Moore Makes It Six
Senior finishes one rebound, one assist shy of triple-double
Dec. 6, 2008
Los Angeles, CA - Senior Cassady Moore finished one rebound and one assist shy of the program's first ever triple-double as she led LMU to sits sixth consecutive win, 84-68 over UNLV (4-3) in a Homecoming game on Saturday afternoon at Gersten Pavilion. Moore scored the team's first nine points of the game and finished with 20 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and four steals.
Just as impressive for the Lions was freshman Alex Cowling off the bench, as she led the team with 26 points on 11-of-12 shooting. Also scoring in double figures for LMU were sophomore Renahy Young and junior Lisa Helmers with 16 and 12 points, respectively. This marks the second time this season that the Lions had two players score 20 or more points in the same game but the first in regulation after Young (31) and junior Kavita Goss (21) against Arizona on November 15.
Head Coach Julie Wilhoit said, "Our offensive depth is one of the things that has made us so good this year. We always have someone who can step up and score."
After failing to shoot 50% from the floor since February 1, 2007, LMU had now reached that level in each of the last two games, shooting 50% (31-for-62) against the Rebels. That included 50% (9-for-18) from three-point range and 81.3% (13-for-16) from the free throw line. LMU also held a 50-39 rebounding advantage.
Shamela Hampton did everything she could to try and keep UNLV in the game, matching Cowling with a game-high 26 points. Erica Helms also had double digits with 13 points, while Jamie Smith had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Moore and Cowling set the tone from the beginning of the game as they combined to score 27 of the team's 33 points in the first half. Moore took charge from the onset, scoring 11 of the team's first 13 points before the rest of her teammates found their rhythm.
From there, Cowling came off the bench and scored 16 of the team's final 20 points in the first half. She was three-for-three on three-pointers and also scored twice off assists from Moore on fastbreaks. Moore finished with five rebounds and three assists on top of her 11 points in the half.
After UNLV took its only lead of the game at 11-9, LMU outscored the Rebels 24-6 the rest of the way to take a 33-17 lead into the halftime break. The Lions played a stellar half of team defense, holding UNLV to 16% (6-for-37) shooting and outrebounding UNLV, 29-18. Cowling helped the Lions outscore the Rebels in bench points, 18-2. Another key was getting Hampton into foul trouble. She drew two early fouls and only played eight minutes in the half.
"I loved the way our team played today. It was a great performance with great execution," Wilhoit said. "One of the keys was getting Hampton into foul trouble early. That was something we talked about doing going into the game."
Despite the best efforts of Hampton, who scored 22 of her points in the second half, the Rebels were never able to get closer than 13 points. Young and Helmers both stepped up in the second half. After being held scoreless in the first half, Helmers went four-for-five from behind the arc in the second half.
It was a similar story for Young, who only had two points at halftime before scoring 14 in the second half. Strong second halves have become a trend for Young, who scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half in the team's last game against Cal Poly.
The story, though, was Moore, who inched closer to a triple-double throughout the half. Her ninth rebound came with almost ten minutes still to play in regulation but she was not able to get another the rest of the way. Likewise, her ninth assist with just a little less than four minutes to play in the game but few other chances presented themselves as the team marched to the free throw line the rest of the way.
LMU is now one win away from matching the 2003-04 team's 8-1 start as the best in program history. They will have a chance to hit that mark next Sunday, December 14 at Gersten Pavilion at 1 p.m.
- GO LIONS -
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