Feb. 2, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO - Alex Cowling and Hazel Ramirez combined for 49 points and LMU turned in one of its best defense efforts of the season as the Lions earned a key 62-49 West Coast Conference win over San Francisco Thursday at War Memorial Gymnasium.
The Lions improve to 7-15 overall and 3-7 in the WCC with their third win in the last four outings. San Francisco drops to 4-19 overall and 2-8 in league action.
Paced by Cowling's 30 points and 19 by Ramirez, the Lions shot 50 percent from the field while holding the Dons to 36 percent from the field and just 1-for-12 from three. The 49 points allowed was a season-best for the Lions.
LMU held a 10-point halftime lead, and a 12-4 run to open the second half pushed that to 19 points, 40-21 with 10:10 to play. Cowling was the catalyst of that run, scoring 11 of the 12 points.
The Lions stretched their lead to as many as 21 points with 5:03 to play before the Dons scored the final six points of the game, cutting the final spread to 13.
Cowling reached the 30-point mark for the second consecutive game after also pouring in a game-high 30 points at Portland on Jan. 28. She has now achieved the feat five times this season.
Thirteen points apiece by Ramirez and Cowling led LMU to a 28-18 halftime advantage over the Dons. San Francisco led just once in the half, 4-2 at the 17:13 mark. A Cowling layup and old-fashion three-point play by Ramirez put the Lions on top with a lead they would not relinquish in the 20-minute stanza.
A layup and free throw by USF's Whitney Daniels cut LMU's lead to three, 20-17, with 3:39 remaining in the half. But five points by Ramirez and four by Cowling sparked a 9-2 run to close out the half, sending LMU into the half holding a 10-point lead.
Bailey Barbour and Jamie Katuna scored 10 points each for the Dons. Leading scorer Rheina Ale was held to just seven points on 1-of-6 from the field and 5-of-8 from the free throw line.
For LMU, Ashley Lovett
and Monica DeAngelis
came off the bench to chip in five points each in the second half.
The Lions return home Monday, Feb. 6 for the first of two match-ups against cross-town rival Pepperdine. The game, part of the Wells Fargo PCH Cup, tips off at 7:00 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.
- GO LIONS -