Women's Basketball Visits Pacific Thursday
The Lions will look for their third straight win against the Tigers.
LOS ANGELES - Following earning its second straight victory at Gersten Pavilion, the LMU women's basketball will look to continue its winning ways on the road Thursday at Pacific. Tip-off from the Spanos Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen live on TheW.tv.
Last Time Out
LMU used a high-powered attack in the second quarter, outscoring Santa Clara 17-4 en route to a 61-50 victory Saturday afternoon at Gersten Pavilion.
The Lions suffocated Santa Clara in the second quarter, holding them to four points on 1-of-11 shooting, while LMU scored nine of its 17 points in the frame off turnovers. The fourth quarter saw both teams pick up the tempo, as each squad notched their highest single-quarter shooting percentage of the game, but the Lions staved off a last-minute comeback to hold on for its third win in their last four games at Gersten Pavilion.
Leslie Lopez-Wood tallied a team-high 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting, with nine of her total coming from beyond-the-arc. Jackie Johnson fell a rebound shy of a double-double with 14 points and nine boards. Andee Velasco notched 10 points and dished out a game-high six assists, while Cheyanne Wallace added seven rebounds and seven points.
Recap: Second-Quarter Outburst Pushes Lions Over Santa Clara, 61-50
Jackie Johnson nears a double-double per game with 16.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest. Johnson has posted eight double-doubles on the season.
Carrying the Load
Jackie Johnson leads the WCC in blocks (49), blocked shots per game (2.6), and ranks second in rebounds (178) and in rebounds per game (9.4).
Jackie Johnson and Cheyanne Wallace currently rank third and 10th in the WCC with 16.2 and 12.8 points per game.
Andee Velasco ranks second in the WCC in assists (101) and in assists per game (5.3).
Leslie Lopez-Wood ranks 14th among active Division I 3-point scoring leaders with 248 career makes.
Climbing The Ladder
Leslie Lopez-Wood ranks ninth all-time with 1227 career points. The senior needs six points to surpass Adrianna Slaughter '04 to move into sole possession of seventh place all-time.
Sharing The Rock
LMU ranks third in the WCC in assists (300) and assists per game (15.8).
Light it Up
Cheyanne Wallace's 21 points at Santa Clara on Jan. 7 marked her eighth 20-plus point game of her career, whlie Jackie Johnson's 26 points against Gonzaga on Jan. 12 was her third 20-plus game of the season.
LMU is 4-4 when Leslie Lopez-Wood, Jackie Johnson and Cheyanne Wallace all score in double figures. At least one member of the trio has notched double-digit scoring in every game.
Leslie Lopez-Wood broke the all-time 3-point career record a season ago and holds 248 to her name. The senior has lead the Lions in triples in each of her three seasons, and also set the single season mark with 82 makes from beyond-the-arc a season ago.
LMU's back-to-back wins over Seattle (62-59) and UCSB (57-55) marked the first time since the 2011-12 season when the Lions earned two straight wins decided by one-possession. Previously, the Lions came away on top with two straight 57-54 decisions over Youngstown State Nov. 25 and New Mexico Dec. 1.
Locking the Lid
The Lions surrendered just three points against UC Irvine in the first quarter in a 58-39 win in its opening game of the LMU Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 25, setting a new program record for fewest points allowed in a quarter, besting its mark of allowing just eight points a season ago against the Anteaters on Nov. 28, 2015. LMU'S 39 points allowed in the game marked its lowest opponent total since a 65-39 win over Jackson State Nov. 11, 2007.
Jackie Johnson was named the WCC Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 4. The senior guided LMU to a 3-0 week, notching double-digit scoring figures in all three contests, while posting double-doubles against UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Fullerton.
Leslie Lopez-Wood matched her own single-game record of seven 3-pointers against Long Beach State Dec. 10. Lopez-Wood matched the program single-game record last season with seven triples Feb. 21, 2016 at Santa Clara, joining three former Lions who hold the tie for the top spot. Lopez-Wood's 7-for-9 performance marked the second-highest shooting percentage from beyond-the-arc behind Amanda Patton, who hit on 7-of-8 against Long Beach State Dec. 17, 2005.
Jackie Johnson's 18 rebounds at Cal State Fullerton marked the third highest single-game total and first 18-rebound performance since Camille Buckely grabbed the total against Portland Jan. 13, 2011.
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The Tigers have dropped four of their past five decisions to fall to 8-11 on the season. Juniors GeAnna Luaulu-Summer and Desire Finnie are the lone Tigers to average double figures with 13.7 and 11.9 points per game, respectively. As a team, Pacific leads the WCC in scoring offense with (72.7 ppg), free throw percentage (.785) and 3-point field goal percentage (.354).
Pacifc downed the Lions in the series debut in 1986, though the teams have split the series at three wins each since the Tigers joined the WCC. LMU is riding a two-game win streak and has taken two of the past three games in Stockton.
LMU will return to Gersten Pavilion to host BYU on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. to commence a three-game homestand.
LMU was predicted to finish sixth overall in the WCC women's basketball preseason poll, as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches.
Related Link: Women's Basketball Selected Sixth in WCC Preseason Poll
Gonzaga edged BYU for the top spot by one point, earning 76 points and five first-place votes. The Cougars received four first-place votes and Saint Mary's nabbed the final first-place vote and 66 overall points. San Diego (58) and Santa Clara (44) checked in ahead of LMU (36), who earned its highest ranking since 2013, when it was also selected to finish sixth.
Defending WCC tournament champion San Francisco was narrowed by the Lions by one point to hold the seventh spot, while it beat out Pacific by a one-point margin as the Tigers penned the eight spot. Pepperdine and Portland finished in a tie for ninth with 13 points apiece.
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