Dec. 29, 2006
AMES, Iowa - Three players scored in double digits to lead LMU to an 85-57 win over Colgate in the first game of the Cyclone Classic at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. Jennifer Hall scored a career-high 21 points and Amanda Patton added 18 to lead the Lions to the win. LMU shot 55.9% from the field in the win, their seventh highest single game field goal percentage in program history. The Lions wrap up play at the Cyclone Classic on Saturday, taking on host Iowa State at 5:30pm PST.
Things were close in the opening minutes, but LMU (8-5) scored seven straight points out of the first media timeout to pull ahead 15-8. After Colgate (1-12) answered with a three-pointer by Molly Patterson to cut the lead to 15-11, Patton responded with her second three-pointer of the game, and Valerie Ogoke added a free throw to put the Lions up 19-11 at 12:21.
The Lions continued to play well, using strong outside play from Patton and inside play from Hall to pull out to a 28-13 lead at 8:47 before the Red Raiders were forced to take their second timeout of the half.
LMU's offense continued to click and the Lions took a 47-28 lead into the halftime break. Hall led all players with 16 points, and Patton had 11 in the first half. Patton also matched her career-high with six assists in the first half. LMU shot 57.6% from the field, while Colgate shot just 30% from the field. The Raiders were led by Patterson with 10 points in the first half.
The second half continued well for the Lions, as Hall continued to score inside and draw fouls. The Red Raiders' offense started clicking with Gretchen Polinski hitting several shots from outside, but LMU continued to hit shots to keep the big lead.
Ashlee Dunlap scored eight points in the second half and finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. Hall was 8-for-14 from the field to set a new career-high with 21 points. Patton finished with four three-pointers to score 18 points. Ogoke added nine points and five rebounds, and Kavita Goss upped her career-high with seven points.
The Lions finished the game shooting 55.9% from the field, the seventh highest team field goal shooting percentage in school history. It ties the mark of 55.9% set by the Lions on December 19, 1995 against Alaska-Anchorage.
Caitlin Gillard led Colgate with 16 points, while Polinski added 15 points. The Red Raiders shot 42.9% from the field in the second half to improve their field goal percentage to 36.2% for the game.
The Lions outrebounded Colgate 43-26, led by Dunlap and Hall with seven boards apiece. LMU spread out the rebounding, with seven players recording four or more boards.
LMU wraps up play at the Cyclone Classic on Saturday, playing host Iowa State at 5:30pm PST.
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