Dec. 9, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The LMU women's basketball team led from the opening minutes of the game to battle to a 63-58 win over UC Santa Barbara this afternoon at the Thunderdome. Three players scored in double digits for LMU, led by Amanda DeCoud who matched her career-high with 18 points. Ashlee Dunlap added 12 points and Cassady Moore chipped in 11 points. The Lions improve to 6-4 on the season with their second consecutive win.
The Lions played well in the first half, shooting over 50% for the first ten minutes of the game, pulling out to a 20-11 lead at 10:48 on a layup by Dunlap. UCSB (3-6) answered, but LMU extended the lead back to nine points, 29-20 on a three-point play by Dunlap. Jenna Green scored back to back baskets in the final minute to cut the lead to 29-24, but DeCoud drove to the basket for a layup as the clock wound down to zero to put LMU up 31-24 at halftime.
DeCoud led all players with 10 points in the first half, and Dunlap added nine points. LMU shot 48.1% from the field in the first half and outrebounded UCSB 19-13. Jennifer Hall and Valerie Ogoke led LMU with five rebounds. Green and LaShay Fears led the Gauchos with six points in the first half, and Green had five rebounds.
The game became a defensive battle early in the first half. The teams combined for just six points in the first four minutes of the half, with Green scoring four points for UCSB, and Ogoke grabbing an offensive rebound and putting the ball back for LMU. After the Gauchos made it a three point game, 33-30, LMU scored six straight points to open it back up to a nine point lead, 39-30.
The Gauchos kept it close with 15 second half points by Green, but back to back baskets by DeCoud gave the Lions their biggest lead of the game, 51-41, at 4:54. UCSB closed the gap but DeCoud scored to put LMU ahead 57-47. A jumper by Whitney Warren and a three-pointer by Meagan Williams made it a 57-52 game, but DeCoud made two free throws to extend the lead back to seven points, 59-52.
UCSB made it interesting in the final seconds of the game. After Warren made a layup to make it a 59-54 game, the Lions were unable to get the ball inbounded and the Gauchos got the ball back with 19 seconds on the clock. Ariana Gnekow was fouled on the next possession and made both of her free throws to cut the LMU lead to 59-56. But Cassady Moore made both of her free throws on the next possession to extend the lead back to five points, 61-56 with 15 seconds on the clock. Sha'Rae Gibbons cut the lead back to three points with a jumper on the next UCSB possession to make it a 61-58 game with eight seconds on the clock, but freshman Kavita Goss converted both free throws with five seconds on the clock to give the Lions a 63-58 final score.
DeCoud finished with 18 points, going 6-for-7 from the field. Dunlap finished with 12 points and six rebounds, and Moore had 11 points. Green led all players with 21 points, while Gnekow added 11 for the Gauchos.
The Lions shot 46.2% from the field for the game, while UCSB shot 40.7%. LMU outrebounded UCSB 40-30, led by Ogoke who finished with nine rebounds. Hall added eight rebounds and six points.
LMU will now take nine days for final exams and return to action on Monday, December 18th when its hosts Northern Arizona at Gersten Pavilion at 7:00pm.
- GO LIONS! -