WCC Homestand Concludes Saturday
LMU women's basketball hosts WCC rival Santa Clara on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m.
Jan. 3, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Still in the hunt for their first West Coast Conference victory, the LMU women's basketball team concludes its two-game WCC homestand Saturday, Jan. 4, hosting Santa Clara in a 2 p.m. tip off at Gersten Pavilion.
LIONS LAST LINE
Freshman Leslie Lopez-Wood poured in a career-high 18 points on six three-pointers to lead four Lions in double-figures, but the Lions came up short in their seventh game decided by less than five points, falling 80-76 to San Francisco Thursday. Lopez-Wood's six threes were a career high while also tying for second in program history. The school record for threes in a single game is seven. The freshman was joined in double figures by Deanna Johnson and Hazel Ramirez, who netted 17 points apiece. Taylor Anderson chipped in a season high 11 points off the bench - one off her career high. USF's Jamie Katuna scored the first bucket of the game, but a three by Sophie Taylor put the lead into the Lions hands. Six straight points by Johnson opened up a 14-6 lead for LMU at the 15:20 mark. The Lions would later lead by as many as 11 points on three occasions, including a 23-12 advantage with 12:44 to go. The Dons would chip away late in the half, however, and score the final eight points of the period to carry a 38-36 lead into the break. San Francisco kept the momentum to open the second half, using a 6-0 run midway through to open up its first double-digit lead, 59-48, with 11:04 to play. A three by Lopez-Wood and a Emily Ben-Jumbo layup trimmed the Lion deficit to five, 64-59, with 6:02 to go. Down the stretch it would become a free throw game and USF made them when it mattered, holding off LMU by hitting 14-for-16 in the final five minutes, including 9-of-10 in the final 47 seconds.
INSIDE THE LIONS
Freshman Leslie Lopez-Wood poured in a career-high 18 points on Thursday versus San Francisco, becoming the sixth different Lion to lead the scoring column this season. The sharp shooter scored all 18 points from beyond the arc, nailing 6-of-11 from three. Her sixth treys is one off the school record (7), held by three different players and last achieved by Monica DeAngelis in 2011.
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 12 of LMU's 14 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.
Six different players have led the scoring column in a game, including Ramirez, Emily Ben-Jumbo, Deanna Johnson, Chelsea Barnes, Sophie Taylor and, most recently, Leslie Lopez-Wood. 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 71 assists through 14 games, Hazel Ramirez brings her career total to 357, good for third place in LMU's all-time record book. Next in line is Kristen Bruich (1988-91) with 429.
The Lions have debuted seven different starting lineups in 14 games played this season. Two constants have remained, however, as senior point guard Hazel Ramirez and junior forward Emily Ben-Jumbo have started all 14 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 SANTA CLARA BRONCOS
Santa Clara enters Saturday's game at LMU with a 5-8 overall mark and 1-1 record in WCC play. The Broncos earned an 81-72 win over travel partner San Francisco in both teams league opener, then fell 100-93 in double-overtime at Pepperdine Thursday night. Jo Paine and Ruta Zurauskyte had 28 points apiece in the loss while Nicki Gilday chipped in 16. Gilday leads Santa Clara overall with 14.6 ppg while Paine and Zurauskyte add 11.4 and 11.22 ppg, respectively. For the season, the Broncos outrebound their opponents by an average of 4.7 boards per game, but also average 20.5 turnovers per game, six more than their opponents.
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