WCC Opening Weekend Continues at USD
LMU continues West Coast Conference play on Monday, Dec. 30 at unbeaten San Diego.
Dec. 29, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The opening weekend of West Coast Conference play continues for the LMU women's basketball team on Monday, Dec. 30 as it concludes a two-game road swing at undefeated San Diego. Tip off from the Jenny Craig Pavilion is scheduled for 6 p.m.
LIONS LAST LINE
The Lions used a late rally to get within seven points of BYU but would eventually settle for a 90-72 setback at the Marriott Center Saturday in both teams' WCC opener. Deanna Johnson led LMU with 18 points while Hazel Ramirez added 17, including 11 in the second half. Sophie Taylor chipped in 12 points to round out the Lions in double figures. Trailing by 20 early in the second half, the Lions began to chip away slowly, eventually using a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to just seven, 73-66, with 6:01 to play. Melinda Gomez was a huge spark of the bench to get the run going as she hit back-to-back buckets and came up with a big block that resulted in an empty BYU possession followed by a pair of free throws for Ramirez at the other end of the court. The LMU run would run out of gas, however, as BYU was able to pull away down the stretch, hitting better than 58 percent front he field for the game. The Lions won a slight 41-40 edge on the boards, including 19 offensive rebounds, while also turning the ball over just 13 times to the Cougars' 20 giveaways.
INSIDE THE LIONS
Hazel Ramirez played in her 100th career game on Thursday, Dec. 28 at BYU. The senior point guard has started all but four of those games and has appeared in all but two games contested during her career. The two missed games were due to an ankle injury last season.
Ramirez has scored in double-figures in nine of LMU's 11 games this season, leading the team in scoring six times. She 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 64 assists through 12 games, Hazel Ramirez brings her career total to 350, good for fourth place in LMU's all-time record book. Next in line is Bryn Britton (1998-02) with 352.
The Lions have debuted seven different starting lineups in just 12 games played this season. The lone constant has been senior point guard Hazel Ramirez who has started all dozen games.
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.
ABOUT THE BYU COUGARS
San Diego continued to build on the best start in program history with a 71-43 win over Pepperdine on Thursday in both teams' WCC opener. The Toreros, who were picked to finish second in the WCC Preseason Poll, are 12-0, including a 7-0 mark in Jenny Craig Pavilion. Seven players average 18 minutes or more per game while four of those seven are scoring in double figures. Amy Kame leads the way with 14.8 ppg and Malina Hood adds 11.4 ppg, including a team best 25 three-pointers (25-for-60, 41.7 percent). Felicia Wijenberg chips in 10.8 ppg and Katelyn McDaniel is averaging 10.3 points to go along with a team-high 8.1 rpg. USD averages a +18.2-point scoring margin and +14.7 rebounding margin.
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