Season Begins in New Mexico at The Pit
The LMU women's basketball team opens the 2013-14 season on the road for the 11th consecutive season, traveling Albuquerque, N.M., to face the University of New Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Nov. 8, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team opens the 2013-14 season on the road for the 11th consecutive season, traveling Albuquerque, N.M., to face the University of New Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 9. Tip off at The Pit is scheduled for 3 p.m. Mountain Time, 2 p.m. Pacific. The game can be heard live on the LMU Sports Network through LMULions.com.
INSIDE THE LIONS
The 2013-14 women's basketball squad features 10 returning letterwinners from last year's team that went 13-18 overall and 6-10 in West Coast Conference play. Gone to graduation is Alex Cowling, who concluded her career as the all-time leading scorer both at LMU and the WCC. With that, the Lions are looking to their core of returning starters including senior point guard Hazel Ramirez (12.7 ppg, 4.7 apg) and senior forward Mackenzie Kerins (6.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg), along with freshman guard Deanna Johnson (7.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg). Second-year Head Coach Charity Elliott expects to see increased production from all of her returners, along with freshmen guards Olivia Lucero (Gilbert, AZ), Leslie Lopez-Wood (North Hollywood, CA) and Alyson Lock (Montebello, CA).
The Lions are looking to snap a four-year losing streak in season-opening games on Saturday at New Mexico. Last year, LMU dropped a 79-51 decision at UTEP. In 2011-12, LMU dropped a 71-55 decision at Denver, in 2010-11 LMU fell 63-55 at Idaho State and in 2009-10 it was a 78-58 loss at SMU. The Lions' last season-opening victory came in 2008-09 when they beat Hawaii, 63-47, in the opening game of the Bank of Hawaii Invitational in Hilo, Hawaii. All-time, LMU is 13-19 in season openers. This is the 11th consecutive season that LMU will be opening away from Gersten Pavilion and the Lions are 5-14 all-time when opening the season on the road.
LIONS LAST LINE
LMU hosted Cal State San Bernardino in its lone exhibition match-up on Nov. 4, running away with an 82-51 win in Gersten Pavilion. Melinda Gomez came off the bench to lead LMU with 12 points while starting guards Hazel Ramirez and Deanna Johnson reached double-figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Emily Ben-Jumbo and Mackenzie Kerins chipped in eight points apiece and Leslie Lopez-Wood had seven as all 15 players saw the court. The Lions hit 41-percent from the field in the first half as they opened up a 20-point lead with just under five minutes to play. They held Cal State San Bernardino to just six field goals, but also allowed 14 offensive rebounds. That ship was righted in the second half as the Coyotes got just three second chance opportunities. LMU's increased defensive pressure and defensive rebounds led to more transition buckets. After dishing out eight assists on 16 field goals in the opening period, the Lions assisted 16 of their 19 second-half baskets.
ABOUT THE NEW MEXICO LOBOS
New Mexico finished the 2012-13 season at 17-14 overall and 8-8 in Mountain West Conference play. The Lobos earned the fifth seed in the MWC Tournament, eventually falling in the semifinals to top ranked San Diego State. UNM returns four of their top five scorers from a year ago including Deeva Vaughn (10.1 ppg), Antiesha Brown (8.7 ppg), Sarah Halasz (7.4 ppg) and Bryce Owens (6.5 ppg). Brown, a junior, was also named the 2012-13 MWC Sixth Player of the Year. The Lobos enter the season-opener against LMU having played a pair of exhibition matches. They earned an 81-48 win over New Mexico Highlands and an 85-47 win over Western New Mexico.
WHEN LAST WE MET
The last meeting between the Lions and Lobos was a photo finish in The Pit as then senior guard Monica DeAngelis hit a long three-pointer as time expired to give LMU a 57-54 win in front of a crowd of 6,225. It was LMU's first win in The Pit in five all-time meetings. Alex Cowling had a then career-high 31 points, DeAngelis finished with nine points on three three-pointers and Hazel Ramirez chipped in seven points.
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