Roadtrip Continues at Saint Mary's
Fresh off their first road victory of the season, the LMU women's basketball team (10-16, 4-9 WCC) travels to Moraga, Calif., to take on Saint Mary's (17-8, 9-4 WCC) on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tip off at McKeon Pavilion is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Feb. 22, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Fresh off their first road victory of the season, the LMU women's basketball team (10-16, 4-9 WCC) travels to Moraga, Calif., to take on Saint Mary's (17-8, 9-4 WCC) on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tip off at McKeon Pavilion is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Three regular-season games remain on the 2012-13 slate, beginning with Saturday's rematch at Saint Mary's. The Lions' home finale is Thursday, Feb. 28 versus BYU. They then head back on the road to close out WCC play at San Francisco on March 2. At 4-9 in WCC play, the Lions are in seventh, one game ahead of San Francisco (3-10).
LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions got a huge monkey off their backs Thursday at Pepperdine, clinching a 58-56 victory in Malibu for their first road win of the season. LMU was winless in its previous 10 tries on the road. The victory also gave the Lions a season sweep of their rival Waves, the first since the 2006-07 season. Hazel Ramirez scored 15 of her game-high 18 points in the first half as the Lions trailed 32-24 headed into the break. A reenergized team in the second half, they clawed their way back, eventually closing out the game on an 11-0 run and holding Pepperdine without a point in the final 5:51.
WHEN LAST WE MET: LIONS VS. GAELS
In just the second game of the WCC slate, the Lions mounted a comeback after trailing by seven at halftime, forcing overtime against the Gaels in Gersten Pavilion. But Saint Mary's would outscore LMU 15-8 in the extra period on its way to an 84-77 win. Hazel Ramirez led the Lions with 23 points and six assists while Alex Cowling chipped in 16 points.
INSIDE THE LIONS
The Lions earned their first road win of the season on Thursday at Pepperdine, clinching a 58-56 victory. LMU is now 1-10 on the road this year.
The win completed a season sweep of Pepperdine for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
LMU had 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 10-point effort on Thursday at Pepperdine moves her career total to 2,130, 35 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 Saturday's game at Saint Mary's with 898 career boards.
The Lions are ranked third in the WCC in scoring at 65.7 ppg. They also rank second in steals per game (11.4), second in turnover margin (+4.3) 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. 6 (13.1 ppg). Ramirez is also second in assists (4.9 per game) and Mackenzie Kerins is fifth in rebounds (7.3 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 eight times. Freshmen Deanna Johnson and Chelsea Barnes are the only other Lions to lead the scoring column in a single game.
ABOUT THE SAINT MARY'S GAELS
Saint Mary's dropped to 17-8 overall and 9-4 in WCC play after suffering a 67-50 loss at San Diego Thursday. The Gaels shot just 35 percent from the field while San Diego hit at a nearly 47 percent clip and held a huge 44-28 rebounding advantage, including 18 offensive boards. The Gaels are 8-2 on their home court this season, including 5-1 in WCC play. Jackie Nared leads the WCC in scoring at 17 ppg. She also adds 8.9 rpg while teammate Danielle Mauldin paces the league at 10.5 rpg. Rebounding is generally key for Saint Mary's, which averages an +8.1 margin over opponents.
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