Lions Match Best-Ever Start
LMU improves to 8-1 with 72-68 win over Boise State
Dec. 14, 2008
Los Angeles, CA - Freshman Alex Cowling had 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead LMU to its seventh consecutive victory, 72-68 over Boise State Sunday afternoon at Gersten Pavilion. The Lions (8-1) have equaled the program's best-ever start while recording their first victory over the Broncos (5-6) in four chances.
Coming off an eight-day layoff for finals, LMU did not put up the explosive offensive numbers of its previous two games, in which it shot 50% and topped 80 points each time, but overcame cold shooting with offensive rebounding and taking care of the ball. The Lions held a 51-41 advantage on the boards (including 20-10 on the offensive end) and committed just 12 turnovers, to 17 for the Broncos.
Boise State had no answer for Cowling, who went for 20-plus points for the second straight game. The freshman hustled off the bench to shoot 9-for-18 from the floor and 7-for-7 at the line to finish one point shy of her career-high. Her 15 rebounds were a career-best and she becomes the first LMU player to top 20 points and 15 rebounds in the same game since Ashlee Dunlap had 20 and 15 against San Diego State on January 6, 2006. Eleven of Cowling's boards came on the offensive end.
Sophomore Renahy Young overcame a slow start to post 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Senior Cassady Moore also reached double figures for the seventh time this year, ending with 11. It was the third time this season that LMU had two players go for 20-or-more points in the same game. LMU shot 34.7% (26-for-75) from the floor and 23.8% (5-for-21) from three-point range but made up for it at the line, going 15-for-20 (75.0%).
Boise State was led by Brittany Moore's 17 points. Jenna Galassi chipped in 14 and Janie Bos had six points and 11 rebounds. BSU shot 42.3% (30-for-71) overall but just 27.3% (6-for-22) from three-point range. The Broncos attempted just two free throws, sinking both.
BSU got off to a hot start, scoring the game's first five points before Cowling entered and spurred the Lions on a 9-0 run with four points. The Broncos came right back to regain the lead and built it up to as many as 12, 31-19, with four minutes left in the half. Moore was the catalyst, going 3-for-4 from three-point range in the first half for 11 points. LMU finished the half strong, closing to 36-33 but still entered the locker room trailing for the first time this season.
The second half would be an all-out back-and-forth affair, featuring six ties and nine lead changes. BSU turned a 45-all tie into a five-point lead with 5:34 left through a three-pointer from Jamie Malone and a layup by Galassi. LMU answered right back with a three-pointer from Young and Cowling took a pass from sophomore Aleyse Evans along the baseline to tie the game with a layup. A jumper from Malone put the Broncos back ahead, only for Young to snatch back the lead with another three-pointer to make it 63-62 with 3:25 left. BSU had one last push, going ahead 68-67 on Moore's layup with 55 seconds left but Young responded with a baseline drive and layup that put LMU ahead for good. The Lions got a stop on the other end and Young closed it out with three free throws.
LMU's 8-1 start matches that of the 2003-04 team for the best in program history. The Lions will have a chance to break that mark on Thursday when they travel to Fresno State at 6 p.m. LMU then travels to San Diego State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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