Lions Return Home to Host San Francisco
West Coast Conference play continues Thursday, Jan. 2 as the Lions open 2014 at home versus San Francisco.
Jan. 1, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The New Year begins with the LMU women's basketball team back home at Gersten Pavilion to host a pair of West Coast Conference games against two Bay Area rivals. First up is a Thursday, Jan. 2 7 p.m. match-up against San Francisco.
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LIONS LAST LINE
Hazel Ramirez poured in a season high 24 points and Deanna Johnson added 18, but it was not enough against the unbeaten San Diego Toreros as the Lions fell 86-63 at Jenny Craig Pavilion Monday night. A ragged first half of play saw the Lions hit just 29 percent from the field, while they also recorded just one assist on their 10 field goals. Johnson led LMU in the half with 11 points while Ramirez chipped in 10. The Toreros hit their first double-digit lead at the 8:22 mark of the first half, 27-16, and would stretch that to as many as 17 as Malina Hood hit 14 points and Alysse Barlow chipped in 10. A 13-5 run to start the second half saw the Lions cut their deficit in half, trailing just eight, 50-42, following a Ramirez layup at the 16:24 mark. But a 17-0 Torero run opened up a 67-42 advantage at 8:28 before a pair of Ramirez free throws ended the LMU drought. The Lions would cut the lead down to 14, 74-60, on a Mackenzie Kerins layup, but LMU would get no closer as USD closed out the game by scoring the final seven points.
INSIDE THE LIONS
Hazel Ramirez played in her 100th career game on Thursday, Dec. 28 at BYU. The senior point guard has started all but four of games and has appeared in all but two games contested during her career. The two missed games were due to an ankle injury last season.
Ramirez has scored in double-figures in 10 of LMU's 12 games this season, leading the team in scoring seven times. She tallied her first 20-plus point game of the year with a 22-point effort at Long Beach State on Nov. 23 and surpassed the mark a second time with 24 points at San Diego on Dec. 30. That was just one shy of her career high of 25 set last season at USD.
Five different players have led the scoring column in a game, including Ramirez, Emily Ben-Jumbo, Deanna Johnson, Chelsea Barnes and Sophie Taylor. Barnes' team-high 16 points versus Oregon State on Nov. 21 also matched her career high, set at Wyoming on Dec. 29, 2012. Taylor also achieved a career-high with 16 points, all in the second half, against UC Irvine on Nov. 29. Johnson's 23-point effort on Saturday versus UNLV was one shy of her career high set on Feb. 28, 2013 vs. BYU.
Taylor Anderson and Mackenzie Kerins have each achieved double-double status. Anderson's 10-point, 10-rebound effort at Utah State was a career first for the junior. Kerins has two double-doubles on the year, including a 10-point, 11-rebound effort on Dec. 5 at Colorado State, bringing her career double-double total to eight.
With 65 assists through 13 games, Hazel Ramirez brings her career total to 351, good for fourth place in LMU's all-time record book. Next in line is Bryn Britton (1998-02) with 352.
The Lions have debuted seven different starting lineups in just 13 games played this season. Two constants have remained, however, as senior point guard Hazel Ramirez and junior forward Emily Ben-Jumbo have started all 13 games.
Freshman Olivia Lucero had her best outing of the season on Dec. 19 versus Seattle. The rookie came off the bench for just the fourth time this season to score 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting, including 3-for-3 from three.
ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO DONS
San Francisco sits at 5-7 overall and 0-1 in West Coast Conference play after dropping their league opener, 81-72, to Santa Clara on Monday. Leading the Dons' balanced attack is Rachel Howard at 12.7 ppg and Zhane Dikes at 12.5 ppg. Also averaging double figures are Taj Winston (11.5 ppg) and Taylor Proctor (11.3 ppg) as the Dons hit at a 41.5 percent clip from the field. They shoot just under 30 percent from three, hitting 50 total treys while their opponents shoot 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and have totaled 104 made three-pointers. The Dons have lost consecutive games just once this season, falling in back-to-back outings to Long Beach State and San Jose State.
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