Three-Game Road Swing Begins at BYU
The LMU women's basketball team (8-11, 2-4 WCC) begins a three-game West Coast COnference road swing on Thursday, Jan. 24 at BYU (12-5, 3-1 WCC) in Provo, Utah.
Jan. 23, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team (8-11, 2-4 WCC) begins a three-game West Coast COnference road swing on Thursday, Jan. 24 at BYU (12-5, 3-1 WCC) in Provo, Utah. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv (DirectTV Channel 374 and Dish Channel 9403) and webstreamed at BYUtv.org. Tip off is 6 p.m. (PT) at the Marriott Center.
LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions (8-11, 2-4 WCC) fell for just the third time in 10 home games this season, dropping a 63-59 decision to visiting Portland on Jan. 19. The loss left LMU with a split in WCC action last week. Hazel Ramirez led the Lions with 17 points while Alex Cowling chipped in 12 and Mackenzie Kerins had a game-high 10 boards. A 14-0 run to close out the first half put the Lions on top 28-27 at the break, setting up a back-and-forth battle all throughout the second half. Tied 59-59 with 11 seconds remaining, Portland scored on a fastbreak layup and, following an LMU turnover, hit two free throws to seal the victory.
WHEN LAST WE MET: LIONS VS. COUGARS
BYU swept the first-ever WCC season series between the two teams, claiming an 80-47 win in Provo and a 72-48 win in Gersten Pavilion. LMU has never beaten the Cougars in four all-time meetings.
INSIDE THE LIONS
With her fourth rebound against San Francisco on Jan. 17, Alex Cowling became LMU's all-time rebounding leader, breaking the previous record of 845 held by Adrienne Slaughter (2000-04). Cowling enters Thursday's game at BYU with 856 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 12-point effort on Jan. 19 versus Portland moves her career total to 2,031, 134 shy of the league mark.
The Lions enter the week rank No. 2 in the WCC in scoring at 67.9 ppg. They also rank second in steals per game (11.6) and turnover margin (+4.84).
Individually, Alex Cowling is third in the WCC in scoring (15.9 ppg) while Hazel Ramirez comes in at No. 8 (12.7 ppg). Ramirez is also second in assists (5.4 per game) and Cowling is third in rebounds (7.6 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 five times. Freshmen Deanna Johnson and Chelsea Barnes are the only other Lions to lead the scoring column in a single game.
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.
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.
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.
ABOUT THE BYU COUGARS
BYU is 12-5 overall and 3-1 in WCC play after suffering a 74-59 loss at Gonzaga on Jan. 17. The loss snapped a season-long nine-game winning streak for the Cougars who are also a perfect 8-0 at the Marriott Center this season. Three players average double figures including Lexi Eaton (15.6 ppg), Jennifer Hamson (11.8 ppg) and Kim Beeston (10.1 ppg). The Cougars lead the WCC in field goal percentage defense (.364) and assists (17.1 per game). Individually Haley Steed dishes out a WCC best 7.7 apg. BYU shoots a healthy 42.4 percent from the field and averages a +3.8 rebounding advantage.
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