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Strong Second Half Surge To Win

Feb. 22, 2007

Box Score

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The LMU women's basketball team outscored Santa Clara 21-5 over the final seven minutes of the game for the 65-56 win in the Leavey Center tonight. With the win, the Lions complete the season sweep over the Broncos. Amanda DeCoud led the Lions with 16 points and converted key free throws in the final minute of the game for the win.

The Lions improve to 16-11 on the season and remain in third place in the WCC with an 8-5 record. The Broncos fall to 13-15 on the season, 5-8 in conference action.

The game started well for LMU, as the Lions pulled out to a double digit lead, 25-14, on a layup by Jennifer Hall at 6:44. However, the Broncos outscored LMU 18-4 over the final 6:44 of the half to take a 32-29 lead into the break.

Santa Clara led by as many as 10 points in the second half, but strong defense by the Lions allowed LMU to chip away the lead and tie things up 51-51 on a steal and layup by DeCoud at the 4:57 mark. A pair of free throws by Jessica Vargas at 3:47 gave LMU its first lead of the second half, 53-51. Sara Majors tied it up again with a pair from the free throw line, but DeCoud's free throws gave the Lions the lead back for good, 55-53. Majors' free throw cut the lead to one, but LMU responded with a layup by Jennifer Hall to go up 57-54 at 2:19.

A driving layup by Patton at 1:34 gave the Lions a 59-54 lead. After DeCoud converted a free throw, Tracey Walker drove to the basket and converted to make it a 60-56 game with 40 seconds remaining.

DeCoud hit two free throws with 33 seconds on the clock to put the Lions up 62-56. A three pointer miss by Santa Clara set up a free throw by Hall. Vargas converted a pair of free throws to give the Lions the final 65-56 victory.

LMU's defense was the key in the second half. The Broncos converted just one field goal in the final 7:04 of the game, as LMU outscored SCU 21-5 over the final stretch.

DeCoud led the Lions with 16 points, including 12 in the second half during LMU's critical run. She converted 3-of-4 free throws in the final 49 seconds of the game. Jennifer Hall was 6-for-8 from the field with 14 points and seven rebounds. Ashlee Dunlap had her third straight double digit scoring game with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Walker led the Broncos with 11 points and Chandice Cronk added 10.

The No. 3 seed in the WCC Tournament is on the line in LMU's season finale against Saint Mary's on Saturday at 2:00pm. Right now, LMU and Saint Mary's are tied for third place with identical 8-5 conference records. The winner of the game will earn the No. 3 seed, while the loser will be the No. 4 seed.

- GO LIONS! -