Nov. 28, 2006
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The LMU women's basketball team used a 12-6 run over the final 2:22 to defeat Cal Poly 64-62 in Mott Gym this evening. Jennifer Hall led the Lions with 18 points and Amanda Patton added 11 to lead the Lions to the win. LMU improves to 4-3 on the year with the victory and will face another Big West team, UC Irvine, on Friday night.
LMU started the game well, shooting over 50% in the first eight minutes of the game. LMU pulled out to a 15-10 lead on a jumper by Amanda DeCoud at 12:19. The Lions got Cal Poly into foul trouble early, with the Mustangs picking up their seventh team foul in the first 10 minutes of the game. Seven of LMU's points in the first half were scored at the free throw line. The Mustang defense picked up and the LMU shooting percentage dropped under 50% to 42% for the half. LMU opened up a 10 point lead, 30-20 by going on a 5-0 run, but the Mustangs scored six points in the final minute of the half to make it a 32-29 LMU lead at halftime.
LMU had a balanced offense in the first half. Eight different players scored for the Lions, led by Jennifer Hall and Amanda Patton with six points each. The Lions outrebounded Cal Poly 22-18 in the half, led by Patton, Ashlee Dunlap and Valerie Ogoke with four each. Jessica Eggleston led the Mustangs with nine points and five rebounds. Toni Newman added eight points in the first half.
The Mustangs came out of the break strong, tying the game on a three-pointer by Kaysen Brennan and taking their first lead since the opening minutes on a putback by Tamara Wells at 15:37. LMU roared back with 10-0 run, including a three-pointer by Patton and a traditional three-point play by Cassady Moore, who made the basket as she was fouled and also converted the free throw.
Cal Poly's defense forced turnovers on consecutive possessions, and the Mustangs capitalized with two fast break layups to cut the LMU lead to one point. A three-pointer by Lisa McBride gave CP the lead again, 50-48, at 7:36. The Mustangs pulled out to a four-point lead on a jumper by Nicole Yarwasky but a putback by DeCoud at 4:26 cut the lead to two points, 54-52.
After Cal Poly made it a four point lead on another jumper by Yarwasky, LMU answered with steals and fast break layups by DeCoud and Moore to tie the game 56-56 at 2:07. A putback by Ogoke off a missed free throw gave the Lions a lead, but Cal Poly got a putback by McBride to tie things up. Hall gave the Lions a lead at 1:04 on a jumper from the free throw line, but Eggleston tied things up again with 46 seconds remaining in the game.
Patton drove to the basket with 27 seconds remaining to put LMU up 62-60, and the Mustangs turned the ball over on their next possession. DeCoud was immediately fouled on the inbounds and converted both free throws to put the Lions up 64-60. Eggleston scored with 0.9 seconds remaining in the game, but the Lions ran out the clock on the inbounds for the 64-62 win.
Hall led all scorers with 18 points and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Patton added 11 points, including two three-pointers. She also had five assists, five rebounds and two steals. For the game, nine Lions scored, including nine points by Moore, who also contributed four steals. The Lions also had six blocks as a team, with six different players blocking a shot.
Eggleston led Cal Poly with 15 points, and Newman added 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Lions look to improve to 3-0 against Big West opponents on Friday when they take on UC Irvine in Irvine at 7:00pm. The game can be heard live on Lions All-Access as well as KXLU 88.9 FM.
- GO LIONS! -