Feb. 9, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Alex Cowling scored a game-high 22 points and Monica DeAngelis added 13, but the LMU women's basketball team dropped just its second game of the season after leading at the half, 61-57, to Santa Clara Thursday night at the Leavey Center.
In the midst of the loss was yet another broken school record for Cowling. Her 22 points on the night brought her 2011-12 season total to 527, eclipsing her own record of 526 points from her sophomore season in 2009-10. She also inched closer to the program's career-scoring record of 1,662. With four regular-season games and a minimum of one WCC Tournament game remaining, Cowling sits 77 points from the record held by Bryn Britton (1998-02).
Trailing 17-14 with 7:29 remaining in the first half, the Lions (7-17, 3-9 WCC) broke out with a 12-0 run, including eight points by Monica DeAngelis, to go ahead 30-17. LMU outscored the Broncos 14-2 in that final stretch, taking a 32-21 lead into the break.
After shooting an even 50 percent (12-of-24) in the first half, the Lions opened the second half just 3-of-10 from the field in the first eight minutes. Santa Clara (10-14, 3-8 WCC), meanwhile, began to find its offensive rhythm, outscoring LMU 26-7 in the first 10 minutes of the period to build a 47-39 lead. Their run included 15 straight points before a lay-up by Cowling broke the streak.
The Lions clawed their way back late in the half as a three by DeAngelis and layup by Taylor Anderson cut the Broncos' lead to just one, 51-50, with 4:35 remaining. But that was as close as LMU would get down the stretch as a layup by Lindsey Leo followed by a three-pointer by Alyssa Shoji quickly opened the spread back to six, 56-50. Meagan Fulps would score the final six points for the Broncos who matched each LMU basket in the final minute of play.
LMU shot nearly 44 percent from the field on the night, but was just 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) from three and was outscored 40-25 in the second half. Cowling finished one rebound shy of a double-double, pulling down nine boards to go along with her 22 points.
Santa Clara was led by Shoji's 20 points, including five threes. Leo added 16 points and Fulps has 15.
The Lions return to Gersten Pavilion on Saturday for their second to last home game of the season, hosting Portland at 1 p.m. It will serve as LMU's Play4Kay breast cancer awareness game as LMU will don pink uniforms and items including t-shirts, pom poms, head bands and iPods will be given and raffled away.
- GO LIONS -