LOS ANGELES -- In a Saturday matinee at the Pavilion, the Loyola Marymount women's basketball team (15-8, 7-5 WCC) defeated the Portland Pilots (5-18, 1-11 WCC), 76-55, to complete a 2-0 season sweep between the two teams.
The Lions started the game on an 11-0 run before the Pilots finally got on the board six minutes into the quarter. Makenzie Cast started off her hot shooting streak in the opening frame, knocking down 2-of-2 three point attempts to lead all scorers with six points in the period as LMU outscored Portland 21-12.
Cast continued her strong shooting from long range in quarter two, knocking down two more threes to move to 12 points at the half. Darian Slaga of the Pilots tallied 11 second-quarter points to help Portland rally and cut LMU's lead to just four with 4:51 to go in the half, but the Lions held strong and maintained an 11-point lead at the half, 42-31.
Raychel Stanley scored on four consecutive possessions to start the second half for LMU, racking up eight points in the opening few minutes of the quarter to give LMU a 50-31 point lead. Green snagged her fifth steal of the game and poured in a layup to put the Lions up by 21, 52-31, at the 6:41 mark. LMU maintained its strong play and outscored the Pilots 17-11 in the quarter to hold a 59-42 lead heading into the final quarter.
Cast and Stanley led all scorers in the win, finishing with 16 points apiece. Cast also tallied seven boards while Stanley pulled down five. Cheyanne Wallace finished with 10 points while Bree Alford added nine points and seven rebounds and Green finished with six points, nine assists, seven boards, five steals and one block.
Slaga finished with a team-high 15 points for the Pilots.
The Lions forced 24 Pilots turnovers while snagging 13 steals in the victory. The Lions scored 26 points off of Portland's turnovers.
"I thought this was a really good team win today," Lions head coach Charity Elliott said. "I thought that Raychel and Makenzie led us and played great. But this was a really good team win with everybody stepping up and doing their part. We're still trying to figure some things out but I really like the direction we took today."
Following today's game, the Lions hit the road again to take on the Saint Mary's Gaels on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
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