The Lions' late season surge came to a close Friday in the WCC quarterfinals as they fell 69-57 to BYU.
It's the old adage that defense and free throws win basketball games. The LMU women's basketball team took that to heart Thursday night in Malibu, hitting seven free throws as part of a game-ending 11-0 run and coming up with big rebounds and steals down the stretch to clinch a 58-56 win over Pepperdine at Firestone Fieldhouse.
The Lions (9-15, 3-8 WCC) conclude a three-game West Coast Conference homestand on Thursday, Feb. 14, hosting San Diego (16-8, 8-4 WCC). With an 8-4 record in Gersten Pavilion this season, the Lions seek to avenge an overtime road loss to the Toreros from a month ago. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Lions matched the most points allowed in a half this season by Gonzaga, but the second half rally was not enough in a 70-56 loss Saturday.
Back home in the friendly confines of Gersten Pavilion, the LMU women's basketball team snapped a three-game win streak and Alex Cowling stamped her name atop yet another category in the program record book as the Lions ran away with a 65-50 win over San Francisco.
Lions' All-Access features a highlight reel of sophomore Danielle Pruitt.
Lions' All-Access feature Inside the Lions continues its look at the 2012-13 LMU women's basketball team with sophomore Danielle Pruitt.
BYU 69, LMU 57 - Mar. 8
LMU vs. Portland - February 11, 2012
Pepperdine vs. LMU at Zappos.com WCC Championships second round
LMU 66, USF 60 - 2012 WCC Championships
February 6, 2012 Matt Balentine Photography
Played in all 31 games, earning 29 starts... averaged 26.9 minutes... 5.9 ppg and 2.7 rpg...generally defended the opposing team's top player... scored in double-digits three times, including 12 points vs. UC Santa Barbara (Dec. 5), 11 points at San Diego (Jan. 12) and 12 points vs. BYU (Mar. 8)... career-high seven rebounds vs. Iowa State (Nov. 23) and at Pepperdine (Feb. 21)...career-high three steals vs. San Diego (Feb. 14)...
Earned 27 starts and appeared in all 30 games... averaged 3.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per game... scored in 23 games... season-high 14 points against San Francisco (Dec. 31)... went 5-for-8 from the field and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line in the game... season-high four assists against UTEP (Dec. 17) and at Pepperdine (Feb. 23)... season-high five rebounds at Santa Clara (Feb. 9)...
Four-year letterwinner at View Park Prep High School for Coach Denise Woods... averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, and three assists per game as a junior to earn Division IV All-State honors... First Team All-City selection as a sophomore and junior... Coliseum League Most Valuable Player in 2009-10... put up a triple-double during the city playoffs... also ran track, winning the 100m dash in her league finals... played alongside current Lion teammates Hazel Ramirez, Alexis Love, and Ashley Lovett on the Cal Sparks club team... named to the Honor Roll and received both Student of the Week and Student of the Month recognition...
Danielle Machele Pruitt was born on March 12, 1993 in Los Angeles... nickname is "Dani"... parents are George and Gwendolyn Pruitt... youngest of five children... older brother Gabe played basketball at USC and for the Boston Celtics... also has older brother, Jason, and sisters Lakeisha and Natasha... chose LMU because she felt like she belonged there... also considered Pepperdine... volunteers at summer camps and for NBA Cares... majoring in biology...
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