Feb. 10, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - It was only fitting that seniors Amanda Patton and Ashlee Dunlap led the Lions to a 65-52 win over San Francisco on Senior Day in Gersten Pavilion. Patton led all scorers with 16 points, and Dunlap registered a double double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the final home game of the season.
LMU improves to 14-11 on the season, 6-5 in WCC action, while the Dons fall to 8-17 overall, 2-8 in conference play.
It was a battle from the start. The Lions led by as many as eight, 16-8, at 10:55 before the Dons fought back to tie the game and take the lead at 3:54 on a layup by Randi Richardson. The final minutes of the half were close, as the Lions took a 28-26 lead into the break.
Dunlap was inspired in the final home game of her career, scoring 10 points with 6 rebounds in the first half. Both teams struggled from the field, shooting less than 38%, but the Lions held a slight edge in the rebounding category, 22-18.
Dominique Carter and Nykia Peace led the Dons with six points a piece in the first half. They each had four rebounds.
The pesky Dons would not go away in the second half. The Lions took a four point lead, 36-32 at 14:56 on a pair of free throws by Patton, but the Dons battled back to tie it. Although USF never led in the half, they tied the game four times before LMU was able to pull away for good.
The final tie was at the 10:39 mark, 40-40, but the Lions went on a 14-2 run over the next five minutes to pull ahead for good. Patton started the run with a three-pointer, and Amanda DeCoud scored six straight points to help the Lions pull ahead. A jumper by Jennifer Hall gave the Lions a 12 point lead, 54-42 at 5:45.
USF cut the lead to eight, but the Lions continued to play strong defense in the final minutes for the win.
Patton led all players with 16 points, converting four three-pointers and four free throws. She also pulled down seven rebounds, dished out three assists and made two steals. Dunlap recorded her first double double of the year, finishing with 12 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and an assist.
DeCoud was the third Lion in double digits, scoring 14 points to go along with four rebounds, three steals, and two assists. Jessica Vargas scored a career-high six points to go along with a career-high five rebounds in a career-high 25 minutes of action.
Carter led USF with 14 points and six rebounds, while Shay Rollins finished with 10 points.
The Lions return to action next Saturday when they head to Malibu to face local rivals Pepperdine at 5:00pm. The game is part of a doubleheader with the men's team, and will be broadcast live on Lions All-Access.
- GO LIONS! -