Lions Complete Sweep of Waves
Five Lions scored in double figures for the fourth time this season in a 90-74 win over Pepperdine.
Feb. 1, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team continued to fire on all cylinders Saturday afternoon in Gersten Pavilion, running away with a 90-74 win over Wells Fargo PCH Cup rival Pepperdine.
The win completed the home-and-home season sweep of the Waves for the second straight season as LMU's streak against Pepperdine is now four. It also gave the Lions their fourth win in the last six games as they move to 7-14 overall and 4-6 in West Coast Conference play. The Waves drop to 5-16 overall and 1-9 in the WCC.
Leslie Lopez-Wood led all scorers with 18 points, including four threes, to match her season high. Mackenzie Kerins and Hazel Ramirez chipped in 16 points each while Ramirez added 11 assists for her third double-double of the season.
The Waves were led by Allie Green's 14 points. Also in double figures for the Waves were Keitra Wallace and Kelsey Brockway with 13 apiece, Ea Shoustari with 12 and Grace Leah Baughn with 11.
The Lions hit their first four field goal attempts and used a 17-4 run to turn a three point deficit into a 10-point lead, 21-11, with 13:45 remaining in the first half.
Pepperdine would briefly trim the spread to single digits, but the Lions used a 19-7 run to open up their largest lead of the day, 44-24, at 3:04. An 8-1 Waves run to close out the half sent the Lions into the break leading 45-32.
Tessa Emerson would hit the first shot of the second half for Pepperdine, trimming the Lion lead to 11, but LMU would push it back to a 20-point advantage, 65-45 with 11:05 to play and would lead by as many as 28 before settling in for the 16-point win.
Emily Ben-Jumbo pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds as the Lions held a 37-27 advantage on the boards. LMU also held a 40-24 point advantage in the paint while hitting 55 percent from the field and 79 percent from the charity stripe.
LMU hits the road next week, continuing WCC play on Thursday, Feb. 6 at Portland. Tip off from the Chiles Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.