Feb. 28, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Four LMU women's basketball players were honored today, as the West Coast Conference announced its All-Conference selections. Junior guard Rachael Ziemann was named to the first team, and seniors Mary Turner and Jacquelyn Woods were honorable mention selections. Freshman Valerie Ogoke was named to the All-Freshman team. LMU tied with two other schools for the most players honored today.
Ziemann had a record-breaking season in 2004-05. She shattered the LMU single season record for three-pointers, making 59 this season. She had the second highest total for three-pointers made in conference games in WCC history, hitting 43 three-pointers in 14 conference games. She was just six baskets shy of tying the single season record of 49. She also broke the LMU single game record for three-pointers made with seven against Portland on February 10, 2005. That performance also tied the Chiles Center record for three-pointers made in a game.
The junior from Huntington Beach, Calif., led the the Lions in scoring, averaging 10.3 points per game. That average jumped to 13.1 points in conference games. She made 43.1% of three pointers attempted on the season, going 59-for-137 from behind the arc. Ziemann played her best in conference games, averaging 4.1 rebounds, 2.14 assists and 1.79 steals against WCC opponents. She made at least five three-pointers in four conference games, and made a three-pointer in all but one of the 14 games. She scored in double digits in 10 WCC contests.
Turner was a solid all-around player for the Lions all season. One of the best defenders in the conference, she also was an explosive scorer and rebounder. She was named the WCC co-Player of the Week on January 10th after leading the Lions to a pair of wins on the road to open conference play. The senior guard/forward had seven double digit scoring games in conference, and averaged 9.8 points and 5.9 rebounds against WCC opponents. She recorded a pair of double doubles (12 points and 13 rebounds vs. Portland 1/15/05, 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. San Diego 2/3/05). The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native led the Lions in assists, averaging 2.93 in conference games.
Woods emerged as one of LMU's best all-around players in her senior year. She led LMU in rebounding and assists, averaging 6.1 boards and 1.96 steals a game. She was also the Lions' second leading scorer, averaging 9.4 points on the season. The Ashland, Ore. native had 12 double digit scoring games on the year, scoring a season-high 29 points against Cal State Fullerton on November 30, 2004. She recorded five double doubles this season, including four in WCC games. Her play was instrumental in several games, including LMU's final home win over Santa Clara to keep the Lions in the race for second place in the conference.
Ogoke had an impressive rookie season. An outstanding rebounder, Ogoke averaged 4.3 rebounds for the season, and was among the conference leaders in offensive rebounds averaging 2.7 per game. The Inglewood, Calif. native averaged 18.4 minutes of play in her first season, scoring 5.4 points per game. She had five double digit scoring games, and recorded her first double double (14 points, 12 rebounds) against Cal Poly in her first start. The forward had three blocks in two games this season. She is the first LMU player to earn All-Freshman team honors since 1992-93.
The Lions earned the second seed in this week's WCC Basketball Championships. They will take on seventh seed San Diego in the first game of the tournament on Thursday at 12:00pm.
- GO LIONS! -
Rachael Ziemann was named first team All-WCC, the conference announced today.