Dec. 15, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - Coming off a 10-day break from action, the LMU women's basketball team got off to a sluggish start, but got back into its groove in the second half on the way to a 73-62 win over Oregon State Saturday afternoon in Gersten Pavilion.
The win moved the Lions to 6-5 on the season and 5-1 on their home court. It also snapped a two-game losing streak. Oregon State dropped to 6-4 on the season in their first true road contest of the year.
In the game's early goings, a Mackenzie Kerins layup at 17:02 gave LMU a 4-2 advantage. LMU would not lead again until the second half however, as a 6-0 Beaver run put the visitor on top 15-8 at the 13:37 mark.
An and-one lay-up and free throw by Emily Ben Jumbo, followed by a Deanna Johnson layup cut the OSU lead down to two, 15-13, with just under 12 to play in the half, but the Beavers quickly pushed the spread back to eight.
Ali Gibson had the hot hand for Oregon State in the first half, tallying 13 points on 4-of-6 from the field, including a trio of threes, and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.
The tide started to turn as the half closed. A three by Gibson put the Beavers on top 28-22 with 5:08 to go, but the Lions held OSU without a field goal for the remainder of the half while closing things out on a 7-2 run to trail just 30-29 at the break.
A Danielle Pruitt three 1:25 into the second half gave LMU its first lead since the 17:02 mark of the first half. Alex Cowling scored four straight points and Alexis Love added a layup as LMU opened up a quick 37-32 advantage.
Oregon State was able to take a pair of one-point leads in the half, the latter with 8:07 remaining, but the Lions took charge late, opening up a double-digit lead, 64-54, with 2:52 to play and hitting 7-of-8 free throws in the final 1:23.
Hazel Ramirez led LMU with 16 points, including a 10-for-14 performance from the charity stripe. The junior point guard also dished out five assists and collected three steals. Cowling was the only other Lion to reach double-figures, finishing with 11 points. Freshman Sophie Taylor came off the bench to score a career-high nine points, all from beyond the arc.
LMU suffered a huge rebounding disadvantage, 52-33, but made up for it by forcing 30 Oregon State turnovers including 13 steals.
Gibson led the Beavers with a game-high 21 points. She was joined in double figures by Alyssa Martin who finished with 14.
The Lions head to San Luis Obispo on Thursday, Nov. 20, taking on Cal Poly in their final game before a nine-day Christmas break. Tip off at Mott Gym is 7 p.m.