SEASON REVIEW: A Season on the Level
Young Lions Go Through Ups and Downs to Finish 2007-08 Campaign at .500
July 1, 2008
The 2007-08 season was a roller coaster ride for LMU, who emerged with a perfectly level 15-15 overall record and 7-7 mark in West Coast Conference play for their fifth consecutive season at or above .500. A relatively young squad, the Lions displayed their growing pains from game-to-game, winning no more than three games in a row but never dropping more than three in a row, either. With 11 roster players returning and a strong recruiting class entering the fray for 2008-09, LMU is set for many more winning seasons.
LMU at the WCC Tournament
LMU made its 15th appearance at the West Coast Conference Tournament, earning a #4 seed and a first round matchup with Saint Mary's. The Lions started strong and held a 40-37 halftime lead but went cold in the second half, falling to a 71-67 defeat. The Lions are now 9-13 all-time at the WCC Tournament. They were the tournament champions in 2004 while also reaching the final in 2001 and 2007. LMU's loss in the 2008 championships marked the first time since 2002 that the Lions had not advanced past the first round.
Coming into the 2007-08 season, LMU was aware of its faults: a young squad and lack of explosive scorer. Even so, hopes were high with a talented sophomore class and several players who could step up on any given night. That would be the story of the season as the Lions were led in scoring by seven different players in the season's first 12 games and had three players average more than 10 points a game, although no player averaged more than 11. In the end, LMU rode its highs and lows to an even 15-15 record, tying for third place in the West Coast Conference at 7-7.
The year featured several memorable victories. The first came during LMU's first win of the season, when senior Amanda DeCoud raced the length of the floor in the final five seconds and hit a runner at the buzzer for a 61-59 win at UNLV. Late-game heroics were also in order in the WCC opener at Portland on January 10 when freshman Renahy Young made the game-winning layup with 12 seconds remaining for a 73-71 victory.
On November 24, the Lions won their home tournament for the first time since 2003, defeating Indiana State 74-51 in the final of the Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tournament. A month later, LMU and Cal State Bakersfield locked up in an instant classic that saw the Lions prevail 95-90 in double overtime. The game was the first multiple-overtime game in LMU history and several single-game top-five marks were set.
Once conference play began, the focus turned to Head Coach Julie Wilhoit, who recorded her 300th career victory on February 2 with a 68-64 win at San Francisco. She got #301 five days later when the Lions poured it on in the second half to overcome a 10-point deficit and hand Gonzaga its first loss in conference.
DeCoud, Young Named All-WCC
Senior Amanda DeCoud and freshman Renahy Young each received honorable mention All-West Coast Conference recognition when the conference office announced the annual post-season awards Monday. The honor is the second for DeCoud while Young also earns a spot on the All-Freshman Team.
The guard duo provided a lift for the Lions on offense this season, finishing one-two on the team in scoring and assists. Young is the first Lion to be named to the All-Freshman Team since current senior Valerie Ogoke was honored in 2004-05 and the first LMU freshman on the All-WCC teams since Bryn Britton was honorable mention in 1998-99. For DeCoud, she was also named to the honorable mention team last season.
Wilhoit Notches 300th Win
Already the winningest coach in LMU women's basketball history, Head Coach Julie Wilhoit reached a personal milestone on February 2 at San Francisco with her 300th career victory. In her 20-year coaching career, her breakdown includes 88 wins in five seasons at IUPUI, 33 wins in two years at Pitt-Bradford, and 182 wins in the last 13 seasons at LMU.
Since taking over an LMU program that had only five winning seasons in its first 14 years, Wilhoit has guided the Lions to five more winning campaigns, including each of the last four years, and the 2003-04 WCC Championship.
In senior Amanda DeCoud and freshman Renahy Young, LMU had its own version of that Hollywood tradition of buddy movies with the older veteran teaming with the young upstart. The pair found a groove playing together that has brought aggressiveness from the guard position and lifted the Lions during their WCC run.
Between the two of them, DeCoud and Young had 34 double-digit scoring games and reached double figures in the same game 10 times, including six during WCC play. LMU was 8-2 when both players score 10-or-more points.
Against Cal Poly, Young and DeCoud proved a lethal combination. Young led the way with 23 points with DeCoud just behind with 21 in the victory. It was the first time since January 31, 2004 that LMU had two players score 20-plus points in the same game (Kate Murray, 28, and Adrianne Slaughter, 20).
