Homestand Concludes Against Titans
The LMU women's basketball team closes out a three-game homestand on Tuesday, Nov. 20 against Cal State Fullerton.
Nov. 19, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team closes out a three-game homestand on Tuesday, Nov. 20 against Cal State Fullerton. The Lions will be looking for their third straight victory as well when they tip off against the Titans at 7 p.m.
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Thursday, Nov. 20 - LMU vs. Cal State Fullerton, 7:00 p.m.
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LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions won their second straight on Saturday, Nov. 17, topping Utah State, 98-81. Alex Cowling led LMU with 24 points while Hazel Ramirez recorded a double-double of 15 points and 12 assists. Mackenzie Kerins tallied her second straight double-double, finishing with 19 points and 13 boards.
INSIDE THE LIONS
LMU has won back-to-back games (Nov. 15 vs. Long Beach State and Nov. 17 vs. Utah State) for the first time since Jan. 28-Feb. 2 of 2012 when they won two straight. Against Cal State Fullerton, they go for their first three-game streak since the 2010-11 season. The 98-81 win over Utah State was a record setting performance for LMU, both individually and collectively. Junior point guard Hazel Ramirez tallied her first career-double-double with 15 points and a program record 12 assists. The previous single-game high of 11 was held by four former Lions, but had not been matched sine the 1994 season. The Lions' 98 points was the highest scoring output since 2007 and now sits as the third most points scored in program history. Through four games, Alex Cowling leads the Lions with 16.8 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Hazel Ramirez is averaging 12.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. The Lions have also gotten a boost in the post from Mackenzie Kerins (11.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg) and Alexis Love (6.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg). The Lions' relentless defense has led to 58 steals (14.5 per game) and 97 (24.3 per game) total turnovers for their opponents. Head coach Charity Elliott announced on Monday that assistant coach Tracey Wolff has resigned her position and Elliott's husband, Chris Elliott, will be joining the staff for the remainder of the year. Wolff, a longtime colleague and fried of Elliott's, has departed for personal reasons and will be moving back to St. Louis where her husband and son are currently living. Chris Elliott coached along side his wife at UC San Diego, Portland State and Cal Baptist and will now serve as the Lions Director of Operations.
ABOUT THE CAL STATE FULLERTON TITANS
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.
Junior point guard Hazel Ramirez set an LMU all-time single-game record when she dished out 12 assists in the Lions' 98-81 win over Utah State on Nov. 17. The previous high of 11 had been reached by five different players, though none since 1994. With 30 assists through four games, Ramirez is averaging 7.5 per game thus far.
DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK
Alex Cowling's 24-point effort on Nov. 17 vs. Utah State marked her 55th 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 100 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!
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