Lions Head to the Pacific Northwest
The LMU women's basketball team (8-12, 2-5 WCC) heads to the Pacific Northwest this week, continuing its three-game West Coast Conference road trip on Thursday, Jan. 31 at Gonzaga (16-5, 6-1 WCC). Tip off at the McCarthey Center is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Jan. 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team (8-12, 2-5 WCC) heads to the Pacific Northwest this week, continuing its three-game West Coast Conference road trip on Thursday, Jan. 31 at Gonzaga (16-5, 6-1 WCC). Tip off at the McCarthey Center is scheduled for 6 p.m.
LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions (8-12, 2-5 WCC) kept it close for much of the first half against BYU, but the Cougars eventually found their touch in a 72-53 loss for LMU on Jan. 24 at the Marriott Center. BYU remained undefeated on its home court this season while the Lions remained winless away from Gersten Pavilion. Alex Cowling had 14 points and Deanna Johnson came off the bench to add a career-high 11. BYU hit 50 percent from the field, including 10 threes, while LMU shot 33 percent. The Lions were also outrebounded 46-28.
WHEN LAST WE MET: LIONS VS. ZAGS
The Lions have dropped the last nine meetings against Gonzaga dating back through the 2008-09 season. LMU's last win against the Zags was a 75-60 decision in Gersten Pavilion on Feb. 7, 2008. Last season, Gonzaga earned an 80-54 win over LMU in Los Angeles before pulling away for a 79-61 victory in Spokane. The Zags have won 10 straight over the Lions in the McCarthey Center.
INSIDE THE LIONS
With both the LMU career scoring and rebounding records in hand, Alex Cowling continues to eye the WCC scoring record of 2,165. Her 14-point effort on Jan. 24 at BYU moves her career total to 2,045, 120 shy of the league mark.
The road continues to be unkind for LMU as it dropped to 0-8 in true road contests after falling to BYU last week. The Lions' lone win away from Gersten Pavilion was against Tulsa in the Bahamas.
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 Gonzaga with 859 career boards.
The Lions enter the week ranked fouth in the WCC in scoring at 67.2 ppg. They also rank second in steals per game (11.4) and turnover margin (+4.95) and first in offensive rebounds (16.0 per game).
Individually, Alex Cowling is third in the WCC in scoring (15.9 ppg) while Hazel Ramirez comes in at No. 8 (12.5 ppg). Ramirez is also second in assists (5.4 per game) and Cowling is fourth in rebounds (7.4 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 12 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.
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.
ABOUT THE GONZAGA BULLDOGS
Gonzaga enters Thursday's game with a 16-5 overall record and 6-1 mark in WCC play. The Zags are riding a four-game win streak, most recently picking up a pair of road wins at San Diego and Pepperdine. Their lone WCC loss was a 54-51 decision at Saint Mary's on Jan. 10. Gonzaga leads the WCC in scoring defense (54.8 ppg), scoring margin (+12.8), three-point field goal percentage (36.4) and steals (12.0 per game). Haiden Palmer averages a team-high 13 ppg while Taelor Karr chips in 10.3 ppg, including a team-high 39 three-pointers.
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