Monday Exhibition Match-Up Gives First Look

Senior PG Hazel Ramirez leads 11 returning Lions.

Nov. 3, 2013

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LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team will give fans a first look at the 2013-14 squad when they host Cal State San Bernardino Monday, Nov. 4 in Gersten Pavilion. The exhibition match-up tips off at 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 - LMU vs. Cal State San Bernardino, 7 p.m. - Gersten Pavilion
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Now in her second season, Head Coach Charity Elliott is excited about her returning core, and the addition of five freshman, many of whom she expects to contribute immediately. Ten Lions return from last year's squad which finished 13-18 overall and 6-10 in West Coast Conference play, good for a tie for fifth in the regular-season standings. The Lions earned the fifth seed in the WCC Tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals before eventually falling to BYU.



Leading the way for the returners is senior point guard Hazel Ramirez, who earned her first career nod on the Preseason All-WCC Team, released last week. An All-WCC Honorable Mention selection in 2012-13, Ramirez averaged 12.7 points, 4.7 assist, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. She also set a school-record by dishing out 12 assists in a single game twice, while her 135 total assists ranks No. 3 all-time at LMU.

With the graduation of Alex Cowling, the LMU and WCC all-time leading scorer, Elliott will look to greater output from a variety of sources including forward Mackenzie Kerins (6.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and sophomore guard Deanna Johnson (7.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg). Kerins finished with five double-doubles as a junior while Johnson stepped up down the stretch, reaching double-figures eight times, including back-to-back 20+ point performances.

Also expected to step into key roles are rookie guards Olivia Lucero (Gilbert, Ariz.), Leslie Lopez-Wood (North Hollywood, Calif.) and Alyson Lock (Montebello, Calif.).

Following Monday's exhibition, the Lions open the regular-season on the road for the 11th straight year, traveling to University of New Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 9. LMU returns to Gersten Pavilion Nov. 16 to host New Mexico State.

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This week also include men's water polo taking on WWPA foe UC Davis on Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 pm. Following the WCC Cross Country Championships on Saturday will be the women's volleyball taking on ranked San Diego in a key WCC match on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 12 noon. That night, the LMU men's basketball team will give fans their first look to the 2013-14 squad as they play their lone exhibition game, taking on Cal Lutheran at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 3 men's water polo is back in action when they host school rival Santa Clara at the Burns Aquatics Center at 11 a.m. The First Look Week will end on Monday, Nov. 4 when the women's basketball team gives their first look to fans when they face Cal State San Bernardino in their lone exhibition at 7 p.m.



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