Nov. 3, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - After shaking of the rust in the first half, the LMU women's basketball team found its pace and rhythm in the second, rolling to an 88-58 exhibition win over The Master's College Saturday in Gersten Pavilion.
Alex Cowling led all scorers with 22 points while Hazel Ramirez and Melinda Gomez chipped in 15 and 12, respectively. The Mustangs were led by Jacquelyn Marshall's 14 points.
Under first-year head coach Charity Elliott, the Lions debuted with a fast-paced offensive and in-your-face, high pressure defense.
The teams batted back and forth through the opening 20-minute period, the largest lead going to the Lions on a Chelsea Barnes jumper with 4:38 to play that put LMU ahead, 30-24. Shooting 40 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free-throw line, the Lions took a 37-33 lead into the break.
A layup by Cowling at 15:41 pushed the lead to double-digits for the first time in the game, 45-35, and the Lions would stretch that to as many as 32 points late in the game.
The Lions collected 15 steals, including three each from Ramirez and Gomez, while forcing 24 Mustang turnovers. They were also dominant on the boards, holding a 54-32 edge and allowing The Master's just five offensive rebounds. LMU's relentless defensive pressure held the Mustangs to shooting under 30 percent from the field for the game, including just 7-of-25 (26 percent) in the second half.
Eleven of the 12 Lions who saw action scored, every player had at least two rebound, and team play was evident as they handed out 22 assists in 35 made field goals. Ramirez and Taylor Anderson led the way with seven helpers apiece.
LMU heads out on the road for its official season opener, traveling to UTEP on Friday, Nov. 10, followed by a Sunday, Nov. 12 match-up at New Mexico State.