest of our 2008-09 recruiting class. They are all athletic, agile, and tremendously talented. It will be exciting to have all four of them with our program next season."
Nichols is enrolled in classes at LMU for the spring 2008 semester and has started practicing with the team. She will join freshmen Alex Cowling, Monica DeAngelis, and Mikah Maly-Karros, who signed with LMU during the November early signing period.
"Even though she will be unable to play until the middle of next season, I feel that Candice's presence in practice will help her and this year's team," Associate Head Coach Lynn Flanagan said. "She will push the guards on this year's team and give them a different type of player to practice against on a daily basis. This will also help Candice. By the time she steps on the court next season, she will be a veteran."