Home Sweet Home
LMU's victory over Gonzaga was its eighth triumph at Gersten Pavilion this season, topping the seven home wins recorded in each of the three previous years. The Lions went 10-5 at home in 2007-08, including a five-game home winning streak from November 24-December 28, to post their eighth consecutive season of above-.500 home ball.
LMU's 4-3 mark in the opening month of play was its second consecutive winning November and eighth of the last nine Novembers that the Lions have posted a winning mark. With a 4-4 ledger in December, 3-3 in January, and 4-3 in February, LMU registered 13 consecutive months of .500 or better dating back to previous seasons. Unfortunately, that streak came to an end when LMU lost its two games in March 2008.
Winning Non-Conference Slate
With an 8-7 record through the non-conference schedule, LMU posted its second consecutive winning season outside of WCC play. Under Coach Wilhoit, LMU has recorded a winning non-conference record seven times, including six of the last eight years.
Lions Join Push to "Think Pink"
On Thursday, February 7 against Gonzaga, LMU teamed up with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and over 600 high school, junior college, college, and AAU teams in the "Think Pink" initiative, designed to raise awareness for breast cancer. Fans who wore pink were admitted for $2 and the first 500 fans were given specially-designed "LMU Think Pink" t-shirts. The game was also "Pack the House Night" as LMU attempted to set a new single-game attendance record. Although they fell short of the attendance goal, a victory over previously-unbeaten Gonzaga and the awareness generated for breast cancer resulted in an all-around memorable night.
Lions Claim Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tournament Title
LMU's quest for its first Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tournament title since 2003 was fulfilled as the Lions steamrolled their way through their home tournament to clinch their fourth crown in the tourney's 11-year history. Defense was the key to the championship, as the Lions held both their opponents under 25% shooting to win by an average margin of 26.5 points. In Friday's opener against Jackson State, the LMU defense limited the Lady Tigers to 3-for-22 (13.6%) shooting in the first half to take a 30-14 halftime lead and cruised to a 69-39 victory. Sophomore Lisa Helmers had a game-high 12 points on four three-pointers while senior Amanda DeCoud added 11 points, five assists, and four steals. Redshirt freshman Aleyse Evans chipped in with 11 rebounds.
Saturday's final pitted the Lions against an outstanding Indiana State squad that had knocked off ranked Vanderbilt the week before. LMU showed no fear, taking it to the Sycamores early. ISU missed 16 of its first 18 shots as LMU jumped out to an 18-point lead in the first half. Indiana State would get no closer than 14 and LMU had its first home tournament title in four seasons with a 74-51 win. Helmers again led the way with 16 points and another four from downtown to earn All-Tournament honors. DeCoud was named the tournament Most Valuable Player after another solid performance with nine points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Senior Valerie Ogoke chipped in her second double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go alongside Evans' second straight 11-rebound game.
LMU vs. Ranked Opponents
LMU faced two opponents ranked in the national top-25 this year, visiting #12 Cal and #22 George Washington. Losses in both games dropped the Lions to 0-8 against ranked teams since 2002.
An Historic Night
Fans in attendance at LMU's victory over Cal State Bakersfield witnessed one of the greatest games in program history. In addition to being the first double-overtime game LMU has ever played, the teams and individuals combined to feature on several records lists. Among them are:
LMU's 95 points are tied for the third-most in program history.
LMU's 60 rebounds were the sixth-most in a game ever.
Jenna Sybesma's 29 points tied for the second-most by a junior and she came one free throw away from LMU's 10th 30-point performance.
Senior Valerie Ogoke's 18 rebounds tied for the second-most in a game and were the most ever by an LMU senior. They were also the most by a WCC player this season.
The 185 points scored by both teams was the third-highest combination ever, trailing only the 190 points against UC Riverside on December 1, 1981 (LMU 91, UCR 99) and the 188 at San Diego on February 21, 1991 (LMU 95, USD 93, OT).
