Women's Basketball

Lions Dominate Third Australia Game

May 14, 2005

BRISBANE, Australia - LMU's Australian Tour continued to its second city, Brisbane, and the Lions picked up the first win of the tour. The Lions earned a decisive 92-44 victory against PAV Finance Rage on the Gold Coast of Queensland.

The day started with a plane ride from Sydney to Brisbane. After a short 1 ½ hour ride north to Brisbane, the Lions got a tour of the city on the way to their hotel. The team arrived at its hotel in the heart of a bustling shopping center similar to the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. The group quickly checked in and had a good lunch at Jo-Jo's. The area around the hotel had many American stores, including Target, the Body Shop, Mrs. Fields and Subway.

After a short break, the team left the hotel for its third game at the Carrara Indoor Sports Center. The team started well, going on an 18-0 run after the Rage scored the first basket. The team shot a blistering 54.5% in the first half en route to a 60-21 halftime lead. Amanda DeCoud led the way in the first half, getting eight steals and 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting in the half. Rachael Ziemann led all Lions with 14 points, including four three-pointers.

This game was an opportunity to give everyone on the team some playing time. No one played more than 24 minutes, and all but two players played under 20 minutes. Carrie Noyes played 18 minutes, finishing with four rebounds (three offensive) and two points. Bronwyn Evans played 18 minutes and scored five points and grabbed four offensive rebounds. She also added two assists and a steal.

LMU's defense clamped down on the Rage offense in the fourth quarter, allowing just four points in the final 10 minutes of play. For the game, LMU had 29 steals and 10 turnovers.

Rachael Ziemann led all scorers with 24 points, with six three-pointers. DeCoud finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 steals. Sara Brown had a good all-around game with 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Ashlee Dunlap scored in double-digits for the third straight game, finishing with 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and three blocks.

One interesting note about the game was that pop music was played during the entire game. The volume was fairly low, but it was a difference from the college games played in the United States where no music is played during competition. The song "California Love" was played several times during the game. Also, the PA announcer gave a running play by play during the game.





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