Nov. 25, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team got an 18-point, 17-rebound double-double from Alex Cowling, but ultimately fell, 64-50, to Youngstown State in the opening game of the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Thanksgiving Classic Friday at Gersten Pavilion.
The Penguins (3-2) had three players in double-figures, including Brandi Brown with 19, Heidi Schlegel with 17 and Kenya Middlebrooks with 14. Brown and Schlegel also both reached double-digit rebounds, totaling 14 and 10, respectively.
Cowling led the Lions (0-5) in scoring for the fifth consecutive game this season, while her 17 rebounds were a career-high and one shy of the tournament record set by North Carolina's Chanel Wright in 1997.
A slow start for both teams eventually went in favor of LMU as a pair of layups by freshman Emily Ben-Jumbo gave the Lions a 4-0 lead two minutes in. Youngstown State got on the board at the 16:40 mark courtesy a three-pointer by Monica Touvelle.
Alex Cowling responded with a jumper, but Touvelle nailed another three at 15:36 to tie the game, 6-6, and a pair of Brandi Brown free throws game the Penguins their first lead of the game - one they would not relinquish.
The Penguins' largest lead of the first half, 33-20, came at the 3:38 mark following a three pointer by Middlebrooks. Five of the Penguins' 10 field goals in the period came from beyond the arc while they also went a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
Trailing 41-26 early in the second half, LMU cut the spread to seven on two free throws by Hazel Ramriez, an Ashley Lovett layup, two Cowling free throws and a Courtney Collishaw baseline jumper. The Lions got within seven a second time, at the 12:23 mark on a Taylor Anderson layup, but would get no closer as five straight Penguin points pushed the lead back to double figures where it remained for the balance of the game.
The Lions conclude tournament play Saturday at 1 p.m., facing the loser of Friday's match-up between Northern Iowa and Wyoming. Youngstown State advances to the Championship Game, scheduled to tip-off at approximately 3:15 p.m.
- GO LIONS -