Turnovers Costly in Non-Conference Finale
Hazel Ramirez had 15 points and nine assists to lead three Lions in double-figure scoring.
Dec. 19, 2013
LOS ANGELES - In a game of runs and turnovers, it would be the Lions who faltered late, dropping a 72-70 decision to visiting Seattle to close out non-conference play Thursday at Gersten Pavilion.
LMU is now 3-8 overall as the setback snapped a two-game win streak. The Redhawks moved to 5-6 on the year.
The Lions used an 11-0 run midway through the second half to turn a five-point deficit into a six-point lead, 68-62, with 5:35 to play. But Seattle was able to chip away down the stretch, taking a one-point lead, 69-68, on a pair of Ashley Ward free throws with just under three minutes on the clock.
The Lions would turn the ball over again on the following possession, forcing them to foul. Alexis Montgomery made the first and missed the second, but was able to secure her own offensive rebound as time expired.
Ramirez finished with a team high 15 points and nine assists, marking the second time this season the senior point guard has come one assists shy of a double-double. Kerins had 12 points and nine rebounds while Olivia Lucero came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points. Another big spark off the bench was Alexis Love who finished with seven points and nine boards, both season highs.
The Lions led for most of the first half, capping a 7-2 run midway through with a Ramirez three to hold a seven-point, 23-16 advantage with 7:56 to play.
The Redhawks would respond with a 9-0 run, taking their first lead of the game, 25-23 on an Ashley Ward layup. Back-to-back buckets by Love, followed by another Ramirez three would push the spread back to seven, 35-28, with 1:40 to go. But Seattle would score the final five points of the half as LMU clung to a 35-33 lead at the half.
Montgomery had 14 points to lead Seattle while Ward and Taelor Ross chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.
LMU finished with 25 turnovers while the Redhawks had 23 of their own, but also collected 20 steals to the Lions 10.
Following the Christmas break, the Lions begin West Coast Conference play on Saturday, Dec. 28, traveling to face BYU at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah. Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m. Pacific.