Play4Kay Pink Game Pits Lions Versus Tigers
LMU will wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness as it seeks a season sweep of Pacific Thursday.
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LOS ANGELES - LMU makes its final return to Gersten Pavilion for the 2015-16 season, hosting a pair of West Coast Conference games. The Lions open the home-stand Thursday, Feb. 11, hosting Pacific at 7 p.m. The game is LMU's annual Play4Kay breast cancer awareness game in which the Lions will don pink uniforms and ask all fans to wear their pink as well. The day will include a variety of giveaways, as well as a raffle and silent auction, with all proceeds going to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
INSIDE THE LIONS
The Lions snapped a seven-game skid with a 77-62 win at Portland on Feb. 6.
The win over the Pilots gave LMU its first home-and-home sweep of their WCC rival since 2007-08.
LMU's most recent WCC home-and-home sweep was against Pepperdine during the 2013-14 season.
Leslie Lopez-Wood hit six three-pointers in the win at Portland, a season high for the junior and a mark that ties for the second most in a single-game for an LMU player.
Senior Deanna Johnson scored nine points on Feb. 6 at Portland, bringing her career point total to 992. She sits just eight points shy of the 1,000-point club, which includes just 13 members in the LMU record book.
Following their 77-62 win at Portland, LMU is now 8-3 when holding teams below the 70-point marker. Conversely, they are 0-13 when teams have scored more than 70 points.
Senior Sophie Taylor leads the Lions with 12.0 ppg. Freshman Cheyanne Wallace is not far behind, averaging 11.6 ppg.
Makenzie Cast came off the bench to score 12 points on four triples Feb. 4 at Gonzaga. It marks the second time in a three-game span that the sophomore drained four three-pointers, which is also a season high.
The Lions shot better than 45 percent from the field on Jan. 28 against BYU, marking the third time this season they hit that percentage mark. The game marked the first time the Lions shot 45 percent or better and suffered a setback, falling 82-75 to the Cougars. They beat UC Irvine (Nov. 28) shooting 51.5 percent and San Diego State (Dec. 10) hitting 53.2 percent.
ABOUT THE PACIFIC TIGERS (10-13, 3-9 WCC)
Pacific enters the week at 10-13 overall and 3-9 in WCC play. The Tigers have dropped their last four straight, and six of their last seven, with the lone win coming at Portland on Jan. 21. All but one loss in that span, however, has been by single digits, including a three-point decision against San Diego on Feb. 6. A trio of Tigers are averaging double figures led by Hailie Eckles with 12.5 ppg and Desire Finnie with 11.7 ppg. Pacific leads the WCC in three-point field-goals made per game at 6.8.
This marks just the seventh all-time meeting between the Lions and Tigers as they met just once (1986) prior to becoming West Coast Conference rivals. Pacific holds a 4-2 edge in the previous six games and both LMU wins have come in Stockton. That includes a 63-60 victory in the Spanos Center on Jan. 9, 2016. In the game, the Lions rallied from a 14-point deficit to eventually lead by six, 60-54, late in the fourth quarter. Leslie Lopez-Wood would provide the final heroics, draining a buzzer-beating three for the three-point victory.
AMONG THE WCC RANKS
In West Coast Conference games played through Feb. 6, LMU ranks first in blocks per game (4.3), third in 3-pt FGs per game (6.5), fourth in steals per game (9.0), fourth in assists per game (14.0), fourth in rebounds per game (40.0) and fifth in points per game (67.6). Individually, Cheyanne Wallace ranks first the league in blocked shots (2.0 per game) while Deanna Johnson is second in free-throw percentage (85.9). Bree Alford is third in rebounding (8.5 per game) and third in field goal percentage (.490), Sophie Taylor is fifth in rebounding (8.5 per game) and Andee Velasco is fifth in assists (3.6 per game).
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