LMU Places Second at Hilton LAX Holiday Tournament
The second incarnation of the LMU/Hilton LAX Holiday Tournament brought excitement to Gersten Pavilion over the Winter Break. The first day's play saw Kansas State defeat Arkansas-Little Rock 52-40 in the opener to advance to the championship game. The Wildcats would have a long wait before their opponent was determined as LMU and Cal State Bakersfield waged a duel for the ages. The Lions started well, jumping out to a 13-2 lead by making six of their first eight shots. The Roadrunners recovered and the teams traded shots in a game that featured 10 ties and 10 lead changes. CSUB led 64-61 with 2:21 remaining in regulation until junior Jenna Sybesma, who had never attempted a three-pointer in her three seasons at LMU, calmly knocked down a triple to tie the game. Neither team scored again as the game went into overtime. LMU opened the first OT with a 6-1 run, only to see Bakersfield come back to tie it again when Christine Kepenekian stole an inbounds pass with seven seconds left and feed Ke'Airra Jones, who sank a baseline jumper as time expired to send the game into a second OT. LMU again opened up a five-point lead in the second OT but the Roadrunners again came back to tie. Freshman Renahy Young untied it with a three-point play and the Roadrunners had one last chance but missed a breakaway layup when they were down two as LMU celebrated a 95-90 victory. Sybesma led five LMU players in double figures with career-highs of 29 points and 14 rebounds for her first career double-double. Senior Amanda DeCoud (16 points, eight assists), sophomore Lisa Helmers (16 points), Young (11 points), and junior Cassady Moore (10 points) also reached double figures while senior Valerie Ogoke grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds.
The excitement and drama from Friday's play was absent on Saturday as the exhausted Lions and Roadrunners could not keep up with their rested opponents. UALR claimed third place with a 69-54 victory over CSUB in the consolation game while Kansas State took home the tournament title with a 70-47 win over the Lions. DeCoud had 10 points and six assists to lead LMU while Sybesma and Helmers earned All-Tournament honors.
Lions in Season Openers
For the fifth consecutive season, LMU opened its campaign away from Gersten Pavilion. The loss at Boise State was the fifth in a row to start the season and ran the Lions' losing streak when starting the year on the road to nine games.
Lions in Home Openers
LMU's defeat by UC Santa Barbara in the first home contest of the 2007-08 season was just its second defeat in the last nine home openers. The Lions are 8-5 in their home debuts under Julie Wilhoit.
And a Freshman Shall Lead Them
The changing of the calendar into the new year coincided with a changing of the guard on the court. Since the first day of 2008, freshman Renahy Young went on fire, leading the Lions in scoring in each of their first five WCC games and nine of their first 13. She was a points machine, reaching double figures in each of the first nine conference games to average 12.8 ppg in conference play. Handed her first career start at Portland, Young responded with 20 points, including the game-winning layup with 12 seconds left. She continued to roll with 14 points at Gonzaga, 18 vs. Santa Clara, 17 vs. Saint Mary's, 14 at Pepperdine, 15 each at San Diego and San Francisco, 10 vs. Gonzaga, 16 vs. Portland, 12 vs. USF, and 10 against San Diego.
For the year, Young led the team in scoring at 10.9 ppg and reached double figures in 17 contests. She had three 20+ point performances and led the team in scoring nine times, both of which topped the squad.
Young recorded back-to-back 23-point outings in which she shot 70% from the floor against Fresno State and Cal Poly. She also had 11 points in her collegiate debut at Boise State.
Monsters on the Boards
One noticeable difference between the 2007-08 Lions and their predecessors was evident in the rebounding category. Last season, LMU averaged 37 rebounds a game and a shade under 13 offensive rebounds a game. This season they bumped those numbers up to 40.2 total and 14.2 offensive rebounds per game. The Lions controlled the glass in 12 games, posting a 9-3 record in those contests. They grabbed 50 or more rebounds in a contest four times, including 60 in the double-overtime win vs. Cal State Bakersfield and 59 in regulation vs. Saint Mary's, each ranking in the single-game top-10.
A big reason for the increase was the play of senior Valerie Ogoke and redshirt freshman Aleyse Evans. The duo combined for 13.8 rebounds per game, and each ranked in the conference's top 20. Ogoke was second in the WCC at 8.5 with Evans 15th at 5.3. Together, they registered 15 double-digit rebounding games and pulled down 10+ in the same game three times. But rebounding is a team effort and the Lions had five players averaging more than three rebounds per game.
On three occasions, the Lions have hit the glass for 20 or more offensive rebounds, including a season-high 25 o-boards in the regular season finale against San Diego.
