Nov. 13, 2011
CSUN Game Notes in PDF
LIONS' LAST LINE
Opening the season on the road for the ninth consecutive season, the Lions shot 56 percent from the field, including 78 percent in the second half, but could not overcome a 34-23 rebound disadvantage along with 20 turnovers in a 71-55 loss at Denver. Monica DeAngelis and Ashley Lovett led the Lions early, combining to score the first 11 points as LMU took an 11-5 lead. But Denver outscored the Lions 30-14 to close out the first half and LMU was never able to get within nine in the second half. Despite not scoring her first bucket until the 11:44 mark, redshirt junior Alex Cowling led all scorers with 23 points. She also added a team-high nine rebounds. DeAngelis finished the night with 15 points while Lovett added eight, including a pair of three-pointers.
DEANGELIS SETS CAREER MARKS IN SEASON OPENER
Junior guard Monica DeAngelis had a breakout game in the Lions' season opener at Denver, recording career-high marks in points (15), minutes played (29) and field goals (5). She also tied her career-high with three three-pointers. DeAngelis battled injuries last season, only appearing in 15 games and averaging 4.1 ppg.
WELCOME BACK ALEX
Redshirt junior Alex Cowling didn't miss a beat in her first official game in nearly a year, leading the Lions in scoring with 23 points on 11-for-15 shooting. She also added a team-high nine rebounds, coming up just one shy of a double-double. Cowling was averaging 22.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season when she was sidelined six games in with a foot injury.
LMU holds a commanding 12-3 all-time record against Cal State Northridge, including the last five meetings between the two programs. The Lions are also 6-1 all-time in games played in Gersten Pavilion, the lone loss coming in 1990. ...The Lions and Matadors last met on Nov. 30, 2010 in Northridge. That game, the seventh of the season for LMU, marked the first played without Alex Cowling. But others stepped up as Candice Nichols led the way with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds and then freshman point guard Hazel Ramirez poured in 20 points, including five three pointers as LMU claimed a 69-52 win. ...Prior to last year's matchup, the two teams had not met since the 2004 season.
ABOUT THE CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE MATADORS (1-0)
The Matadors opened the 2011-12 season with a 67-59 win over West Coast Conference member San Francisco. Freshman guard Ashlee Guay led a trio of players in double-figures, scoring 17 points in her collegiate debut. Junior forward Violet Alama added a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds while freshman guard Janae Sharpe chipped in 14 points. ...CSUN went 4-24 overall and 4-19 in Big West play (9th place) last season under then first-year head coach Jason Flowers. Bringing back five returners, along with eight newcomers, the Matadors were selected to finish seventh in the Big West Preseason Poll.
COWLING NAMED PRESEASON ALL-WCC
Cowling, a redshirt junior for the Lions, was the only non-senior named to the 10-member Preseason All-WCC team. The WCC Newcomer of the Year in 2008-09 and a first team All-WCC selection in 2009-10, the Benicia, Calif., native was leading LMU in scoring at 22.5 ppg in 2010-11 before suffering an injury just six games in. Despite that setback, she currently ranks No. 1 in LMU's record book for career scoring average (16.1 ppg) and No. 10 in career points (1,062). Back to full strength, Cowling will be the prime catalyst to the Lions' success this season.
LMU SELECTED FOURTH IN PRESEASON WCC COACHES POLL
For the second consecutive season the LMU women's basketball team has been selected fourth in the West Coast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. The Lions received 36 points in a vote by the nine WCC head coaches. Reigning WCC champion Gonzaga was selected as the favorite to win the WCC title in 2011-12, earning 64 points and eight of the nine possible first-place votes. Conference newcomer BYU was selected to finish second, earning 52 points and one first-place vote, while Pepperdine was selected to finish third (50 points). Saint Mary's (fifth, 34 points), Portland (sixth, 32 points), San Diego (seventh, 26 points), Santa Clara (eighth, 22 points) and San Francisco (ninth, 8 points) rounded out the preseason poll.
COWLING CLIMBS THE RECORD BOOK RANKS
In just two-plus seasons in an LMU uniform, redshirt junior Alex Cowling has moved into the No. 9 spot in the Lions' all-time record book with 1,085 career points. Cowling was averaging 22.5 ppg (135 points) in just six games last season before being sidelined for the duration with a foot injury. Back to full strength in 2011-12, and is currently just 577 points off the all-time career record of 1,662 held by Bryn Britton (1998-02).
Cowling is also moving up the ranks in a number of career statistical categories. She currently ranks No. 1 in scoring average (16.2 ppg), No. 6 in rebounding average (6.9 rpg), No. 7 in field goals (426), No. 3 in field-goal percentage (.517) and No. 3 in free-throw percentage (.791). She is also knocking on the door of the all-time top 10 in rebounds (459, No. 10 is 515) and free throws (189, No. 10 is 224).
LMU is celebrating its Centennial in 2011-12 and athletics will honor the anniversary all season long. LMUat100 will feature a Centennial Game for each of the varsity programs, which includes women's basketball on Dec. 4 against UCLA and Jan. 21 against Santa Clara. For more information, visit LMULions.com/LMUat100.
Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, longtime cross-town adversaries Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine have come together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Challenge. The series, which is in its third year, serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Lions and Waves, and challenges each institution to rise above the other within the West Coast Conference. LMU and Pepperdine will be represented by over 12 of their intercollegiate athletic teams through both regular and post-season competitions over the course of the academic calendar. Any head-to-head competition, including matches in the post-season and tournaments throughout the year, will be counted toward the scoring and added to the scorecard as they occur. For the sports in which the two teams do not meet head-to-head, the teams will battle for points that will be awarded on the basis of overall finish at their respective post-season championships. The Waves have won each of the first two competitions, and currently lead the Lions, 4.5-0, in 2011-12. To learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit: http://www.lmulions.com/trads/PCH-Cup.html.
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