Regular-Season Finale at San Francisco
The 2012-13 regular season comes to a close Saturday with seeding for the West Coast Conference Championship still very much up in the air. LMU (11-17, 5-10 WCC) travels to face San Francisco (11-17, 4-11 WCC) at War Memorial Gym for a 2 p.m. tip.
March 1, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The 2012-13 regular season comes to a close Saturday with seeding for the West Coast Conference Championship still very much up in the air. LMU (11-17, 5-10 WCC) travels to face San Francisco (11-17, 4-11 WCC) at War Memorial Gym for a 2 p.m. tip. The outcome of the Lions' game, coupled with various other results could place LMU anywhere from fifth to eighth in the conference tournament bracket.
Seeding for the 2012-13 West Coast Conference Championship is on the line Saturday as the Lions close out the regular-season at San Francisco. LMU enters the game tied for sixth in the WCC standings, sitting at 5-10 along with Portland. With a 4-11 league mark, the Dons are in eighth.
WCC SCORING CHAMP
Alex Cowling made the most of senior night, Thursday versus BYU, as her final point of the game, a free throw with 59 seconds remaining, gave her 21 points for the game and 2,166 points for her career, eclipsing the WCC all-time scoring record of 2,165 held by Heather Bowman of Gonzaga (2006-10). With at least two games remaining in her collegiate career, Cowling will continue to raise that bar by the season's conclusion.
LIONS' LAST LINE
For the second straight game freshman Deanna Johnson set a career high, this time with 24 points, to lead the Lions in a huge 68-55 upset of visiting BYU. Alex Cowling added 21 points and eight rebounds while freshman Chelsea Barnes earned her first career double-double (13 pts, 12 reb). LMU trailed by six at the half, 39-33, as BYU hit 9-of-17 from beyond the arc. But the Cougars would hit just 2-of-12 from long range in the second half, commit 11 turnovers and get to the charity stripe just twice (to the Lions' 21 second-half chances), finishing the half with 16 points.
WHEN LAST WE MET: LIONS VS. DONS
In her lone game off the bench this season, Alex Cowling scored a team-high 19 points and Chelsea Barnes chipped in 11 as the Lions topped the Dons 65-50 on Jan. 17 in Gersten Pavilion. USF shot just 30 percent from the field and were a dismal 1-for-20 from three in the game.
INSIDE THE LIONS
A victory at San Francisco would give the Lions six WCC wins, doubling their conference win total from one year ago.
A win would also give the Lions a season-sweep of the Dons for the second consecutive season. Already with a sweep of Pepperdine in hand, this would be the first time the Lions swept two WCC opponents since 2008-09 (Santa Clara and San Diego).
Alex Cowling scored 21 points on Thursday against BYU to become the WCC's all-time scoring leader with 2,166 points. She surpassed the previous record of 2,165 which was held by Heather Bowman of Gonzaga (2006-10).
LMU's 68-55 win over BYU was their first ever victory against the Cougars in six all-time tries.
The win over BYU also gave the Lions nine wins this season in Gersten Pavilion, the most home victories since the 2008-09 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 Saturday's game at San Francisco with 914 career boards.
The Lions are ranked third in the WCC in scoring at 65.4 ppg. They also rank second in steals per game (11.3), second in turnover margin (+4.4) and third in offensive rebounds (14.6 per game).
Individually, Alex Cowling is third in the WCC in scoring (15.6 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 (7.3 per game).
ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO DONS
San Francisco moved to 11-7 overall and 4-11 in WCC play with a 67-57 win over Pepperdine Thursday. Mel Khlok led the Dons with 23 points, Bailey Barbour chipped in 11 and Taylor Proctor had 11 boards. Khlok paces her team with 15.3 ppg while also dishing out a team best 95 assists. In WCC play, USF has averaged 61.1 ppg while giving up 70.5. They have also been outrebounded by an average of 7.5 per game.
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