Jan. 26, 2012
SPOKANE, Wash. - Size and depth. Despite a career-high 24 points from Hazel Ramirez and a 23-points, 12-rebound double-double from Alex Cowling, the LMU women's basketball team could not match No. 20/22 Gonzaga's size and depth in a 79-61 West Coast Conference loss Thursday in the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The Zags (18-3, 7-1 WCC) poured in 44 points in the paint and got 35 points from its bench while the Lions (5-15, 1-7 WCC) recorded 12 points from close range and had just one basket from a bench player.
Cowling's double-double was her ninth of the season and helped LMU earn a 36-33 rebounding edge over the Zags who have averaged 10 more boards than their opponents in WCC action.
Trailing 15 at the half, a pair of quick free throws by Ramirez cut it to 13, but a 15-7 run by Gonzaga pushed the spread over the 20-point mark, 57-36 with 13:43 to play. A three by Cowling cut the deficit to 17 with 9:34 on the clock, but that's as close as the Lions would get until the final minutes.
LMU opened the game hitting 5-for-8 from the field and took an 11-8 lead at the 13:44 mark. But the Zags mixed things up defensively, switching to a zone and the Lions went cold, missing the mark on their next seven attempts.
Taking advantage of the Lions' turnovers and missed shots, Gonzaga started heating up, going on a 12-0 run before a Cowling three made it 20-14 with 9:31 remaining in the half.
Ramirez hit back-to-back buckets with just over two minutes remaining, cutting the Zags lead to 10, 36-26. But Gonzaga closed out the final two minutes on an 8-1 to take a 42-27 lead into the break.
Four players reached double figures for Gonzaga, including Stephanie Golden with 15, Kayla Standish with 14, Haiden Palmer with 14 and Jazmine Redmon with 11. Nine total players scored for the Zags who shot nearly 55 percent from the field for the game.
chipped in seven points and Mackenzie Kerins
added a season-high five as the Lions shot 35 percent from the field.
The Lions play game two of their current three-game road swing on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Portland. Tipoff at the Chiles Center is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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