Women's Basketball Concludes Homestand Versus Toreros
The Lions (9-15, 3-8 WCC) conclude a three-game West Coast Conference homestand on Thursday, Feb. 14, hosting San Diego (16-8, 8-4 WCC). With an 8-4 record in Gersten Pavilion this season, the Lions seek to avenge an overtime road loss to the Toreros from a month ago. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Feb. 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team (9-15, 3-8 WCC) concludes a three-game West Coast Conference homestand on Thursday, Feb. 14, hosting San Diego (16-8, 8-4 WCC). With an 8-4 record in Gersten Pavilion this season, the Lions seek to avenge an overtime road loss to the Toreros from a month ago. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions outscored Gonzaga 40-31 in the second half of play last Saturday, but it was not quite enough to overcome a 23-point first-half deficit in a 70-56 loss to the Zags. Alex Cowling led the Lion charge, finishing with 16 points, including 14 in the second frame. Chelsea Barnes chipped in 11 points as LMU's only other double-digit scorer.
WHEN LAST WE MET: LIONS VS. TOREROS
Three Danielle Pruitt free throws with two seconds remaining in regulation tied the score 73-73 and forced overtime. But San Diego was dominant in the extra period, topping LMU 88-78, in the season's first meeting on Jan. 12 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Hazel Ramirez scored a career high 25 points in the game, Alex Cowling had 22 and Pruitt chipped in 11. The USD win was the fifth straight for the Toreros over the Lions, dating back to Jan. 8, 2011.
INSIDE THE LIONS
LMU's match-up against San Diego concludes a three-game homestand in which the Lions have gone 1-1 thus far.
The Lions and Toreros first match-up of the season was one of four LMU games that have gone into overtime this season. The Lions are 0-4 in those overtime meetings.
LMU's 40 second half points on Saturday, Feb. 9 versus Gonzaga matched the season high allowed by the Zags. The only other teams to score as many points in a half against the WCC leader were Ohio State and BYU.
The Lions snapped a season long four-game losing streak with their 71-50 win over Santa Clara on Feb. 7.
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 16-point effort on Feb. 9 versus Gonzaga moves her career total to 2,101, 64 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 San Diego with 882 career boards.
The Lions are ranked fourth in the WCC in scoring at 66.2 ppg. They also rank third in steals per game (11.3), second in turnover margin (+4.46) and third in offensive rebounds (15 per game).
Individually, Alex Cowling is third in the WCC in scoring (15.5 ppg) while Hazel Ramirez comes in at No. 7 (12.6 ppg). Ramirez is also second in assists (5.0 per game) and Cowling is fifth in rebounds (7.1 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 14 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 SAN DIEGO TOREROS
San Diego improved to 16-8 overall and 8-4 in WCC play with a 71-50 win over Pepperdine Monday night. The Toreros now sit in fourth place in the league standings. Katelyn McDaniel (18 pts, 10 reb) and Maya Hood (15 pts, 10 reb) both had double-doubles to lead USD against the Waves. For the season, Amy Kame leads the squad with 16.3 ppg. McDaniel chips in 10.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg. The Toreros shoot nearly 44 percent from the field, doing most of their damage inside the three-point line. From beyond the arc they hit at just a 30 percent clip, making just 49 treys on the season. The Toreros have also shown their power inside by averaging seven rebounds more than their opponents.
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