WCC Play Continues Versus Gaels
The Lions (7-7, 1-0 WCC) will look to start West Coast Conference play with back-to-back wins for the second time in three years when they host Saint Mary's (9-4, 1-0 WCC) on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.
Jan. 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The Lions (7-7, 1-0 WCC) will look to start West Coast Conference play with back-to-back wins for the second time in three years when they host Saint Mary's (9-4, 1-0 WCC) on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.
LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions snapped an eight-game losing streak against Pepperdine with a 65-47 win over the Waves on Thursday. Alex Cowling led all scorers with 19 points to go along with 15 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Hazel Ramirez had 14 points and eight assists while Chelsea Barnes chipped in 10 points. Tied 35-35 at the half, LMU put on a defensive show in the second period, allowing Pepperdine just 12 points while closing out the game on an 11-3 run.
INSIDE THE LIONS
LMU's 65-47 victory over Pepperdine on Thursday moved the Lions to 9-19 all-time in WCC openers. It was also the first WCC opening victory over the Waves in three tries and snapped an eight-game losing streak against Pepperdine.
The Lions closed out the non-conference portion of their 2012-13 slate with a 6-7 record, including a 5-1 mark at home in Gersten Pavilion.
The Lions rank No. 2 in the WCC in scoring at 68.4 ppg. They also rank first in steals per game (12.5) and turnover margin (+5.2).
Individually, Alex Cowling is fourth in the WCC in scoring (15.7 ppg) while Hazel Ramirez comes in at No. 10 (11.8 ppg). Ramirez is also second in assists (5.7 per game) and Mackenzie Kerins is fifth in rebounds (7.6 per game).
Either Alex Cowling or Hazel Ramirez have led the Lions in scoring all but twice so far this season. Cowling holds the mark on nine occasions, including four +20-point games, while Ramirez has led the team three times. Freshmen Deanna Johnson and Chelsea Barnes are the only other Lions to lead the scoring column in a single game.
With 175 steals through 14 games (12.5 per game), the Lions have already surpassed last year's total of 167.
Alex Cowling's 19-point, 15-rebound effort against Pepperdine on Jan. 3 was her 24th career-double-double.
The Dec. 5 loss to UC Santa Barbara was the home lone loss of the season for LMU as they are now 6-1 in Gersten Pavilion.
ABOUT THE SAINT MARY'S GAELS
Saint Mary's moved to 9-4 overall and 1-0 in WCC play with a 68-48 win at San Francisco Thursday night. Danielle Mauldin led the way with 16 points and 14 rebounds while Kate Gaze and Jackie Nared chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively. For the season, Nared paces the Gaels with 18.5 ppg and 9.1 rpg. Mauldin is averaging a double-double of 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds while Gaze is also in double-figures with 10.7 ppg. Saint Mary's averages 45.6 rebounds per game, just over 10 more than their opponents. The Gaels currently lead the WCC in scoring at 68.5 ppg.
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