LMU Top Highlights Of 2017-18 - #9

June 21, 2018

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Top 10 Highlights – Memories, accomplishments, and moments highlighted Loyola Marymount’s 2017-18 school year. As we prepare for more excitement in 2018-19, we’re counting down the Top 10 Moments of this past year.

LOS ANGELES – On the road in Missouri battling Saint Louis in mid-November, the Lions and Billikens were all tied up at 60-60 with .4 seconds left as head coach Charity Elliott took a time out and drew up the game’s final play.

Following the time out, the Lions executed Elliott’s play flawlessly as sophomore guard Cierra Belvin threw a beautiful inbounds pass from the sideline to junior guard Gabby Green who caught the ball in the air and secured a right-handed layup at the buzzer to give LMU the 62-60 victory. The play wasn’t possible without a perfectly executed screen set by junior guard Andee Velasco, which allowed Green to break free to catch Belvin’s pass and lay it in.

"That last shot was unbelievable," Elliott said. "Great execution from the pass to the screen to the finish. I'm just really proud of this team. We walked in to a great team, this Saint Louis team is a great team, and we didn't back down. We kept fighting. We had some inconsistency, some ups and downs, but we kept fighting. That's what I'm proud of. To come on the road, at this place, with this crowd and in this environment and to get the win is unbelievable. I'm really happy for our players right now."

"It definitely felt good to see the shot go in, like actually have it count," Green recalled. "And then the pass from Cierra [Belvin] was as good of a pass as you could ever ask for so I just had to go up and finish it."

The final minutes of this game had been a whirlwind, as the Lions held a 10-point lead over SLU with 6:19 remaining (54-44) before the Billikens took charge and went on a 10-0 run to tie it up at 54-54 with 1:58 to go. Velasco scored on the next play to regain the lead for the Lions, but Aaliyah Covington finished on the other end for SLU, tying it up once again at 56-56. Bree Alford netted a clutch triple at the 1:03 mark off a pass from Velasco to put LMU up 59-56.

SLU’s Jackie Kemph was fouled and secured two free throws to cut the Lions lead to one, 59-58, with 55 seconds left. Velasco was fouled next and went to the line with four seconds to go, scoring one of two free throws and increasing the LMU lead to two, 60-58. Kemph drew another foul attacking the rim and poured in two more free throws for SLU to tie the game for the sixth time at 60-60 before Green’s game-winner allowed LMU to run away with the win.

Velasco, in her first game of the 2017-18 season after being out with an injury, shot 55.5 percent from the field (5-of-9) and 80.0 percent (4-for-5) from three-point range to finish with her game-high 16 points and six assists.

Green tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Alford secured a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 14 boards while senior Makenzie Cast netted 3-of-5 three-point attempts and added nine points in the win.

Green’s game-winner was so impressive that it received national attention and was featured in ESPNW’s Top 10 Plays.

This win over Saint Louis improved LMU’s record to 2-0, and was part of a historical start for the Lions. The team improved to 7-0 to start the 2017-18 season, which marked the program’s best start since the 2003-04 season when the Lions opened 8-0. Included in the 7-0 start was a huge 84-70 win over Arizona on Nov. 21 at Gersten Pavilion.

LMU Top Highlights Of 2017-18
#10 – Women’s Soccer Sets Goals Record
#9 – Gabby Green’s Game Winner

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