Lions Fall to Cincinnati
Adrianne Slaughter scores 11 as LMU drops just second game of season.
Dec. 21, 2003
Cincinnati, Ohio - Loyola Marymount women's basketball fell to Cincinnati 59-48 on its final game of the road swing. The loss ended the Lions' eight game winning streak, as LMU returns to Los Angeles 8-2.
LMU jumped to an early six point lead, keeping the Bearcats from scoring for the first two and a half minutes. But Cincinnati (7-4) rallied back, taking a 19-10 lead with ten minutes remaining in the first.
LMU's defense forced a turnover straight out of the 6:12 timeout, as Cincinnati could not inbound the ball in time. Junior Jacquelyn Woods took advantage of the UC turnover, scoring her first points at the other end. Mary Turner kept the rally going for the Lions, picking up a steal and taking it coast-to-coast for the fastbreak bucket. The 6-0 LMU run forced UC to call a timeout, as the Lions had pulled within two at 23-21.
Though the Bearcats maintained their lead, LMU scored the final two points of the half on free throws by senior Jasmin Matthews. The Lions left for the locker room trailing 33-25, but holding the advantage in steals, fast break points, and points in the paint. LMU limited UC to just eight first half points in the paint, while scoring 14 of its own.
Adrianne Slaughter opened the second half with a block, then scored her first points of the second half at the other end to bring the Lions within six. Senior Kate Murray added four points in four minutes, but the Lions still trailed by ten with 3:39 remaining in the game.
LMU forced a UC shot clock violation for the second time in the game, but fell victim to the Bearcats' three point shots, as UC hit four three-pointers in the second half. Cincinnati hung on for the 59-48 win.
Slaughter led the Lions with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Debbie Merrill had 18 for the Bearcats.
The Lions will return to Los Angeles for the holidays and host the Marina del Rey Marriott Beach Classic on December 28-29. The tournament features Northwestern, Hampton, and No. 4 Duke. LMU opens with Northwestern following the Duke-Hampton game. Tip-off for the Lions is slated for 5:00 p.m.