SAN FRANCISCO – The Loyola Marymount women’s basketball team (11-5, 3-2 WCC) traveled to San Francisco (8-8, 3-2) to face off against the Dons on Thursday night, which resulted in a 78-60 win for USF.
The score was tied 4-4 at the 8:53 mark before the Dons went on a 9-0 run to make it 11-4 with 4:56 to go in the first. Green poured in a layup to snap the run and the Lions went on to outscore USF 6-2 the remainder of the frame to cut the Don’s lead to three, 13-10, after one.
San Francisco outscored Loyola Marymount 20-14 in the second quarter, going up by as many as 17 points at the 3:33 mark in the period, but the Lions were able to trim the Don’s lead to nine at the half with the score standing at 33-24. Bree Alford nearly tallied a double-double through two quarters, scoring eight points and pulling down eight boards. Green added six points and six rebounds for LMU in the first half.
USF once again outscored LMU in the third quarter, 18-15 this time, to enter the final frame with a 51-39 lead. Alford secured a double-double at the 1:40 mark in the third as she had tallied 10 points and 11 boards at that point in the game.
The Lions made small runs throughout the fourth quarter but the Dons continued their hot scoring and smothering defense to keep LMU at a distance on the score board. USF outscored LMU 27-21 in the final period to seal the victory.
LMU was held to just 31.0 percent shooting on the night while USF finished 45.6 percent from the field. The Dons also outrebounded the Lions 47-40. Loyola Marymount forced 19 Dons turnovers and had 11 steals in the loss
Green finished with a team-high 19 points to go along with a game-high-tying 13 boards, six steals and four assists. Alford finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Cheyanne Wallace added nine points, four rebounds and three assists.
Anna Seilund of USF led all scorers with 23 points to go along with 12 rebounds while Michaela Rakova racked up 14 points and 11 boards.
LMU returns to The Pavilion for a home matchup against San Diego on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. This game will serve as Pancreatic Awareness Day in honor of Lisa Velasco, the late mother of women’s basketball teammates Andee and Bianca Velasco.
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