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LOS ANGELES - Riding the season's first road victory, LMU's three-game West Coast Conference road swing continues on Thursday, Jan. 16 against the league's newest member - Pacific. Tip off at the Alex G. Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif., is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 - LMU at Pacific, 7 p.m. - Alex G. Spanos Center
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TURNING THE TIDE AGAINST THE WAVES
For the second consecutive season, LMU earned its first road win of the season in Malibu against the Pepperdine Waves. This time, it came in the form of a 76-64 victory at Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 11 in the season's eighth road contest. Sophomore Sophie Taylor poured in a career-high 27 points, hitting 10-of-13 from the field and 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. Hazel Ramirez chipped in her second career double-double, finishing with 15 points and 10 assists. After a mid-game surge by the Waves, the Lions put the pressure on down the stretch. Leading 59-56 with 8:15 on the clock, LMU would roll off five straight points, opening up an eight-point advantage. A pair of Taylor free throws followed by a Taylor Anderson jumper essentially put the game out of reach at 70-59 with 1:45 to go.
GOING FOR 200
LMU's 76-64 win at Pepperdine on Saturday, Jan. 11 marked Head Coach Charity Elliott's 199th career win. In her 11-plus season's as a head coach at four different institutions, Elliott has amassed a 199-153 all-time record. That includes a stellar five-season run at NCAA Division II UC San Diego where she went 127-34 (78.9 winning percentage).
INSIDE THE LIONS
Sophie Taylor's career-high 27 points bested the sophomore's previous high by 11 points and marked the fourth 20+ point game of the season for the Lions. It also marked the first 25+ point game for a Lions since Alex Cowling scored 25 on Dec. 5, 2012 against UC Santa Barbara.
Hazel Ramirez dished out 10 assists on Saturday at Pepperdine, marking her first double-digit assist total of the season. It was the third double-digit mark of her career as she had 12 in back-to-back games last season. Ramirez added 15 points to her line in the game, earning the team's fourth double-double of the season and the second of her career.
Freshman Leslie Lopez-Wood scored a career-high 18 points on Jan. 2 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 six 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 13 of LMU's 16 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 Leslie Lopez-Wood.
With 82 assists through 16 games, Hazel Ramirez brings her career total to 368, 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 eight different starting lineups in 16 games played this season. Two constants have remained, however, as senior point guard Hazel Ramirez and junior forward Emily Ben-Jumbo have started all 16 games.
ABOUT THE PACIFIC TIGERS
Pacific enters the week at an even 8-8 overall and 3-3 in West Coast Conference play. After dropping their first two WCC games at home, the Tigers went 3-1 on a four-game road swing, including back-to-back wins last week at San Francisco and Santa Clara. Kendall Kenyon averages a double-double of 17.3 points and 11.1 rebounds for Pacific. Also in double-figures are Kiki Moore (15.1 ppg) and Madison Parrish (10.6 ppg). The Tigers shoot 41 percent from the field, 32 percent from three and just 66 percent from the free-throw line. They also average 4.3 fewer turnovers than their opponents, who have averaged 21.8 giveaways, aided by Pacific's 10.7 steals per game.