Ramirez Eclipses LMU's Single-Season Assist Mark, Lions Fall
Hazel Ramirez now owns the LMU single game and single season assist records after dishing another dozen assists Saturday against Pacific.
Feb. 15, 2014
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.
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.