LOS ANGELES – The Loyola Marymount women’s basketball team officially tips off the 2017-18 season as the squad travels to UC Riverside for a Friday night game against the Highlanders at 7 p.m.
LMU had a home exhibition contest against Occidental on Tuesday and earned a 49-point victory, defeating the Tigers 87-38 at Gersten Pavilion. Six Lions finished with double-figure scoring in the win, paced by junior guard/forward Cheyanne Wallace (15 points, 4 blocks, 2 steals).
|Date | Time:||Friday, Nov. 10 | 7 p.m. (PT)|
|The Match-up:||LMU: ROSTER | SCHEDULE
UC Riverside: ROSTER | SCHEDULE
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2017-18 SEASON PREVIEW
LMU Head Coach Charity Elliott begins her sixth season with the Lions in 2017-18. Elliott's team finished 14-16 overall last season and 9-9 in WCC play.
Returning to the team this season are redshirt freshman Brittney Reed, sophomores Cierra Belvin and Raychel Stanley, juniors Andee and Bianca Velasco and Cheyanne Wallace, redshirt juniors Bree Alford and NK Ilang and senior Mackenzie Cast. Gabby Green, a 6-2 guard, is eligible to play her first season for LMU in 2017-18 after sitting last season due to transfer rules following her transfer from Cal. Josie Buckingham, a 6-5 center, will also join the Lions’ lineup this season after missing the 2016-17 campaign following her transfer from Minnesota. Green and Buckingham are both redshirt juniors this season.
The Lions welcomed three freshmen to the squad this season. Chelsey Gipson, a 5-7 guard from Palisades High School and two players from Long Beach Polytechnic High School: 5-9 guard Aiyana Barnes and 5-10 forward Jasmine Jones. Gipson (No. 53) and Jones (No. 91) were ranked by ESPNW as top recruits in the nation.
Meghan Mandel, a 6-4 forward/center, joined the team but will sit out the 2017-18 season after transferring to LMU from Marquette following her freshman year.
Point guard Andee Velasco led the WCC in assists last season, while guard/forward Cheyanne Wallace earned All-Conference honorable mention. Wallace was also named to the 2017-18 All-WCC Preseason Women’s Basketball Team, as voted by the conference’s 10 coaches.
Following Friday night’s game, the Lions play two more road games at Saint Louis on Nov. 13 and Long Beach State on Nov. 17 before the team’s home opener at Gersten Pavilion on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. vs. the Arizona Wildcats.
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