Women's Hoops Routs Loyola Marymount, 67-39
Behind 17 points from Jazmine Jackson, the Pepperdine women's basketball team rolled to its largest margin of victory over rival Loyola Marymount since 1995 in a 67-39 rout on Saturday afternoon in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Feb. 19, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. -- Behind 17 points from Jazmine Jackson, the Pepperdine women's basketball team rolled to its largest margin of victory over rival Loyola Marymount since 1995 in a 67-39 rout on Saturday afternoon in Firestone Fieldhouse.
The Waves improved to 16-10 overall and 7-5 in the West Coast Conference and earned another point in the PCH Cup with the win over the Lions (10-16, 4-8). Pepperdine currently leads the season-long, all-sport competition 8.5 to 6.0.
The 28-point win was the largest by either side since a 72-43 Pepperdine victory in 1995. The Waves swept the season series from the Lions and have now won seven of the last eight matchups.
The 39 points were the fewest allowed by Pepperdine this season. The Waves held LMU to 30.2% shooting from the field and forced 22 turnovers.
"Our defense was the difference, no question about it," Pepperdine Coach Julie Rousseau said. "Our defense has been good the last few weeks, and that's got to continue. If not, we're in trouble. It's really been our calling card. Our defensive execution was excellent today and our rotations were good."
Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep), a junior guard, had game highs in both points and steals (five). Sophomore guard Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) contributed 15 points off the bench and junior guard Lauren Bell (San Bruno, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) added 11 points.
Pepperdine scored the first six points and never trailed. Though LMU hung close for the first 10 minutes and the Waves had just a 12-10 lead, it was pretty much all Pepperdine the remainder of the half. Jackson, Bell and Cooney-Williams each scored five points as the Waves outscored the Lions 19-4 over the final 10 minutes. It began with an 11-0 run, and after two LMU baskets, Pepperdine scored the final eight points of the half to go into the break with a 31-14 advantage.
The Waves took a 20-point lead when sophomore forward Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) hit a three-pointer to start the second half, and went ahead 38-14 before LMU finally ended its scoring drought that spanned more than eight minutes of both halves.
The Lions got no closer than 18 points in the second half. It was 54-36 with four minutes left and the Waves then ended the game on a 13-3 run. A three-pointer by senior guard Joy Lelo (La Canada, Calif./La Canada HS) in the final minute accounted for the final score and gave Pepperdine its largest lead of the contest.
Pepperdine shot 39.6% but aided its effort with a 19-for-25 performance from the free throw line and advantages of 28-8 in points off turnovers and 18-9 in second-chance points.
"This was a great team effort," Rousseau said. "Everyone played well. Our offensive execution at times was very good. I was really glad to see our effort coming off of two losses."
Camille Buckley led the Lions with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
The Waves play their final two regular-season games next week at home against San Francisco (Thursday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.) and Santa Clara (Saturday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m.). It's then on to the Zappos.com WCC Tournament in Las Vegas from March 4-7. Next week's home games can be watched for free via Wave Casts at www.pepperdinesports.com.