Final WCC Weekend Begins at Santa Clara

Hazel Ramirez leads LMU with 15.1 ppg & 6.2 apg.

Feb. 26, 2014

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LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team heads into the final weekend of the regular-season with a pair of key games that will determine seeding at the 2014 West Coast Conference Championship at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, March 6-9. The Lions face Santa Clara on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Leavey Center in a battle of two teams tied for seventh place. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - LMU at Santa Clara, 7 p.m. - Leavey Center
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The Lions closed out the home portion of their 2013-14 slate on Feb. 22 with a 91-67 setback to visiting BYU. Lion seniors Hazel Ramirez, Mackenzie Kerins, Melinda Gomez and Alexis Love were honored in a pre game ceremony prior to their final appearance in Gersten Pavilion. Ramirez would finish the day with 22 points and a pair of assists while sophomore Deanna Johnson led LMU with 23 points. A back-and-forth battle early, the Lions used a 7-0 run capped by a pair of Ramirez free throws to trim a 10-point deficit down to just three, 22-19, with 9:35 to play in the first half. Led by Kim Beeston, who finished with a game-high 27 points, the Cougars would pull away in the final 10 minutes of the half, outscoring LMU 34-10 to carry a 56-29 advantage into the break. Early in the second half, Ramirez and Johnson combined for a 14-2 run, capped by seven straight Ramirez points, to cut the deficit down to 14, 62-48, with 14:55 to play. But the Lions would get no closer as BYU held on down the stretch.

Already the owner of LMU's single-game (12) and single-season (166 and counting) assist records, Hazel Ramirez added career assist record holder to her name on Feb. 19 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, and has added two more since, bringing her career total to 452 with at least three 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 61 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).

• 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 (9), Leslie Lopez-Wood (2), Mackenzie Kerins (21), Taylor Anderson (1), Sophie Taylor (2), Emily Ben-Jumbo (1) and Chelsea Barnes (1).

Santa Clara enters the week at 9-18 overall and 5-11 in WCC play, sitting in a tie for seventh with LMU in the league standings. After dropping seven straight games, the Broncos have won two of their last three, including an 89-83 win at Saint Mary's on Feb. 22. Nici Gilday leads SCU with 15.7 ppg while Jo Paine also averages double figures at 10.3 ppg. The Brocnos hit nearly 42 percent from the field and 30 percent from beyond the arc. Turnovers have been troublesome as they average more than 20 per game, 5.7 more than their opponents.

A strong second half of play could not overcome a slow start for LMU in a 69-65 setback to the Broncos in Gersten Pavilion on Jan. 4. Santa Clara would open the game with a 16-4 advantage and built a 14-point lead. The Lions rallied all the way back, taking a 49-48 lead with 7:57 remaining in the game on a Leslie Lopez-Wood three. Trading buckets down the stretch, the Lions would cut the spread to a single point, 58-57, with 3:21 on the clock, but Santa Clara would go a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line to hold on for the win. Deanna Johnson led LMU with 19 points while Taylor Anderson chipped in a career-high 13.


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