Lions Fall to Waves in WCC Second Round
LMU closed out the 2011-12 season with a hard-fought battle agaisnt Pepperdine, but ultimately fell, 56-45, in the WCC Championship second round.
March 1, 2012
LAS VEGAS- Returning to the court less than 24 hours after claiming a hard-fought win over San Francisco in their 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Championship opener, the #9 seed Lions could not stop a late Pepperdine run, falling 56-45 to the #5 seed Waves Thursday at the Orleans Arena.
LMU concludes the 2011-12 season with an 8-22 overall record while Pepperdine improves to 14-14 and will take on #4 seed Saint Mary's in the tournament quarterfinals on Friday.
Cowling was the only Lion to score in double figures, finishing with 13 points. One day after a career performance of 12 points and nine rebounds, freshman Taylor Andersonturned in another solid game, finishing with 10 points and six rebounds.
The Lions never led in the first half, but a late 10-2 run knotted the score, 25-25 with 1:56 remaining. Trailing 23-15 at the seven-minute mark, Mackenzie Kerins and Hazel Ramirezscored back-to-back buckets, cutting the spread to four.
Pepperdine's Katie Menton scored a fast break layup to push the Waves' lead back to six, but Ramirez answered with a baseline three and Danielle Pruittconverted an old-fashion three-point play to cap the run.
A pair of free throws by T'Keyah Shealy with 49 seconds to go were the final points of the half and LMU went into the break trailing 27-25.
Six straight points from Anderson followed by a Cowling layup tied the score, 33-33 five minutes into the second half. But Pepperdine slowly began to widen the gap including a 6-0 run capped by four straight Jazmine Jackson points that put the Waves up 46-38 with 8:23 to play.
A three by Monica DeAngeliscut the spread to five, with 7:15 remaining, but that was the last basket the Lions would score until the final 30 seconds of the game.
Pepperdine's Jackson led all scorers with 20 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double. Lauren Bell chipped in 10 points for the Waves.