Lions Roar Past Tigers in Elliott's 200th Career Win
Head Coach Charity Elliott picked up her 200th career victory in LMU's 90-84 win at Pacific Thursday.
Jan. 16, 2014
STOCKTON, Calif. - The LMU women's basketball team gave Head Coach Charity Elliott her 200th career victory in historic fashion Thursday night. Five players reached double-figures for the second time this season and the team hit 60 percent from the field for the first time since 1995 to clinch a 90-84 win at the West Coast Conference's newest member Pacific.
The win was the second straight for LMU, which moves to 5-12 overall and 2-4 in WCC action. The Tigers drop to 8-9 overall and 3-4 in league play.
For Elliott, in her 12th year as a head coach, the 200th victory came in her 353rd career game. She is now 200-153 (.567) for her career.
Hazel Ramirez led the Lions by matching her career-high of 25 points, including a perfect 13-for-13 from the free-throw line. Mackenzie Kerins and Leslie Lopez-Wood added 16 points apiece, Deanna Johnson came off the bench to chip in 14 and Emily Ben-Jumbo had 10.
Kiki Moore led Pacific with 22 points and Kendall Kenyon chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds.
LMU was on fire from the opening tip, hitting it's first eight field goals, including back-to-back three's by Lopez-Wood. The Lions simply could not miss as a jumper by Johnson at the 13:06 mark was good for their eight straight bucket and a 20-14 advantage.
The first miss would finally come at the 10:55 mark on a jump shot attempt by Kerins. But Taylor Anderson snatched the offensive rebound and converted the second chance points.
Turnovers kept Pacific in the game early as the Tigers' frantic defense forced 15 LMU turnovers, 13 of which came in the first 13 minutes.
Four straight points by Marjorie Heard brought the Tigers to within two, 31-29, with 7:13 remaining in the half. But Johnson would respond with back-to-back threes and a 10-0 run would open up a 17-point LMU lead with 1:56 to go.
Behind their blistering 79 percent shooting from the field, the Lions would carry a 55-36 lead into the half.
Pacific would open the second half going 0-for-11 from the field as the Lions built their largest lead of the night, 66-39, with 14:44 on the clock. But the Tigers were not finished, using a late push that would see LMU's lead trimmed down to six points, 78-64 with 1:07 to play.
From there it was all about free throws. Kerins sank four straight and Ramirez added a pair in the final seconds as the Lions hung on.
Kerins added a team-high 11 rebounds to her 16 points for her third double-double of the year.
LMU's exact 60 percent shooting marked the first time the program had hit 60 percent or better since shooting 61.4 percent versus Gonzaga on Feb. 3, 1995.
The Lions will look to make it three in a row on Saturday, traveling to Moraga to face Saint Mary's. Tip off from McKeon Pavilion is set for 1 p.m.