Back Home in Gersten to Host No. 22 Gonzaga
The first round of WCC play concludes this week, beginning Thursday, Jan. 23 with the Lions hosting league-leader Gonzaga.
Jan. 22, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Having won two of three on a three-game West Coast Conference road swing, the Lions return to Gersten Pavilion to begin a three-game home stand Thursday, Jan. 23 against league-leading Gonzaga. Tip off against the No. 22/25 ranked Bulldogs is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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TWO OF THREE ON THE ROAD
LMU picked up its first two WCC victories of the season in back-to-back road contests at Pepperdine and Pacific before dropping a hard-fought four-point game at Saint Mary's to close out a three-game road trip. During the three-game span, the Lions have hit a collective 51 percent from the field, 41 percent from three and 81 percent from the free-throw line. Four Lions have averaged double figures during the stretch including Hazel Ramirez (18 ppg), Sophie Taylor (16 ppg), Deanna Johnson (15.5 ppg) and Leslie Lopez-Wood (14 ppg). Ramirez has also dished 7.7 apg and gone 24-for-27 (88.9 percent) from the free-throw line while Lopez-Wood has hit 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) from deep. Johnson's numbers are also impressive as she has totaled 31 points in just 36 total minutes of action (one game missed due to injury and limited minutes due to foul trouble).
FREE THROW STREAK
Hazel Ramirez enters Thursday's game against Gonzaga having hit 23 consecutive free throws. The streak began with her last two attempts at Pepperdine on Jan. 11 and continued through the Pacific (13-for-13) and Saint Mary's (8-for-8) games last week. The LMU record for consecutive made free throws is 38, held by Alex Cowling (Dec. 10, 2011-Jan. 7, 2012, 7 games).
INSIDE THE LIONS
Hazel Ramirez matched her career high with a 25-point effort at Pacific on Jan. 16. 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 15 of LMU's 18 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 her previous high by 11 points and marked the fourth 20+ point game of the season for the Lions. The sophomore hit an incredible 10-for-13 (.769) from the field and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.
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 95 assists through 18 games, Hazel Ramirez brings her career total to 381, 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 18 games played this season. Two constants have remained, however, as senior point guard Hazel Ramirez and junior forward Emily Ben-Jumbo have started all 18 games.
ABOUT THE GONZAGA BULLDOGS
Gonzaga is ranked No. 22 in the latest USA Today/Top 25 Coaches Poll and No. 25 in the latest AP Poll. The Zags are 16-3 overall and lead the WCC standings at 6-1 following a road sweep of San Francisco and Santa Clara. The squad averages 73.7 ppg, but more impressively, holds opponents to just 53.9 ppg on 34 percent shooting, including just 24.4 percent from three. Their 12.1 steals per game have helped force opponents to average 20.4 turnovers per game. Gonzaga gives up the ball just 13.5 times per game. Haiden Palmer leads the balanced attack with 15.6 ppg while Sunny Greinacher averages 12.3 ppg.
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