Waves Slam Dons 85-69 in West Coast Conference Opener
Dec. 29, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO- For the fourth-straight season the Pepperdine women's basketball team opened up its West Coast Conference slate with a victory, as it defeated San Francisco 85-69 on Thursday evening at War Memorial Gym. The Waves' 85 points were a season-high and the most they have ever scored against the Dons, due in part to a balanced scoring attack, featuring four players scoring in double-figures. Senior guards Jazmine Jackson and Lauren Bell paced the Waves with 15 and 13 points, respectively; while junior forward Kelsey Patrick had 12 and sophomore forward Robie Mayberry had 11.
Senior guard Katie Menton's (Coarsegold, Calif./Yosemite HS) eight points tonight put her in elite company as she became just the 19th Wave to score at least 1,000 points in her career as she currently sits at 1,005.
Playing in her first game since Nov. 26 at New Mexico, senior forward Skye Barnett (Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola HS) joined the starting lineup tonight, scoring five and collecting a team-high six rebounds.
Both the Waves and Dons got off to a slow start, with the Waves striking first on a Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) three-pointer at the 18:30 mark. The Dons would even the score with a three-pointer of their own and that 3-3 score would hold through 15:35 mark when Bell gave the Waves a 5-3 lead.
The Waves and Dons would trade baskets through the 12:32 mark where the Waves would take an 11-9 lead off two free throws from Barnett. With the clock at 11:01 the Waves would take a 15-11 lead off two baskets by Robie Mayberry (San Leandro, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd HS) and one from Jade McNorton (Boise, Idaho/Centennial HS).
Both teams would experience a scoring drought through the 8:39 mark when the Dons would sink a layup and bring the score to 15-13. Through the five-minute mark neither the Waves nor the Dons could come up with a stop and a three-pointer at 4:55 by USF cut the Waves' lead to one, 21-20. Jackson would answer with a layup to push the lead back to three, but the Dons would sink a three-pointer to tie things up at 23-23 with 4:14 left in the half.
Through the final four minutes of the half both teams would trade baskets and with 31 seconds left in the half a three-pointer by the Dons would give them a 35-33 lead. The Waves would take a timeout to set up their play with 21 seconds left in the half and Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) would make her first points of the game count with a three-pointer to give the Waves a 36-35 lead at half.
At the half the Waves were led by Bell and Patrick with eight points apiece. Jackson was next with seven points.
The Waves came out shooting to open up the second half and shored up their defense as they went on a 17-0 run to open up a 52-35 lead with 15:41 to go in the game. The Dons would finally get on the board with a free throw, but the Waves would answer with a basket of their own to put the score at 54-36 with 14:44 to go.
The Waves would continue their hot shooting with contributions from all around and would open up a 72-49 lead with 8:38 in the half. The Dons would fight back with a 5-0 run to cut the Waves' lead to 17 with 6:27 to go, but the Waves' would shore things up with three-straight points by Bell followed by three more from Barnett to push the lead back up to 21, 78-57 with 3:56 to go.
The Waves' lead climbed back up to 23 with a three-pointer by redshirt sophomore guard Dori Lansbach (Traverse City, Michigan/North Florida/Traverse City HS), 83-60 with 2:52 left.
In the final minute of the game the Dons would put away two pairs of free throws and add a layup to cut the Waves' lead to 16 with 85-69 being the final.
The Waves' pushed the lead in the second half on an impressive 54.8 shooting percentage from the field. On the defensive end they would hold the Dons to 32.0 percent shooting in the half.
Overall the Waves shot 48.4 percent from the field and were 8-of-14 from behind the three-point arc.
The Waves will remain in the Bay Area to face Santa Clara in a 2 p.m. tip on Saturday afternoon.