2003-04 Lions to be Honored Saturday
On the 10th Anniversary of their historic season, the 2003-03 women's basketball team will be honored at the Lions game Saturday versus Portland.
Jan. 22, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The most memorable season in LMU women's basketball history took place exactly 10 years ago as the 2003-04 Lions breezed their way to the West Coast Conference regular season title, clinched the WCC Championship title and earned the program's first ever NCAA Tournament bid.
On Saturday in Gersten Pavilion, that team will be honored at halftime of the 2013-14 Lions' game versus Portland. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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The 03-04 team went 24-6 overall and 13-1 in WCC play, both program records. After opening the season with a loss at NC State, the Lions reeled off eight straight wins on their way to a 9-4 non-conference mark.
In similar fashion, the team opened WCC play by dropping a 70-54 decision at Gonzaga. But would then run the table the rest of the way in league play, including a 70-58 win over the Zags in Gersten Pavilion. With a 57-55 win over Saint Mary's in their regular-season finale, the Lions clinched the league's regular season crown.
The Lions earned the top seed in the 2004 WCC Tournament, held at Santa Clara, which gave them byes through the first round and quarterfinals. In the semifinals, LMU topped fourth-seed Portland, 59-54 in overtime. The following day the Lions topped Gonzaga for the second straight time, 61-58, to earn its first WCC tournament title.
The season would conclude in the NCAA Tournament First Round as the 13-seed Lions fell to fourth-seeded Baylor in Albuquerque, N.M.
Individual awards were plentiful at the season's end as senior Kate Murray was named WCC Player of the Year and WCC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Head Coach Julie Wilhoit earned WCC and Region 8 Coach of the Year honors.
All 16 team members along with four coaches, athletic trainer and team manager will be in attendance as LMU Athletics honors their accomplishments. Following the game, LMU women's basketball will host a reception for the 2003-04 members, their guests and the current Lion squad.