Jan. 31, 2013
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SPOKANE, Wash. - Being on the wrong side of the turnover battle has been a rarity for the LMU women's basketball team this season. But Thursday night proved to be one of those nights as the Lions surpassed the 20 turnover mark for the first time in 14 games and just the fifth time this season, falling 79-57 to Gonzaga at the McCarthey Center in Spokane.
Gonzaga (17-5, 7-1 WCC) was impressive with just two giveaways in the first half and just 14 for the game as it defended its home court for the ninth time this season.
The Lions fell to 8-13 on the season and 2-6 through the first round of West Coast Conference play.
Hazel Ramirez led Lmu with 14 points, including 10 in the first half. Alex Cowling added 12 points, Deanna Johnson matched her career-high with 11 and Mackenzie Kerins chipped in 10.
Gonzaga's Sunny Greinacher led all scorers with 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field. Jazmine Redmond chipped in 12 points while Taelor Karr added 10 to go along with six assists.
Four quick points by Ben-Jumbo gave the Lions an early 4-0 lead. They would hold a 5-4 advantage at the 17-minute mark before back-to-back jumpers by the Zags put the home team on top, 8-5. Deanna Johnson
cut the spread back to one, but Gonzaga responded with a 12-3 run, opening up their first double-digit lead, 20-10 at the 10:08 mark.
The Zags stretched their lead to 20 with 5:15 remaining before a Johnson three and two Cowling free throws trimmed it back to 15, 34-19.
After Gonzaga opened up its largest lead of the half, 40-19, with 3:21 remaining, Ramirez ran off nine straight points for LMU, trimming the spread to 12 before a Karr three sent the teams into the locker room with the Zags on top, 43-28.
A 7-0 Gonzaga run to open the second half pushed the lead back over 20 points where it would remain until four straight points by Cowling cut the spread to 19 with 4:10 remaining.
LMU finished with 23 turnovers, 17 forced by Gonzaga steals. The Lions shot 40 percent for the game, including a 46 percent effort in the second half.
Gonzaga hit at a 50-percent clip from the field and from beyond the arc, including sinking 6-of-10 from three in the first half as they pulled away.
The Lions conclude their three-game WCC road swing at Portland on Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m. and fans can listen live through the Lions Audio Network at LMULions.com.