Regular-Season Concludes at San Francisco
The Lions wrap up regular-season play at San Francisco for the second straight year.
Feb. 28, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO - Maintaining their hold on seventh place in the West Coast Conference standings with an 88-74 win at Santa Clara on Thursday, the Lions close out regular-season play on Saturday, March 1 against San Francisco. Tip off at War Memorial Gymnasium is scheduled for 2 p.m. A victory over the Dons will secure, at minimum, sole possession of seventh place heading into next week's WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.
LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions took care of business Thursday with an 88-74 win at Santa Clara. Four players scored in double figures to combat a career night by the Broncos' Nici Gilday and pull away from a tightly played first half for the 14-point victory. LMU was led by Hazel Ramirez's 21-point effort. Deanna Johnson had 18 while Leslie Lopez-Wood matched her career high with 18 points, including four threes. Mackenzie Kerins chipped in 12 points and 14 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Gilday finished with a career-high 40 points.
RAMIREZ CAPTURES FINAL ASSIST RECORD
Already the owner of LMU's single-game (12) and single-season (175 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 11 more since, bringing her career total to 461 with at least two games remaining in her collegiate career.
THREE AWAY FROM THREE-POINT RECORD
Leslie Lopez-Wood has hit four or more three's in seven games this season, including Thursday night at Santa Clara. She has also tallied at least one three in all but four games this year. The rookie, who has a single-game high of six - one shy of the LMU record - now has 65 three's on the year, good for the all-time LMU freshman record. She enters Saturday's game at San Francisco ranked third in the LMU single-season record book. 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 six times this season, including Thursday at Santa Clara.
Eight different players have led the scoring column in a game, including Ramirez (11), Deanna Johnson (9), Leslie Lopez-Wood (2), Mackenzie Kerins (21), Taylor Anderson (1), Sophie Taylor (2), Emily Ben-Jumbo (1) and Chelsea Barnes (1).
ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO DONS
San Francisco moved to 10-18 overall and 5-12 in WCC play with a 75-61 win over Pepperdine on Thursday. After leading by just two at the break, the Dons pulled away in the second half, leading by as many as 23 before settling in for the 14-point victory. Zhane Dikes scored 15 points to lead a trio of Dons in double figures. Her 12.1 ppg ranks second on the team as USF is led by Taylor Proctor's 13.3 ppg and 7.1 rpg. Taj Winston (10.9 ppg) also averages double figures for a squad that hits 40 percent from the field and 30 percent from three. Six Dons have hit 10+ threes on the season, though their opponents hold a significant 214-124 three-point field goals made edge. The Dons have played better away from home this year, going 7-9 on the road while compiling just a 3-9 mark in War Memorial Gym.
WHEN LAST WE MET
Leslie Lopez-Wood hit six three-pointers to lead four Lions with 18 points, but the Lions came up short in their seventh game decided by less than five points, falling 80-76 to the Dons on Jan. 4 in Gersten Pavilion. The setback snapped a five-game win streak against USF. Deanna Johnson and Hazel Ramirez, netted 17 points apiece to join Lopez-Wood in double-figures. Taj Winston led USF with 19 points, including 9-for-11 from the charity stripe. Zhane Dikes had 16 points off the bench. LMU would lead for much of the first half, but the Dons would chip away late, scoring the final eight points of the period to carry a 38-36 lead into the break. They opened up a double-digit lead, 59-48, with 11:04 to play. Down the stretch it would become a free throw game and USF made them when it mattered, holding off LMU by hitting 14-for-16 in the final five minutes, including 9-of-10 in the final 47 seconds.
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