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Lions Drop Heartbreaker

Jan. 13, 2007

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - LMU dropped a disappointing 50-49 decision to San Diego this afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Lions led for nearly the entire game, but USD took its first lead of the game with 2:04 remaining. LMU had a chance to tie the game with 2.9 seconds remaining when Amanda DeCoud was fouled, but she converted just one of two free throws. Jennifer Hall led all players with 17 points.

The Lions started strong, hitting three of their first four three-point attempts to help jump out to a 19-10 lead at 10:24. LMU's defense forced six turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the game. A steal and layup by Cassady Moore at 6:00 gave the Lions a 10 point lead, 25-15.

Following that basket, the Lion offense went cold. Their defense forced several USD turnovers, but the Lions went scoreless until Amanda Patton's driving layup with 23 seconds remaining on the clock. USD cut the lead to six with a driving layup by Amanda Rego to close out the half and make it a 27-21 game.

Moore led all players with seven points in the first half and recorded two steals. Kavita Goss and Hall each score six points for LMU. Four different players had four points for the Toreros.

USD outrebounded LMU 20-14, led by Rego with six rebounds. Hall and Ashlee Dunlap had five rebounds each for the Lions.

The Lions opened the half on a 9-2 run, but the Toreros battled back to make it a one point game on a layup by Rego at 11:09. LMU's post players hit big baskets to keep the Toreros from going ahead, and a jumper by Hall at 7:57 extended the lead back to five points, 44-39.

Morgan Henderson made it a one point game, 44-43, with a layup and a pair of free throws, but Dunlap answered with a jumper in the paint to extend the lead back to three, 46-43.

A pair of free throws by Rego made it a 46-45 game, but Valerie Ogoke answered with a turnaround jumper to extend it back to 48-45. But a jumper by Amber Sprague and a jumper by Kelly Winther gave USD its first lead of the game, 49-48 at 2:04.

The teams traded misses on the next few possessions, and USD recovered an LMU turnover with 32 seconds on the clock. USD ran the clock down to 16 seconds before an LMU foul put Rego at the line for a one and one with 16.4 seconds on the clock.

She made the first but missed the second to make it a 50-48 game. Hall recovered the rebound on the miss, and DeCoud drew a foul with 2.9 seconds remaining. She made the first free throw but missed the second, and Rego recovered. She was fouled with 1.3 seconds on the clock She missed the front end of the one and one, but the ball rolled out of bounds as the clock expired to give USD the 50-49 win.

With the win, San Diego improves to 14-3 overall, 3-0 in WCC action. The Lions fall to 10-8 overall and 2-2 in the WCC.

Hall led all players with 17 points, and led LMU with eight rebounds. Moore added nine points.

Winther led USD with 12 points, and Rego chipped in 11. The point guard also added eight rebounds and six assists.

USD outrebounded the Lions 37-29, and the Toreros shot 41.2% from the field. LMU shot 38.2% from the field, and 36.4% from three point range.

The Lions return to action on Saturday when they host WCC rival Pepperdine at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday, January 20th at 4:30pm. The game is the first of a doubleheader with the men's team and will be televised live on CSTV.

- GO LIONS! -