Team Effort in Home-Opener Victory
Four Lions scored in double figures and the LMU women's basketball team earned a home-opening 81-64 win over New Mexico State Saturday in Gersten Pavilion.
Nov. 16, 2013
LOS ANGELES - In a complete team effort, the LMU women's basketball team built a 17-point halftime lead on their way to an 81-64 win over visiting New Mexico State Saturday afternoon in Gersten Pavilion.
The win was the first of the season for the Lions, who dropped a pair of tough decisions on the road to open the season. It also moved LMU to 10-5 on their home court under second-year head coach Charity Elliott.
Four Lions reached double figures, led by Chelsea Barnes and Deanna Johnson who both came off the bench to score 14 points apiece. Hazel Ramirez finished with 13 points to go along with a game-high six assists and Mackenzie Kerins added a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double.
The Aggies' (1-2) Vanessa Garner led all scorers with 26 points while Abby Scott chipped in 11.
It was slow goings offensively for both teams as LMU held a 5-0 lead nearly five minutes into the game. A pair of free throws by NMSU's Garner put the Aggies on the board at 16:11, but five straight points by Johnson quickly opened up a 10-2 lead for LMU.
The Aggies would trim the lead to two, 14-12, midway through the half, but the Lions responded with a 25-10 run to close out the half and carry the 17-point lead into the break.
Five straight points by Olivia Lucero to open up the second half pushed the Lion lead to 22, 44-22, and the teams traded buckets for the remainder of the frame, putting up 42 apiece.
The Lions shot a healthy 45 percent in the first half and 41 percent for the game. The Aggies managed just eight first-half field goals on 32 attempts and finished the night hitting just 27 percent from the field.
LMU heads back out on the road for its next two games, starting at Oregon State on Thursday, Nov. 21.