Cowling Takes Over No. 2 Career-Scoring Position in Loss To Waves
Alex Cowling scored a game-high 27 points against Pepperdine, but the Lions fell 68-59 in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup battle.
Feb. 6, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Pouring in a game-high 27 points, Alex Cowling moved into second place on the LMU career scoring list, but the Lions were unable to recover from a slow start in a 68-59 loss to Pepperdine Monday at Gersten Pavilion.
The loss dropped the Lions to 7-16 overall and 3-8 in West Coast Conference play while Pepperdine improved to 12-10 overall and 7-4 in the WCC. The road victory also gave the Waves 1.5 points in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup standings, pushing their lead to 8.5-5.5.
Cowling went 9-for-20 from the field and 6-for-8 from the charity stripe to surpass both Renahy Young (1,562 points, 2007-10) and Kate Murray (1,566 points, 1999-04) and move into second place on the LMU career scoring list with 1,567. Cowling now trails just all-time leader Bryn Britton (1998-02) and her 1,662 career points.
A slow offensive start for both teams saw LMU take a 6-2 lead at the 14:11 mark following four straight points by Cowling. Cowling went on to score the Lions first eight points as Pepperdine led 10-8 with 9:11 remaining in the half.
A three by Monica DeAngelis put LMU ahead briefly, 11-10, but Pepperdine responded with a 15-0 run, opening up a 27-13 lead at the 4:08 mark. An 8-0 run including four points by Cowling and two each by Hazel Ramirez and Mackenzie Kerins cut the spread to eight, 27-19, at the half.
After connecting on just six of 23 field goal attempts in the first half, the Lions were a stellar 50 percent from the field (16-for-32) in the second half. Pepperdine got hot in the second half as well, however, going 14-for-27 (52 percent) from the field and hitting 13-of-17 from the free-throw line.
LMU was able to get within six twice early in the second half and as close as seven, 52-45, on a layup by Dani LeNoir with 6:27 remaining. But the Waves stretched their lead back to double-digits, 64-53, with 28 seconds remaining. A three by Cowling cut it to eight, but Lauren Bell sank four consecutive free throws to keep LMU from getting any closer.
Cowling's three to beat the final buzzer pusher her into the No. 2 position and came on the career-high ninth assist by Ramirez.
Ramirez added six points and four rebounds to go along with her nine assists. Kerins chipped in a career-high eight points and Ashley Lovett added seven points off the bench.
Four Waves scored in double figures, led by Bell and Jazmine Jackson with 15 points apiece. Skye Barnett added 11 and Katie Menton chipped in 10.
The Lions return to action Thursday, traveling to Santa Clara for a 7 p.m. match-up against the Broncos.