Jan. 12, 2013
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SAN DIEGO - Three free throws by Danielle Pruitt with 2.4 seconds remaining in regulation forced the season's third overtime game for the LMU women's basketball team, but the Lions went ice cold in the extra period, falling 88-78 to San Diego Saturday in the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
LMU (7-10, 1-3 WCC) went 2-for-14 from the field in the five-minute overtime period while the Toreros (10-6, 2-2 WCC) hit 2-of-4 from the field and 11-of-16 from the charity stripe, moving to an even .500 in West Coast Conference play.
Hazel Ramirez led the Lions with a career-high 25 points and Alex Cowling notched her second straight double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Cowling's final bucket of the afternoon gave the redshirt senior exactly 2,000 career points - the first LMU player to achieve the feat. She is also now just three rebounds from tying the school record mark of 845 held by Adrienne Slaughter (2000-04).
Katelyn McDaniel led the Toreros with 21 points and 11 boards. Also in double figures for USD were Amy Kame with 18, Felicia Wijenberg with 15 and Maya Hood with 14.
Finding quality looks out of their offensive sets, the Lions nailed their first five field goal attempts to take an early 11-6 lead. Back-to-back layups by Chelsea Barnes
and Mackenzie Kerins
stretched the lead to nine, 17-8, at the 14:39 mark.
But after opening the game 8-for-12 from the field, LMU missed the mark on their next 12 attempts. The cold spell allowed the Toreros to climb back into the game as an 8-0 run gave USD its first lead since the opening possession, 20-19, at the 10-minute mark.
San Diego stretched the run to 11 before Barnes converted a bucket in the paint, making it 23-21 Toreros. Neither squad led by more than four for the final seven minutes, trading baskets back and forth to hold a 35-35 headed into the break.
The second half featured a series of runs for both teams as the Lions opened the half outscoring USD 13-5 to go up 48-40 at the 15:48 mark and claiming their largest lead since early in the first half.
USD answered with nine straight points to take a 49-48 lead with 13:11 to play. A Ramirez layup broke up the scoring streak, but another seven straight points USD pushed the spread to six, 56-50 midway through the half.
The Toreros stretched their lead to as many as 11, 65-56, with just over five to play before the Lions began mounting their comeback. Four points by Cowling and a layup by Pruitt trimmed the deficit to five with 4:01 to play.
A pair of Ramirez free throws made it a two-point game with 1:16 remaining before McDaniel scored on a second-chance point with 20 seconds on the clock.
Cowling responded with a layup of her own with 14 seconds remaining before a Barnes' foul put McDaniel on the line for a pair of free throws. She hit just one of two, keeping it a one-possession game for LMU.
Cowling's look at a three with six seconds remaining came up short, but Pruitt grabbed the long rebound and went back up with a three of her own, drawing a foul by Kame. The sophomore guard calmly nailed all three shots and a half court heave at the buzzer by USD rimmed out sending the game into overtime.
LMU would score the first point of the extra period on a Ramirez free throw, but wouldn't score again until a Kerins layup with 39 seconds remaining and now trailing by 10.
The Lions return home to Gersten Pavilion next week for a two-game WCC homestand beginning with San Francisco on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.