MALIBU, Calif. Â Nakeya Isabell’s career-high 12 assists helped lead the Pepperdine women’s basketball team to a 75-46 victory over San Jose State University on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s not about me,” said Isabell. “It was a team effort. They were at the right place at the right time and I applaud all of them. We were back to playing Wave basketball today.”
The Waves scored 40 points on 38 San Jose turnovers while shooting 53.6% from the field to the Spartans 37.5%. Isabell (Seattle, Wash./Cleveland HS) had zero turnovers along with her career-high assists. Jessica Ross (Gilroy, Calif./ Notre Dame HS) and Miranda Ayim (London, Ontario, Canada) were the game high-scorers along with San Jose’s Chasity Shavers with 15 points. Taylor Smith (Waialua,Hawaii/Kalaheo HS) recorded 10 points and four rebounds.
“The intensity was there today,” said head coach Julie Rousseau. “The competiveness that we lacked in our last game was back. Our defense creates our offense and that’s what we did today.”
Pepperdine opened the first-half with a 14-2 scoring run in the first four minutes with Ayim scoring six of the points inside the paint.
With 13:33 on the clock Lauren Bell (San Bruno, Calif./ Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep.) made a steal and a layup to give the Waves a 15 point lead at 19-4. Bell’s basket led off a 17-5 scoring run ending at 6:22 with a basket by Smith at 31-9.
The Waves capitalized on 21 Spartan turnovers and 10 Pepperdine steals in the first-half. Pepperdine was shooting 57.1% to San Jose’s 35% from the field. Ayim scored 13 points and had two assists in the first period. Ross went 2-for-2 on shots beyond the arc. The Waves concluded the half with a 19 point lead at 41-22.
Joy Lelo (La Canada, Calif./La Canada HS) led off the second-half with shot inside the paint with 19:16 on the clock. The Spartan’s Kelly Blair shot a layup followed by another Ross 3-pointer. The Waves went on another scoring run adding 13 points to the Spartans one at 56-27 with 9:41 left in the game.
The Spartan’s Shauna Ridge hit her second 3-pointer of the game at 7:18 to be part of a 15-3 San Jose scoring run ending at 4:32 with the Spartans closing the scoring gap at 61-42. Shavers scored 6 of the 15 points.
Pepperdine answered with a 14-4 scoring run ending with two free throws by San Jose’s Natalie White. The Waves were up by 29 points when the final buzzer sounded.
The Waves final game of 2008 will be played on Tuesday, December 23, at 1 p.m., in the Firestone Fieldhouse against University of Kansas.