Lions Split Season Series With Portland

Ashley Lovett scored a career-high 11 points against Portland.

Feb. 11, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - Alex Cowling scored a game-high 31 points and freshman Ashley Lovett added a career-high 11 off the bench, but the Portland Pilots hit 67 percent from the field in the second half and the LMU women's basketball team fell 80-63 Saturday at Gersten Pavilion.

The loss gives the Lions (7-18, 3-10 WCC) and Pilots (9-17, 2-10 WCC) a split on their season series for the fourth straight year after LMU had claimed a 68-60 win in Portland on Jan. 28.

Struggling to find her mark in the first half, Cowling heated up in the second, going 7-for-13 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free-throw line. It was the sixth time this season Cowling reached the 30-point mark and third in the past five games.

Both teams were cold in the opening minutes of play, but the Pilots found the answer first, scoring 10 straight points in the paint, followed by a three from Jasmine Wooton, to jump out to a 15-2 lead at the 12:06 mark.

The Lions found difficulty working the ball inside against the Pilots 2-3 zone and settled for long-range shots instead. But they hit just 3-of-15 from beyond the arc in the half and managed just six field goals total to trail Portland 33-22 at the half.

Things didn't get much better for LMU in the second half as Portland opened up a 21-point lead, 51-30, seven minutes in and pushed that to as many as 23 before settling for the final 17-point spread.

Cowling came up just one rebound shy of a double-double, adding a team-high nine boards to go along with her 31 points. Lovett's 11 points came on 4-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. She also added four rebounds. Hazel Ramirez also chipped in 11 points and four assists.

Portland had five players reach double figures, led by Natalie Day's 18 points.

The Lions return to Gersten Pavilion on Thursday, Feb. 16 to host San Diego in their final home game of the season. Seniors Courtney Collishaw, Monica DeAngelis and Candice Nichols will be honored in a pregame ceremony.





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