Dec. 21, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - Amanda Patton scored 14 points to lead the LMU women's basketball team to a 65-60 win over Fresno State at the Save Mart Center this evening. The Lion victory snaps Fresno State's 16 game home winning streak and helps the Lions improve to 7-5 on the year. LMU pulled ahead midway through the first half, and led the rest of the way.
The teams both started slow offensively. FSU pulled out to a 6-2 lead, but a three-pointer by Kavita Goss cut the lead to one. Following the media timeout, LMU scored nine straight points to go ahead, 16-11. The run was started by a three-pointer by Patton, and finished on back to back baskets by Amanda DeCoud. The Bulldogs ended their four minute scoreless stretch with a basket by Brittani Green. A free throw by Green tied the game at 16-16, but a three-pointer by Goss broke the tie, and a basket by Jennifer Hall extended the LMU lead to 21-16 at 3:58. A bucket off of an inbounds play gave LMU a 23-16 lead, but Fresno would cut the margin to 23-20 in the final minutes of the half.
Defense was the critical to LMU's strong play in the first half. FSU made three of its first six shots, but was just 6-for-23 (26%) from the field in the final 16 minutes of the first half.
The Lions were balanced offensively, with six players scoring. Goss and DeCoud led the way with six points each. Green led the Bulldogs with seven points.
Fresno outrebounded LMU 25-16 in the first half, led by Green with six boards. Jennifer Hall had six rebounds for the Lions.
LMU's post players provided the offense in the opening minutes of the second half. Hall, Valerie Ogoke, Ashlee Dunlap and Jenna Sybesma combined for LMU's first 14 points of the half and helped LMU extend its lead to 37-28 at 13:02. After Chantella Perera's three-pointer made it a 37-31 game, the Lion guards got in on the scoring action, with Cassady Moore answering with a jumper of her own. Patton hit her second three-pointer of the game, and DeCoud stole the ball at halfcourt and drove to the basket for a layup. She was fouled on the play and converted the free throw to put LMU ahead 46-33 at 11:42.
Andrea Roberson made it a 46-36 game with a three-pointer at 11:21, but a pair of free throws by Patton extended the LMU lead to 48-36 at 10:14. The two teams would then go scoreless for nearly three minutes until a pair of free throws by Sybesma broke the scoring drought at 7:34.
The teams traded baskets for several minutes, and the Lions continued to lead by double digits. FSU started using a full court press which LMU was able to break and get several open looks under the basket. However, the Lions missed several open looks under the basket which allowed Fresno to gain momentum. A pair of free throws by Perera cut the lead to single digits, and a basket by Tierre Wilson cut the lead to six points, 57-51 at 2:37. A jumper by Moore extended the lead back to eight points, but FSU made it a six point game again on a basket by Henry.
Fresno State would get within six points on a jumper by Paige Diggs, but the Lions stayed tough to hold onto the lead. The Lions hit key free throws in the final minutes and played solid defense to hand the Bulldogs their first home loss of the year, 65-60.
With three three-pointers in the game, Patton moved into third place in the LMU career three-pointer record book, passing Kate Murray. Patton now has 108 three-pointers and is 10 away from tying Bryn Britton's second place mark of 118.
Patton finished with 14 points, four assists and two steals. Hall was one rebound away from a double double, scoring 11 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Goss broke her career-high with six points, while DeCoud added nine points. She also dished out five assists and made four steals.
Perera finished with 13 points, as four Bulldogs finished with double digit scoring. Green added 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Erica Henry and Diggs finished with 10 points.
The Bulldogs have not lost at home since a 68-52 loss to #10 Arizona State on December 15, 2005.
The Lions return to action after an eight day break, taking on Colgate in the Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa on December 29th.
- GO LIONS! -