Senior Night Thursday Versus BYU
A key WCC match-up with BYU is on tap Thursday at Gersten Pavilion while senior Alex Cowling continues to eye the all-time WCC scoring record.
Feb. 27, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The final weekend of the regular-season is upon us and the LMU women's basketball team (10-17, 4-10 WCC) kicks things off with its home finale, hosting BYU (19-8, 10-4 WCC) Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Lion seniors Alex Cowling and Dani LeNoir will be honored prior to tip off while Cowling also sits just 21 points from the all-time WCC scoring mark.
HEY, LMU STUDENTS!
Want a chance to win a $500 voucher for Southwest Airlines?!?!? Take a break from those midterms and come out to Gersten Pavilion Thursday night to watch your Lions take on BYU. At halftime, you will have a chance to win big in the Southwest Airlines Paper Airplane Toss. Additional giveaways include FREE t-shirts for all, a food truck an an iPOD Shuffle raffle.
Two regular-season games remain on the 2012-13 slate, beginning with Thursday's home finale versus BYU. The Lions then head back on the road to close out WCC play at San Francisco on March 2. At 4-10 in WCC play, the Lions are in seventh, one game back from Portland (5-9) and one ahead of San Francisco (3-11).
Two redshirt seniors will be playing in their final game at Gersten Pavilion Thursday night when the Lions shot BYU. Alex Cowling and Dani LeNoir will be honored in a pregame ceremony prior to tip off. Cowling, a five-year member of the Lions squad, took a medical redshirt in 2010-11 after suffering a foot injury. She came back full force in 2011-12, setting at LMU single-season record with 666 points. She also holds the school's career scoring and rebounding records and is making a run at the West Coast Conference all-time scoring mark as well. LeNoir, a transfer from Washington State in 2010-11, has been an active member of the squad for the past two seasons. Though battling injury both years, she is a constant spark of energy in the lineup and a leader on and off the court.
LIONS' LAST LINE
Freshman Deanna Johnson exploded for a career-high 23 points and Alex Cowling chipped in 15, but it was not enough to earn their second straight road victory as the Lions fell, 70-57, at Saint Mary's. The Gaels were red hot from three, hitting six in the first half before going 5-for-8 (63 percent) in the second half. Kate Gaze had five triples and 19 total points while Jackie Nard also finished with 19 points. Hitting at a 41 percent clip in the first half, the Lions trailed by just two at the break, but the Gaels pulled away in the second frame.
WHEN LAST WE MET: LIONS VS. COUGARS
In the season's first meeting at the Marriott Center in Provo, LMU kept things close early, but managed just 19 second-half points as BYU remained perfect at home with a 72-53 win over the Lions. Alex Cowling led LMU with 14 points while Deanna Johnson had 11 off the bench. BYU's Haley Steed dished out 13 assists in the game and three of her teammates finished with double-digit points.
INSIDE THE LIONS
LMU is seeking a ninth home victory against BYU Thursday. The Lions have not reached that mark since the 2008-09 season when they won 10 games in Gersten Pavilion.
With both the LMU career scoring and rebounding records in hand, Alex Cowling continues to eye the WCC scoring record of 2,165. Her 15-point effort on Feb. 23 at Saint Mary's moves her career total to 2,145, 20 shy of the league mark.
The Lions earned their first road win of the season on Feb. 21 at Pepperdine, clinching a 58-56 victory. LMU is now 1-11 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 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 vs. BYU with 906 career boards.
The Lions are ranked third in the WCC in scoring at 65.3 ppg. They also rank second in steals per game (11.3), second in turnover margin (+4.3) and third in offensive rebounds (14.8 per game).
Individually, Alex Cowling is third in the WCC in scoring (15.4 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 fourth in rebounds (7.5 per game).
Either Alex Cowling or Hazel Ramirez have led the Lions in scoring all but three times 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 BYU COUGARS
BYU lost for the first time on its home court last Saturday as Gonzaga clinched the WCC regular-season title outright with a 66-55 win over the Cougars. BYU is now 19-8 overall and 10-4 in league play. Three players average double figures for BYU, including Haley Steed (10.7 ppg), Jennifer Hamson (10.4 ppg) and Kim Beeston (10.0 ppg). Hamson was named last week's WCC Player of the Week while Steed continues to lead the nation in assists at 7.9 per game.
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