Feb. 21, 2014
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LOS ANGELES - LMU is home in Gersten Pavilion for the final time in 2013-14 on Saturday, hosting BYU in a 2 p.m. tilt. The Cougars and Lions meet for the second straight year on LMU's senior day. All six seniors competing in Saturday's game will be honored in a pregame ceremony, including the Lion quartet of Hazel Ramirez, Mackenzie Kerins, Alexis Love and Melinda Gomez.
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Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 - LMU vs. BYU, 2 p.m. - Gersten Pavilion
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LIONS' LAST LINE
Hazel Ramirez added LMU all-time assist leader to her name with her second helper of the night, recording her third straight double-double performance. But the Lions had no answer for San Diego's Amy Kame in the second half as the Toreros pulled away in an 87-74 final Wednesday night in Gersten Pavilion. Ramirez finished the night with 17 points and 10 assists for her sixth double-double of the year. Johnson led the Lions with a career-high 26 points and Emily Ben-Jumbo chipped in 11. After shooting just 1-for-5 from the field for two points in the first half, Kame finished with a game-high 31 on 10-of-14 from the field and 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. LMU trailed 40-36 at the half before San Diego would score the first four points of the second, opening back up an eight-point advantage. With the Lions trailing 59-53 with 8:44 to go, Kame would score eight straight for the Toreros, opening up a 12-point advantage with 5:57 to play. She went on to score 12 of USD's final 13 points, not allowing the Lions to get closer than eight points down the stretch.
RAMIREZ CAPTURES FINAL ASSIST RECORD
Already the owner of LMU's single-game (12) and single-season (164 and counting) assist records, Hazel Ramirez added career assist record holder to her name Wednesday night against San Diego. With her second assist of the night, Ramirez eclipsed Marlee Webb's school record of 441, set from 1993-96. Ramirez finished the game with 10 assists, bringing her career total to 450 with at least four games remaining in her collegiate career.
Leslie Lopez-Wood hit four three's in five straight games and has tallied at least one three in the last 13 straight games. The rookie, who has a single-game high of six - one shy of the LMU record - now has 60 three's on the year, good for the all-time LMU freshman record. She enters Saturday's game versus BYU ranked fourth in the LMU single-season record book. Next on the list, in third, is Rachael Ziemann who hit 63 threes during the 2004-05 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).
The Last Meeting
December 28, 2013
Lions Drop WCC Opener at BYU
Opening West Coast Conference play at BYU, the LMU women's basketball used a late rally to get within seven points of the 10-1 Cougars, but would eventually settle for a 90-72 setback at the Marriott Center Saturday afternoon.
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BYU moved to 22-5 overall and 12-4 in WCC play with an 89-75 win at Pepperdine on Thursday. Lexi Eaton led the Cougars with 25 points and Jennifer Hamson added 17 to go along with 14 rebounds as BYU shot better than 50 percent from the field. The Cougars have now won six straight and sit in second place in the league standings. Four players average double figures for BYU, led by Hamson's 18.3 ppg and Eaton's 17.3 ppg. Kim Beeston chips in 11 ppg and a team-high 101 assists. Hamson averages 11.2 rpg, helping the Cougars hold a +5.2 rebounding edge over their opponents.
WHEN LAST WE MET
The Lions and Cougars last met on opening day of WCC play as BYU took a 90-72 win at the Marriott Center in Provo. Deanna Johnson led LMU with 18 points while Hazel Ramirez added 17. Sophie Taylor chipped in 12 points to round out the Lions in double figures. Jennifer Hamson led BYU with a career-high 31 points, including 20 in the first half on 8-of-12 shooting. Lexi Eaton added 18 points as the Cougars had four total players in double figures. Trailing by 20 early in the second half, the Lions began to chip away slowly, eventually using a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to just seven, 73-66, with 6:01 to play, but would get no closer.