Wells Fargo PCH Cup Round Two on Thursday
With three of their final four regular-season games being played away from Gersten Pavilion, the LMU women's basketball team (9-16, 3-9 WCC) looks to start that stretch off with a season sweep of rival Pepperdine (4-19, 1-11 WCC). Tip off on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Firestone Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m.
Feb. 20, 2013
LOS ANGELES - With three of their final four regular-season games being played away from Gersten Pavilion, the LMU women's basketball team (9-16, 3-9 WCC) looks to start that stretch off with a season sweep of rival Pepperdine (4-19, 1-11 WCC). Tip off on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Firestone Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m.
WELLS FRAGO PCH CUP
Key points in the fourth annual Wells Fargo PCH Cup are on the line as the Lions and Waves clash for the second time this season. LMU holds a slim 7-5.5 margin over Pepperdine in the season standings for the Cup title. A win at Firestone Fieldhouse would give the Lions another 1.5 points before heading into the spring sports seasons.
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. WAVES
LMU opened up a 35-35 halftime tie by holding Pepperdine to just 12 second-half points to run away with a 65-47 win in the 2012-13 WCC opener for both schools. Alex Cowling led the Lions with 19 points and 15 rebounds while Hazel Ramirez had 14 points and eight assists. Freshman Chelsea Barnes came off the bench to chip in 10 points.
INSIDE THE LIONS
The Lions will be seeking their first road victory this season when they travel up the PCH to Malibu on Thursday. LMU is 0-10 on the road this year.
LMU will also be after its first season sweep of rival Pepperdine since the 2006-07 season.
LMU last won a WCC home-and-home sweep when it beat San Francisco twice during the 2010-11 season.
With both the LMU career scoring and rebounding records in hand, Alex Cowling continues to eye the WCC scoring record of 2,165. Her 19-point effort on Feb. 14 versus San Diego moves her career total to 2,120, 45 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 at Pepperdine with 892 career boards.
The Lions are ranked third in the WCC in scoring at 66 ppg. They also rank second in steals per game (11.4), second in turnover margin (+4.4) and second in offensive rebounds (15 per game).
Individually, Alex Cowling is third in the WCC in scoring (15.7 ppg) while Hazel Ramirez comes in at No. 6 (12.9 ppg). Ramirez is also second in assists (5.0 per game) and Cowling is fifth in rebounds (7.2 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 15 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 PEPPERDINE WAVES
The Waves have been victorious just once since their last meeting with LMU this season and enter the match-up riding a 10-game losing streak. Scoring has been at a premium for Pepperdine, which averages just 54.1 ppg while giving up 68.1 to their opponents. No active Wave is scoring in double figures. They have also been at an 11.1 rebounds per game disadvantage and commit nearly 19 turnovers per outing.
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