ATHLETICS | Both Keli Leaupepe and Parker Dortch recorded their first 20-point games of their careers to lift LMU to a double-digit win over Portland on Thursday night. The Lions also benefited from the first non-points double-double in program history as Eli Scott grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out 10 assists. Then, despite trailing by as many as 24 points in the second half, the LMU men’s basketball team used a series of runs to cut the game to single digits and put themselves in a position to win on Saturday night. Saint Mary’s held on to defeat the Lions, 73-62. The Lions will travel to Stockton on Thursday to play Pacific for the first time this season, before returning home to host Pepperdine in the second leg of the PCH Cup Saturday at 3 p.m.
Jasmine Jones scored 26 points in LMU women’s basketball team’s game against Portland, setting a career high in LMU’s 74-49 loss to the Pilots. LMU then closed out its road trip against No. 13 Gonzaga. The Lions weren’t able to leave with a win, falling to the Bulldogs 78-52. The Lions will be back home after three consecutive road games to host Saint Mary’s on Thursday and Pacific on Saturday at noon as the first game of the doubleheader.
LMU women’s water polo team took care of business on Saturday morning, winning both games at Cal Baptist’s Jancer Joust. The No. 16 Lions opened the day with a 14-9 win over (RV) Pomona-Pitzer before cruising to a 16-3 win over Chapman. LMU next travels to Westwood for the UCLA Tournament on Feb. 1 to play Long Beach State and USC.
LMU’s women’s tennis team picked up its first sweep and conference win in its season opener on Friday afternoon at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, hosted by UCLA. On Saturday, the team fell to No. 4 UCLA at the ITA Weekend Kick-Off, as the Lions lost 4-0 against the Bruins. LMU makes its home debut on Friday with a 1 p.m. game against the University of Oregon at the LMU Tennis Center.
After beginning their spring with two wins, LMU men’s tennis team will be home this weekend for a non-conference matchup against UC Santa Barbara at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Former Lions Tara Welling (Class of 2012) and Jack Polerecky (Class of 2018) re-wrote the record books during their time at LMU and on Feb. 29, 2020, they will take on the best in the nation in Atlanta, Georgia, racing for the opportunity to represent the United States in Tokyo later this year at the marathon distance.
With more than 70 head coaching wins to her name, Gina Brewer has been hired as an assistant on Jenny Bindon’s LMU women’s soccer staff. Brewer joins the Lions following nine seasons at Hawaii Pacific University where she led the Sharks as the longest tenured head coach in program history.
LMU Athletics is proud to announce TicketSmarter as an addition to its corporate partner program. The multiyear agreement promotes TicketSmarter – Official Ticket Resale Partner of the LMU Lions. As the official ticket marketplace sponsor, LMU fans can now buy and sell tickets through TicketSmarter, including tickets to the 2020 University Credit Union WCC Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, March 5-10.