Jan. 17, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - Back home in the friendly confines of Gersten Pavilion, the LMU women's basketball team snapped a three-game win streak and Alex Cowling stamped her name atop yet another category in the program record book as the Lions ran away with a 65-50 win over San Francisco Thursday night.
The win improved LMU's home record this season to 7-2 while they also moved to 8-10 overall and 2-3 in West Coast Conference action. The Dons dropped to 8-10 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Coming off the bench for the first time in 81 games, it took the redshirt senior until the second half to snag her record-breaking rebound. But she did so in fine fashion, making the Lions' first board of the second period the 846th of her career, breaking the previous record of 845 held by Adrienne Slaughter (2000-04).
Cowling finished the night one rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Freshman Chelsea Barnes chipped in 11 points and Emily Ben-Jumbo had eight in her third start of the year.
The Dons were led by Zhane Dikes, who scored San Francisco's first 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting while the rest of the team went 0-for-10 until Taj Winson scored a layup with 9:14 to play in the half. Dikes finished with 20 points while leading scorer Mel Khlok was held to just 11 points.
Both squads got off to an ugly start with missed shots and turnovers. Leading 14-13 at the 9:14 mark, LMU finally broke things open with three consecutive triples, including two by Cowling and one by Ramirez, to open up a 10-point lead.
The Dons would cut it to five, 26-21, on a pair of Bailey Barbour free throws at the 4:22 mark, but a buzzer-beating three by Cowling send the Lions into the locker room with a nine-point, 33-24 advantage.
After scoring 13 points in the first half, Cowling continued her hot shoot streak in the second half scoring a jumper on the first possession. Taylor Proctor responded with a layup for the Dons,but that was the last time USF would be within single digits.
Already leading 44-31 with 12:19 remaining, the Lions scored five straight on a Danielle Pruitt three and Barnes layup, pushing the spread to 18.
LMU increased its lead to as many as 24 on two occasions - both following Cowling buckets - before settling in for the 15-point victory.
The Lions shot 41 percent for the game, including 45 percent in the second period, while holding San Francisco to 30 percent from the field and just 1-of-20 (five percent) from beyond the arc.
Looking to make it two in a row, the Lions continue their two-game WCC homestand on Saturday, hosting Portland at 2 p.m.