Another Team Effort Win
Four Lions scored in double figures and 22 of the 26 field goals made were credited with assists in a 71-67 win over UNLV.
Dec. 14, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Coming off of a seven-day break from action and fall semester finals week, the LMU women's basketball team shook off some rust to hold on for a 71-67 victory over UNLV Saturday in Gersten Pavilion.
The win moved the Lions to 3-7 overall and gave them their first win streak of the season. The Rebels fell for the fifth straight game, dropping to 2-7 overall.
Deanna Johnson led all scorers with 23 points, one shy of her career high, as four Lions reached double-figures. Hazel Ramirez had 14 points and eight assist while Sophie Taylor and Leslie Lopez-Wood came off the bench to add 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Alana Cesarz led UNLV with 20 points while Danielle Miller had 15 and Amanda Anderson chipped in 13.
Holding a slim three-point lead at the half, the Lions would open up a 54-44 advantage on back-to-back buckets by Ramirez with eight minutes to play. Johnson's three with 3:24 remaining pushed the spread to a second-half high of 11, 63-52.
The Lions continued to hold off Rebel runs down the stretch and, despite seeing a late 10-point lead dwindle to four, key buckets, free throws and defensive stops allowed them to maintain the advantage.
LMU finished with 23 offensive boards for 19 second-chance points. They also forced 17 Rebel giveaways for 22 points off turnovers while committing a season-low nine turnovers themselves.
Leading by as many as 12 points in the first half, a 7-0 Lion run made it 20-8 at the 12:22 mark. Leading 22-10 with 11 minutes to play, UNLV hit back-to-back threes, trimming the spread to six.
Four points by Johnson and a Taylor three gave the Lions a 29-18 advantage, but it was the Rebels who would close out the final five minutes of the half with a 10-2 and LMU would take a 31-28 lead into the break.
LMU concludes its three-game home stand and the non conference portion of the 2013-14 schedule on Thursday, Dec. 19, hosting Seattle for a 7 p.m. tip in Gersten Pavilion.
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