Jan. 19, 2008
Los Angeles, CA - The Gaels were unable to capitalize late in the ball game, as they fell to the Loyola Marymount Lions, 73-71. Saint Mary's drops to 9-10 overall and 1-2 in West Coast Conference play.
Four players recorded double-digits in the game, as Louella Tomlinson led the way with 18 points. Joining Tomlinson was Jontelle Smith (15), Sierra Chambers (13), and Lauren Shaughnessy (12). Shaughnessy also chipped in a career and game-high 17 rebounds against the Lions. Shaughnessy standing at 5-4, was the shortest player on the court in the game.
Tomlinson picked up another nine blocks to add to her total, increasing her block count to 98 on the year. The freshman also recorded her third double-double of the year, with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
The first half proved to be a tough battle for both teams, at neither team led by more than six points. The Gaels took the lead out of the gate; with a Smith three giving the Gaels a 12-7 lead. Saint Mary's maintained the lead until the 11:37 mark, when Bronwyn Evans converted on a lay-up to take a 17-16 lead over the Gaels. The remaining minutes of the first half continued to be a close contest, with the Lions remaining on the top at halftime, 37-35.
Tomlinson led the Gaels by tabbing a team-high 11 points in the first half, while also adding five boards and three blocks. Smith was not far behind totaling nine points in the half, as she knocked down three from long range. The most impressive statistic of the half was Shaughnessy's 12 rebounds. Shaughnessy led all players with the 12 boards, while also picking up four points.
Neither team shot well from the floor, as the Gaels tabbed a 28.3 shooting percentage, to the Lions 31.7 percentage.
Throughout the second half the Lions maintained their lead, responding to each of the Gaels' runs. At the 14:12 mark Saint Mary's took their first lead of the second half, 51-50, but the Lions' Young was quick to capture it back with a three-pointer.
It was not looking promising for the Gaels as Loyola Marymount extended their lead to seven points with 4:50 remaining, but Saint Mary's did not give-up, as they went on a 4-0 run to close the gap to three. At the 30 second mark the Gaels were able to cut the lead to one, but an Evans free throw would bump the advantage back to three. The Gaels had an opportunity to push the game to overtime with a pair of free throw attempts, but the shots would not fall, as the Gaels dropped the game to the Lions, 73-71.
Saint Mary's returns to action at home on January, 24 at 7:00 PM in McKeon Pavilion. The Gaels will continue WCC action as they play the San Francisco Dons.