Play4Kay Game Saturday Versus Tigers
LMU women's basketball hosts Pacific Saturday at Gersten Pavilion in their annual Play4Kay pink game.
Feb. 14, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Looking to keep the momentum of Thursday's overtime win over Saint Mary's rolling, the Lions' final four-game home stand continues Saturday, Feb. 15 when they host WCC opponent Pacific in a 2 p.m. tilt at 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 Saturday 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) and 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!
BACK ON TRACK
Hazel Ramirez drained a game-tying three with five seconds remaining in regulation and the Lions sank four-of-six free throws in overtime to earn a huge 76-74 come-from-behind win over Saint Mary's Thursday. Cold shooting in the first half sank LMU into a 13-point hole at the break. But the Lions came out hot in the second half, beginning with an 11-0 run and outscoring the Gaels 20-6 in their way to their first lead of the night, 49-48, at the 15:49 mark. Saint Mary's would lead by as many as eight before LMU made it's final push, capped by the Ramirez three. The win snapped a current two-game skid for LMU while also ending a six-game losing streak to the Gaels. In addition, the overtime victory was the first for the LMU program since 2007.
ALL-TIME ASSIST RECORD IN SIGHT
Hazel Ramirez dished 11 assists on Thursday against Saint Mary's, bringing her season total to 142. That mark is second 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 just six assists shy of the LMU single-season record (148, set by Kristen Bruich in 1988-89). She also leads the WCC with 5.9 apg.
Her 142 assists this season brings Ramirez's career total to 428, good for third place in LMU's all-time record book. Next in line is Kristen Bruich (1988-91) with 429, while the all-time LMU record of 441, set by Marlee Webb in 1993-96, sits just 13 assists away.
FRESHMAN ON FIRE
Leslie Lopez-Wood hit four three's in five straight games and has tallied at least one three in the last 11 games. The rookie, who has a single-game high of six - one shy of the LMU record - now has 55 three's on the year, good for the all-time LMU freshman record. She enters Saturday's game versus Pacific ranked fifth in the LMU single-season record book. Next on the list, in fourth, is Lisa Helmers who hit 59 threes during the 2007-08 season. The all-time LMU record is 67, set in back-to-back seasons by Amanda Patton (2005-06 and 2006-07).
ABOUT THE PACIFIC TIGERS
Pacific enters Saturday's match-up having won five of their last six games, including a 91-67 victory at Pepperdine on Thursday night. The Tigers are 13-10 overall and 8-5 in WCC play, good for a tie for third place in the league standings. A trio of Tigers average double-figures, led by Kendall Kenyon's 16.6 ppg. Kiki Moore contributes 15.4 ppg and Madison Parrish averages 10.9 ppg. Kenyon also leads Pacific with 10.7 rpg. The Tigers shoot an impressive 41.5 percent from the field, but allow opponents to shoot nearly 43 percent. They collect 10.3 steals per game, forcing a 4.7 turnovers per game than they commit themselves.
WHEN LAST WE MET
In just the second all-time meeting between the Lions and Tigers, and the first as WCC opponents, LMU used a nearly 80-percent first half of shooting to capture a 90-84 win in Stockton on Jan. 16. Hazel Ramirez matched a career-high 25 25 points to lead five Lions who scored in double figures. Leslie Lopez-Wood and Mackenzie Kerins added 16 points apiece while Deanna Johnson came off the bench to chip in 14 and Emily Ben-Jumbo had 10. LMU hit its first eight shot attempts and finished the first half 22-of-28 from the field for a 55-36 advantage. The Tigers would rally late, but LMU sank its free throws to hold on.
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