Feb. 18, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The Lions' final home stand of the 2013-14 season concludes with a pair of games this week. First up is a Wednesday, Feb. 19 match-up against San Diego. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.
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Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 - LMU vs. San Diego, 7 p.m. - Gersten Pavilion
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LIONS' LAST LINE
ALL-TIME ASSIST RECORD IN SIGHT
Mackenzie Kerins poured in a career-high 21 points on 10-of-17 shooting to lead five Lions in double-figures, but it was not enough to slow Pacific's high-powered attack in a 102-95 setback Saturday afternoon. Hazel Ramirez had her fifth double-double of the season, finishing with 16 points and 12 assists, while Deanna Johnson (17), Taylor Anderson (12) and Leslie Lopez-Wood (11) rounded out those in double-figures. The Lions led early in the game, but Pacific outscored LMU 15-9 to close out the first half and take a 41-36 lead into the break. After shooting better than 48 percent in the first half, the Tigers continued to stay hot, hitting 19-of-34 shots (56 percent) in the second half. They extended their lead to as many as 19, 85-66 with just over five minutes remaining.
dished 12 assists on Saturday against Pacific, matching her personal career high as well as the LMU single-game record. The dozen dimes brings her season total to an LMU record 154, eclipsing the previous record of 148 set by Kristen Bruich in 1988-89. The assist record was the longest standing LMU single-season record recorded.
With 440 career assists, the senior point guard now sits one shy of matching Marlee Webb's all-time LMU record of 441, set from 1992-96, and two shy of breaking the feat.
Leslie Lopez-Wood hit four three's in five straight games and has tallied at least one three in the last 12 games. The rookie, who has a single-game high of six - one shy of the LMU record - now has 58 three's on the year, good for the all-time LMU freshman record. She enters Wednesday's game versus San Diego 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).
SPREAD THE WEALTH
Five players scored in double-figures versus Pacific on Feb. 15, marking the fifth 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.
Eight different players have led the scoring column in a game, including Ramirez (10), Deanna Johnson (7), Leslie Lopez-Wood (2), Mackenzie Kerins (21), Taylor Anderson (1), Sophie Taylor (2), Emily Ben-Jumbo (1) and Chelsea Barnes (1).
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO TOREROS
San Diego has hit a small rut, as of late, dropping four of their last six games, including three straight at Pacific, Saint Mary's and San Francisco. The Toreros are now 20-6 overall and 9-6 in WCC play. Last week at home, they split a pair of games, falling to Gonzaga, then bouncing back on senior night with a 59-52 win over Portland. Amy Kame leads USD with 16.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Malina Hood adds 12.5 ppg and Felecia Wijenberg chips in 10.5 ppg. The Toreros ares solid on the boards, averaging a +8.8 rebounding margin. They also hold teams to shoot just 37 percent from the field and 28 percent from three.
WHEN LAST WE MET
The Lions and Toreros last met on the first weekend of West Coast Conference play, a match-up that resulted in an 88-63 win for USD at Jenny Craig Pavilion. The then undefeated Toreros won their seventh straight over LMU. Hazel Ramirez poured in a then-season high 24 points and Deanna Johnson added 18 for the Lions. After trailing by as many as 17 in the first half, LMU would cut it to eight early in the second half. But a 17-0 Torero run opened up a 67-42 lead that the Lions could not come back from.