Jan. 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO - Hazel Ramirez led LMU with 20 points and Alex Cowling added 17 but it was not enough to counter San Diego's "big three" as the Lions fell 80-58 Thursday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
LMU fell to 4-13 overall and 0-5 in the West Coast Conference while San Diego remained one of two unbeatens in conference play, moving to 12-3 overall and 3-0 in the WCC.
The Toreros started the game on fire, making its first seven field goals and eight free throws before finally missing its first basket at the 10:29 mark of the half.
Four points each from Cowling and Ramirez along with a layup by Emily Ben-Jumbo gave LMU a 10-7 at 16:20. The Lions' next basket would not come until 11:08 however, as a Monica DeAngelis jumper halted a 15-0 USD run, 22-12.
The spread hovered around 10-12 points before a pair of Ramirez free throws and a three pointer cut the Torero lead to nine, 32-23.
Nine consecutive points by San Diego opened the game back up and the Toreros took a 45-27 lead into break.
The second half was much more balanced between the two teams as the Toreros won the half just 35-31. But the damage was done as the Lions never got closer than 14 points in the second half.
Ramirez hit the 20-point mark for the second time this season while Cowling came just one rebound shy of her ninth double-double, finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds. Ashley Lovett had a solid game off the bench for LMU, finishing with eight points on 4-of-9 from the field.
Dominique Conners led USD with 20 points while Amy Kame had 17 and Morgan Woodrow chipped in 13. Izzy Cholcott nearly gave the Toreros a fourth double-digit scorer, finishing with nine points.
The Lions return to Gersten Pavilion next week, hosting BYU on Thursday and Santa Clara on Saturday.
- GO LIONS -