Lions Host Zags in Play 4Kay Game
Fresh off a convincing win over Santa Clara on Thursday, the LMU women's basketball team (9-14, 3-7 WCC) hosts Gonzaga (19-5, 9-1 WCC) Saturday in the middle match-up of a three-game homestand. The Lions and Zags tip off in the annual Play 4Kay pink game at 2 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.
Feb. 8, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Fresh off a convincing win over Santa Clara on Thursday, the LMU women's basketball team (9-14, 3-7 WCC) hosts Gonzaga (19-5, 9-1 WCC) Saturday in the middle match-up of a three-game homestand. The Lions and Zags tip off in the annual Play 4Kay pink game at 2 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.
Saturday's West Coast Conference match-up against Gonzaga is the Lions' annual Play 4Kay game. LMU will don pink uniforms and join programs across the nation in raising breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2 million to support women's cancer research. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the official charity of the initiative.
LIONS' LAST LINE
Returning to Gersten Pavilion after a three-game road swing, the Lions ran away with a 71-50 win against Santa Clara. LMU jumped out to a 16-0 lead, thanks in large part to some pesky defense that forced seven Bronco turnovers in the opening seven minutes. Alex Cowling led all scorers with 18 points, Hazel Ramirez had 16, Chelsea Barnes had 12 and Deanna Johnson chipped in 10. LMU shot 46 percent from the field while holding the Broncos to a 31 percent clip. Normally a strong three-point shooting team, Santa Clara hit just 4-of-19 (21 percent) on the night. The Lions also reeked havoc on defense for the entire 40 minutes, using 16 steals to help force 26 Bronco turnovers, while only committing 15 themselves.
WHEN LAST WE MET: LIONS VS. ZAGS
Gonzaga won the season's first meeting, clinching a 79-57 victory at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. Hazel Ramirez (14 pts) led four Lions in double-figure scoring, but Gonzaga's defense forced 23 LMU turnovers which the Zags turned into 33 points. The Lions have dropped 10 straight to the Zags, but do hold a 15-11 all-time advantage in Gersten Pavilion.
INSIDE THE LIONS
The Lions snapped a four-game losing streak with their 71-50 win over Santa Clara on Thursday.
The Lions and Zags face off in the second of a three-game homestand for LMU. 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.
With both the LMU career scoring and rebounding records in hand, Alex Cowling continues to eye the WCC scoring record of 2,165. Her 18-point effort on Thursday vs. Santa Clara moves her career total to 2,085, 80 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 versus Gonzaga with 875 career boards.
The Lions are ranked fourth in the WCC in scoring at 66.7 ppg. They also rank second in steals per game (11.4) and turnover margin (+4.7) and third in offensive rebounds (15.1 per game).
Individually, Alex Cowling is third in the WCC in scoring (15.5 ppg) while Hazel Ramirez comes in at No. 6 (13.0 ppg). Ramirez is also second in assists (5.0 per game) and Mackenzie Kerins 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 13 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 GONZAGA BULLDOGS
Gonzaga sits alone atop the WCC standings with a 9-1 league mark and 19-5 overall record. The Zags are riding a seven-game winning streak following an 84-46 win at San Francisco on Thursday. In their last four outings, they have averaged 81 ppg while allowing opponents just 50 ppg. Haiden Palmer paces Gonzaga with 12.8 ppg while WCC January Player of the Month Taelor Karr adds 10.5 ppg. The Zags shoot 42 percent from the field and 38 percent from three while averaging a +4.5 rebounding edge and +5.8 turnover margin. They also lead the WCC in steals at 12.2 per contest.
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