May 12, 2005
SYDNEY, Australia - The Lions had a busy day on Thursday, May 12th. They started the day with a ferry ride to the Taronga Zoo, then walked to the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. After a full day of sight seeing, LMU played its second game against the Australia Institute of Sport, falling to AIS, 96-61.
The group started its day with a ferry ride across the harbor to the Taronga Zoo. They explored the hillside zoo, seeing a variety of animals. Some of the highlights include koalas, kangaroos, monkeys, tigers, and elephants. The most thrilling part of the day was seeing the lions' den. After watching some of the young lions for a bit, an older lion slowly came out into the viewing area. After a brief, slow strut in front of the viewing window, he let loose with a loud growl just inches from the glass that scared the entire team.
After the ferry ride back to Circular Quay and a break for lunch, the group walked to the Hyde Park Barracks. Built to house prisoners in 1819, the barracks is now a museum that shows Australia's penal system history.
The team played its second game against AIS on Thursday. The Lions started strong, leading for most of the first quarter. LMU used strong defense to take the early lead, but AIS continued its hot shooting for the win. AIS shot 56.7% in the first half, and 53.6% for the game, while LMU shot 34.6% from the field.
Valerie Ogoke had a strong game with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Ashlee Dunlap scored in double digits for the second straight game, finishing with 10 points. Amanda DeCoud played well with nine points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Jenni Smith added nine points with three three-pointers.
Follow all of the team's travels by clicking here.
The LMU Lions got close to the Lions at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney.