Lions Conclude Pacific Northwest Swing at Portland

Jan. 27, 2012

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The Lions conclude their Pacific Northwest swing through the WCC on Saturday, Jan. 28, taking on the University of Portland in the Chiles Center. Tip off against the Pilots is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Despite a career-high 24 points from Hazel Ramirez and a 23-point, 12-rebound double-double from Alex Cowling, LMU could not match No. 20/22 Gonzaga's size and depth in a 79-61 West Coast Conference loss Thursday in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Zags poured in 44 points in the paint and got 35 points from its bench while the Lions recorded 12 points from close range and had just one basket from a bench player. Cowling's double-double was her ninth of the season and helped LMU earn a 36-33 rebounding edge over the Zags who have averaged 10 more boards than their opponents in WCC action.

The Lions and Pilots have 50 all-time meetings under their belts, with Portland holding a slight 26-24 edge in the series. Since winning a WCC Tournament matchup in 2003, LMU has won 15 of 18 meetings. Each of the last three seasons, the teams' split their WCC home-and-home series. Last year, LMU claimed a 78-70 win in Gersten Pavilion while the Pilots won the rematch, 78-69, in the Chiles Center. The Lions are 8-16 all-time in Portland, including wins there during both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.

Portland is 8-14 overall and 1-7 in WCC play. The Pilots started the season hot, going 5-2 in their first seven games. But they went 2-10 in the ensuing dozen games until a 78-76 win over San Francisco snapped a five-game losing streak. Most recently the Pilots fell 72-66 at San Diego and 76-55 at BYU. Six of their eight wins have come at the Chiles Center. Senior Natalie Day ranks No. 2 among WCC players with 17.3 ppg and No. 3 with 7.9 rpg. In WCC games only, Day is averaging 18.0 ppg and a league-leading 8.4 rpg. Also averaging double figures for Portland is ReZi Teclemariam at 10.6 ppg.

Game in and game out, Alex Cowling continues her assault on nearly every category in the LMU record book and her numbers this season put her among the nation's best in a handful of categories. In games through Jan. 26, Cowling ranks No. 12 in points per game (20.9), No. 20 in double-doubles (9), No. 52 in free throw percentage (84.2) and No. 81 in rebounds per game (8.8).

A 23-point effort against Gonzaga on Jan. 26 brought Alex Cowling's career scoring total to 1,480 - good for fourth place in the LMU all-time record book. She recently surpassed current Associate Head Coach Lynn Flanagan (1988-91) who finished her career with 1,436 points. Cowling is 182 points off the all-time career record of 1,662 held by Bryn Britton (1998-02). Cowling's next hurdle is former teammate Renahy Young (2007-10) who sits in third place with 1,562 points.

Alex Cowling is also moving up the ranks in a number of additional career statistical categories. She currently ranks No. 1 in scoring average (17.2 ppg), No. 7 in total rebounds (625), No. 5 in rebounding average (7.3 rpg), No. 3 in field goals (564), No. 4 in field-goal percentage (.487), No. 6 in total free throws (284) and No. 3 in free-throw percentage (.811).

While redshirt junior Alex Cowling continues her run at the LMU career-scoring mark, she is also edging closer to her own single-season scoring mark. As a sophomore in 2009-10, Cowling poured in 526 points, claiming the LMU single-season scoring mark from Kate Murray (492 points, 2003-04). Through 20 games this season, Cowling has 418 points and sits just 108 points from her own record. With eight games remaining on the regular season schedule, plus the guarantee of at least one WCC Tournament game, Cowling needs to average just 12.0 ppg over that nine-game span to meet her mark.

LMU's Jan. 21 win over Santa Clara was No. 350 all-time for head coach Julie Wilhoit. Wilhoit is in her 17th season with the Lions and 24th season overall as a head coach. The majority (229) of those 350 victories have come at LMU where she has recorded two 20-plus win seasons, 13 double-digit win seasons and nine seasons of .500 or above.

Beginning with her final attempt on Dec. 10 versus Portland State, Alex Cowling hit 38 consecutive free throws before finally missing her first attempt on Jan. 12 at San Diego. Looking to begin a new streak, she went on to hit her next three free throws in the game.

Alex Cowling was named the WCC Women's Basketball Player of the Month for December after averaging 22.5 points and 8.8 rebounds during LMU's eight games that month. She began the month with her first of three 30-plus point efforts, pouring in 31 in a 57-54 win at New Mexico. She recorded five consecutive double-doubles that began with a 30-point, 11-rebound effort in a win over Sacramento State and ended with a 32-point, 12-rebound finish against Saint Mary's. Her 32 points against the Gaels was also a career-high. She shot 46 percent from the field and 56.6 percent from three and also closed out the month of December riding a streak of 26 consecutive made free throws.

Alex Cowling is racking up the double-double performances, tallying her ninth such performances of the season on Jan. 26 at then No. 20 Gonzaga. Earlier in the season she recorded five consecutive double-doubles and currently ranks No. 20 in the nation in the category.

Perhaps inspired by the four top career three-point shooters in LMU history (Renahy Young, Lisa Helmers, Amanda Patton and Rachael Ziemann) sitting courtside on Dec. 19, Monica DeAngelis sank an LMU record-tying seven three's on her way to a career-high 27 points against Cal Poly. She joins Patton and Ziemann atop the program's single-game three-point field goal list.

LMU's 57-54 win over New Mexico on Dec. 1 was the first ever against the Lobos on their home court, breaking a four-game losing streak at The Pit. In addition, a handful of Lions tied or broke career-records in a variety of statistical categories. None was more impressive than Alex Cowling tying her career-high of 31 points, of 12-of-21 shooting. The redshirt junior also tied her career-high with four three-pointers and set a new high in steals with five. Guards Hazel Ramirez and Courtney Collishaw both set career marks with six assists apiece while Collishaw added a career-high eight rebounds.

The West Coast Conference will feature its women's basketball coaches with weekly live-chats on Each week throughout the conference season, head to our website for an exclusive live-chat with a different WCC women's basketball head coach. Fans are encouraged to take part by submitting questions at The first chat will take place on Tuesday, January 3 at 12 p.m. PT and each live-chat thereafter will be every Monday at 12 p.m. PT. LMU Head Coach Julie Wilhoit will be featured on Monday, February 6.

Alex Cowling was named to the five-member DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Thanksgiving Classic all-tournament team, marking the fourth consecutive time she has received the honor. Cowling led the Lions by averaging 17.5 points and 14 rebounds over the two games and was instrumental down the stretch of the Consolation Game against Wyoming, leading LMU to its first win of the season. Her 17 rebounds against Youngstown State were one shy of the all-time tournament record and a personal career-high for the redshirt junior.

Cowling, a redshirt junior for the Lions, was the only non-senior named to the 10-member Preseason All-WCC team. The WCC Newcomer of the Year in 2008-09 and a first team All-WCC selection in 2009-10, the Benicia, Calif., native was leading LMU in scoring at 22.5 ppg in 2010-11 before suffering an injury just six games in. Despite that setback, she currently ranks No. 1 in LMU's record book for career scoring average (16.1 ppg) and No. 10 in career points (1,062). Back to full strength, Cowling will be the prime catalyst to the Lions' success this season.

For the second consecutive season the LMU women's basketball team has been selected fourth in the West Coast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. The Lions received 36 points in a vote by the nine WCC head coaches. Reigning WCC champion Gonzaga was selected as the favorite to win the WCC title in 2011-12, earning 64 points and eight of the nine possible first-place votes. Conference newcomer BYU was selected to finish second, earning 52 points and one first-place vote, while Pepperdine was selected to finish third (50 points). Saint Mary's (fifth, 34 points), Portland (sixth, 32 points), San Diego (seventh, 26 points), Santa Clara (eighth, 22 points) and San Francisco (ninth, 8 points) rounded out the preseason poll.

LMU is celebrating its Centennial in 2011-12 and athletics will honor the anniversary all season long. LMUat100 will feature a Centennial Game for each of the varsity programs, which included women's basketball on Dec. 4 against UCLA and Jan. 21 against Santa Clara. For more information, visit

Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, longtime cross-town adversaries Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine have come together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Challenge. The series, which is in its third year, serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Lions and Waves, and challenges each institution to rise above the other within the West Coast Conference. LMU and Pepperdine will be represented by over 12 of their intercollegiate athletic teams through both regular and post-season competitions over the course of the academic calendar. Any head-to-head competition, including matches in the post-season and tournaments throughout the year, will be counted toward the scoring and added to the scorecard as they occur. For the sports in which the two teams do not meet head-to-head, the teams will battle for points that will be awarded on the basis of overall finish at their respective post-season championships. The Wave currently lead the Lions, 5.5-3.5, in 2011-12. To learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit:

The 2012 West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships return to the bright lights of Las Vegas and Orleans Arena on February twenty-ninth through March fifth as 18 teams battle for two tickets to the NCAA Tournament. Visit today for complete championship and ticket information.

Fans can watch all LMU home games live on the internet through Lions All-Access on In conjunction with CBS Online, All-Access is the official home to video broadcasts of LMU Athletics. Lions' All-Access will bring all non-televisied home games for men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball. To subscribe to All-Access, click on the "Multimedia" tab on

Once again, in conjunction with Stretch Internet, all LMU home and road games will be broadcast live online at Just click on the "Listen Live" link on the women's basketball home page, then click on "Listen" or "Archive" next to the game of your choice. All broadcasts will be archived within 72 hours of their original airing and will include both the 15-minute pre-game show and post-game interviews.

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