LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Saint Mary's women's basketball team won its fifth straight game, defeating Loyola Marymount 82-72 on Thursday night in Gersten Pavilion. The Gaels shot 54 percent in the first-half and got 19 points from their bench.
"We are very pleased with our road victory over LMU," said head coach Paul Thomas. "We took care of the ball tonight which led to more opportunities to score... I did feel our defense was inconsistent which LMU took advantage of that."
With the win, Saint Mary's improves to 10-4, 1-0 West Coast Conference, while Loyola Marymount drops to 4-9, 0-1 WCC.
Saint Mary's was led by Jackie Nared with 19 points and nine rebounds while Jasmine Smith added 17 points. Alex Carbonel filled up the box score with 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Danielle Mauldin added 10 points and five rebounds.
Off the SMC bench, Amanda Arter and Morgan Hatten scored six apiece while Andrea Bailey added five points.
The Gaels overcame a game-high 32 points by LMU's Alex Cowling.
With the score at 18-17 SMC, the Gaels went on a 7-0 run capped by a Nared three-pointer as SMC led 25-17 with 9:04 left in the half. SMC pushed the lead up to 36-24 after a Smith three-pointer with 5:12 remaining for the Gaels' largest lead of the half as SMC led 38-29 at the break.
In the first half, the Gaels shot 54.3 percent from the field and outrebounded the Lions 24-17. Saint Mary's had 14 points off the bench, paced by Hatten (6 pts) and Arter (4pts) combining for 10.
The Gaels kept a double-digit lead for the majority of the second-half, until the Lions made a push in the final minutes. Saint Mary's took its largest lead of the game at 68-51 after Nared was fouled on a three-pointer and converted all three from the line.
LMU went on a 13-4 run to pull within 74-66 at the 2:15 mark and later within 76-69 with 1:44 left in the game. Saint Mary's would ice the game by breaking the press and converting free-throws down the stretch. It was an off night for the Gaels from the free-throw line as SMC converted 16-for-25 (64 percent). SMC entered the game shooting over 77 percent as a team, ranked 15th in the nation.
Saint Mary's also committed a season-low 13 turnovers, besting its previous mark of 18 turnovers set against California.
Saint Mary's is back in action on Saturday when it hosts BYU at 2:00 p.m. in McKeon Pavilion.