Nov. 27, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - On a quick turnaround following a pair of games in the Bahamas after the Thanksgiving holiday, the LMU women's basketball team returns to Gersten Pavilion on Wednesday, Nov. 28 to host Colorado State. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions went 1-1 at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas. They carried a three-game win streak in tournament play, but suffered a 55-33 loss to Iowa State on Nov. 23 while shooting just 21.5 percent from the field. LMU followed the disappointing loss with perhaps one of the most exciting comebacks in program history. After trailing by as many as 20 points early in the second half to Tulsa, the Lions rallied for a 75-74 victory and a third-place finish in the Freeport Division. Alex Cowling led the Lions with 19 points while both Hazel Ramirez and Deanna Johnson chipped in 10. Ramirez also tallied seven assists while Mackenzie Kerins came just shy of her fourth double-double of the year, finishing with eight points and 10 boards. Cowling was also named to the All-Tournament team.
INSIDE THE LIONS
LMU 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 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 seven games, Alex Cowling leads the Lions with 16.7 ppg and 7.4 rpg. Hazel Ramirez is averaging 10 points and 7 assists per game. The Lions have also gotten a boost in the post from Mackenzie Kerins (9.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg) and Alexis Love (6.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg).
The Lions' relentless defense has led to 86 steals (12.3 per game) and 156 (22.3 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 recorded three consecutive double-doubles in the Lions three-game home sin streak 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.
ABOUT THE COLORADO STATE RAMS
Colorado State is 2-2 on the season, last taking the court on Nov. 20. The Rams opened the season with a 58-53 loss to Montana State, before recording back-to-back wins over Northern Colorado and Seattle. Most recently, they fell by four points to Toledo. CSU's trip to Los Angeles to face LMU will be its first road game of the season. Averaging just 57.2 ppg as a team, the Rams are led by Kara Spotton's 10.3 ppg off the bench. She also leads the squad with 8.3 boards per game.
HOME SWEET HOME
After opening the season with back-to-back losses on the road, the Lions returned to the friendly confines of Gersten Pavilion and immediately picked up three straight wins. LMU will look to stay perfect at home when they return to LA on Nov. 28 to host Colorado State.