Nov. 16, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - On the heels of the season's first victory, the Lions look to make it two in a row when they host Utah State on Saturday, Nov. 17. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.
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LIONS' LAST LINE
The 2012-13 Lions earned their first win of the season, 58-52, in their home opener against Long Beach State. Alex Cowling led the Lions with 14 points while Mackenzie Kerins chipped in a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards. Hazel Ramirez came just shy of a triple double, finishing the night with eight points, nine assists and seven steals. LMU led by as many as nine in the first half and 16 in the second half before a late 49er run cut the spread to three. Ramirez knocked down a trio of free throws in the final minute to seal the six-point victory.
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After opening the season with a pair of road losses, the Lions returned to Gersten Pavilion and immediately picked up their first win of the year... LMU will be seeking its first win streak since Jan. 28-Feb. 2 of 2012 when they won two straight... Through three games, Alex Cowling leads the Lions with 14.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg... Hazel Ramirez is averaging 11.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game... The Lions have also gotten a boost in the post from Mackenzie Kerins (9.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg) and Alexis Love (6.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg)... Ramirez came close to recording the program's first-ever triple double on Thursday versus Long Beach State, finishing with eight points, nine assists and seven steals... Her nine assists tied a career high for the junior point guard... The Lions' relentless defense has led to 41 steals (13.7 per game) and 72 (24 per game) total turnovers for their opponents...
Utah State is 0-2 on the young season after dropping a 78-62 decision at Utah Valley in their season-opener on Nov. 12 and falling 94-90 in overtime at UC Riverside on Thursday. Five Aggies recorded double-digit points against the Highlanders, including Franny Vaaulu with 24 and Devyn Christensen with 22. Both players also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Over the two games, Christensen leads USU with 19 ppg, followed by Vaaulu at 15.5 ppg and Jenna Johnson with 15 ppg. The Aggies are shooting 34 percent from the field, 21 percent from three and 85 percent from the free-throw line.
DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK
Alex Cowling's 14-point effort on Nov. 15 vs. Long Beach State marked her 54th straight game of scoring in double figures. The last time Cowling did not reach double-digit scoring was a seven-point effort against Seattle on Dec. 30, 2009. In Cowling's 99 career games played, she has only been held to single-digits 13 times.
COWLING NAMED PRESEASON ALL-WCC
This marks the fourth consecutive Preseason All-WCC selection for redshirt senior guard/forward Alex Cowling, who led the league in scoring (22.2 ppg) and rebounding (8.7 rpg) last season. A two-time first team All-WCC selection, Cowling broke the LMU career scoring record last winter, and now enters this season with 1,728 career points. This year, she will make a run at the WCC career scoring record of 2,165 points set by Gonzaga's Heather Bowman (2006-10).
LMU SELECTED SEVENTH IN PRESEASON WCC COACHES POLL
The Lions were selected seventh in the 2012-13 West Coast Conference Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league's nine coaches. BYU was selected to win the WCC, receiving five out of a possible eight first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team), just one more first-place vote than second-place Gonzaga. This marked the first time in five years that a team other than Gonzaga was selected by the coaches to win the WCC (San Diego, 2007-08). Gonzaga (60 pts), the 2011-12 regular season champion, finished one point behind BYU (61 pts) in the coaches' poll. Saint Mary's (48 pts) was picked third, followed by San Diego (36 pts) in fourth, Pepperdine (33 pts) in fifth, Santa Clara (27 pts) in sixth, LMU (25 pts) in seventh, Portland (24 pts) in eighth and San Francisco (10 pts) in ninth.
HEAD COACH Charity Elliott
Charity Elliott was hired as the fifth head coach in LMU women's basketball history on April 3, 2012. Elliott came to LMU from UC San Diego where she had a highly successful five-year run with the Division II Tritons, compiling a 127-34 (.789) overall record and 90-16 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association from 2007-08 through 2011-12. During her tenure, Elliott UCSD to three regular-season conference championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances and one Sweet 16 appearance. She also earned three CCAA Coach of the Year honors, was named the 2012 West Region Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the National Coach of the Year honor.
Prior to UCSD, Elliott spent three seasons as the head coach at Portland State where she led the Vikings to a remarkable turnaround during her tenure. After PSU finished with an overall record of 3-23 during her first year in 2004-05, she led the Vikings to a 12-16 overall mark and 6-8 in the Big Sky Conference during her second season. The nine-win improvement ranked amongst the nation's top 20 and Portland State qualified for the Big Sky Tournament for the first time in three years.
Before taking the Portland State job, Elliott served as an assistant coach at Arkansas for one season and was the head coach at Cal Baptist for two seasons. She has also served in an assistant capacity with Southwest Baptist, Southwest Missouri State and San Diego State.
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 fourth 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 three competitions. To learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit LMULions.com/trads/PCH-Cup.html.
2013 ZAPPOS.COM WCC CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO VEGAS
The 2013 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships return to the bright lights of Las Vegas and Orleans Arena on March 6 through March 11 as 18 teams battle for two tickets to the NCAA Tournament. Visit WCCSports.com today for complete championship and ticket information.
TeamLMU brings Lion fans and alums, LMU partners and student-athletes together as one, creating an atmosphere that helps build the Lions into champions. Each week that LMU hosts an event throughout the 2012-13 year, there will be at least one highlighted TeamLMU Event of the Week which will include special promotions, giveaways and opportunities to be part of the team. For more information on TEAM LMU, go online at LMULions.com/school-bio/teamlmu/html.
SEASON TICKET SCARF
This season, LMU is offering the Season Ticket Scarf Pack for season access to all home preseason and regular season events for men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, women's basketball, baseball and softball - a total of more than 100 home games for just $30! And, as the name suggests, the Season Ticket is the limited edition LMU Scarf. Call the LMU Ticket Office at 310-338-LION or visit LMULions.com today!