Dec. 14, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - Fresh off a 10-day break from action, the Lions play their final game at Gersten Pavilion before the New Year, hosting Oregon State on Saturday, Dec. 15. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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Saturday, Dec. 15 - LMU vs. Oregon State, 2:00 p.m., Gersten Pavilion
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LIONS' LAST LINE
A bid to improve to a perfect 5-0 in Gersten Pavilion this season came up just short as the Lions fell, 76-69, to visiting UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 5. Alex Cowling led all scorers with 25 points while Hazel Ramirez had 14 and Danielle Pruitt chipped in 12. While they made a miraculous comeback from 20 points down against Tulsa on Nov. 24, a 19-point deficit against the Gauchos was too much to overcome despite another furious late second-half rally.
INSIDE THE LIONS
The Lions return to the court against Oregon State following a 10-day break from competition. It is the longest span they have had between games as a busy early-season schedule saw LMU play 10 games in a 25-day span.
The match-up against the Beavers is the final non-conference game of the season to be played in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions return to their home court to open the New Year, and WCC play, on Jan. 3 against PCH Cup rival Pepperdine.
The Dec. 5 loss to UC Santa Barbara was the first home loss of the season for LMU as they moved to 4-1 in Gersten Pavilion. However, 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 10 games, Alex Cowling leads the Lions with 16.7 ppg and 7.2 rpg. Hazel Ramirez is averaging 10.6 points and 6.1 assists per game.
In just 10 games, LMU is nearly halfway (160) to meeting last year's total (314) in assists.
With 126 steals through 10 games (12.6 per game), the Lions are already just 41 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 win 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.
ABOUT THE OREGON STATE BEAVERS
Oregon State holds a 6-3 overall record following a 54-36 win over Cal State Fullerton on Thursday. The Beavers have played the majority of their non-conference slate at home, where they are 4-2. They also traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a trio of games. The Beavers average 63.7 ppg and feature a very balanced scoring attack. Just one player, Jamie Weisner, is averaging double figures (11.7 ppg) while five others average between six and nine ppg. OSU has averaged a rebounding edge of 7.8 boards per game while also collecting 6.4 blocks per game.