Lions Look to Remain Perfect at Home Against Gauchos

Freshman Deanna Johnson averages 4.9 ppg off the bench for LMU.

Dec. 4, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - The Lions return to Gersten Pavilion where they are 4-0 this season to host UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 5 - LMU vs. UC Santa Barbara, 7:00 p.m., Gersten Pavilion
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The Lions dropped to 0-3 on the road as they could not overcome an 18-point first-half deficit against No. 19/21 ranked UCLA in an 86-66 final. Hazel Ramirez led LMU with 17 points and five assists but was the only Lion to reach double-figures in the game. Alex Cowling was one point shy of a double-double, finishing with nine points and 10 boards. The Bruins' size inside led to a 44-24 advantage in points in the paint and a 55-36 rebounding edge. They also earned 25 trips to the free-throw line compared to the Lions' eight.

• 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.
• 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 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 nine games, Alex Cowling leads the Lions with 15.8 ppg and 7.1 rpg. Hazel Ramirez is averaging 10.2 points and 6.3 assists per game.
• In just nine games, LMU is nearly halfway (186) to meeting last year's total (314) in assists.
• With 113 steals through nine games (12.6 per game), the Lions are just 54 swipes from last year's total.
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.

The Last Meeting
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UC Santa Barbara66
November 19, 2011
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Early Deficit Too Much to Overcome at UCSB
Alex Cowling recorded her third consecutive 20-plus point game, finishing with a game-high 22 points, but the LMU women's basketball team could not overcome an early deficit in a 66-49 loss to UC Santa Barbara Saturday at the Thunderdome.

UCSB brings a 2-5 record to Gersten Pavilion on Wednesday. The Gauchos have picked up wins over New Mexico State, 43-41, and Mississippi State, 60-43, but are currently riding a three-game losing streak. Most recently they fell 49-39 to Saint Mary's in Santa Barbara. Averaging just 50.3 ppg as a team, the Gauchos have one player in double-figures - Sweets Underwood (10.3 ppg). Underwood also leads UCSB on the boards at 7.7 per game. The Gauchos are hitting at nearly a 40-percent clip from the field, but shoot just 25 percent from beyond the arc. They have also made just 67 trips to the charity stripe in seven games while their opponents have shot a collect 97-for-126 from the free-throw line.


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