WCC Championship Play Begins Thursday vs. USF
The ninth-seeded Lions will battle eighth-seeded San Francisco in their opening tournament game for the third straight year.
March 4, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Ninth-seeded LMU opens West Coast Conference Championship play at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas Thursday, March 6 against the eighth-seeded San Francisco Dons. The teams face off in the second game of the tournament's first session, tipping off at 2:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on BYUtv, stream free of charge on theW.tv and can be heard live on KXLU 88.9 FM.
FOLLOW THE LIONS
GAME: No. 9 LMU (9-20, 6-12 WCC) vs No. 8 USF (11-18, 6-12 WCC)
DATE/TIME: Thursday, March 6, 2014 / 2:30 p.m. (PT)
LOCATION: The Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV
RADIO: KXLU 88.9 FM (Chase Lio)
LIVE STATS: GameTracker
TOURNAMENT QUICK HITS
2014 marks the 33rd year of the WCC Women's Basketball Tournament and the sixth straight year that the championships are being held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas... the #9 seed Lions face the #8 seed San Francisco Dons... LMU has faced the Dons seven times in WCC tournament play, including last year when the Lions earned a 75-53 win in the second-round game... this is the third straight year that the LMU has played its first tournament game against USF... during the regular-season, USF swept the home-and-home series, a reverse of one year ago when the Lions swept the series... LMU is 13-18 all-time at the WCC Championship... the Lions' last tournament win was the 2013 second-round victory over San Francisco... the Lions have advanced to the championship game three times, winning the WCC title in 2004 with a 61-58 final against Gonzaga.
Senior guard Hazel Ramirez and freshman guard Leslie Lopez-Wood, who spent much of the year chasing down, and ultimately breaking LMU records, have been named to the 2013-14 All-West Coast Conference First Team and WCC All-Freshman Team, respectively. This marks the second All-WCC honor for Ramirez, and her inaugural selection to the first team, after earning Honorable Mention honors in 2012-13. Lopez-Wood becomes the eighth Lion all-time to be named to the WCC All-Freshman Team. The last LMU selection was Camille Buckley in 2010-11.
LOPEZ-WOOD CLAIMS 3 PT RECORD
In just her first season in an LMU uniform, Leslie Lopez-Wood has taken down the single-season three-point record. With her third, and final, long ball scored on March 1 at San Francisco, the rookie surpassed Amanda Patton's record of 67, set in back-to-back seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07). Lopez-Wood will have at least one more game to add to the mark as the Lions face USF in the opening round of the WCC Tournament. She has tallied at least one three in all but four games this year and has a single-game high of six - one shy of the LMU record.
IN THE RANKINGS
Hazel Ramirez ranks No. 1 in the WCC and 16th nationally with her 6.3 assists per game. Among WCC players, the senior point guard is also No. 3 in free-throw percentage (83.7), No. 4 in assist/turnover ratio (1.79) and No. 5 in steals per game (1.93).
Leslie Lopez-Wood is No. 2 in the WCC in 3pt FGs per game (2.34) and No. 3 in 3pt FG percentage (34.5).
Senior Mackenzie Kerins comes in at No. 4 in the WCC in rebounds per game (9.5), also good for No. 55 nationally.
ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO DONS
San Francisco closed out the regular-season with a pair of wins over Pepperdine and LMU, finishing 11-18 overall and 6-12 in the WCC. The league mark was good for a three-way tie for seventh place along with LMU and Santa Clara. USF is led by Taylor Proctor's 13.3 ppg and 7.1 rpg. Zhane Dikes chips in 12.1 ppg while Taj Winston (10.9 ppg) also averages double figures for a squad that hits 41 percent from the field and 31 percent from three. Six Dons have hit 10+ threes on the season, though their opponents hold a significant 221-130 three-point field goals made edge.
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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