Ramirez Claims All-Time Assist Mark

Hazel Ramirez became the LMU all-time assist leader Wednesday.

Feb. 19, 2014

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LOS ANGELES - Hazel Ramirez added LMU all-time assist leader to her name with her second helper of the night, recorded her third straight double-double performance. But the Lions had no answer for San Diego's Amy Kame in the second half as the Toreros pulled away in an 87-74 final Wednesday night in Gersten Pavilion.

Ramirez, who entered the night already owning LMU's single-game and single-season assist records, needed just two to break Marlee Webb's record of 441, achieved from 1993-96. After scoring LMU's first five points of the game, Ramirez dished career assist No. 441 at the 13:54 mark on a Deanna Johnson jumper.

Just over a minute later she would hit a streaking Mackenzie Kerins in the lane for her 442nd career assist and sole ownership of the record.

Ramirez finished the night with 17 points and 10 assists for her sixth double-double of the year. Johnson led the Lions with a career-high 26 points and Emily Ben-Jumbo chipped in 11.

After shooting just 1-for-5 from the field for two points in the first half, Kame finished with a game-high 31 on 10-of-14 from the field and 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. The senior guard was joined in double figures by Sophie Ederaine (16 points), Cori Woodward (12 points) and Brooke Jelniker (10 points).

San Diego built a seven-point, 14-7 lead early, but LMU answered with an 8-0, capped by a Ramirez jumper, to take a 15-14 lead at the 11:25 mark.

The Lions' lead would be brief as the Toreros slowly pushed their advantage back to seven, 38-31, on a Cori Woodward three with just under two minutes to go in the half. Ramirez responded for LMU with a long three and Johnson's jumper with 30 seconds remaining sent the teams into the locker room with USD leading 40-36.

San Diego would score the first four points of the second half, opening back up an eight-point advantage. LMU trimmed the spread to three, 48-45, on back-to-back buckets by Taylor Anderson and Kerins with 13:37 to go.

With the Lions trailing 59-53 with 8:44 to go, Kame would score eight straight for the Toreros, opening up a 12-point advantage with 5:57 to play. She went on to score 12 of USD's final 13 points, not allowing the Lions to get closer than eight points down the stretch.

The Lions return to Gersten Pavilion for the final time this season on Saturday, hosting BYU at 2 p.m. LMU will honor its four seniors - Hazel Ramirez, Mackenzie Kerins, Melinda Gomez and Alexis Love - in a pregame ceremony.




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