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Late Rallies Fall Short

Feb. 8, 2007

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU women's basketball team could never really get things going tonight against San Diego, falling to the Toreros 69-60 in West Coast Conference action this evening in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions cut the USD lead to three points with 1:02 remaining, but could not get any closer. Amanda DeCoud led the Lions with 15 points and a career-high eight rebounds.

San Diego improves to 19-4 overall, 8-1 in WCC play. LMU falls to 13-11, 5-5 in conference action.

The opening minutes of the game were closer, with neither team taking a lead by more than three points. The Lions took their last lead, 11-9, on a layup by Amanda Patton at 15:03, but Morgan Henderson followed that with her second and third three-pointers of the game to give USD a lead that it would not relinquish.

After USD took an eight point lead, the Lions rallied to cut it to two points, 23-21 on a layup by Valerie Ogoke. But San Diego answered with a 10-2 run to take its first double digit lead of the game, 33-23, on a layup by Ashley Voisenet at 3:28. LMU scored the only other basket of the half to make it a 33-25 game at halftime.

LMU shot 33.3% from the field in the first half, while USD shot 41.4%. Henderson led all players with 11 first half points, while Ogoke and Jenna Sybesma had six points each for LMU.

The Lions cut the USD lead to four points, 35-31, at the 17:29 mark of the second half on a layup by Ashlee Dunlap, but USD extended its lead back to 12 points with an 8-0 run capped with another three by Henderson.

Again, LMU rallied to make it a five point game, 43-38, on a jumper by DeCoud, but USD answered again with seven straight points to take a 12 point lead.

Down 61-51 at 3:52, the Lions began their final rally with a three-pointer by Kavita Goss. LMU held USD scoreless until the final minute, cutting the lead to 61-58 on a pair of free throws by Patton at 1:02.

LMU fouled the Toreros on their next possession, and Voisenet connected on both to extend the lead back to five. LMU could not convert on its offensive possessions, and USD was able to hold off the Lions for the win.

Henderson led all players with 16 points. Amanda Rego and Voisenet each scored 12 points for USD, and Amber Sprague finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, five steals and six assists.

DeCoud led the Lions with 15 points and a career-high eight rebounds. She also dished out five assists and made two steals. Jennifer Hall recorded her fifth double double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Patton finished with nine points, eight rebounds, and three steals.

The Lions struggled from three-point range, connecting on just three of 16 attempts. LMU held a slight rebounding edge, 43-42, but the Toreros finished the game shooting 40.4%, while the Lions shot just 32.9%.

LMU looks to end its home schedule on a high note when its hosts San Francisco on Saturday at 2:00pm. The Lions will honor seniors Amanda Patton and Ashlee Dunlap in a ceremony before the game.

- GO LIONS! -