Pepperdine Blows Past San Diego In Second Half To Win 69-52
Jan. 6, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - With her team clinging to a three-point lead with 7:32 remaining at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, Pepperdine's Jazmine Jackson rebounded a teammate's missed free throw and hit a clutch jumper that sparked a 14-0 run in the Waves' West Coast Conference season opening 69-52 win at San Diego.
The victory was Pepperdine's fifth in a row and fourth straight on the road as it improved to 10-5 on the season (1-0 WCC), while the Toreros dropped to 9-5 (0-1 WCC).
Jackson's (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) jumper was part of a 14-point night for the junior guard, in which she also hit all six of her free throws down the stretch. Freshman Robie Mayberry (San Leandro, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd HS), however, led all Pepperdine scorers with 15 points on 6-9 shooting, including 3-4 from 3-point range.
Mayberry hit a big basket right after Jackson's that pushed the Pepperdine lead to seven, and later drained a trey that gave the Waves' their biggest lead of the night at 18 points (65-47) with 2:08 remaining. Thanks to Mayberry's hot hand and 10 points from junior Alex Jarrell (Shelbyville, Tenn./Shelbyville HS), Pepperdine's bench outscored San Diego's 27-5.
The Waves also won the rebounding war by 10, 46-36, and turned 21 Torero turnovers into 20 points. In addition to her 10 points and five rebounds, Jarrell also came up with four of the Waves' 16 steals, which lifted the team's season average to a WCC-best 14.0 per game.
Pepperdine led by as many as nine points in the first half, but a late 11-0 San Diego run put the home team back in front 35-30 when the halftime buzzer sounded. The Toreros shot a solid 57.7 percent from the floor with Sam Child and Emily Hatch leading the way with nine points each.
Child totaled a game-high 17 points and Hatch posted a double-double with 11 points and rebounds.
After receiving a first-half layup from Mayberry with 4:58 remaining that put the Waves up by six at 30-24, Pepperdine missed its next nine field-goal attempts to finish with a .371 shooting percentage. Redshirt junior Katie Menton (Coarsegold, Calif./Yosemite HS) led the Waves with seven points on 3-4 shooting, but established veterans Bell and Jackson were an uncharacteristic 1-11 for five points.
Bell, however, did dish out four assists in keeping pace with her season average. She added one more helper in the second half to finish with five assists, seven rebounds and eight points.
Before hitting their own cold spell in the second half, the Toreros had boosted their lead to as many as seven points following a layup by Hatch. But Bell sank a 3-pointer on an assist by forward Skye Barnett (Albuquerque, Cibola HS) on the Waves' ensuing possession to keep it a two-score game at 40-36.
The two rivals then exchanged field goals over their next several trips down the court, but what eventually brought the Waves all the way back on the scoreboard was their performance at the free-throw line. Menton hit her two freebies that trimmed USD's lead to 42-40, and Barnett made it a one-point game with hers at the 13:47 mark.
Barnett's subsequent jumper less than a minute later provided Pepperdine with its first lead of the second half, and then five straight points from Mayberry gave the Waves' a four-point cushion with less than 10 minutes to go.
The Torero's Nya Mason hit a shot in between Barnett's and Mayberry's baskets that gave USD a short lived one-point lead (44-43) at the 10:55 mark. It would serve as USD's last field goal for more than eight minutes until Child hit a layup with 2:25 remaining when the Waves were comfortably ahead by 15 points.
San Diego was held to just 17 second-half points on 24 percent shooting (6-25) and made only 11 trips to the free-throw line compared to 19 for the Waves.
Pepperdine completes its four-game road trip Saturday, Jan. 8 at Saint Mary's at 2 p.m. The Waves return to Firestone Fieldhouse Thursday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. for a televised game vs. Gonzaga. The clash between WCC rivals will be broadcast live by CBS College Sports.