Waves Women's Basketball Falls at San Diego
Jan. 28, 2012
SAN DIEGO - The Pepperdine women's basketball team fought hard for a comeback in the second half, but their bid was halted as they could not overcome a tough shooting day, falling 70 -39 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion Saturday afternoon.
The Waves (10-10, 5-4) had an uncharacteristic season-high 28 turnovers, but forced the Toreros (15-5, 6-2) into 24 turnovers of their own. The Waves just could not capitalize on their mistakes, shooting 25.5 percent from the field.
Senior guard Jazmine Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) led the Waves with 10 points, all in the second half. She also led the team with five rebounds and four assists.
The Waves were plagued by 15 turnovers in the first half and 6-for-26 shooting from the floor in the first half, while the Toreros shot well at 11-of-24 from the field and committed 13 turnovers.
In only her third start of the season, sophomore Robie Mayberry (San Leandro, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd HS) got off to a quick start on the defensive end, collecting two steals in the first five minutes of play.
The Toreros started off the game with a hot shooting hand, sinking their first five shots from the field to take a 10-5 lead through the first 15:54. They then went on an 8-2 run to the second media timeout of the half at the 11:53 mark to take an 18-7 lead.
Junior guard Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) broke the scoring drought for the Waves, hitting a jumper with 11:34 to go in the half. The Toreros would counter with a 12-0 run to take a 30-9 lead through the 5:59 first half mark.
A steal on the defensive end by Jackson, the new Pepperdine career steals leader as of Jan. 21, transitioned into a Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) three-pointer on the offensive end to stop the Waves' scoring drought and put the score at 30-12 with 4:50 left in the half.
Mayberry would sink a three-pointer of her own at the 2:46 mark and on the defensive end the Waves would force a Torero turnover to get the ball back with 2:24 left in the half.
Lauren Bell (San Bruno, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral HS) would nail a step back jumper as the clock expired for the half to put the score at 32-17 going into the break.
At the half Patrick and Bell led the Waves with five points apiece. Jackson was held scoreless, but collected three rebounds and two steals.
The Waves started the second half with a 4:39 scoring drought until Jackson broke that with her first points of the game as she completed a layup to put the score at 36-19 with 15:21 to go.
Through the first 10 minutes of the second half both sides had a tough time finding the bottom of the basket, as they combined for only 16 total points.
The Toreros would go on a 9-1 run through the 7:51 mark to extend their lead to 49-26. Through the final minutes the Waves did not have enough to make a comeback, with the final score at the buzzer 70-39.
The Waves will return to Firestone Fieldhouse to host Brigham Young at 7 p.m. PT on Thursday, Feb. 2.