Home Opener Versus Aggies Set for Saturday
After opening the 2013-14 season with a pair of games on the road, the LMU women's basketball team hosts New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 16 in its home opener at Gersten Pavilion. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Nov. 15, 2013
LOS ANGELES - After opening the 2013-14 season with a pair of games on the road, the LMU women's basketball team hosts New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 16 in its home opener at Gersten Pavilion. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
INSIDE THE LIONS
The 2013-14 Lions have featured the same starting five lineup for their opening two games - the back court tandem of Hazel Ramirez and Deanna Johnson, guard Olivia Lucero and forwards Emily Ben-Jumbo and Mackenzie Kerins. Thus far it's Ramirez and Johnson leading the Lions at 10 ppg apiece. Ben-Jumbo is just shy of a double-double average with 9.5 ppg and 8.0 rpg. Junior Taylor Anderson has been a nice spark off the bench after missing all but the first 10 games of the 2012-13 season due to a knee injury. Anderson recorded her first career double-double (10 pts, 10 reb) at Utah State on Wednesday. Through two games, 10 players have averaged more than 10 minutes of play per game as second-year Head Coach Charity Elliott continues to look for her team to run the floor, be active on defense and display multiple threats on the attack.
LIONS LAST LINE
Plagued by turnovers and a cold shooting night, the Lions fell, 100-58, at Utah State Wednesday night to wrap up a two-game season-opening road swing. It marked the first time since Feb. 3, 1996 at Portland that the Lions had allowed 100 point to an opponent. LMU hit just 26 percent from the field, including a dismal 2-for-21 performance from three. Utah State shot a healthy 44 percent from the field, and benefitted greatly from LMU's turnovers, scoring 40 points off the 29 giveaways. Emily Ben-Jumbo finished with a team-high 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the Lions. The junior forward also finished just one rebound shy of a double-double. Classmate Taylor Anderson was a spark off the bench, finishing with her first career double-double of 10 points and 10 boards. The junior missed the final 21 games of last season due to a torn ACL.
ABOUT THE NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (1-1)
New Mexico State is 1-1 on the young season after dropping a season-opening 94-69 decision at UTEP and bouncing back for a 98-68 win over Boise State on Thursday. Vanessa Garner leads the Aggies with 16.5 ppg while four additional Aggies are also averaging double-figures including Abby Scott (14 ppg), Sasha Weber (13 ppg), Moriah Mack (12 ppg) and Tyler Elliss (11 ppg). NMSU has averaged 83.5 points through their first two games, shooting nearly 47 percent from the field and 35 percent from three. Their opponents have averaged 81 ppg and have out-rebounded the Aggies by an average of 6.5 boards per game.
WHEN LAST WE MET
The last meeting between the Lions and Aggies resulted in a heartbreaking 77-76 overtime loss for LMU at the Pan American Center on Nov. 17, 2012. Hazel Ramirez led LMU with 20 points while Alex Cowling had 15 and Alexis Love had 16. Three Aggie free throws inside 25 seconds remaining in OT gave NMSU a 77-73 advantage. Ramirez sank a long three with five seconds remaining on the clock, but, despite the two missed Aggie free throws that ensued, the Lions were unable to get off a final shot attempt as time expired.
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