Waves Lose Heartbreaker to Portland 59-56

 Portland, Ore. – The Pepperdine women’s basketball team suffered a 59-56 loss to the University of Portland in a closely contested battle that came down to the final 30 seconds of the game.


The Waves (9-10, 2-3) played a strong second-half, shooting 41% on field goals as opposed to 34% in the first-half. Overall, Portland (10-9, 2-3) scored 14 points on fast-breaks to Pepperdine’s 4 points. The Waves had 17 steals to the Pilots seven and 22 turnovers to 30 Portland turnovers.


The game high-scorers were Jazmine Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep.) and Portland’s Laiken Dollente, with 14 points each. Jackson recorded seven rebounds and five steals. Miranda Ayim (London, Ontario, Canada) scored 13 points, five rebounds and two assists for the Waves. Nakeya Isabell (Seattle, Wash./ Cleveland HS) notched 10 assists.


In the first-half, Pepperdine came back from a 15 point deficit with the help of Wave 3-pointers. Pepperdine and Portland traded baskets the first five minutes of the game with a score of 7-7. The Pilots answered with a 6-0 scoring run that ended when Lauren Bell (San Bruno, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep.) sunk a shot from beyond the arc with 10:44 left in the half and the Waves down by three points at 13-10.


Portland’s Jess Clemens made a bucket in the paint with 10:00 on the clock to start a 12-2 Pilot scoring run ending with a 3-pointer by Taylor Smith (Waialua, Hawaii/Kalaheo HS) and a layup by Ayim with 4:39 left in the half and the score at 27-17.


The Waves went on a 10-2 scoring run with back-to-back 3-pointers by Jazmine Jackson and Smith, ending with a layup by Jackson at 1:32 and the Waves down by five points at 32-27.

Tara Cronin ended the first half with a Pilot layup with 28 seconds on the clock and the score at 34-27.


The Waves scored five points in the first three minutes to close the scoring gap to two points. The Pilots answered with two buckets in the paint and a free throw, interrupted by a layup and a free-throw by Jackson to end at 12:49, with Pepperdine down by five points at 40-35.


With 12:05 remaining in the game Jessica Ross (Gilroy, Calif./Notre Dame HS) sunk a 3-pointer to bring the score to 42-38. Baskets were traded by both teams until there was 4:28 left in the game and Pepperdine went on a 5-0 scoring run ending with a jumper by Smith to give the Waves the lead at 52-50, with 2:38 left on the clock. Portland scored four points on free-throws to take back the lead with 1:27 remaining in the game and the Waves down by two points at 54-52.


Jackson answered with two free-throws to tie the game once again with 29 seconds on the clock, at 54-54. The Pilots answered with a jumper by Tara Cronin, followed by two free-throws by Dollente with six seconds on the clock and the Waves trailing by four points, at 58-54.


Ross scored a shot in the paint with two seconds left in the game, but Laiken’s final free-throw ended the contest with the Waves down by three points.


The Waves return home to meet San Francisco (Jan. 29), at 7 p.m., in the Firestone Fieldhouse.



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