Toreros Up Next
The Lions (7-9, 1-2 WCC) conclude their first West Coast Conference road swing on Saturday, Jan. 12, traveling to face San Diego (9-6, 1-2 WCC) in the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Jan. 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The Lions (7-9, 1-2 WCC) conclude their first West Coast Conference road swing on Saturday, Jan. 12, traveling to face San Diego (9-6, 1-2 WCC) in the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
LIONS' LAST LINE
Despite a rally that brought them to within two points with a minute to play, the Lions could not get over the hump, falling 58-54 at Santa Clara on Thursday. Alex Cowling led LMU with 14 points and 12 rebounds, but no other player reached double figures as the squad shot just 32 percent from the field and earned only eight trips to the free-throw line. LMU did continue to reek havoc on defense, scoring 20 points off of 26 Bronco turnovers. The Lions also got a healthy 20 points off the bench, including six each from Chelsea Barnes and Ashley Lovett.
WHEN LAST WE MET: LIONS VS. TOREROS
The Lions dropped both games to San Diego last season, falling 80-58 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion before coming up short in a 78-54 final at Gersten Pavilion. The back-to-back Torero victories pushed the streak to four straight for USD. LMU's last victory over San Diego came on Jan. 8, 2011. The Lions clinched a 70-53 win on the Toreros' home court that afternoon.
INSIDE THE LIONS
After going 0-6 in opposing arenas thus far, the Lions remain in the hunt for their first road victory of the season when they take on San Diego Saturday.
Alex Cowling's 14-point, 12-rebound effort at Santa Clara on Thursday was her fourth double-double of the season and 25th in her career.
Alex Cowling is quickly closing in on becoming the first LMU player to reach 2,000 career points as well as making a run at the all-time WCC scoring record. With her 14-point effort on Jan. 10 at Santa Clara, she moved 22 points away from the 2K mark and is less than 100 points shy of taking over the No. 2 spot in the WCC career- record book.
Alex Cowling became LMU's all-time scoring leader last season and is currently on pace to become the Lions all-time rebounding leader as well. Entering Saturday's game at San Diego, Cowling has 831 career boards, 14 shy of the record (845) held by Adrienne Slaughter (2000-04).
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 entered the week rank No. 2 in the WCC in scoring at 68.9 ppg. They also ranked first in steals per game (12.5) and turnover margin (+5.47).
Individually, Alex Cowling was fourth in the WCC in scoring (15.7 ppg) while Hazel Ramirez came in at No. 7 (12.5 ppg). Ramirez was also second in assists (5.7 per game) and Mackenzie Kerins was 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 10 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.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO TOREROS
San Diego comes in at 9-6 overall and 1-2 in WCC play after suffering a 57-54 overtime loss to BYU on Thursday. The Toreros opened league play on the road last week, falling 77-57 to Gonzaga and picking up a 69-63 win over Portland. Amy Kame leads USD with 17.1 ppg while also adding 5.6 rpg and a team-high 56 assists. The Toreros' next leading scorers are Maya Hood and Katelyn McDaniel with 8.8 and 8.4 ppg, respectively. USD does most of its damage from inside the arc, shooting 43 percent from the field. They are just 33-for-112 from three, taking the least attempts of all nine WCC squads.
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