Second Half Surge Not Enough as Women's Basketball Team Drops WCC Road Contest 56-43 at Saint Mary's
Jan. 21, 2012
MORAGA, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team was unable to climb out of an early hole despite starting the second half on a 6-0 run and pulling to within two with 10:46 to go but fell 56-43 to Saint Mary's on Saturday afternoon.
Senior guard Jazmine Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) led the Waves with 14 points and five steals, all in the first half. Coming into the game Jackson was one shy of tying the Pepperdine career record of 239 career steals. She surpassed that number today and is now the Waves career leader with 243 thefts to date.
Just one game after their best shooting performance of the season, the Waves (10-9, 5-3 WCC) were plagued by a tough shooting night as they shot just 29 percent from the field for the game. In the Waves' typical tough defense, they forced the Gaels (15-5, 6-1 WCC) into 26 turnovers--five more than their usual average.
The Waves hung close with the Gaels early in the first half and took the lead on a layup by Jackson at the 14:53 mark. On their next trip down the field, junior forward T'Keyah Shealy (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit High School) hit a jumper to push the Waves lead to 10-6.
The Gaels answered with a 10-2 run through the 7:39 mark to take a 16-12 lead. Shealy would hit a shot with the clock at 6:55 to break the run and cut the Gaels' lead down to two, 16-14.
However, that would be as close as the Waves would come in the first half, as the Gaels closed out the half on an 11-3 run to put the Waves down 27-17 at the break.
Jackson had eight points and five steals at the half.
In the second half, the Waves had 16 points in the paint and six points off Gael turnovers that put them back into the game.
Junior forward Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) got the scoring going for the Waves in the second half, sparking a 6-0 run to cut the score to 27-23 with 18:25 left. The Gaels would break things up with a three-pointer and would control the game for the next four minutes, keeping their lead around seven points.
Skye Barnett (Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola HS) would spark another 6-0 run at the 14:33 mark, pulling the Waves to within two, 33-31 at the 10:46 mark. The Gaels would answer, though, with a 12-2 run of their own to push their lead back to 10, 43-33 with 6:28 to play.
A Katie Menton (Coarsegold, Calif./Yosemite HS) three-pointer would start a 5-0 Waves run to the 4:41 mark, but free throws by the Gaels would get them back to a nine point lead with 54 seconds to play and would carry them to a game-high 13-point lead to close the scoring 56-43.
The Waves have only one game next week, as they travel to San Diego on Saturday, Jan. 28 for a 2 p.m. PT tilt.