Pepperdine Blows Past Utah Valley, 71-44
The Waves posted their best defensive effort of the season on Saturday.
MALIBU, Calif. – A second-half surge propelled the Pepperdine women’s basketball team past Utah Valley at home on Saturday afternoon, as the Waves posted a convincing 71-44 victory. Pepperdine trailed by one coming into the second half, but outscored the Wolverines 46-16 in the final two quarters to pull away.
The Waves move to 4-3 with the win, while Utah Valley falls to 2-6 on the year. Pepperdine shot 92.3% in the fourth quarter and got 17 second-half points from Yasmine Robinson-Bacote to blow past the visiting Wolverines. The 27-point win was the largest margin of victory for the Waves since 2011. Nine different Waves scored in the game.
• Senior guard Kim Jacobs made her first start of the year and was second on the team with 13 points, leading the team with three 3-pointers.
• Senior forward Tylinn Carter also hit double-figures with 12 points and nine rebounds.
• The Waves had 20 assists on 28 made baskets in the game.
• Pepperdine outrebounded the Wolverines 39-27
• Robinson-Bacote scored 11 of the Waves’ 19 points to help Pepperdine take the lead in the third quarter.
• The Waves held Utah Valley to 17% shooting in the second half.
• Robinson-Bacote’s 9-for-10 shooting from the field matches the second-best single-game shooting percentage in Pepperdine history and is the best since Shay Cooney-Williams went 9-for-10 against Cal Poly on Nov. 30, 2011. Robinson-Bacote is the sixth Wave to go 9-for-10 in a game, with only two players ever shooting perfect for a game with more than eight made field goals.
• The 44 points scored by Utah Valley were the lowest of the season by 21 points for a Pepperdine opponent.
It was a reversal of fortune between the two quarters in the first half, as Pepperdine led 16-9 after shooting 53.8% in the first quarter, but Utah Valley took a 28-25 lead into the half courtesy of 61.5% shooting in the second quarter.
The Waves opened the second half on a 10-2 run to grab the lead right back. Robinson-Bacote would hit a three right before the buzzer to end the third quarter and give Pepperdine a 44-35 lead heading to the fourth. A 15-2 run in the fourth helped Pepperdine break the game wide open as the Waves would stay red-hot all the way to the finish line for the 71-44 win.
The Waves have games at Utah and Weber State next week, before a break for finals week.