The junior leads WCC in scoring (28.4 average), assists (9.2) and steals (2.8) for the season entering this week's games he ranked fifth in scoring and fourth in assists nationally.
The WCC has a long tradition of outstanding guards, going back to K.C. Jones, Phil Smith and Quintin Dailey at San Francisco, Dennis Johnson and Bird Averitt at Pepperdine, John Stockton at Gonzaga, Darwin Cook at Portland, Ricky Sobers at Nevada Las Vegas (when the Rebels were a WCC member) and Keith Smith, Corey Gaines and Bo Kimble at Loyola.
The conference keeps two sets of statistics, one for season totals and another for WCC play. No conference player has ever led in scoring and assists for a season, but Lowery leads the scoring race by more than eight points over San Francisco's Tim Owens and has a 1.6 assist per game lead over USF's Orlando Smart.
Lowery could also become the second player to lead in scoring, assists and steals in WCC play. He leads in scoring and steals and trails Smart by five assists. Stockton, now an NBA All-Star with the Utah Jazz, is the only player to lead in three WCC categories.
By averaging 33 points over the past five games, Lowery has scored 767 points this season, already the fourth most productive season total in WCC history. If the Lions reach the conference tournament semifinals next weekend and Lowery maintains his 28-point average, he will pass Averitt, who is in third place at 848 points. The only players who appear out of reach for Lowery are former teammates Hank Gathers at 1,105 and Bo Kimble at 1,131. Gathers' and Kimble's totals led the nation and rank among the top 15 season totals in NCAA history.
The Cal State Dominguez Hills baseball team's game against Sonoma State that was originally postponed Saturday will stand as a forfeit victory for the Toros.
Sonoma failed to show Saturday after Friday's game was halted following a bench-clearing brawl that broke out in the seventh inning. The Toros had runners on first and third when a fight broke out between Dominguez Hills catcher Steve Whipple, who was on third base, and Sonoma shortstop Kevin Wong.
Several players reportedly suffered injuries. The game was called with the score tied, 2-2.
Sonoma refused to show up for the second game of the series Saturday. Toro Coach George Wing said the game will not be rescheduled.
Signing Up: Loyola Marymount is calling its volleyball recruiting class its best ever, and volleyball observers say the five women rank among the top classes in the nation.
Coach Steve Stratos signed four freshmen and a community college transfer to letters of intent last week: Joli Eberhart of Golden West College, Marisa Mora of Glendale High, Robin Ortgiesen of Mira Costa High, Mary Strong of Notre Dame High and Tahlia Wagner of Corona Del Mar High.
Eberhart, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter who graduated from Mater Dei High, was named most valuable player of the community college state tournament and was two-time MVP in the Orange Empire League. Mora, a 5-11 outside hitter, was Pacific League MVP at Glendale. Ortgiesen, a 5-11 setter, was MVP of the Ocean League. Strong, a 5-11 outside hitter, was MVP of the Mission League. Wagner, a 6-0 middle blocker, was a member of Corona's state championship team and was an All-Orange County first-team selection.
Loyola Marymount recognized its senior men's basketball players and their families by presenting flowers to the players' mothers before the start of Saturday's final home game. The longstanding tradition included the introduction of the two seniors on the cheerleading squad, who were also given bouquets.
Meanwhile, the two seniors on the women's basketball team, Lynn Flanagan and Tricia Gibson, were mentioned during a timeout in the men's game. The two players, who helped make the Lions a reasonably competitive team, hold nearly every major record at Loyola as well as several conference marks. But the players, who were at the game, were not introduced.
Opinion: Flanagan and Gibson were shortchanged. It's too bad they couldn't have received at least as much recognition as the cheerleaders .
Stat of the Week: Cal State Dominguez Hills sophomore Denise Slater, a forward on the women's basketball team, became the Lady Toros' career long-range distance shooter when she made her 33rd three-point basket last week. However, her record may be short-lived. Teammate Karee Bonde, a freshman who missed the first 14 games with an injury, set a season record with her 30th three-point basket last week. It took Slater 50 games to make 33, while Bonde has converted 30 in only 11 games.
The women close out the season with a 5:45 p.m. California Collegiate Athletic Assn. home game today against Chapman.
The Loyola Marymount baseball team travels to the University of San Francisco for a three-game West Coast Conference series today and Saturday. The Lions, who lost two games to San Diego last weekend, are 7-7 overall and 2-3 in WCC play. . . . For the second week in a row and third time this season, Loyola guard Terrell Lowery was named West Coast Conference basketball player of the week. In two victories he had 73 points and 19 assists. He also had a career-high 10 rebounds against Gonzaga. . . . Loyola center Chris Knight established a school career record for blocked shots with 69, surpassing Hank Gathers and Mike Yoest, who blocked 66 apiece. . . . Tricia Gibson of the Loyola women's team goes into the WCC's final weekend of play with a slim lead in conference rebounding. She is averaging 9.8 per game and is trying to hold off Gonzaga's Kay Koppelman, who has three less rebounds and averages 9.7. The Lions, who defeated San Diego, 95-93, in overtime Thursday night, finish the season at 5 p.m. Saturday at league-leading Santa Clara. Thursday's victory over the Toreras was Loyola's first WCC win on the road this season.
Dominguez Hills guard Robert Barksdale is leading the California Collegiate Athletic Assn. in assists at 4.9 per game. . . . The CCAA women's rebounding title is up for grabs tonight when Chapman plays at Dominguez Hills in the season finale for both teams. Chapman's Jackie Saunders leads the Lady Toros' Dionne Vanlandingham by three rebounds. . . . Erika Manning, who has signed a letter of intent to play at Dominguez Hills, finished a strong season for Orange Coast College by winning the Orange Empire Conference scoring title. Manning averaged 17.51 points, edging Golden West's Bits Sirchia, who averaged 17.48.