Women's Basketball

No. 19 Bruins Power Past Lions

Both coaching staffs went shoeless Sunday to suport Samaritan's Feet.
Both coaching staffs went shoeless Sunday to suport Samaritan's Feet.

Dec. 2, 2012

Box Score

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LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team put up a fight against No. 19/21 UCLA Sunday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion, but could not overcome an 18-point first-half deficit in a 86-66 final.

Hazel Ramirez led LMU (5-4) with 17 points and five assists, but was the only Lion to reach double figures. Alex Cowling was one point shy of a double-double, finishing with nine points and a team-high 10 boards.

UCLA (4-1) had five players in double figures, including double-double performances by Markel Walker (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Alyssia Brewer (14 points 11 rebounds). The duo led the Bruins to 44 points in the paint and a 55-36 rebounding edge over the Lions.

The teams traded baskets in the early going as a Mackenzie Kerins layup at the 15-minute mark tied the game, 11-11.

The Bruins then went on their first of two big first-half runs, outscoring LMU 12-2 to open up a 23-13 lead at the 11:52 mark. Taylor Anderson's layup and free throw midway through the half made it 23-16, but the Bruins quickly pushed the spread back to 13, 31-18 with 7:29 remaining.

A Deanna Johnson jumper with six minutes on the clock cut the spread back to 11, but UCLA responded with a 9-0 run over a three-minute span, opening up their largest lead of the game, 40-20. Danielle Pruitt hit a 15-foot jumper and Hazel Ramirez knocked down five straight points, including a baseline three-pointer. But the Lions surrendered five straight Bruin points to close out the half, including a buzzer-beating three by Markel Walker as UCLA took a 45-27 lead into the break.



The Lions battled with the Bruins in the second half, losing the 20-minute period by just two points, 41-39.

Both LMU and UCLA coaching staffs coached in bare feet Sunday as part of the Bruins' partnership with Samaritan's Feet. The Bruins hosted a shoe drive prior to the game, collecting new athletic shoes and socks to children in need.

The Lions return to Gersten Pavilion, where they are a perfect 4-0, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, hosting UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m.



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