The cog that kept the Lion offense and defense rolling was senior Amanda DeCoud. DeCoud led the Lions in scoring six times and was the second-leading scorer overall at 10.8 ppg. She averaged team-highs of 4.0 assists, 2.23 steals,, and 31.4 minutes to go along with 3.7 rebounds per game. All were new career-highs.
DeCoud scored in double figures in a team-high 17 games, including a career-high 21 against Cal Poly. True to her role as a point guard, she dished five or more assists in a game 11 times, including a career-high nine against Saint Mary's.
The reigning WCC Defender of the Year showed her all-around game at the Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tournament, averaging 10.0 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals, and 3.0 rebounds to take home MVP honors.
DeCoud was named the WCC co-Player of the Week for February 4-10 after averaging 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while shooting .600 (12-for-20) from the field in wins over Gonzaga and Portland. She scored 19 points against the Zags, keying a second-half comeback, and followed it with 14 points vs. the Pilots.
She climbed the LMU career charts all season, finishing in second place in steals (232) and games played (119), and in fourth place in assists (349). Her 119 assists as a senior is sixth on the single-season list while she tied for ninth with 67 steals.
Showing Her Val-ue
Senior Valerie Ogoke broke out in 2007-08 as the go-to player in the middle. Given an increased role in the guard-oriented Lion offense, Ogoke averaged 7.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while providing a defensive presence with 50 blocks (first on the team) and 45 steals (second). She had 10 double-digit rebounding outings, including an LMU senior record and career-high 18 boards against Cal State Bakersfield, and two double-doubles. She concluded her career fourth all-time at LMU with 142 career blocks.
Ogoke just missed her new career-high with 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting vs. Santa Clara but followed it up with eight points and 12 boards against Saint Mary's. She had one of the finest all-around games by a Lion this season against UC Irvine, going 5-for-9 from the floor and scoring 10 points to go along with eight rebounds, six steals, four blocks, and two assists in 30 minutes.
Ogoke was a key component of the Lions' wins at the Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tournament, averaging 10.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg, including a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds in the championship game. She also had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes in the season opener at Boise State.
Helmers Hits Threes
If you're looking for the biggest jump in scoring average from last season, that achievement belonged to sophomore Lisa Helmers. After averaging 1.5 ppg in 25 appearances off the bench as a freshman, Helmers started the season's first 25 games and 29 of the 30 total while averaging 7.6 ppg overall. She was LMU's greatest threat from downtown, making a team-high 59 three-pointers, fourth-most in a single season at LMU.
After back-to-back nine point outings to start the season tied for her career-high, she topped it with 12 points vs. UC Santa Barbara, followed it with 12 more against Jackson State, and continued her roll with 16 points in the Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tournament final. She led the Lions in scoring in both games at the tournament, averaging 14.0 ppg and sinking eight treys.
Helmers tied her career-high with 16 points, including 14 after halftime, against Cal State Bakersfield, earning All-Tournament honors.
Junior Jenna Sybesma buoyed between the starting lineup and the first post player on the bench, turning in some tremendous offensive outings. In the WCC opener at Portland, she had 18 points off the bench, including an improbable 25-foot banked three-pointer with over a minute to go and the shot clock winding down that helped LMU to the two-point win. After struggling to replicate her performances during the first half of WCC play, Sybesma rediscovered her scoring touch with nine straight games in double figures to close out the season. She led the team in scoring in each of the last four games and six of the final eight overall.
She had a game-high 20 points in the win over Gonzaga, 12 points vs. Portland, another game-high 20 points at Saint Mary's, 11 points at Santa Clara, and 13 points vs. Pepperdine. In the final weekend, she had 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting in the win over San Francisco and then her second career double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and five steals vs. San Diego.
After a slow start in which she shot 3-for-10 and scored a combined six points in the season's first two games, she broke out for 98 points on 59% shooting over the next nine. Sybesma's streak started at Long Beach State when she had career-highs of 13 points and four steals in 22 minutes. She also had nine points in 15 minutes against Jackson State and 10 points (on 5-for-7 from the floor) at #12 Cal. She topped all of those with a new career-high of 19 points, six rebounds, and three assists at NAU. Sybesma carried the Lions that game, scoring 15 of her points after halftime, including 13 of LMU's 15 during one 10-minute stretch. She followed that with 19 more points in the win over Fresno State.
