Kerins Has LMU Record Rebound Night in Setback to Portland
Senior Mackenzie Kerins hauled in an LMU and Chiles Center record 25 rebounds to go along with 16 points Thursday night.
Feb. 6, 2014
PORTLAND - Senior forward Mackenzie Kerins made the most of her final appearance in her home state, setting a school record for rebounds in a game, but in the midst of a snowy day in Portland, the LMU women's basketball team was cold from the field in an 84-66 setback to the Portland Pilots Thursday night in the Chiles Center.
LMU drops to 7-15 overall and 4-7 in West Coast Conference play while Portland moves to 13-10 overall and an even 6-6 in the WCC.
The Eugene, Ore., native, hauled down 25 rebounds to go along with 16 points for her fourth double-double of the season. The 25 boards is just the second 20-plus rebound performance in school history, besting the previous single-game record of 20, set by Miki Graf against Cal Poly on Dec. 13, 1991.
The Pilots were led by Jasmine Wooton's 21 points. Kari Luttinen had 16, Cassandra Thompson had 14 and Cassandra Brown chipped in 13 points for the Pilots.
Portland came out of the gates on fire, hitting it's first six field goal attempts and shooting nearly 74 percent (14-of-19) in the first half. The Pilots began with a 7-0 run before a Lopez-Wood four-point play gave LMU its first points of the game 1:30 into play.
But the Lions would continue to struggle from the field throughout the half, hitting just 37 percent from the field. Portland would lead by as many as 15 points in the frame, including a 35-20 spread with 4:06 to go.
Back-to-back Lopez-Wood buckets trimmed the Pilot lead to 11, 35-24, with 3:29 remaining. A three by Lopez-Wood and a Brianna Kennedy layup cut the spread to just seven, 40-33, before a free throw by Wooton sent the teams into the locker room with the Pilots on top, 41-33.
The Pilots' hot shooting continued to open the second half as they would hit two of their first three field goal attempts. They would begin to cool as an 8-1 LMU run, capped by a Sophie Taylor three trimmed the lead to three, 49-46, with 12:26 to go.
The Lions would get to within one twice, the second coming on an Emily Ben-Jumbo layup with 10:13 to play. But the Pilots would right their offensive ship as a decisive 18-4 run pushed the spread back to double-digits, 71-56, where it would remain for the balance of the game.
LMU finished shooting just 32 percent from the field, 17 percent from three and 60 percent from the charity stripe. The one shining statistic was a dominating 50-35 edge on the boards, including 27 offensive rebounds.
The Lions continue their Pacific Northwest swing Saturday, traveling to face No. 15 ranked Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash. Tip off at the McCarthey Center is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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