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Lions Roar Back In Second Half for Win

Dec. 7, 2006

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU women's basketball team outscored Hawaii 53-31 in the second half en route to a 79-69 come from behind win tonight in Gersten Pavilion. After a very slow start, the Lions chipped away at a double digit deficit and took their first lead of the game on a three-pointer by Kavita Goss with 12:59 remaining in the game. Jennifer Hall led all players with 24 points and 10 rebounds for her third double double of the season.

It was a very slow start for the Lions (5-4). Hawaii (4-3) pulled out to an eight point lead, 12-4, at 14:47 on a steal and layup by Saundra Cariaga. Hawaii extended its lead to double digits quickly, and had a 17 point lead, 24-7, at the 10:34 mark. A layup by Jenna Sybesma stopped the Hawaii run, but a pair of free throws by Pam Tambini at 10:00 put the lead back up to 17 points, 26-9. The Lions finally got things going offensively and were able to chip away at the lead, cutting the deficit to 12 points at halftime, 38-26.

Tambini led Hawaii with 12 points in the first half, while Hall led the Lions with nine points. Hawaii shot 41.9% from the field in the first half, while LMU was able to shoot just 26.9%, and had 13 turnovers.

The second half was a completely different story. LMU opened the half on a 16-4 run to tie the game, 42-42 at 14:42 on a layup by Cassady Moore. LMU's aggressiveness caused several Hawaii players to get into foul trouble. After Tambini gave UH the lead back, a three-pointer by Goss at 12:59 gave the Lions their first lead of the game, 45-44. Hawaii scored six straight points to pull ahead, 50-45, but the Lions roared back to take the lead again, 51-50 on a Hall free throw. The teams traded the lead for a few minutes, before a layup by Dunlap tied the game, 58-58, at 8:04. She was fouled on the play and made her free throw to put the Lions up, 59-58 at 8:04.

LMU led the rest of the way, outscoring Hawaii, 20-11 in the final eight minutes of the game.

The Lions limited their turnovers in the second half, handing the ball over just two times in the second half. In addition, LMU outrebounded Hawaii 21-11 in the second half, and shot 51.5% from the field. The Lions were almost perfect from the free throw line in the second half, going 16-for-17 from the charity stripe.

Hall had 15 second half points, while Dunlap and Patton each scored nine points in the second period. Hall finished with a career-high 24, while Dunlap had 13 and Patton added 12 for the game. Moore chipped in nine points with six rebounds and five assists. She also had three steals and turned the ball over just once. Sybesma and Valerie Ogoke each added eight points for LMU.

Another key contributor was Goss. In her first career start, she played a career-high 31 minutes at the point guard spot, dishing out five assists. Her three-pointer as the shot clock wound down to almost zero gave the Lions their first lead of the game.

Tambini led Hawaii with 20 points, and Janevia Taylor and Cariaga added 16 points each for the Rainbow Wahine. Taylor also added seven assists and three steals.

LMU returns to action on Saturday afternoon, traveling to UC Santa Barbara for a 3:00pm matchup with the Gauchos. The game will be broadcast live on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com.