Second-Half Surge in Win
Hazel Ramirez was one assist shy of a double-double, leading LMU with 18 points and nine assists in a huge 79-58 win over NAU.
Dec. 7, 2013
LOS ANGELES - A power outage 39 seconds into the game shook up the start of play, but it was the Lions' second-half play that really shook things up as they earned a 79-58 win over Northern Arizona Saturday afternoon in Gersten Pavilion.
The win snapped a five-game skid for the LMU women's basketball team as it improves to 2-7 overall. The Lumberjacks fall to 2-3 overall as the loss snapped a two-game win streak.
Hazel Ramirez led the Lions with 18 points, nine assists and four steals while Deanna Johnson added 16 points off the bench. Leslie Lopez-Wood chipped in nine points on three triples and Mackenzie Kerins pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
Plagued by turnovers in the first half, the Lions hit just 38 percent from the field. But they righted that ship in the second half, hitting nearly 52 percent (15-of-29) while also going 16-for-17 (94.1 percent) from the charity stripe.
Knotted at 29-29 to open the second half, the Lumberjacks would score the first point, but it was all LMU after that. Ramirez would score the next eight straight points for the Lions, followed by three points by Emily Ben-Jumbo as an 11-0 run opened up a 40-30 lead with 15:14 to play.
Northern Arizona briefly trimmed the spread down to single-digits on an Erikka Banks layup at the 10-minute mark, but LMU responded with back-to-back treys by Lopez-Wood and Ramirez.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair that featured nine lead changes and six ties, including a 29-29 tie score at the break.
Kerins scored on the game's first possession, 25 seconds in. On the ensuing NAU possession, with 19:11 on the clock, a campus-wide power outage forced a nearly 30 minute delay of play. Once power resumed, the teams were allowed a short warm-up period before resuming play.
Perhaps out of rhythm from the delay, the teams combined for 32 first-half turnovers. LMU took the largest lead of the half, turning a one point deficit into a four point lead on an Olivia Lucero three and Taylor Anderson jumper.
A three by Banks gave NAU a three-point lead, 27-24 with 1:49 to go. But Lopez-Wood responded with a three of her own for the game's fifth tie. Banks would hit a pair of free throws, as would LMU's Chelsea Barnes, sending the teams into the break knotted at 29 apiece.
NAU, which used just a seven player rotation, had four players in double figures. Banks led the way with 16 points while Lusian chipped in 15 for the Lumberjacks who hit nearly 41 percent from the field but were just 2-of-16 from beyond the arc.
LMU was also dominant on the boards, holding a commanding 45-27 rebounding edge.
The Lions return to action Saturday, Dec. 14, hosting UNLV at 2 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.