Lions Conclude Homestand Against Pilots
Fresh off a win over San Francisco on Thursday, the LMU women's basketball team (8-10, 2-3 WCC) caps its two-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 19 against WEst Coast Conference rival Portland (5-12, 0-4 WCC). Tip off in Gersten Pavilion is 2 p.m.
Jan. 18, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Fresh off a win over San Francisco on Thursday, the LMU women's basketball team (8-10, 2-3 WCC) caps its two-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 19 against WEst Coast Conference rival Portland (5-12, 0-4 WCC). Tip off in Gersten Pavilion is 2 p.m.
LIONS' LAST LINE
Back home in the friendly confines of Gersten Pavilion, LMU snapped a three-game win streak and Alex Cowling stamped her name atop yet another category in the program record book as the Lions ran away with a 65-50 win over San Francisco. The win improved LMU's home record this season to 7-2 while they also moved to 8-10 overall and 2-3 in West Coast Conference action. Coming off the bench for the first time in 81 games, it took the redshirt senior until the second half to snag her record-breaking rebound. But she did so in fine fashion, making the Lions' first board of the second period the 846th of her career, breaking the previous record of 845 held by Adrienne Slaughter (2000-04). Cowling finished the night one rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Freshman Chelsea Barnes chipped in 11 points and Emily Ben-Jumbo had eight in her third start of the year.
WHEN LAST WE MET: LIONS VS. PILOTS
The Lions and Pilots split their home-and-home series last year, each winning on the other's home court. In Portland, Alex Cowling poured in 30 points and Hazel Ramirez chipped in 11 as LMU clinched a 68-60 win. Back in Los Angeles weeks later, Cowling went for 31 points while Ramirez and Ashley Lovett had 11 each, but the Pilots had five players in double figures as they captured an 80-63 victory.
INSIDE THE LIONS
With her fourth rebound against San Francisco on Thursday, Alex Cowling became LMU's all-time rebounding leader, breaking the previous record of 845 held by Adrienne Slaughter (2000-04). Cowling enters Saturday's game against Portland with 851 career boards.
With both the LMU career scoring and rebounding records in hand, Alex Cowling continues to eye the WCC scoring record of 2,165. Her 19-point effort Thursday versus San Francisco moves her career total to 2,019, 146 shy of the league mark.
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 Lions enter the week rank No. 3 in the WCC in scoring at 68.4 ppg. They also rank first in steals per game (12.0) and turnover margin (+5.22).
Individually, Alex Cowling is third in the WCC in scoring (16.2 ppg) while Hazel Ramirez comes in at No. 8 (12.5 ppg). Ramirez is also second in assists (5.5 per game) and Cowling is third in rebounds (7.8 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 11 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 PORTLAND PILOTS
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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