Jan. 7, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU limited Portland to a new program low for points en route to a 54-34 victory in West Coast Conference women's basketball action this afternoon in Gersten Pavilion. The guard tandem of Cassady Moore and Amanda DeCoud shut down the conference's leading scorer, Laiken Dollente, not allowing the freshman guard to score a single point this afternoon. The Lions never trailed in the game, forcing 25 turnovers in the win.
LMU improves to 9-7 on the season, 1-1 in WCC play. Portland falls to 8-9 overall, 0-2 in conference action.
The game started slowly with the first points of the game coming at the 17:25 mark on a three-pointer by Amanda Patton. Both teams struggled offensively early in the first half, but Patton's three-point shooting kept the Lions ahead. She made three baskets from behind the arc in the first half. LMU extended its lead to 10 points, 22-12 with a jumper by Jennifer Hall at 4:52, but Portland outscored LMU 6-2 the rest of the half to cut the halftime lead to 24-18.
Patton led LMU with nine points, going 3-for-5 from behind the three-point line. Hall added six points. Allyson Sievers led Portland with six points. Moore recorded four of her career-high seven steals in the first half. The teams combined for 28 turnovers in the half, and Portland outrebounded LMU 16-14.
The Lions came out of the halftime break strong, extending their lead back to double digits on a three-pointer by Patton at 15:46 to make it a 33-22 game. The three-pointer was the 119th of Patton's career and she passes Lion great Bryn Britton to move into second place on the career list. She is now seven three-pointers away from tying former teammate Rachael Ziemann's record of 126.
LMU continued to stymie the Pilot offense and its leading scorer Dollente who finished the game with no points on 0-for-5 shooting. The point guard also had eight turnovers in 34 minutes of action.
The Lions led by double digits in the final 10 minutes of the game, extending its lead to 20 points, 50-30 on a three-pointer from the corner by Hall at 2:35. A free throw by Lisa Helmers at 0:46 gave LMU its biggest lead of the game, 21 points.
Patton led all players with 14 points, adding three assists and two steals. Hall contributed 13 points with two assists and a steal. Ashlee Dunlap and DeCoud added eight points each. Dunlap also contributed six rebounds three blocks and two steals. DeCoud had three assists and two steals while helping to shut down the Portland guards.
Only five Portland players scored today, led by Rachel Warren who finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds to go along with four blocks and two steals. Sievers finished with eight points.
The 34 points scored was a new program low for Portland, beating the previous low of 35 set twice, last against Gonzaga on February 26, 2005. It was also the fewest points that LMU has allowed since the 1987-88 season when the Lions limited San Francisco to 30 points on February 13, 1988.
It is the second time this year that the Lions have kept a team under 40 points, limiting Long Beach State to 38 points on November 21, 2006.
LMU looks to continue its strong team defense on the road next weekend when it travels to San Francisco and San Diego for its first conference road trip of the year. The Lions will face the Dons on Thursday at 7:00pm, and the Toreros on Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm.
- GO LIONS! -