Women's Basketball

Three Lions Earn All-WCC Honors

Buckley is the fifth LMU player to be named WCC Newcomer of the Year. (Photo by Scott Cunningham)

Buckley is the fifth LMU player to be named WCC Newcomer of the Year. (Photo by Scott Cunningham)

March 1, 2011

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Camille Buckley highlighted three LMU players earned West Coast Conference postseason honors as she was named the conference's Newcomer of the Year, it was announced Tuesday. Buckley is the fifth player in LMU history to be named Newcomer of the Year as was joined on the honors list by senior Renahy Young on the First Team and junior Candice Nichols, who gained Honorable Mention status.

Young is just the second player in LMU history to earn All-WCC honors in each of her four seasons. (Photo by Scott Cunningham)

Buckley, a 6-1 redshirt freshman from Ontario, Calif., led the WCC in rebounding during the conference season with 10.6 per game while adding 8.1 points per game on 50.6% shooting from the floor. Buckley was dominant on the glass, averaging a league-best 4.1 offensive rebounds per game to go along with 4.5 defensive boards (tied for second). She posted five of her six double-doubles on the season during conference play and had 13 games in which she registered double-digit boards, including eight against WCC foes. On the season, Buckley averaged 6.3 ppg and 9.1 rpg. Her 254 rebounds in 2010-11 are the fifth-most in a single season in LMU history.

Buckley is the second Lion in the last three years to be named the WCC Newcomer of the Year. She joins Alex Cowling (2008-09), Ashlee Dunlap (2005-06), Nicole Gaines (1995-96), and Sheri Brown (1992-93) as the LMU players to gain the honor. In addition to her Newcomer of the Year award, Buckley was also named to the WCC All-Freshman Team.

Having earned First Team honors in 2008-09 and this season in addition to Honorable Mention in 2007-08 and 2009-10, Young joins Bryn Britton (1998-2002) as the only player in LMU history to earn All-WCC honors four times in their careers. She also becomes the sixth Lion to be named First Team All-WCC twice.

Young (Torrance, Calif.) missed the first eight games of the regular season with a broken foot but recovered to put up one of the greatest offensive seasons in LMU history. In just 20 games, Young topped 20 points on nine occasions and scored in double figures 16 times, putting up a 16.3 ppg average overall. She was the conference's third-leading scorer during WCC play, averaging 18.3 ppg and leading the league with 2.2 three-pointers made per game. Her 2.2 steals per game also ranked third.

Despite her injury, it was a record-setting season for Young, who became the school's all-time leader in free throws made at San Diego on January 8, then broke the three-pointers made mark in the return meeting at home against San Diego on February 3. Her 1,542 points rank third all-time at LMU while she is fourth in field goals made and fifth in free throw percentage.

Nichols earns her first All-WCC selection. (Photo by Scott Cunningham)

Nichols (Long Beach, Calif.) earned her first all-conference award with a selection to the Honorable Mention team despite missing the final six games of the season with a torn ACL. Prior to her injury, Nichols was among the WCC leaders in scoring, rebounding, steals, three-pointers made, and minutes played. She averaged 16.5 ppg in the WCC and 14.6 ppg overall and had posted a new career-high of 33 points at Santa Clara on January 29 in the last game before her injury. On the season, Nichols averaged 14.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, and 2.1 spg in 31.1 minutes.

LMU (11-17) heads off to the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Championships next week as the #6 seed. The Lions will open play on Friday at approximately 2:30 p.m. against #7 seed San Diego, with the winner advancing to play #3 seed Pepperdine on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Fans can follow all of the action live on KXLU 88.9 FM and through www.LMULions.com.




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