Ranked Rival On Tap
The LMU women's basketball team (5-3) faces its first ranked opponent of the season, facing No. 19/21 UCLA on Sunday at Pauley Pavilion.
Dec. 1, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The Lions go up against their first ranked opponent of the season on Sunday when they open the month of December at No. 19/21 UCLA. Tip off at the Bruins' Pauley Pavilion is scheduled for 2 p.m.
LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions improved to 4-0 at home this season with a 69-52 win over Colorado State on Wednesday. Alex Cowling led LMU with 16 points and Melinda Gomez came off the bench to add a career-high 12 points and six boards. Both teams struggled from the field in the first half, but the Lions' full-court press was too much to handle for the Rams who did not net a field goal until the 8:46 mark of the first first half. For the game, LMU swiped 17 steals and forced 23 total turnovers.
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.
Following their Nov. 28 win over Colorado State, the Lions improved to a perfect 4-0 in Gersten Pavilion. That already matches their total home wins during the 2011-12 season and is just one shy of the home wins recorded in both 2009-10 and 2010-11.
The 98-81 win over Utah State on Nov. 17 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 eight games, Alex Cowling leads the Lions with 16.6 ppg and 6.8 rpg. Hazel Ramirez is averaging 9.4 points and 6.5 assists per game. The Lions have also gotten a boost in the post from Mackenzie Kerins (9.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and Alexis Love (5.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg).
The Lions' relentless defense has led to 103 steals (12.9 per game) and 179 (22.4 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 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 UCLA BRUINS
UCLA enters the week at 3-1 overall and ranked No. 19/21. The Bruins opened the season with a 66-52 win over San Diego State, then went on the road to upset then No. 11 Oklahoma, 86-80. Back in Pauley Pavilion for their last two games, they fell 76-64 to then No. 5 Notre Dame, then bounced back for a 65-52 win over Princeton on Nov. 25. Four players are scoring in double figures for UCLA including Markel Walker (18.8 ppg), Thea Lemberger (11.5 ppg), Nirra Fields (10.3 ppg) and Alyssia Brewer (10.3 pgg). Only Walker and Brewer have appeared in all four games thus far. UCLA holds a +8.3 rebounds per game average over their opponents and is shooting 41 percent from the field. They have struggled from the free throw line, however, hitting just 59 percent from the charity stripe.
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