SAN DIEGO -- After a strong second-half surge, the Loyola Marymount women's basketball team (14-7, 6-4 WCC) defeated the San Diego Toreros (12-9, 5-5 WCC) 67-53 at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 27. Senior Makenzie Cast scored 13 of her game-high 15 points in the second half to secure the victory for the Lions. Cast shot 5-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point range in the win.
"This was probably the greatest example of a team win that I can remember," Elliott said. "Everybody stepping in, bringing energy, bringing a needed bucket, getting a stop, deflection, steal, Cierra (Belvin) getting four steals. Makenzie (Cast) really has been battling a sickness and tonight she just gutted through. I can't say enough about the heart and the effort of this team tonight. This was a huge, huge win on the road. And anytime you play on the road in this conference you have to steal it. I'm really proud."
"Winning 250 games is all about the teams and the players I've coached and the coaches I've coached with," Elliott expressed. "I'm so happy that it was this group tonight that got me to the 250. Thank you to all of my former players and coaches. It's all about the players."
The Lions took a 15-14 edge after the first quarter after shooting 50.0 percent (7-of-14) from the field in the opening frame. Balanced scoring from Andee Velasco (5 points), Gabby Green (4 points) and Jasmine Jones (4 points) helped LMU take an early lead.
NK Ilang came off the LMU bench to provide a major spark for the Lions in the second quarter, scoring six points in just three minutes of play. She went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line including two clutch free throws to close out the first half and give LMU a 29-28 lead after two quarters.
Ilang, Green and Jones led the Lions in scoring in the first half, scoring six points apiece at the midway point.
LMU came out hot in the third quarter as Makenzie Cast and Chelsey Gipson each posted five points in the frame to help the Lions outscore the Toreros 21-14 in the period to take an eight-point lead (50-42) heading into the fourth. Gipson gave LMU its largest lead of the game (12 points -- 48-36) after netting two free throws and hitting a triple at the 1:51 mark.
Cast continued her strong play and hot shooting in the final quarter, pouring in another nine points to help secure the second consecutive 15-point win for the Lions.
Velasco and Raychel Stanley also scored in double figures on the game with 10 points apiece. Green completely stuffed the stat sheet once again, finishing with eight points, a game-high nine assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block.
Everyone contributed in this win, as the Lions bench outscored the Toreros' 32-13. LMU also capitalized on USD's turnovers, scoring 19 points off of the Toreros' 20 turnovers.
LMU has now won three straight games. The Lions travel to Provo, Utah for another road contest against the BYU Cougars on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. PT before returning home to face the Portland Pilots on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.
W. Basketball - 5/8/2018
Bandimere, Elmes Earn Top Honors At 2018 Iggy Awards
W. Basketball - 5/5/2018
LMU Celebrates Commencement 2018
W. Basketball - 4/17/2018
Golf Classic Continues to be a Highlight for LMU Athletics
W. Basketball - 4/16/2018
Cierra Belvin Selected To Lingdao Fellows Program
W. Basketball - 3/26/2018
A Season Of Success; Recapping 2017-18
W. Basketball - 3/19/2018
April Phillips Named To WBCA's Prestigious Thirty Under...