Lions Come Up Just Short in Season Opener
On the road for their 11th consecutive season opener, the LMU women's basketball team led for nearly 35 minutes, but a late push by New Mexico left the Lions on the short end of a 69-65 final at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M
Nov. 9, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - On the road for their 11th consecutive season opener, the LMU women's basketball team led for nearly 35 minutes, but a late push by New Mexico left the Lions on the short end of a 69-65 final at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M.
Senior Hazel Ramirez led the Lions (0-1) with 18 points to go along with four assists and and six boards. Deanna Johnson joined Ramirez in double-figures with 14 points while Emily Ben-Jumbo chipped in seven.
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The Lobos' Antiesha Brown led all scorers with 28 points on 13-of-17 shooting from the field. Sara Halasz and Ebony Walker chipped in 13 points apiece.
A three by Johnson on the game's first possession got things going for LMU. A six-point run midway through the half opened up a 15-8 advantage and, after six first-half lead changes, the Lions carried a 35-29 lead into the break.
LMU came out hot to start the second half, opening up a 45-35 advantage on back-to-back buckets by Johnson. With just under five minutes remaining, the Lobos went on an 11-0 run, turning an LMU six-point lead into a five-point deficit, 65-60.
Johnson responded with a three, trimming the UNM lead to two with 29 seconds remaining, but the Lobos sank four straight free throws to hold off the Lions in the final seconds.
LMU returns to action Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Utah State before returning to Gersten Pavilion for their home opener on Saturday, Nov. 16 against New Mexico State. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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