Cold Shooting, Turnovers Plague Lions
Plagued by turnovers and a cold shooting night, the LMU women's basketball team fell, 100-58, at Utah State Wednesday to wrap up a two-game season-opening road swing.
Nov. 13, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Plagued by turnovers and a cold shooting night, the LMU women's basketball team fell, 100-58, at Utah State Wednesday night to wrap up a two-game season-opening road swing.
The Lions (0-2) hit just 26 percent from the field, including a dismal 2-for-21 performance from three. Utah State shot a healthy 44 percent from the field, and benefitted greatly from LMU's turnovers, scoring 40 points off the 29 giveaways.
Emily Ben-Jumbo finished with a team-high 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the Lions. The junior forward also finished just one rebound shy of a double-double. Classmate Taylor Anderson was a spark off the bench, finishing with her first career double-double of 10 points and 10 boards. The junior missed the final 21 games of last season due to a torn ACL.
The Aggies had five players reach double figures including Makenlee Williams with 19, Jennifer Schlott with 16, Cristal Turner with 14, Jasmine Porter with 12 and Ingrida Strikas with 10.
A pair of Anderson free throws at the 12:28 mark of the first half left the Lions trailing by just five, 16-11. But the Aggies hit back-to-back threes to open up an 11-point lead, which they would eventually extend to as many as 26 in the half. Anderson closed out the first period with a jumper to make it 48-24 heading into the locker room.
The Lions never got closer than 22 points in the second period as Utah State continued to open up their lead, hitting better than 47 percent from the field in the frame.
LMU returns to to Gersten Pavilion for their home opener on Saturday, Nov. 16 against New Mexico State. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m.