Sept. 19, 2007
Two home tournaments and seven postseason opponents from last season highlight the Loyola Marymount 2007-08 women's basketball schedule, announced by head coach Julie Wilhoit on Wednesday. The schedule features eight non-conference home games, including tournaments over both the Thanksgiving and Winter Holidays.
"This preseason schedule is designed to give us the best competition to prepare us for WCC action," Wilhoit said. "We believe it is competitive and full of opportunities to not only improve our program but to prepare our players for conference play."
LMU opens the 2007-08 campaign against the first of five teams that reached the postseason last year. The season tips off with a three-game road trip, starting November 9, as the Lions travel to WAC champions Boise State. From there, the team travels down to UNLV on the 11th before a local road game at Long Beach State on November 15.
The home schedule gets underway on November 19 with a visit from perennial power UC Santa Barbara, who currently has a streak of 12 straight postseason appearances, including last season's WNIT. The home stand continues with the 10th annual Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tournament November 23-24 at Gersten Pavilion. Participants in the two-day tournament are Indiana State, San Diego State, and Jackson State. LMU's opener in the tournament is against Jackson State, who won 22 games last season and were Southwestern Athletic Conference regular season champions en route to a WNIT berth.
Following the home tournament, LMU faces a difficult road trip at California and Northern Arizona. The Bears were ranked in the top-25 most of last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament while the Lumberjacks appeared in the 2006 NCAA postseason.
A three-game home stand against Fresno State (Dec. 5), Cal Poly (Dec. 8), and UC Irvine (Dec. 15) will test the Lions as they look to defend their home turf, where they went 7-5 last season. The furthest road trip of the year follows just before the winter break, as LMU heads east to Washington, D.C. for games against George Washington University, another NCAA participant last season, and Big East power Georgetown.
The 2007 calendar year draws to a close with LMU hosting the Hilton LAX Holiday Tournament December 28-29. The first day's play features Arkansas-Little Rock against Kansas State, followed by LMU taking on Cal State Bakersfield. An eighth postseason opponent possibly looms should the Lions face Kansas State, who made it as far as the semifinals of last season's WNIT. The tournament's consolation and championship games are scheduled for the 29th.
The West Coast Conference season features the regular home-and-away scheduling. LMU will play five games on the road during the first round of play but gets five home dates out of the final seven games, including a three-game home stand to end the regular season. Highlights include a pair of doubleheaders with the LMU men's team (January 26 at Pepperdine and February 23 at home against Pepperdine) and a visit to San Diego on January 31 that will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
Last season, the Lions went 19-12 overall and 9-5 in the WCC.