WCC Play Begins at BYU
The Lions tip off West Coast Conference play on Saturday, Dec. 28 against BYU at the Marriott Center.
Dec. 27, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - LMU women's basketball opens West Coast Conference play for the 2013-14 season on the road, traveling to face BYU in Provo, Utah, at the Marriott Center on Saturday, Dec. 28. Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m. Pacific and the game will air live on BYUtv and byutvsports.com.
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LIONS LAST LINE
In a disappointing end to the non-conference portion of the 2013-14 schedule, LMU dropped a 72-70 decision to visiting Seattle on Dec. 19 in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions used an 11-0 run midway through the second half to turn a five-point deficit into a six-point lead, 68-62, with 5:35 to play. But Seattle was able to chip away down the stretch, taking a one-point lead, 69-68, on a pair of Ashley Ward free throws with just under three minutes on the clock. A Hazel Ramirez layup briefly put the lead back in the Lions' hands, but a turnover and foul by Mackenzie Kerins put the Redhawks at the line for a pair of free throws with 48 seconds remaining. The Lions would turn the ball over again on the following possession, forcing them to foul. Alexis Montgomery made the first and missed the second, but was able to secure her own offensive rebound as time expired. Ramirez finished with a team high 15 points and nine assists, marking the second time this season the senior point guard has come one assists shy of a double-double. Kerins had 12 points and nine rebounds while Olivia Lucero came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points. Another big spark off the bench was Alexis Love who finished with seven points and nine boards, both season highs.
INSIDE THE LIONS
Hazel Ramirez has scored in double-figures in nine of LMU's 11 games this season, leading the team with 13.3 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. Johnson's 23-point effort on Saturday versus UNLV was one shy of her career high set on Feb. 28, 2013 vs. BYU.
Taylor Anderson and Mackenzie Kerins have each achieved double-double status. Anderson's 10-point, 10-rebound effort at Utah State was a career first for the junior. Kerins has two double-doubles on the year, including a 10-point, 11-rebound effort on Dec. 5 at Colorado State, bringing her career double-double total to eight.
With 61 assists through 11 games, Hazel Ramirez brings her career total to 347, good for fifth place in LMU's all-time record book. Next in line is Amanda DeCloud (2005-08) with 349.
Freshman Olivia Lucero had her best outing of the season on Dec. 19 versus Seattle. The rookie came off the bench for just the fourth time this season to score 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting, including 3-for-3 from three.
GETTING HOT FROM THREE
Leslie Lopez-Wood is starting to catch fire from beyond the arc. After hitting just 4-for-19 (21 percent) from three in the Lions' first four games, the freshman, who once hit 10 threes in a game during her final prep season, has gone 15-for-35 (43 percent) from long range in the last seven games. She nailed 4-of-7 triples for a career-high 12 points at Long Beach State on Nov. 23, then matched that effort on Dec. 5 at Colorado State with another 4-for-7 performance. She tacked on a well-rounded 11-point, five-assist, five rebound effort on Dec. 14 versus UNLV. Lopez-Wood now leads the team with 19 threes on the season.
ABOUT THE BYU COUGARS
BYU enters WCC play at 10-1, tied for the best start in program history, and is receiving votes in the latest USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll, released Dec. 17. The Cougars won nine straight to open the season before dropping an 82-74 decision to Utah on Dec. 14. They bounced back with an 84-74 win over Utah State to close out non-conference play. Three players are averaging double figures, led by Jennifer Hamson at 18.5 ppg to go along with 10.4 rpg. Lexi Eaton averages 15.8 ppg and Kim Beeson has hit 12.8 ppg while leading the squad with 35 three-pointers. BYU averages a 5.2 rebounding advantage and shoots 43 percent from the field while holding opponents to a 36-percent clip.
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