Dec. 4, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - Following a brief stint at home in Gersten Pavilion, the Lions head back out on the road for the final time before WCC action begins, traveling to Fort Collins, Colo., to face the Colorado State Rams on Thursday, Dec. 5. Tip off at Moby Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. Mountain, 6 p.m. Pacific.
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Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 - LMU at Colorado State, 6 p.m. (PT) - Moby Arena
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INSIDE THE LIONS
Hazel Ramirez has scored in double-figures in five of LMU's first seven games this season, leading the team with 12.6 ppg. The senior point guard tallied her first 20-plus point game of the year with a 22-point effort at Long Beach State on Nov. 23. That was just three shy of her career high of 25 set last season at San Diego. Five different players have led the scoring column in a game, including Ramirez, Emily Ben-Jumbo, Deanna Johnson, Chelsea Barnes and Sophie Taylor. Barnes' team-high 16 points versus Oregon State on Nov. 21 also matched her career high, set at Wyoming on Dec. 29, 2012. Taylor also achieved a career-high with 16 points, all in the second half, against UC Irvine on Nov. 29. Taylor Anderson and Mackenzie Kerins have each totalled a double-double. Anderson's 10-point, 10-rebound effort at Utah State was a career first for the junior. Kerins tallied 12 points and 13 rebounds versus New Mexico State for her seventh career double-double. With 31 assists through seven games, Ramirez brings her career total to 317, which is good for sixth in LMU's all-time record book. Next in line is Kate Murray (1999-04) with 329.
LIONS LAST LINE
The Lions dropped a pair of heartbreakers at home last week as part of the 16th Annual DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Thanksgiving Classic. On Friday it was a 63-60 final against UC Irvine and on Saturday a 49-47 decision against Montana. Against the Anteaters, the Lions trailed by as many as 13, but a second-half charge led by Sophie Taylor, who scored a career-high 16 points all in the second half, helped LMU take a 57-51 lead with 4:34 to play. They could not hold on, however, as they found themselves down three with a final shot attempt - a three-pointer by Hazel Ramirez that rimmed out. The match-up against Montana featured nine ties and 11 lead changes and would again come down to the final seconds. Trailing by two, both Ramirez and Ben-Jumbo had looks in the final five seconds, but could get neither shot to fall. Despite continuing to struggle from the field, the Lions' defense showed marked improvement in the two games as they tallied 22 total steals, forced 35 total turnovers and held their two opponents to less than a 40 percent shooting percentage.
YOUTH COMING TOGETHER
While the 2013-14 LMU women's basketball squad features 10 returning players from a season ago, it is an underclassmen-heavy team still working on putting all of the pieces together on the court. Through five games, LMU's freshmen and sophomores have accounted for nearly half of the total 1,400 minutes played. In addition, junior starting forward Emily Ben-Jumbo, who is averaging nearly 25 minutes per game, saw just an average of 11 minutes per game last season, while classmate Taylor Anderson, who has started the last five games, missed the final 21 games last season due to a knee injury.
ABOUT THE COLORADO STATE RAMS
Colorado State is 4-3 on the season and coming off a 1-2 performance at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown. The Rams opened the tournament with a 65-60 win over host Hawaii, then fell to Minnesota and Chattanooga. Six different Rams have led the scoring column through seven games and four players have recorded 20-point outings. For the season, Caitlin Duffy has come off the bench in all seven games and leads the squad with 13.6 ppg. Elin Gustavsson averages 12 ppg while AJ Newton chips in 10.7 ppg for a team averaging 70.1 ppg overall. The Rams do not go deep into their bench as seven players make up all but 106 of the 1,450 minutes played.