Incredible Team Effort at Colorado State
Five Lions scored in double figures but a potential game-tying, buzzer-beater was deemed late as the Lions fell 70-68 to Colorado State Thursday.
Dec. 5, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - An incredible effort on the road by the LMU women's basketball team came up less than a 10th of a second short as a Deanna Johnson runner in the lane at the buzzer was determined just late and the Lions fell, 70-68, to Colorado State Thursday in Moby Arena.
The Lions (1-7) hit a season-best 49 percent from the field to go along with 35 percent from three and 75 percent from the free-throw line. Five players reached double figures, led by Hazel Ramirez with 13. Leslie Lopez-Wood came off the bench to score 12 points, Sophie Taylor had 12 and Johnson and Mackenzie Kerins each chipped in 10. Kerins also added a game-high 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the year.
An early second half run by the Rams (5-3) erased a double-digit LMU lead. But the Lions answered back, eventually tying the game, 52-52, on three free throws by Ramirez with 8:14 to play.
The teams would then trade buckets the remainder of the way. A Caitlin Duffy layup with 45 seconds remaining put the Rams on top 67-64, but Johnson responded with a jumper in the lane, trimming the spread down to one.
Ellen Nystrom answered back for CSU, but again it was Johnson, hitting another runner in the lane with just 3.5 seconds remaining. The Lions' fouled Duffy before the Rams could inbound the ball, sending the sophomore to the line for a pair of free throws. Duffy missed the first and made the second, setting up the final play for LMU.
Looking to go the length of the court and trailing by two, Johnson took the inbounds pass and went coast-to-coast, hitting a left-handed runner as the clock expired. After a lengthy review by the officials, the shot was deemed to leave Johnson's hands after the buzzer.
Colorado State opened the game with six straight points forcing LMU to call a quick timeout. Out of the break, Ramirez broke the seal for the Lions, knocking down a jumper in the lane at 17:48. A three by Ramirez moments later began a mini 9-5 run by the Lions to claim their first lead of the game, 12-11 with 13:54 to go.
LMU stayed hot from the field, as Lopez-Wood knocked down three triples in a three-minute span and Johnson hit a jumper in the lane as LMU opened up a 23-13 advantage midway through the half.
In all, a 14-3 run over a 4:52 span, capped by a Kerins 12-foot jumper, gave the Lions their largest lead of the half, 29-16, at 7:25.
Coming out of a called timeout, the Rams hit seven straight points, trimming the Lion lead to six, 29-23. But Taylor responded with a three and Ramirez hit one of two free throws to help LMU take a 33-25 lead into the break.
The Lions return to Gersten Pavilion for three straight games to close out non-conference play. The homestand begins Saturday, Dec. 7 against Northern Arizona at 2 p.m.