LMU Seeks Third Straight
The Lions are 2-for-2 on their current road swing and look to make it three in a row Saturday at Saint Mary's.
Jan. 17, 2014
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LOS ANGELES - Riding a two-game road win streak for the first time in nearly two years, the LMU women's basketball team concludes its three-game West Coast Conference road swing on Saturday, Jan. 18 at Saint Mary's. Tip off at McKeon Pavilion is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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TWO IN A ROW
Five players reached double-figures for the second time this season and the team hit 60 percent from the field for the first time since 1995 to clinch a 90-84 win at the West Coast Conference's newest member Pacific on Thursday. The win was the second straight for LMU, both coming on the road where they had begun the season 0-8. Hazel Ramirez led the Lions by matching her career-high of 25 points, including a perfect 13-for-13 from the free-throw line. Mackenzie Kerins and Leslie Lopez-Wood added 16 points apiece, Deanna Johnson came off the bench to chip in 14 and Emily Ben-Jumbo had 10. LMU was on fire from the opening tip, hitting it's first eight field goals, including back-to-back three's by Lopez-Wood. The Lions simply could not miss as their blistering 79 percent shooting from the field led to a 55-36 lead at the half. Pacific would open the second half going 0-for-11 from the field as the Lions built their largest lead of the night, 66-39, with 14:44 on the clock. But the Tigers were not finished, using a late push that would see LMU's lead trimmed down to six points, 78-64 with 1:07 to play. From there it was all about free throws. Kerins sank four straight and Ramirez added a pair in the final seconds as the Lions hung on.
200 CAREER WINS
LMU's 90-84 victory at Pacific on Thursday marked Head Coach Charity Elliott's 200th career win. In her 11-plus season's as a head coach at four different institutions, Elliott has amassed a 200-153 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
Hazel Ramirez matched her career high with a 25-point effort at Pacific on Thursday. She also scored 25 points on Jan. 12, 2013 at San Diego. Ramirez now has two 20-plus point games this season, while scoring in double-figures in 14 of LMU's 17 games. She has led the team in scoring eight times.
Five players scored in double-figures at Pacific on Thursday, marking the second time this season that a quintet of players have achieved the feat in a game.
Ramirez went a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line at Pacific, marking the program's all-time best free-throw percentage for a game. The senior point guard held the previous record of 12-for-12, set on Jan. 5, 2013 vs. Saint Mary's. Her baker's dozen made free throws also ties the fourth most made in a game for an LMU player.
LMU shot 60% from the field (30-for-50) on Thursday at Pacific, marking the fourth best shooting percentage in program history. It also marked the first time an LMU team had shot 60% or better since Feb. 3, 1995 versus Gonzaga (61.4%, 35-for-57).
Sophie Taylor's career-high 27 points on Jan. 11 at Pepperdine 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 Jan. 11 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. 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 89 assists through 17 games, Hazel Ramirez brings her career total to 375, 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 17 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 SAINT MARY'S GAELS
Saint Mary's improved to a perfect 9-0 on its home court with a 71-48 win over Pepperdine on Thursday night. Jackie Nared led the Gaels with 27 points while Kate Gaze had 13 and Danielle Mauldin chipped in 11 to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds. SMC is now 15-3 overall and 5-2 in WCC play. Nared leads the Gaels and the WCC at 21.7 ppg. Mauldin is averaging a commanding double-double at 17.4 ppg and 13.8 rpg. She is also a frequent visitor to the free-throw line, shooting nearly 81 percent (116-for-144). The Gaels' high-scoring attack averages 80.1 ppg and hits at a 44.6 percent clip. They also shoot 40percent from three and hold a +9.7 rpg advantage.
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