Lions Return Home to Host Dons
Back in the friendly confines of Gersten Pavilion where they are 6-2 this season, the LMU women's basketball team (7-10, 1-3 WCC) opens a two-game West Coast Conference homestand on Thursday, Jan. 17 against San Francisco (8-9, 1-3 WCC). Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Jan. 16, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Back in the friendly confines of Gersten Pavilion where they are 6-2 this season, the LMU women's basketball team (7-10, 1-3 WCC) opens a two-game West Coast Conference homestand on Thursday, Jan. 17 against San Francisco (8-9, 1-3 WCC). Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
LIONS' LAST LINE
Three free throws by Danielle Pruitt with 2.4 seconds remaining in regulation forced the season's third overtime game for LMU but the Lions went ice cold in the extra period, falling 88-78 to San Diego. LMU (7-10, 1-3 WCC) went 2-for-14 from the field in the five-minute overtime period while the Toreros (10-6, 2-2 WCC) hit 2-of-4 from the field and 11-of-16 from the charity stripe. Hazel Ramirez led the Lions with a career-high 25 points and Alex Cowling notched her second straight double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
WHEN LAST WE MET: LIONS VS. DONS
The Lions took two-of-three games from San Francisco last season, including the third and final meeting - a 66-60 victory in the first round of the WCCChampionship. In that match-up, Alex Cowling poured in 24 points, Hazel Ramirez had 22 and Taylor Anderson chipped in 12 as the Lions held a 10-point half-time lead and shot 44 percent from the field for the game. During the regular-season home-and-home series, The Lions and Dons won on each other's home court. USF claimed a 61-59 victory in Gersten Pavilion on Dec. 31, 2011, but the Lions paid the favor back with a 62-49 win in San Francisco. on Feb. 2, 2012.
INSIDE THE LIONS
Alex Cowling's final basket in a 22-point effort Saturday, Jan. 12 at San Diego gave the redshirt senior exactly 2,000 career points. She continues to eye the WCC scoring record of 2,165.
Cowling also pulled down 11 rebounds at San Diego, bringing her to within three of the LMU career record of 845. Four more boards will make her both LMU's career scoring and rebounding record holder.
Hazel Ramirez's game-high 25 points at San Diego are a career-record for the junior. Her previous high of 24 was set last season at Gonzaga.
The road continues to be unkind for LMU as it dropped to 0-7 in true road contests after falling to both Santa Clara and San Diego last week. The Lions' lone win away from Gersten Pavilion was against Tulsa in the Bahamas.
The Lions are riding a three-game losing streak for the first time this season, inclugin a pair of overtime deficits.
Alex Cowling's 22-point, 11-rebound effort at San Diego on Saturday was her fifth double-double of the season and 26th in her career.
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 enter the week rank No. 2 in the WCC in scoring at 68.6 ppg. They also rank first in steals per game (12.2) and turnover margin (+5.59).
Individually, Alex Cowling is fourth in the WCC in scoring (16.0 ppg) while Hazel Ramirez comes in at No. 6 (13.0 ppg). Ramirez is also second in assists (5.4 per game) and Mackenzie Kerins is sixth in rebounds (7.4 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 five +20-point games, while Ramirez has led the team four times. Freshmen Deanna Johnson and Chelsea Barnes are the only other Lions to lead the scoring column in a single game.
ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO DONS
San Francisco snapped a six-game losing streak with an 88-81 win over Portland on Saturday, earning their first WCC win of the season. The Dons are now 8-9 overall and 1-3 in league play. WCC December Player of the Month Mel Khlok leads the Dons with 16.4 ppg and a team-high 54 assists. Zhane Dikes and Taylor roctor chip in 9.7 and 9.5 ppg, respectively. The Dons shoot nearly 40 percent from the field and 33 percent from three. Khlo's 40 three-pointers (2.4 per game) leads the WCC.
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