First WCC Roadtrip Begins at Santa Clara
The Lions (7-8, 1-1 WCC) head out on the road on this second week of West Coast Conference play, traveling to Santa Clara (9-6, 1-1 WCC) on Thursday, Jan. 10. Tip off in Leavey Center is 7 p.m.
Jan. 9, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The Lions (7-8, 1-1 WCC) head out on the road on this second week of West Coast Conference play, traveling to Santa Clara (9-6, 1-1 WCC) on Thursday, Jan. 10. Tip off in Leavey Center is 7 p.m.
LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions played an overtime game for the first time since 2009, but were unable to secure a second straight WCC victory, falling 84-77 to visiting Saint Mary's on Jan. 5. Hazel Ramirez had a team-high 23 points, one shy of her career high, and Alex Cowling added 16, including a lay-up that sent the game into extra time, but the Gaels outscored LMU 15-8 in overtime. The dagger in OT came when Morgan Hattan, whose potential game-winning three-point attempt at the end of regulation came up short, knocked down a triple with 1:03 to play in OT, giving the Gaels a lead they would not relinguish.
WHEN LAST WE MET: LIONS VS. BRONCOS
The Lions and Broncos split their home-and-home series in 2011-12, each winning on their home court. Behind 21 points from Alex Cowling, LMU clinched a 64-54 win over SCU in Gersten Pavilion on Jan. 21, 2012, marking their first WCC win of the season. The Lions were unable to earn the season sweep however, as the Broncos outscored LMU 40-25 in the second half of their second meeting on their way to a 61-57 victory. Cowling led the Lions in that meeting as well, this time with 22 points.
INSIDE THE LIONS
The Lions remain in the hunt for their first road victory of the season when they take on Santa Clara Thursday.
LMU's 65-47 victory over Pepperdine on Jan. 3 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 68.9 ppg. They also rank first in steals per game (12.5) and turnover margin (+5.47).
Individually, Alex Cowling is fourth in the WCC in scoring (15.7 ppg) while Hazel Ramirez comes in at No. 7 (12.5 ppg). Ramirez is also second in assists (5.7 per game) and Mackenzie Kerins is tied for fourth in rebounds (7.5 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.
LMU won three straight games (Nov. 15 vs. Long Beach State, Nov. 17 vs. Utah State and Nov. 20 vs. Cal State Fullerton) for the first time since Jan. 6-13, 2011.
Mackenzie Kerins recorded three consecutive double-doubles in the Lions three-game home win streak and added her fourth of the season on Dec. 20 at Cal Poly, this after recording just one double-double during her first two seasons of play.
Hazel Ramirez earned her first career WCC Player of the Week honor on Nov. 19 after averaging 14.3 points, 8.7 assists, 4.7 steals and 2.7 rebounds in a three-game stretch.
ABOUT THE SANTA CLARA BRONCOS
Santa Clara sits at 9-6 overall and 1-1 in West Coast Conference play after earning a split on the road last week. The Broncos battled to a 59-58 victory at Portland in their WCC opener, then fell 79-50 at Gonzaga. Three players average double-figures for Santa Clara including Meagan Fulps (11.9 ppg), Ricki Radanovich (11.5 ppg) and Ruta Zurauskyte (10.0 ppg). The Broncos hit 40 percent from the field and 33 percent from three. With 36 triples (2.4 per game), Radanovich leads the WCC in shooting from beyond the arc. SCU averages just over 15 assists per game, but also commits 20.1 turnovers per game.The Lions (7-8, 1-1 WCC) head out on the road on this second week of West Coast Conference play, traveling to Santa Clara (9-6, 1-1 WCC) on Thursday, Jan. 10. Tip off in Leavey Center is 7 p.m.
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