Cowling's Career High, DeAngelis' Game-Winner Propels Lions to Victory
Monica DeAngelis' third three-pointer of the night may have doubled as the biggest of her career. With the game tied 54-54, the senior guard's long ball as time expired hit nothing but net, giving the LMU women's basketball team a 57-54 win over New Mexico Thursday night.
Dec. 1, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Monica DeAngelis' third three-pointer of the night may have doubled as the biggest of her career. With the game tied 54-54, the senior guard's long ball as time expired hit nothing but net, giving the LMU women's basketball team a 57-54 win over New Mexico Thursday night.
The Lions (2-5) rose to the occasion of the atmosphere generated by 6,225 fans at The Pit, led by a career-high 31 points from Alex Cowling. The redshirt junior hit key basket after key basket, while also tying career-highs with four three-pointers and five steals.
New Mexico (2-5) was paced by Caroline Durbin's 24 points, including four three-pointers, while Porshe Torrance chipped in 14.
The two teams traded baskets through the first nine minutes of play before the Lobos scored six straight points to open up a 19-13 lead with 8:36 remaining. Hazel Ramirez responded with a mini five-point run of her own to bring the Lions to within one, 19-18.
Trailing 24-20 with three minutes remaining in the half, Cowling nailed her first three-point bucket of the season. A New Mexico turnover game the ball back to the Lions and Cowling took advantage again, her layup at 2:07 giving LMU the 25-24 lead.
A Torrance layup momentarily put the slim lead back in the hands of the Lobos, but Cowling responded again with another three. A Courtney Collishaw layup with 36 seconds remaining gave the Lions the 30-28 lead that they would take into the locker room.
The Lions led by as many as nine on three occasions in the second half, each time courtesy a basket by Cowling. Her fast break layup gave LMU a 49-40 lead with 10:16 on the clock, but nine straight points by the Lobos, capped by a Durbin layup, tied the game 49-49 with 5:20 remaining.
Five straight pints by Cowling pushed the LMU lead to five, 54-49, before a Durbin three made it 54-52 with 1:19 remaining.
A missed Cowling jumper with 46 seconds on the clock gave the Lobos another chance to tie or take the lead. Lauren Taylor's three-point attempt, bounced off the back of the rim, but Durbin was there to coral the rebound, giving UNM another opportunity. A second missed shot was again rebounded by the Lobos and finally, on their third attempt, Chinyere Nnaji sank a 10-foot baseline jumper to tie the game.
LMU head coach Julie Wilhoit opted not to call a time out and Hazel Ramirez raced down the court, found DeAngelis on the left wing and handed it off. DeAngelis, calm as always, let the ball fly as the horn went off. After a brief officials' review of the monitor deemed the basket good, the LMU bench erupted a second time.
"It is my instict as a coach to trust my team to execute," said Wilhoit. "There was no play to that - that was them playing together, finding the right person and Monica hitting the shot."
DeAngelis finished with nine points while Ramirez chipped in seven. Ramirez and Collishaw finished with six assists apiece. The Lions, who entered the game shooting under 20-percent from beyond the arc, went 8-for-16 (50 percent) in the game. They also shot 42 percent from the field.
LMU returns to Gersten Pavilion on Sunday, Dec. 4 to face UCLA, which opens a seven-game homestand that will run through the remainder of the month of December. Tip off against the Bruins is scheduled for 5 p.m.