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LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's basketball team looks to take their three-game win streak on the road this week, opening play at the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas, against the Iowa State Cyclones on Friday, Nov. 23.
FOLLOW THE LIONS
Friday, Nov. 23 - LMU vs. Iowa State, 11:30 a.m. (PT)
Saturday, Nov. 24 - LMU vs. Tulsa or Illinois, 9:15 a.m. (PT)
LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions won their third straight on Tuesday, Nov. 20, topping Cal State Fullerton, 85-73. Alex Cowling led LMU with 28 points and 10 rebounds while Hazel Ramirez matched an LMU record 12 assists for the second straight outing. Mackenzie Kerins tallied her third straight double-double, finishing with 12 points and 10 boards as the Lions hit 50 percent from the field for the night.
INSIDE THE LIONS
LMU has won three straight games (Nov. 15 vs. Long Beach State, Nov. 17 vs. Utah State and Nov. 20 vs. Cal State Fullerton) for the first time since Jan. 6-13, 2011. The last four-game streak took place early in the 2008-09 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 five games, Alex Cowling leads the Lions with 19 ppg and 8.2 rpg. Hazel Ramirez is averaging 11 points and 8.4 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 (7 ppg, 4.4 rpg).
The Lions' relentless defense has led to 69 steals (13.8 per game) and 97 (23.4 per game) total turnovers for their opponents.
Alex Cowling's 28-point, 10-rebound effort against Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 20 was her 23rd career-double-double and second of this young season.
Mackenzie Kerins has now recorded three consecutive double-doubles after recording just one during her first two seasons of play.
Hazel Ramirez earned her first career WCC Player of the Week honor on Nov. 19 after averaging 14.3 points, 8.7 assists, 4.7 steals and 2.7 rebounds in a three-game stretch.
Head coach Charity Elliott announced on Nov. 19 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.
The Last Meeting
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December 30, 2006
Lions Can't Hold On To Early Lead
The Lions held an early lead but Iowa State pulled away late in the first half and held off LMU for a 71-55 victory in the final game of the Cyclone Classic this evening at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. Amanda DeCoud led the Lions with 13 points, and Jennifer Hall recorded a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Lions will open WCC action on Friday, January 5th, hosting Gonzaga at Gersten Pavilion at 7:00pm.
ABOUT THE IOWA STATE CYCLONES
Iowa State enters the Junkanoo Jam with a 2-0 record, earning home victories over Western Illinois, 84-65, and North Dakota, 73-34. The Cyclones are averaging a +29-point scoring edge while holding opponents to 31-percent from the field and 28 percent from three. Offensively, ISU has been hot, shooting 50 percent from the field and 41 percent from beyond the arc. Through two games, five Cyclones are averaging double-digit scoring led by Chelsea Poppens' 15.5 ppg. Poppens also leads ISU in rebounding at 11.5 per game.
ABOUT THE TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE
Tulsa enters the Junkanoo Jam at 0-3 with losses to Oral Roberts, University of Arkansas-Little Rock and Arkansas. The Golden Hurricane are averaging just 57.7 ppg while opponents have scored an average of 67 ppg. Taleya Mayberry leads Tulsa with 19 ppg while Tiffani Couisnard is averaging a double-double of 10.7 points and 10 rebounds per game.
ABOUT THE ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI
Illinois is 2-1 on the young season with wins over Evansvile and Cleveland State. The Illini have hit 23 threes in three games, led by Amber Moore who has 11. Moore (13.3 ppg) is one of three players averaging double figures. Joining her are Ivory Crawford (20.3 ppg) and Karisma Penn (19 ppg), who also leads the team with 11 rpg.