Nov. 28, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team improved to 4-0 in the friendly confines of Gersten Pavilion this season with a 69-52 win over Colorado State Wednesday night.
Alex Cowling led all scorers with 16 points on a healthy 6-for-10 effort from the field as the Lions improved to 5-3 on the season. Melinda Gomez chipped in a career-high 12 points and Mackenzie Kerins added seven points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Colorado State (2-3) shot just 25 percent from the field for the game, including a 3-for-23 performance from beyond the arc. The Lions started slow, hitting just 34 percent in the first half, but relied on their full-court press defense for much of the game, forcing the Rams into 23 turnovers, including 17 steals.
The Lions quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead less than two minutes in before Colorado State's Alicia Nichols hit one of two free throws to make it 6-1 LMU at the 17:09 mark.
LMU would stretch their lead to 16-1 as Sophie Taylor's three at the 10:30 mark capped a 10-0 run. Nichols hit a pair of free throws with 10 minutes to play in the half and the Rams would finally score their first bucket at the 8:45 mark on a Kara Spotton layup.
The Lions stretched their lead to as many as 16 points in the first half before the Rams' Meghan Heimstra hit back-to-back jumpers to close out the period and LMU took a 28-16 advantage into the break.
Colorado State would get no closer than 13 points in the second half as LMU hit nearly 50 percent from the field (16-for-33) and cruised to the 17-point victory.
Heimstra led CSU with 12 points while LaDeyah Forte chipped in 11. Nichols pulled down a game-high 10 boards as the Rams earned a slight 48-45 rebounding edge.
Next up for the Lions is a meeting at UCLA on Sunday, Dec. 2. The 2 p.m. match-up at Pauley Pavilion will be the first against a ranked opponent this season for LMU as the Bruins entered the week ranked No. 19/21.