Pepperdine's Win Streak Snapped At Saint Mary's, 72-68
Jan. 8, 2011
MORAGA, Calif. - Pepperdine's women's basketball team lost its first game in over a month Saturday afternoon at McKeon Pavilion, dropping a 72-68 decision to WCC rival Saint Mary's.
The victory improved the Gaels' record to 9-8 (1-1 WCC), while the Waves fell to 10-6 (1-1 WCC). The two schools will meet again next month at Firestone Fieldhouse on Feb. 3.
Pepperdine, which entered the game winners of five in a row and four straight away from their Malibu home, finished its season-long four-game road trip with a 3-1 record.
Four players scored in double figures for Pepperdine, led by freshman Robie Mayberry's (San Leandro, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd HS) 14-point performance, but the Waves' collective offensive efforts could not eclipse those by Saint Mary's stalwarts Louella Tomlinson and Jasmine Smith.
Smith led all players with 24 points on 50% percent shooting from the floor (7-14) and was a perfect 8-8 from the free-throw line. Tomlinson, meanwhile, was a beast on the boards, pulling down 15 defensive rebounds and contributed 20 points on 8-12 shooting.
Collectively, the Gaels made 49% percent of their shots from the field (25-51) and scored an additional 19 points from the charity stripe.
Despite being down by as many as 15 points in the second half with 8:21 remaining in regulation, Pepperdine refused to surrender and reduced its deficit all the way to three points in less than four minutes following a layup by junior guard Jazmine Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory).
Jackson finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Also key were sophomores Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) and Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) who combined for 12 points during this stretch. Cooney-Williams kick started the mini-rally with one of her two 3-point baskets and Patrick made three layups in addition to making two big defensive plays.
But as soon as the lead was within Pepperdine's sites, Saint Mary's quickly again pulled away and reestablished its double-digit advantage with less than two minutes to play. Tomlinson and Smith both hit layups during this game-changing 8-0 run while the Waves went without a basket for close to three minutes.
Pepperdine stayed within two possessions of tying the game throughout the final minute, but Suzie Davis' foul shot with a second to go guaranteed a Gaels' victory after they took a four-point lead
The Waves outscored the Gaels 44-37 in the second half and shot better than 46% percent from the floor on 18-39 shooting. They also connected on 5-of-10 3-point attempts.
Unfortunately, Pepperdine did not experience a similar level of success in the first half and went into the break down by nine points at 35-24.
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.