Four-Game Home Stand Begins Thursday
LMU women's basketball begins its final home stretch against Saint Mary's on Thursday, Feb. 13.
Feb. 12, 2014
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LOS ANGELES - Following a rough two-game trek through the Pacific Northwest, the Lions return home for a four-game West Coast Conference homestand that begins Thursday, Feb. 13 versus Saint Mary's and culminates on Senior Day - Saturday, Feb. 22 versus BYU. Tip off versus the Gaels is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.
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The Lions have once again teamed with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Play4Kay initiative in an effort to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Lions' annual Play4Kay game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. against Pacific. In addition to donning their traditional pink uniforms for the game, the Lions have joined forces with 24 fellow NCAA Division I schools in committing to raise $2,014 each. The goal: to donate a total of $50,000 towards the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. In that effort, LMU has a donation page set up through the Play4Kay website. Additional fundraising efforts will include a raffle of LMU spirit packs (full of LMU Athletics' goodies) at both the Thursday, Feb. 13 game versus Saint Mary's and on Saturday versus Pacific. On Saturday, the Lions will also hold a silent auction in the lobby of Gersten Pavilion during their game. Items will include four courtside seats for Senior Night, an LMU basketball signed by the entire 2013-14 team, two tickets to the team's end-of-the-year banquet, a Pink jersey singed by the 2013-14 team, a ball autographed by former Duke standout and current LA Sparks player Lindsey Harding, and more!
Senior forward Mackenzie Kerins made the most of her final appearance in her home state, setting a school record for rebounds in a game on Feb. 6 at Portland. The Eugene, Ore., native, hauled down 25 rebounds, including 15 on the offensive glass, besting her previous high by 12. The 25 boards is just the second 20-plus rebound performance in school history, besting the previous single-game record of 20, set by Miki Graf against Cal Poly on Dec. 13, 1991.
Hazel Ramirez collected four assist on Saturday at Gonzaga, bringing her season total to 131. That mark is fourth in LMU's single-season record book and marks the second year in a row that the senior point guard has surpassed the century mark. She now sits 17 assists shy of the LMU single-season record (148, set by Kristen Bruich in 1988-89). She also leads the WCC with 5.7 apg.
Her 131 assists this season brings Ramirez's career total to 417, good for third place in LMU's all-time record book. Next in line is Kristen Bruich (1988-91) with 429. The all-time LMU record is 441, set by Marlee Webb in 1993-96.
FRESHMAN ON FIRE
Leslie Lopez-Wood hit four three's in five straight games and has tallied at least one three in the last 10 games. The rookie, who has a single-game high of six - one shy of the LMU record - now has 53 three's on the year, good for the all-time LMU freshman record. She enters Thursday's game versus Saint Mary's ranked sixth in the LMU single-season record book. Next on the list, in fifth, is Lisa Helmers (2008-09) who hit 54 threes in a single-season. The all-time LMU record is 67, set in back-to-back seasons by Amanda Patton (2005-06 and 2006-07).
SPREAD THE WEALTH
Five players scored in double-figures versus Pepperdine on Feb. 1, marking the fourth time this season that a quintet of players have achieved the feat in a game. Prior to this season, the last time LMU had five players reach double figures in a game was Jan. 21, 2010 versus Portland.
The Lions have also had four players in double-figures five times this season, including Jan. 23 versus Gonzaga.
Seven different players have led the scoring column in a game, including Ramirez (9), Deanna Johnson (7), Leslie Lopez-Wood (2), Taylor Anderson (1), Sophie Taylor (2), Emily Ben-Jumbo (1) and Chelsea Barnes (1).
ABOUT THE SAINT MARY'S GAELS
Saint Mary's suffered its first setback at home last week, fallling 88-71, to Pacific on Saturday. It was the second loss to the Tigers this season and the Gaels moved to 18-5 overall and 8-4 in WCC play. For the season, the Gaels feature four players who average double figures, led by Jackie Nared's 21.8 ppg. Danielle Mauldin averages a double-double of 17.9 points nad 13.5 rebounds per game, Lauren Nicholson adds 13.1 ppg and Kate Gaze rounds out the quartet with 12.3 ppg. The Gaels' balanced attack also features three players who have hit 30+ three-pointers. Saint Mary's scores at an average of +7.3 points over their opponents while also out-rebounding the opposition by 8.3 boards per game.
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