Aggies Up Next For LMU
On the road for a second straight game to open the 2013-14 season, the LMU women's basketball team faces Utah State for the first time ever in Logan, Utah, on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Tip off in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Mountain, 6 p.m Pacific.
Nov. 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES - On the road for a second straight game to open the 2013-14 season, the LMU women's basketball team faces Utah State for the first time ever in Logan, Utah, on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Tip off in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Mountain, 6 p.m Pacific.
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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).
LIONS LAST LINE
On the road for their 11th consecutive season opener, LMU led for nearly 35 minutes, but a late push by New Mexico left the Lions on the short end of a 69-65 final at The Pit. Hazel Ramirez led the Lions with 18 points to go along with four assists and and six boards. Deanna Johnson joined Ramirez in double-figures with 14 points while Emily Ben-Jumbo chipped in seven. A three by Johnson on the game's first possession got things going for LMU. A six-point run midway through the half opened up a 15-8 advantage and, after six first-half lead changes, the Lions carried a 35-29 lead into the break. LMU came out hot to start the second half, opening up a 45-35 advantage on back-to-back buckets by Johnson. With just under five minutes remaining, the Lobos went on an 11-0 run, turning an LMU six-point lead into a five-point deficit, 65-60. Johnson responded with a three, trimming the UNM lead to two with 29 seconds remaining, but the Lobos sank four straight free throws to hold off the Lions in the final seconds.
The Lions have now dropped five straight season-opening games following a 69-65 setback at New Mexico on Saturday. 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 13-20 in season openers. This was the 11th consecutive season that LMU opened play away from Gersten Pavilion and the Lions are 5-15 all-time when opening the season on the road.
ABOUT THE UTAH STATE AGGIES
Utah State rolled in its season-opener, earning a 103-46 win over Division II Black Hills University on Nov. 9. Shooting 50-percent from the field, the Aggies got 35 points form Makenlee Williams and 24 from Jennifer Schlott. The Aggies did most of their damage inside with 46 points in the paint while hitting just 7-for-24 from beyond the arc. Utah State finished last season at 18-14 overall and 14-4 in the Western Athletic Conference, earning the No. 2 seed the the WAC Tournament and eventually falling in the semifinals.
WHEN LAST WE MET
The last meeting between the Lions and Aggies was a high-scoring affair nearly one year ago in Gersten Pavilion. LMU shot 47 percent in the first half and 50 percent in the second, claiming a 98-81 win over the Aggies. The 98-point output is the third most points scored in a single game in LMU program history. Alex Cowling led LMU with 24 points while Hazel Ramirez had 15 and a career-high 12 assists. Mackenzie Kerins also had a double-double in the game with 19 points and 13 boards.
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