Sybesma exploded at the Hilton LAX Holiday Tournament, scoring a career- and LMU season-high 29 points in the semifinal vs. Cal State Bakersfield. She was 11-for-20 from the floor and tied the game in regulation with her first career three-pointer. She also added a career-high 14 rebounds for her first double-double at LMU and earned a place on the All-Tournament Team.
Overall, she finished third on the team at 10.0 ppg while adding 4.2 rpg in 21.6 mpg. She also shot 49.0% from the floor, third-best on the team.
Bench Warrior (Part II)
Another in the endless line of sophomore guards who made an impact is Kavita Goss. She established new career-highs for points on four separate occasions and led the Lions in scoring three times. Goss tied her career-high with nine points at Long Beach State, then tied it again with a solid 4-for-7 effort in the Ayres Hotel Tournament title game. At #12 Cal, Goss came off the bench for a career-high 12 points to lead all Lions. Goss was a bright spot at Georgetown, scoring 14 first-half points and finishing with a career-high 17 points on five three-pointers. In the first week of WCC play, Goss averaged 9.5 ppg, following it up with 13 points off the bench at Pepperdine.
Goss earned her first start of the season at Santa Clara and made the most of it, pouring in a team-high 13 points, including all three LMU three-pointers. She averaged 5.0 points and was third on the team with 28 makes from downtown. Goss also took care of the ball at the point, with her 1.12 assist/turnover ratio second the team.
New Kid on the Block
Redshirt freshman Aleyse Evans made the most of her opportunities after sitting out last season. Evans started eight of the first nine games before settling into a comfortable role off the bench. At the beginning of WCC play, however, she regained her starting role and was tenacious on the glass, averaging over six boards a game in the first 10 games, including a career-high 15 against Saint Mary's, a game in which she also had eight points and four blocked shots. She tied her career-high of eight points three times in the first half of conference play but suffered a foot injury at Saint Mary's. She missed the contests at Santa Clara and vs. Pepperdine and played minimally in the final weekend. Her absence hurt the Lions, who had found a balance with her in the starting lineup, going 10-5 in games in which she started. After her injury, she played a mere 12 minutes combined in the season's final six games when the Lions went 1-5 and were outrebounded in every contest.
Evans was second on the team in overall rebounding and blocked shots at 5.3 rpg and 0.74 bpg (both ranking among the WCC leaders) while adding 3.0 ppg in just 15.0 minutes a game. She showed aggressiveness pursuing the boards, with five games of double-digit rebounds.
In her collegiate debut at Boise State, Evans tied for the game-high with 10 rebounds in just 16 minutes off the bench. That was enough to earn her first career start at UNLV. She responded with 12 boards and her second straight six-point outing. She had back-to-back 11-rebound games at the Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tournament.
At Gonzaga, Evans had one of her best all-around games with eight points and nine rebounds. She also went 3-for-3 from the floor, scoring six of LMU's first 11 points to get the ball rolling at home vs. Portland.
Junior Cassady Moore got off to a fast start, putting up back-to-back 12 point outings in the season's first two games. A knee injury sidelined her for the next five contests but she was a steady contributor since, averaging 4.2 ppg and 2.3 rpg. A starter in 12 games, Moore gave the Lions a defensive intensity alongside DeCoud, swiping 44 steals, the third-most on the team and putting her in the WCC top-10.
At the time of her injury, Moore was leading the Lions in scoring (12.0 ppg) and assists (3.5 per game). Against Cal State Bakersfield, she had her first double-digit scoring game since the opening week with 10 points. In the games against San Francisco and Gonzaga, Moore raised her level of play, driving to the hoop for eight and seven points, respectively.
Freshmen No Slouches
Coach Wilhoit said they were athletic and would contribute right away and she was right. Freshmen Renahy Young and Melanie Ysaguirre have each been solid contributors in their collegiate debuts. Ysaguirre cooled off from her blistering start when she was shooting over 60% in non-conference play but still ended up leading the team at 51.8% from the floor while averaging 3.2 ppg and 3.2 rpg in 11.8 mpg.
Ysaguirre had her break-out game at Northern Arizona, scoring a career-high 10 points on 5-for-9 from the floor. She had a tremendous all-around performance with eight points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes vs. UC Irvine and made her first career start at Georgetown. Against Kansas State, she had six points and seven rebounds.
