Waves Ride Senior Leaders to Home Victory Over Cal State Northridge, 68-64

Jazmine Jackson

Dec. 3, 2011

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MALIBU, Calif. - Guided by senior leaders Lauren Bell and Jazmine Jacksondown the stretch, Pepperdine women's basketball executed its third straight come-from-behind victory, defeating Cal State Northridge 68-64 at Firestone Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.

Led by Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral) with 23 points, four Waves finished the game in double-figures. Point guard Bell (San Bruno, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral) finished with 14 points after only having two at the break. Senior guard Katie Menton (Coarsegold, Calif./Yosemite HS) had 12, and junior forward Kelsey Patrick(Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) finished with 13, including two three-pointers.

The Waves, playing at home for the first time since November 18 and only the second time all season, started off quickly with a three-pointer by Menton to take a 3-1 lead. The Matadors would go on a 9-3 run through the 15:45 mark to put their lead at four, 10-6, but the Waves would start chipping into it off Patrick's first three-pointer of the season and free throws by Menton. A layup by Jackson at the 12:38 mark gave the Waves the lead back at 13-12.

From there, the team would begin to build its lead as it went on an 8-2 run to push the lead to seven, 21-14 with 8:11 left in the half. At the 3:38 mark the Waves enjoyed their largest lead of the day, eight, 26-18 off two free throws by Menton. The Matadors would cut the lead back down to four with two quick layups with 2:11 left in the half, but free throws by Jackson would give the Waves a six point lead with 1:26 left. Matador center Jazmine Erving, would collect four points within the final 1:12 to cut into the Waves lead, and at the half Pepperdine led by just four, 30-26.

At the half, Menton led the Waves with 12 points, and Patrick had four rebounds. The Matadors were led by Erving with 17 points and Violet Alma with six rebounds.

In the second half, the Matadors came out swinging, putting away two quick layups to tie the game at 30 with 18:44 left. The Waves would retake the lead at 18:28 as Patrick connected on two free throws. A layup by Bell with 17:26 to go put the Waves up by four 34-30. The Matadors would respond, but another Bell score at the 16:58 mark gave the Waves the 36-32 lead. With 14:42 left the Matadors would connect on a three-pointer and a layup to take the lead, 39-38. Bell would respond, with her third basket in three minutes to give the Waves a 40-39 lead with 13:34 to go. Two scores by the Matadors would give them a three point lead at 13:05 mark, but Jade McNorton(Boise, Idaho/Centennial HS) cut it to one, 43-42.

The Matadors would mount a 7-2 run through the 10:11 mark to push their lead to six, 50-44. A jumper from Jackson and a free throw from Patrick would cut it to three, 50-47 with 7:57 to go, but the Matators followed with 5-0 run of their own to take their biggest lead of the game, 55-47 with 6:30 to play.

The Waves would begin to make their run as Shay Cooney-Williams(Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) hit a jumper in the lane with 5:44 to go. After a strong defensive stand, Bell took the ball the length of the court and finished with a layup to spark the Waves' offense and put the score at 55-51. The Matadors would answer with a bucket at the 4:39 mark, but Patrick would sink a big three-pointer with 4:16 to go to put the deficit at three, 57-54. The Matadors would put their lead back to five with 4:02 to go, but the Waves would take advantage of the bonus, as Bell sank two free throws at the 3:32 mark to put the score at 59-56.

The Waves' seniors would start the takeover as Bell came up with a huge steal on the defensive end and pushed the ball to Jackson, who completed a layup, 59-58. In the wild sequence that followed, Bell would again come up with another clutch steal, but the Waves turned it back over--only for Jackson to get a steal of her own and pass ahead to Bell, who netted a two-pointer to give the Waves the lead, 60-59 with 2:06 left to play.

A jumper by the Matadors put them out in front, 61-60, but Jackson would sink two free throws with 1:11 to go and take the lead back. 62-61. The Matadors would miss a three-pointer on the other end, and Bell would come up with the rebound. With 27 seconds left Jackson would take the ball herself and complete a layup and put the score at 64-61.

The Matadors would come out of a timeout and answer with a three pointer by Jessica Duarte with 16 seconds left, tying the game at 64.

The Waves took a timeout of their own to set up their play, and with six seconds left Jackson created space on the dribble and drove in for the layup, 66-64. The Waves would force a turnover with three seconds to go, and the Matadors fouled Jackson, who sealed the victory with two free throws, 68-64.

The Waves' points off turnovers made a difference in the second half, as they collected 15 to the Matadors' eight. Overall, the Waves had 10 steals and forced 13 turnovers.

With the victory, the Waves are 5-3 and will have a week off until a home tilt with Oregon State on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. PT.



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