Nov. 5, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Five players scored in double digits as the LMU women's basketball tem defeated the Melbourne Roos 85-68 in exhibition action this evening in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions shot 50.7 % from the field in the win. Valerie Ogoke led the way with 17 points and 13 rebounds and Amanda Patton made four three-pointers and finished with 15 points. LMU will open its regular season on Thursday night at Stanford in the first round of the Women's NIT.
The opening minutes of the game were close, but after Melbourne tied things up at 15-15, LMU went on a 13-0 run over a three minute span to pull away. A layup by Ashlee Dunlap at 2:33 gave the Lions a 17 point lead, and LMU extended its lead to 18 points when Patton drove to the basket in the final seconds of the half.
The balanced Lions had six players score at least six points, taking a 46-28 lead into the locker room. Ogoke and freshman Lisa Helmers led the way with eight points each. Melbourne's Hayley Munro led all players with nine points in the first half.
LMU extended its lead to 25 points at 16:38 on a three-pointer by Patton, but the Roos kept fighting and cut the Lion lead to 10 points at 11:05 on a three-pointer by Munro. They cut the gap to nine points, 68-59, on a jumper by Aleyshia Parker. Melbourne outscored LMU 23-7 during the run, but a layup by Dunlap extended the LMU lead back to double digits where it would stay for the rest of the game. The Lions outscored Melbourne 17-9 in the final 9:41 of the game.
Five Lions finished in double digits, including Ogoke (17) and Patton (15). Amanda DeCoud had an outstanding overall game, finishing with 12 points, eight assists, two rebounds, a block and a steal. The point guard had just one turnover. Cassady Moore made her first career start and finished with a career-high 14 points. She also added four assists and a steal. Dunlap picked up right where she left off last season, recording a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and also had three steals.
LMU had some new faces wearing the jersey tonight. Jennifer Hall made her LMU debut after sitting out last season after transferring from Vanderbilt and she finished with nine rebounds and four points. Freshmen Helmers, Jessica Vargas and Kavita Goss all made their LMU debut this evening.
LMU will open the regular season against Stanford on Thursday night in the first round of the Women's NIT. The game will be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access at www. LMULions.com
- GO LIONS! -