No. 24 Zags Pull Away From Lions
LMU fell 80-54 to the No. 24 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs Saturday at Gersten Pavilion.
Jan. 7, 2012
LOS ANGELES - LMU kept No. 24 ranked Gonzaga within reach for the first 25 minutes of play, but the Bulldogs were able to pull away midway through the second half as the Lions fell 80-54 in WCC action Saturday at Gersten Pavilion.
Despite a game-high 27 points from Alex Cowling, Gonzaga (14-2, 3-0 WCC) outscored the Lions (4-12, 0-4 WCC) 38-19 over the final 16 minutes, pulling away for its ninth straight victory.
It was Cowling versus the Bulldogs for the first eight minutes of the game as the redshirt junior scored the Lions' first nine points as LMU trailed the Zags 17-9 at the 12:19 mark.
Ashley Lovett, who did not travel to BYU due to a death in the family, returned in fine form, hitting five straight points on back-to-back possessions to make it 19-14 Gonzaga with 11 to play.
The teams traded 8-0 runs over the next seven minutes and a three by Dani LeNoir at the 3:39 mark cut the Gonzaga lead to five, 27-22. Cowling's three-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out, but left the Lions trailing just 34-26 at the half.
After the Zags opened up a double-digit lead early in the second half, 42-32, a Cowling three cut it back to single digits with 16:10 to play. But a 13-0 run by Gonzaga opened up a 20-point lead, 55-35, at the 9:43 mark and they never looked back.
Kayla Standish led a trio of Bulldogs in double-figures, finishing with 22 points while also tying the team high of six rebounds. Sunny Greinacher added 12 points off the bench and Katelan Redmon had 10. The Bulldogs shot a stellar 61 percent from the field and 80 percent from the charity stripe (16-for-20).
Cowling's 27 points included a 5-for-5 performance from the free throw line, extending her made free throw streak to 38 straight. Lovett finished with seven points while a pair of late threes gave Alexis Love six points on the night.
The Lions continue the hunt for their first WCC win on Thursday, Jan. 12, traveling to San Diego for a 7 p.m. tip at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.