Return to Gersten Results in Big Win
The LMU women's basketball team returned to Gersten Pavilion in style, running away with a 71-50 WCC win over Santa Clara.
Feb. 7, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team returned to Gersten Pavilion in style, running away with a 71-50 West Coast Conference win over Santa Clara Thursday night.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Lions, who improve to 9-14 overall, 3-7 in WCC play and 8-3 on their home court. Santa Clara drops to 12-11 overall and 4-6 in league action.
Alex Cowling led a quartet of Lions in double figures, finishing with a game-high 18 points to go along with eight boards. Hazel Ramirez added 16 points, Chelsea Barnes came off the bench to score 12 and Deanna Johnson chipped in 10.
The only Bronco to hit the double-digit mark was Brooke Gallaway who finished with 12 points off the bench.
The Lions' stifling defense helped them take charge of the game early and jump out to a 16-0 lead nearly seven minutes in. The Broncos had seven turnovers in that span and would not get on the board until the 13:18 mark on a Ricki Radanovich three.
In the driver's seat from there on out, LMU kept the pressure on, eventually stretching out to a 25-point advantage, 42-17, at the half.
Santa Clara narrowly outscored LMU, 33-29 in the second half, but would not even cut the spread to under 20 points until there was 1:24 remaining in the game.
LMU shot 46 percent from the field while holding the Broncos to a 31 percent clip. Normally a strong three-point shooting team, Santa Clara hit just 4-of-19 (21 percent) on the night.
The Lions also reeked havoc on defense for the entire 40 minutes, using 16 steals to help force 26 Bronco turnovers, while only committing 15 themselves.
Next up for the Lions is the middle match of their three-game homestand as the host WCC rival Gonzaga on Saturday in their annual Play4Kay pink game. The Lions will be wearing pink uniforms in their effort to support breast cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to show their support by also wearing pink to the 2 p.m. tip off against the Bulldogs.