Lions Look For First Road Win
The Lions final game before the Christmas break takes them to Cal Poly for a 7 p.m. tip-off Thursday.
Dec. 19, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The Lions hit the road for their final game before a nine-day Christmas break, traveling to San Luis Obispo to face Big West member Cal Poly on Thursday, Dec. 20. Tip off in Mott Gym is scheduled for 7 p.m.
LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions moved to 6-5 overall and 5-1 in Gersten Pavilion with a 73-62 win over Oregon State on Dec. 15. Hazel Ramirez led the way with 16 points, including 10-for-14 from the free-throw line, and Alex Cowling chipped in 11. Freshman Sophie Taylor came off the bench to score a career-high nine, all from beyond the arc. Defense and free throws got it done for the Lions who forced 30 Beaver turnovers and went 26-for-38 from the charity stripe, including a 22-for-29 second-half performance.
INSIDE THE LIONS
LMU will be seeking its first true road victory at Cal Poly. The Lions' lone win away from Gersten Pavilion this season was a 75-74 final against Tulsa at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas.
For the second year in a row, the Lions and Mustangs meet in LMU's final game before the Christmas break. Thursday's match-up is exactly one year and one day from last year's meeting in Gersten Pavilion.
The Lions hold a seven-game win streak over Cal Poly after their 73-72 victory in 2011. Courtney Collishaw's baseline jumper with 10 seconds remaining was the eventual game-winner as Cal Poly's final shot fell short. LMU's Monica DeAngelis matched the school record with seven threes in the game as well.
Entering the week, the Lions rank No. 1 in the WCC in scoring at 68.5 ppg. They also top the nine-team league in three-point field goal percentage defense (25.1) and steals per game (12.7) and rank third in assists per game (15.5).
Individually, Alex Cowling is tied for second in the WCC in scoring (16.2 ppg) while Hazel Ramirez comes in at No. 11 (11.1 ppg). Ramirez is also second in assists (6.0 per game) and Mackenzie Kerins is fifth in rebounds (7.4 per game).
The 73-62 win over Oregon State on Dec. 15 snapped a two-game losing streak for LMU. The Lions have not lost more than two games in a row thus far this season.
LMU's win over Oregon State was just the sixth all-time against current members of the Pac-12, though of those all-time victories, one came against Colorado and two came against Utah before both were Pac-12 members. The last Lion victory over a Pac-12 program was on Nov. 21, 2001 at Arizona State (70-63).
Either Alex Cowling or Hazel Ramirez have led the Lions in scoring all but once so far this season. Cowling holds the mark on seven occasions, including four +20-point games, while Ramirez has led the team three times. Freshman Deanna Johnson is the only other Lion to lead the scoring column in a single game.
ABOUT THE CAL POLY MUSTANGS
Cal Poly dropped to 5-5 on the season with a 71-67 loss to San Francisco Tuesday night. The matchup against LMU concludes a three-game homestand for the Mustangs, who are now riding a two-game losing streak. Ariana Elegado leads CP in scoring at 12.4 ppg. Also averaging double-figures is Brittany Woodard at 10 ppg. Kayla Griffin leads the Mustangs with 6.9 rpg. Through 10 games, Cal Poly has shot 39 percent from the field and a healthy 32 percent from beyond the arc. They have struggled from the charity stripe, hitting at just a 63 percent clip.
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