Cowling, Ramirez Net 19 Apiece in Loss

Hazel Ramirez had 19 points Thursday night.

Feb. 14, 2013

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LOS ANGELES - Alex Cowling continued her march towards the all-time West Coast Conference scoring record, but despite a 19 point, 10 rebound effort from the redshirt senior, the LMU women's basketball team never led in an eventual 66-59 loss to San Diego Thursday night at Gersten Pavilion.

Cowling's double-double was her sixth of the season while her 19 points brings her career total to 2,120, just 45 points shy of the WCC career scoring record of 2,165, held by Gonzaga's Heather Bowman (2006-10). Also in double figures for LMU (9-16, 3-9 WCC) was Hazel Ramirez who also finished with 19 points to go along with five assists.

The Toreros (17-8, 9-4 WCC) were led by Maya Hood's 21-point, seven-rebound effort. Amy Kame added 15 points and seven steals while Klara Wischer chipped in 11 points.

A slow start by the Lions put them in a 19-9 hole at the 11:16 mark of the first half. Cowling knocked down back-to-back jumpers, cutting it to six, but five straight Torero points pushed the spread to 11, 24-13 with 8:40 remaining.

Ramirez then came alive, burying a three followed by a layup and two free throws to bring LMU to within four, 24-20, just one minute later. A Katelyn McDaniel layup and Maya Hood free throw snapped the 7-0 run, but Ramirez wasn't done, answering with back-to-back buckets. Mackenzie Kerins capped the 13-3 run with a lay up off a Ramirez assist, bringing the Lions to within just a point.

San Diego closed out the final five minutes of the half on a 9-2 run, however, to regain some momentum and carry a 36-28 advantage into the break.

LMU kept the game within reach all through the second half, cutting the deficit to four on two occasions early. A Chelsea Barnes rebound and put-back layup brought the Lions to within three, 54-51, with just under five to play, but that's as close as things would get down the stretch.

The Lions have a full week break before returning to action on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the second showdown of the season with PCH Cup foe Pepperdine. Tip off is 7 p.m. at the Waves' Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu.




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