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Patton Nears Record In Road Win

Jan. 11, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - LMU outscored the University of San Francisco 38-19 in the second half for a 70-64 come from behind victory in West Coast Conference women's basketball action this evening at War Memorial Gymnasium. Amanda Patton hit six three-pointers and is now one away from tying the LMU career record. She finished with a season-high 24 points. Ashlee Dunlap scored a season-high 16 points and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the second half. LMU improves to 10-7 overall, 2-1 in WCC action.

LMU opened the game on an 8-0 run, using its quickness and speed to confuse the Dons in the opening minutes. USF (6-11, 0-2) was forced to call a timeout and responded. The Dons went on a 16-2 run to go up 16-10 at 12:33. LMU called a timeout and stopped the USF run on the next possession when Dunlap hit a jumper from outside. Patton hit her second three pointer of the game on the next possession to cut the lead. Valerie Ogoke made a layup and converted a free throw after the foul to tie the game at 18-18 at 10:56.

Patton hit her third three-pointer of the game to put the Lions up 21-18 at 9:39. The Dons stayed hot on offense, shooting over 58% in the first half to pull out to a double digit lead. As the Dons got hot, the Lions got cold. USF extended its lead to 18 points before LMU ended the half on a 5-0 run to make it a 45-32 game at halftime.

Dominique Carter led all players with 16 first half points, and Lisa Olden added nine points for the Dons. Patton led LMU with 10 points in the first half, going 3-for-4 from three-point range. Jennifer Hall added eight points in the first half.

USF shot 58% from the field at 54.5% from three-point range, while LMU made 44% of its shots from the field. USF outrebounded LMU 18-10. DeCoud led the Lions with five rebounds and four assists.

Both offenses were cold out of the halftime break, with the teams combining for five points in the first four minutes of the period. LMU's offense got going, with Hall taking a feed from Dunlap under the basket for an easy layup, and following that up with a three-pointer to cut the USF lead to single digits at 14:03. The Lions continued to keep USF off the board, scoring 10 unanswered points to cut the lead to 48-45. After a USF free throw ended its scoring drought, Patton answered with her fifth three-pointer of the night to make it a one point game. Dunlap hit a pair of free throws at 10:25 to give the Lions their first lead of the second half, 50-49.

A free throw by DeCoud gave the Lions a 51-49 lead, but Carter tied the game on USF's first field goal since the opening minute when she hit a jumper in the lane at 9:17. LMU hit back to back baskets in the paint to go up 55-51 at 7:11. Dunlap continued to be active on the boards, grabbing offensive rebounds and drawing fouls. The Dons cut the LMU lead to one, 61-60 on a three-pointer by Shay Rollins, but Dunlap answered with a pair of free throws to make it a three-point Lion lead.

Heidi Heintz hit a jumper in the lane to cut it to one, but Patton responded with her sixth three-pointer of the night to give the Lions a 66-62 lead. Carter hit a jumper at 1:42 to make it a 66-64 game.

After several unsuccessful possessions, DeCoud recovered a loose ball to give LMU the ball with 27.7 seconds on the clock. Patton was fouled on the inbounds and hit one of two to put LMU up 67-64 with 24.2 seconds in the game.

After a missed a three-pointer on the next USF possession, Ogoke grabbed the offensive board and put away her free throw to put LMU up 68-64. Carter grabbed the rebound off of Ogoke's miss, but missed a jumper from the wing. Patton grabbed the rebound and sunk both free throws to ice the 70-64 win.

Patton led all players with 24 points, going 6-for-9 from three-point range. She also hit four free throws, including three in the final minute of the game. Four Lions finished in double digits, including 16 by Dunlap, 13 from Hall and Ogoke with 10 points. Dunlap was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, hitting all eight in the second half as part of LMU's comeback.

Carter finished with 21 points for the Dons, while Olden chipped in 13. USF shot just 36.4% from the field in the second half. LMU shot 40% from the field in the second half, and finished shooting 42% for the game.

LMU outrebounded USF 18-12 in the second half, but USF held the overall margin, 30-28. Dunlap led the Lions with eight rebounds, including six offensive. Hall added seven rebounds. Nykia Peach led USF with eight rebounds.

Patton's six three-pointers is tied for third on the LMU single game chart, just one behind her own record of seven three-pointers in a game. She now has 125 career three-pointers, just one behind the mark of 126 set by former teammate Rachael Ziemann last year.

The Lions will return to action on Saturday when they head down to San Diego for a 2:00pm showdown at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

- GO LIONS! -