Nov. 17, 2006
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Despite cold second half shooting, the LMU women's basketball team secured a 56-53 win over Toledo in the first round of the National City Xavier Invitational this evening in Cincinnati, Ohio. Amanda DeCoud matched her career high with 18 points and Jennifer Hall finished with 18 to lead the Lions to the win. LMU will take on the host Muskateers in the Championship Game on Saturday at 1:00pm PST.
After Toledo (0-2) pulled out to an 8-3 lead, LMU (1-1) answered with a 17-2 run of its own, highlighted by DeCoud. The point guard scored LMU's first 11 points of the game, and matched her career-high of 18 in the first half. The Rockets answered back with six points by Kristi Zeller, but the Rockets managed just six points in the final 10 minutes of the half, and LMU finished the first half with a 34-22 lead.
LMU stayed hot on offense, as Jennifer Hall scored eight points in the final 11:27 of the first half. The Lions shot 55.2% from the field, led by DeCoud going 8-for-9. Hall was a perfect 4-for-4 with four rebounds. DeCoud was also outstanding on defense in the opening half, recording four steals which led to several fast break layups. Zeller was Toledo's leading scorer in the first half with six points.
The Lion offense cooled off a bit in the second half, but LMU scored all of its early points in the paint. The Lions held onto a double digit lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half, but Toledo went on a 10-0 run to take a 51-50 lead at 3:29 on a jumper by Diana Reindl. The LMU offense was held scoreless from the 9:21 mark until a pair free throws by Valerie Ogoke at 2:27 broke the scoreless drought.
A pair of free throws by Hall gave the Lions a one point lead, 54-53 at 1:07, but Toledo had the ball back for the final shot of the game. With 22.1 seconds on the clock, the Rockets ran down the clock to four seconds before Reindl turned the ball over. Amanda Patton recovered the turnover and was fouled with 0:00.6 on the clock. She converted both free throws for the final margin of victory.
The Lions' last six points of the game came on free throws, as LMU did not convert a field goal in the final 9:21. However, LMU's defense held the Rockets off for the win.
LMU hit just 21.4% from the field in the second half, while Toledo converted 45.2% of its shots. Danielle Bishop led the Rockets with 15 points.
The Lions outrebounded Toledo, 41-37, led by Ashlee Dunlap's 13 boards.
The Lions will face the host Muskateers in the Championship Game on Saturday at 1:00pm PST. Xavier defeated 79-50 in the first game of the day.
- GO LIONS! -