Nov. 20, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - Alex Cowling poured in a game-high 28 points, Hazel Ramirez matched her career-high of 12 assists and Mackenzie Kerins chipped 12 points and 10 boards for her third consecutive double-double as the LMU women's basketball team powered past Cal State Fullerton, 85-73, Tuesday in Gersten Pavilion.
The win capped a three-game homestand for the Lions, who improve to 3-2 on the season. Cal State Fullerton falls to 2-2 overall.
Playing their third game in six days, the Lions looked sluggish to start and the Titans came out hot, opening the game with back-to-back threes by Tailer Miles to take a quick 6-0 lead. Cal State Fullerton led by as many as seven on four occasions early in the half before the Lions slowly began to find their groove.
Chipping away at the lead, Alex Cowling game the Lions their first lead of the game with a layup at the 8:21 mark. She led the charge with eight points on a 14-0 run as LMU turned a six-point deficit in to a eight-point lead, 32-24, with 6:32 to play. The Lions also forced five Cal State Fullerton turnovers during that stretch.
The teams briefly traded baskets before back-to-back layups by Melinda Gomez pushed the Lion lead to 11, 41-30, with 2:49 to play. Freshman Chelsea Barnes then came off the bench for the final three minutes of the half, sparking the Lions with seven straight points to help LMU take a 48-36 lead into the break.
A 12-4 LMU run to start the second half opened up the largest spread of the game, 60-40, with 14:29 to play.
A 16-7 run by Cal State Fullerton brought the Titans to within 11, 67-56, with just under eight to play, but the Lions responded with buckets by Alexis Love and Hazel Ramirez, pushing the lead back to 15, 71-56. The Titans got as close as 10 with just over four to play, but the Lions put together another 10-0 run to push the lead back to 20 before settling for the final 16-point victory.
Chante Miles led Cal State Fullerton with 19 points while Butler chipped in 13. LMU won the battle on the boards, 47-39, including 20 offensive rebounds that they turned into 29 second change points.
The Lions head back out on the road to take part in the Junkanoo Jam on the Grand Bahamas Island. LMU's tournament opening game is on Friday, Nov. 23 at 11:00 a.m. (PT) against Iowa State.