WCC Round Two Begins at Portland
Round two of West Coast Conference action begins Saturday as the Lions (8-13, 2-6 WCC) take on Portland (8-13, 3-5 WCC) at the Chiles Center in Portland. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Feb. 1, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Round two of West Coast Conference action begins Saturday as the Lions (8-13, 2-6 WCC) take on Portland (8-13, 3-5 WCC) at the Chiles Center in Portland. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
WCC ROUND TWO
The second round of West Coast Conference action begins Saturday for the Lions as they tip off against Portland at 2 p.m. in the Chiles Center. LMU went 2-6 in the first round of play, placing them in a current tie for seventh in the nine team league. Regular-season placing will be key for seeding in the 2013 Zappos.com WCC Championship held Mar. 6-11 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
LIONS' LAST LINE
Plagued by an uncharacteristic 23 turnovers, the Lions (8-13, 2-6 WCC) fell 79-57 to Gonzaga Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Hazel Ramirez had a team-high 14 points, Alex Cowling had 12, Deanna Johnson had 11 and Mackenzie Kerins chipped in 10 as the Lions had four double-figures scorers for the first time this season. It would not be enough, however, as the WCC-leading Zags shot 50 percent from the field and beyond the arc in their 17th win of the season.
WHEN LAST WE MET: LIONS VS. PILOTS
Portland claimed victory in the first meeting of the season between the Lions and Pilots, holding on for a 63-59 win in Los Angeles. Kari Luttinen (12 pts) led a trio of Pilots in double figures and Portland staved off a late LMU charge. Hazel Ramirez had a game-high 17 points for the Lions while Alex Cowling chipped in 12. Portland leads the all-time series by a slim margin of 28-25, including a 16-9 advantage on its home court. Despite that, LMU has won the last two meetings in the Chiles Center.
INSIDE THE LIONS
The road continues to be unkind for LMU as it dropped to 0-9 in true road contests after falling to Gonzaga on Thursday. The Lions' lone win away from Gersten Pavilion was against Tulsa in the Bahamas.
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 Thursday at Gonzaga moves her career total to 2,057, 108 shy of the league mark.
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 Saturday's game at Portland with 863 career boards.
The Lions are ranked fourth in the WCC in scoring at 66.7 ppg. They also rank second in steals per game (11.2) and turnover margin (+4.29) and first in offensive rebounds (15.7 per game).
Individually, Alex Cowling is third in the WCC in scoring (15.7 ppg) while Hazel Ramirez comes in at No. 7 (12.9 ppg). Ramirez is also second in assists (5.3 per game) and Cowling is fifth in rebounds (7.2 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 six 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.
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 PORTLAND PILOTS
Despite just an 8-15 overall record, the Pilots have won two straight and three of their last four. A 57-51 win over Pepperdine on Thursday improved their WCC mark to 3-5. Kari Luttinen leads the Pilots with 12.5 ppg while Annika Holopainen chips in 9.5 per contest. Cassandra Thompson pulls down a team-best 6.7 boards per game. The Pilots average 12.8 helpers per game and a hefty 19.5 turnovers per game. They are 4-5 in the Chiles Center this season.
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