Women's Basketball Announces Incoming Class

July 3, 2018

As her seventh season as head coach of LMU women's basketball approaches, Charity Elliott has announced the dynamic incoming class who will join her on the court this upcoming season. Naomi Yim, Haley Herdman and Glory Jones are the newest Lions to join the women's basketball program, all making their debuts as freshmen.

Yim, who attended Norco High School, highlights the incoming women's basketball class. She amassed 1,838 points in her four years as a Cougar in 119 games played. Yim averaged 20.9 points during her senior season in 2017-18.

She signed her NLI and officially became a Lion on Nov. 8, 2017. The 5-6 point guard earned several local accolades during her high school career, including being named to the All CIF First Team in 2015 and 2016 and Second Team in 2014 and 2017. She was also named CIF Player of the Year in 2016 and earned First Team Big VIII standing each year at Norco High School. She was ranked as a 4-star recruit by Prospects Nation and a 3.5-star recruit by Premier Basketball.

"Naomi is a dynamic guard who can attack the rim, find open teammates, or knock down threes," Elliott said. "She is a fierce competitor who hates to lose and we love that about her. She's going to bring lots of energy and excitement on the floor and help us fight for championships. Plus, she's a great student and an even better person. We could not be more excited. She makes us better."

"Joining the LMU women's basketball team has been one of the best decisions of my life," Yim expressed. "The team has made me feel so welcomed and comfortable, it feels like I've been a part of the group for years."

Herdman and Jones were later added to the Lions roster, and Elliott is thrilled to see how their contributions boost the team's performance.

"We are so excited to welcome Haley and Glory to our team," Elliott added. "Haley is a local player who provides tremendous energy and fundamentals. She has already had an impact on our players with her positivity and work ethic. We are so glad that she is a Lion. Glory comes to us from Miami, Florida, is in the LMU Honors Program and a winner of the prestigious Trustees Scholarship. She is a tremendous physical athlete who can shoot it or attack the basket. These two along with Naomi, our freshman point guard, give us three tremendous additions to our program. They have already made such a huge impact on our team and we expect great things from each of them."

 

 

Herdman attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. She was named team captain as a senior in 2017-18, earning Daily Breeze All-Area Team, Bay League Most Outstanding Player and team MVP. She receieved All Bay League recognition as a junior and sophomore, being selected to the first and second teams, respectively. She maintained scholar-athlete status throughout her four-year high school career.

"I am very excited to be a part of LMU women's basketball," Herdman said. "I've been waiting for this opportunity for so long and I can't believe it's finally here. Our teammates have been so nice and accepting to us freshmen. I can't wait for the season to start."

Jones finished her high school career playing for Cypress Bay High School (Weston, Fla.) in 2017-18 where she earned Second Team All-Broward and was named a BCAA All-Star and Scholar Athlete. She earned All-Broward Honorable Mention, team MVP and Female Athlete of the Year in her sophomore and freshman seasons at Sagemont High School.

"I'm ecstatic to play basketball for such a great team and incredible coaches," Jones said. "Everyone has been really welcoming. The support I've received between the coaches and my teammates has been amazing. I'm excited to go into the school year and the season knowing we will all be supporting each other."

Heading into 2018-19, the Lions will look to improve on their successful 2017-18 campaign, in which the team finished 19-11 with an 11-7 record in conference play. LMU went 11-5 at home in Gersten Pavilion and 8-5 in road contests.

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