Three-Game WCC Homestand Begins With Broncos
The LMU women's basketball team (8-14, 2-7 WCC) looks to snap a four-game losing streak when it begins a three-game homestand Thursday, Feb. 7, hosting Santa Clara (12-10, 4-5 WCC). Tip off in Gersten Pavilion is 7 p.m.
Feb. 6, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team (8-14, 2-7 WCC) looks to snap a four-game losing streak when it begins a three-game homestand Thursday, Feb. 7, hosting Santa Clara (12-10, 4-5 WCC). Tip off in Gersten Pavilion is 7 p.m.
WCC ROUND TWO
One game into the second round of West Coast Conference play has the Lions sitting in a tie for eighth place along with San Francisco and just ahead of last place Pepperdine. With seven games remaining, LMU continues to look to move up in the standings. 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
The season's second meeting between LMU and Portland was no less thrilling than the first. But, unfortunately for the Lions, the final result was also similar as they fell 65-63, dropping to 0-10 on the road this season. Hazel Ramirez led LMU with 19 points and Mackenzie Kerins recorded a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds. Kerins scored four straight points to give the Lions a 63-62 advantage with 26 seconds remaining. But a Portland layup followed by an LMU turnover that the Pilots turned into two more points secured the win for Portland.
WHEN LAST WE MET: LIONS VS. BRONCOS
Santa Clara won the first battle of the 2012-13 season against LMU, clinching a 58-54 victory on its home court - Leavey Center. LMU found itself down by as many as 13 points midway through the second half and clawed back to within two, but Santa Clara's Meagan Fulps sank four free throws in the final 21 seconds to secure the Bronco win. Alex Cowling was the lone Lion in double figures, finishing with a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double. Lindsay Leo led Santa Clara with 21 points.
INSIDE THE LIONS
The Lions return to Gersten Pavilion for a three-game homestand, looking to snap a season-long four-game losing streak. LMU has run into a rough stretch, dropping seven of their last eight contests.
Mackenzie Kerins recorded her fifth double-double of the season at Portland on Feb. 2, finishing with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. The junior forward recorded just one double-double during her first two seasons of play.
The road continues to be unkind for LMU as it dropped to 0-10 in true road contests after falling to Portland on Feb. 2. 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 10-point effort on Feb. 2 at Portland moves her career total to 2,067, 98 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 Thursday's game versus Santa Clara with 867 career boards.
The Lions are ranked fourth in the WCC in scoring at 66.5 ppg. They also rank second in steals per game (11.2) and turnover margin (+4.36) and third in offensive rebounds (15.4 per game).
Individually, Alex Cowling is third in the WCC in scoring (15.4 ppg) while Hazel Ramirez comes in at No. 7 (12.9 ppg). Ramirez is also second in assists (5.1 per game) and Mackenzie Kerins is fifth in rebounds (7.3 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 seven times. Freshmen Deanna Johnson and Chelsea Barnes are the only other Lions to lead the scoring column in a single game.
ABOUT THE SANTA CLARA BRONCOS
Santa Clara enters Thursday's game riding a four-game losing streak. The Broncos are 12-10 overall and 4-5 in WCC play. They won four of their first five conference games before dropping the last four. A balanced offensive system sees four Broncos average more than 9.5 ppg including Ricki Radanovich (11.5), Meagan Fulps (10.7), Ruta Zurauskyte (9.8) and Lindsay Leo (9.7). Radanovich leads the WCC with 52 three-pointers (2.4 per game) while Leo leads the league in blocks at 2.2 per game.
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