Hazel Ramirez had 11 points and six assists for LMU while Chelsea Barnes chipped in 10 points.
Nov. 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES - For the second consecutive game the LMU women's basketball team found itself trailing by one possession with the ball in its hands for a final attempt. But for the second consecutive game the potential game-winning or game-tying shot would not fall as the Lions fell 49-47 to Montana in the consolation game of the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Thanksgiving Classic Saturday afternoon.
Both teams struggled from the field, and particularly from beyond the arc as they went a combined 2-for-38 from three. LMU did find its stroke from the charity stripe, however. After hitting just over 50 percent on Friday against UC Irvine, the Lions went 13-for-15 from the free-throw line Saturday.
After Montana opened up an 11-6 lead midway through the first half, LMU chipped away and would carry a 23-19 advantage into the break. They opened the second half on a 6-2 run opening up a seven-point lead, 29-22, just two minutes in. But Montana responded with an 8-0 to take its first lead since the 8:15 mark of the first half, 30-29, with 14:39 to play.
What would ensue down the stretch was five ties and eight lead changes. With four minutes remaining, a pair of free throws by Hazel Ramirez gave LMU a 43-41 lead.
But the Grizzlies would respond with an 8-0 run, capped by a Maggie Rickman layup, to put Montana up 49-43 with 1:40 left to play. Olivia Lucero would hit four free throws in the final 1:17, but two Lion shot attempts in the final seconds rimmed out.
Ramirez finished with 11 points and six assists for LMU while Chelsea Barnes chipped in 10. Carly Selvig led Montana with 12 points. Sophie Taylor was named to the All-Tournament Team for LMU. North Dakota State, which topped UC Irvine, 64-61, in the championship game, had Brooke Lemar named Tournament MVP while Miki Stephenson also earned All-Tournament honors. UC Irvine's Camille Buckley and Jennifer Tsurumoto, along with Montana's Torry Hill rounded out the squad.
The Lions return to action on Thursday, Dec. 5, heading back out on the road to face Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. local, 6 p.m. Pacific.