Challenging Non-Conference Schedule Awaits Lions

July 11, 2005

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 11, 2005) - The LMU women's basketball team will face eight postseason teams as preparation for the challenging WCC schedule in the 2005-06 season. Eleven of the 15 teams on the non-conference schedule had winning records in 2004-05, and seven of the teams participated in the NCAA Tournament.

After a pair of exhibition games, the Lions open the season at Arizona on November 18. The Wildcats finished the season with a 20-12 record and participated in the NCAA Tournament. The Lions return to Southern California to face off at UC Irvine on Monday, November 21st before hosting their annual Thanksgiving Tournament on November 25th and 26th. UCLA, Georgia and Charlotte join LMU in the four-team field. The Bulldogs advanced to the Sweet Sixteen a year ago, while Charlotte participated in the WNIT and concluded its season with a 21-9 record. LMU will face Charlotte in the opening round, while UCLA and Georgia will face off.

December opens with a trip to Utah where the Lions will play Weber State (Dec. 1) and Utah (Dec. 3). Both teams finished with over 20 wins, and the Utes participated in the NCAA Tournament. Things don't get any easier when LMU returns home, hosting USC (NCAA Second Round) on December 6th and UC Santa Barbara (Big West Champions) on December 11th.

The Lions face off against their second Big West opponent when they travel to Long Beach State on Saturday, December 17th. The 49ers finished with a 19-9 record in 2004-05.

LMU concludes its home portion of the non-conference schedule with a pair of games at Gersten Pavilion. Rice travels to Westchester on Monday, December 19th. The Owls were 24-9 in 2004-05, and won the WAC Championship. Cal Poly rounds out LMU's non-conference home schedule. The Mustangs visit the LMU campus on Wednesday, December 21st.

After Christmas, the Lions head east to play in the Dartmouth Tournament. The Big Green of Dartmouth won the Ivy League title a year ago. Lafayette and Akron join LMU in the four-team field. The Lions will face Lafayette in the first round, while Dartmouth will take on Akron.

LMU will host a pair of exhibition games before the regular season begins. The Lions host the Playmode Allstars on Thursday, November 3rd, and Love and Basketball on Thursday, November 10th.





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