Lions Cruise in Exhibition Win
The LMU women's basketball team got off to a running start, literally, Monday night with an 82-51 win over Cal State San Bernardino in their lone exhibition game of the 2013-14 season.
Nov. 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team got off to a running start, literally, Monday night with an 82-51 win over Cal State San Bernardino in their lone exhibition game of the 2013-14 season.
Second-year Head Coach Charity Elliott has said that her team would run, play defense from end line to end line and that every player would be an offensive threat. All of that rang true as all 15 players saw the court, 12 players scored and the Lions won the rebounding, fast break and steals battles.
Melinda Gomez came off the bench to lead LMU with 12 points while starting guards Hazel Ramirez and Deanna Johnson reached double-figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Emily Ben-Jumbo and Mackenzie Kerins chipped in eight points apiece and Leslie Lopez-Wood had seven.
The Coyotes were led by Alexcia Mack's 20-point effort while Jazzmyn Davis chipped in nine.
The Lions hit 41-percent from the field in the first half as they opened up a 20-point lead with just under five minutes to play. They held Cal State San Bernardino to just six field goals, but also allowed 14 offensive rebounds.
That ship was righted in the second half as the Coyotes got just three second chance opportunities. LMU's increased defensive pressure and defensive rebounds led to more transition buckets. After dishing out eight assists on 16 field goals in the opening period, the Lions assisted 16 of their 19 second-half baskets.
The Lions open the regular-season on the road for the 11th straight year, traveling to University of New Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 9. LMU returns to Gersten Pavilion Nov. 16 to host New Mexico State.