Vargas Out for the Year
The Lions suffered a blow on December 5 when sophomore Jessica Vargas fell awkwardly with 2:25 left. Everyone's worst fears were confirmed when it was determined that Vargas had torn her ACL and would miss the remainder of the season. A starter in six games, Vargas had back-to-back career-highs in her first two starts, scoring 11 points at Long Beach State before exploding for 17 points (and seven rebounds) in the home opener vs. UCSB. She was one of the most efficient players on the court, shooting 51.8% from the floor and pulling down 4.6 rebounds per game, including 19 on the offensive end. The good news is that Vargas should be able to petition for a medical redshirt.
LMU vs. the Nation
According to collegerpi.com, LMU ranked 129th with a strength of schedule of 88. The WCC was ranked ninth among conferences. The NCAA had the Lions ranked 126th. In the national statistics, Valerie Ogoke was the only Lion to feature in the top-100. She was 64th in blocked shots per game and tied for 67th in rebounds per game. As a team, the Lions were 83rd in steals per game with 9.5 and 99th in fewest turnovers per game with 16.7.
I Can't Drive 55
Fans who witnessed LMU's second half explosion against Fresno State saw what the up-tempo Lion offense is capable of when it gets clicking. The Lions shot 63% en route to 55 points in the come-from-behind victory. The 55 points are the most scored in a half by LMU since it put up 56 against Santa Clara on February 23, 2006.
I Love the 80's
LMU's offense took off with back-to-back 80-point performances against Fresno State and Cal Poly. It marked the first time since 2000 that the Lions had reached the 80-point plateau in consecutive games.
Is 47 a record?
LMU's 47 free throw attempts against Cal Poly was the most since going to the line 44 times at UC Irvine on November 21, 2005. As far as it being an LMU single-game record, nobody is sure. We do know that the Lions attempted 45 free throws on January 17, 2001, when they set the single-game record for makes with 34. Unfortunately, the record books are incomplete for the years before then so we're unsure if LMU attempted more than 47 free throws in any of the other games on the free throws made list. If you are reading this and know the answer, please contact the LMU athletics media relations office.
Big Success against Big West
Owing to its close proximity, LMU annually plays the most non-conference games against the Big West Conference, and with great success. This season, the Lions went 3-1 against members of the Big West, defeating Long Beach State 83-66 on November 15 before dropping its lone game, 79-69, in the home opener against UC Santa Barbara. Back-to-back December wins over Cal Poly and UC Irvine ensured that the Lions would finish at or above .500 against the Big West for the 10th straight season. Since 1998-99, LMU is an astonishing 33-6 versus Big West competition.
What We Learned in Washington
Through its visits to historic monuments, buildings, and parks, LMU learned that Washington, D.C. is a city of firsts for this nation. Unfortunately, there were several firsts for the Lions on the basketball court during the trip, as well. The 46 and 49 points scored were the lowest offensive outputs of the season and first time the Lions had been held under 54 points this season. The Lions also shot roughly 32% in each game, the lowest totals of the season, while giving up over 53% to both opponents, the first time this season they had conceded back-to-back 50+% shooting. Finally, the 31 turnovers committed at Georgetown were also a season-high and the most since committing 31 at Portland on January 9, 1999. It is a small consolation but, on the positive side, the Lions made a season-high nine three-pointers (tied for sixth-most in school history) and made a season-high 88.9% of their free throws at Georgetown while committing just 11 fouls in each game.
This will be the end of the discussion on LMU's play in Washington but to learn about the players' off-court experiences, check out the photo gallery and diary at www.LMULions.com.
Lions Prove You CAN Go Home Again
The 2007-08 LMU roster features six players from outside California, four of which got the pleasure of a road trip to their hometown this season. First up was redshirt freshman Maggie Burkett, who returned to her native Boise on Nov. 9 having claimed the Idaho Player of the Year award two years ago. Next to return home was sophomore Jessica Vargas when LMU visited Northern Arizona in Flagstaff on Dec. 2. Finally, senior Bronwyn Evans and freshman Lauren Wilkins made it a triumphant homecoming to Portland on Jan. 10.
Depth Shows on Offense
One of the benefits of LMU's attack is the opponent never knows who is going to step up for a big game each night. Through the season's first nine games, the Lions were led in scoring by seven different players. Ten of the 12 players who saw the court set new career-highs in scoring in 2007-08.
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