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Ramirez Eclipses LMU's Single-Season Assist Mark, Lions Fall

Mackenzie Kerins led LMU with a career-high 21 points.

Mackenzie Kerins led LMU with a career-high 21 points.

Feb. 15, 2014

Final Stats

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LOS ANGELES - Hazel Ramirez set an LMU single-season record for assists and Mackenzie Kerins led the Lions with a career-high 21 points, but it would not be enough to match Pacific's hot shooting in a 102-95 setback Saturday afternoon in Gersten Pavilion.

The Lions drop to 8-17 overall and 5-8 in West Coast Conference play while the Tigers improve to 14-10 on the season and 9-5 in the WCC.

Dressed in their pink uniforms for their annual Play4Kay game, the Lions used a 7-0 run early in the first half to turn a 9-4 deficit into an 11-9 advantage. LMU extended the lead to as many as five, 20-15 on a Kerins layup with 9:36 to play.

Ramirez would tally her six assist of the game on Kerins' bucket, good for her 148th of the season. She would go on to break Kristen Bruich's single-season record set in 1988-89 with her seventh assist - a dish to Kerins at the 5:23 mark of the half.

Pacific would snap a 26-26 tie and close out the half on a 15-9 run to take 41-36 lead into the break.

After shooting better than 48 percent in the first half, the Tigers continued to stay hot, hitting 19-of-34 shots (56 percent) in the second half. They extended their lead to as many as 19, 85-66 with just over five minutes remaining.

 

 

Undeterred, LMU cut the spread down to single digits in the final minute, but Pacific hit 11-of-14 free throw attempts in the final 60 seconds to hold on.

Joining Kerins in double figures were Deanna Johnson (17), Ramirez (16), Taylor Anderson (12) and Leslie Lopez-Wood (11), marking the fifth time this season five Lions reached the double-digit mark.

Ramirez matched her own career-high, and the LMU single-game record, with 12 assists. The senior point guard now has 440 for her career, one shy of the LMU all-time record held by Marlee Webb (1993-96).

Pacific was led by Madison Parrish who finished with 28 points, including a 15-for-17 performance from the charity stripe. Kendal Kenyon added 24 points and three other Tigers reached double-figures.

LMU finished with 22 offensive rebounds and held a 29-12 second-chance points edge, but the Tigers were efficient inside, holding a 50-36 point advantage in the paint.

The Lions' four-game home stand continues Wednesday, Feb. 19 when they host San Diego in a 7 p.m. tilt.

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