Waves Fall to Visiting San Diego, 56-46
Feb. 11, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team saw their two-game winning streak snapped Saturday afternoon at the hands of the visiting San Diego Toreros, 56-46. Senior guards Jazmine Jackson and Katie Menton were double-figure scorers for the Waves, collecting 15 and 12 points, respectively.
The Waves (12-11, 7-5) were plagued by uncharacteristic turnovers and a tough shooting day as they finished with a 31.7 shooting percentage from the field compared to the Toreros' (18-6, 9-3 WCC) 40.8 percent. The Toreros' Dominique Conners finished with 19 points and proved to be tough for the Waves to defend.
The Waves and Toreros were closely matched through the first 12:26, but San Diego would open an 8-0 run through the next three minutes of play to push their lead to 22-13.
Katie Menton would answer for the Waves, draining a three-pointer to break the scoring drought and put the score at 22-16. On the defensive end, Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) would follow it with a block.
Both teams went on a scoring drought, only scoring a collective two points each through the next five and a half minutes until Tessa Emerson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) hit a jumper with 3:42 left in the half cut the Toreros' lead to six, 24-18. However, that would end up being the last basket the Waves would make in the half, as the Toreros went on a 4-0 run through the buzzer to put the score at 28-18.
Jackson led the Waves with six points at the half, and Menton added four. Menton got things started in the second half for the Waves, completing a three-point play at the 18:55 mark to put the score at 30-21, Toreros.
On the defensive end, Menton came up with a great steal and executed the give-and-go on the offensive end, as Jackson completed the layup, 32-23 with 16:06 left in the game.
The Waves and Toreros traded baskets, holding the difference within eight to 10 points. A three-pointer by Lauren Bell (San Bruno, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) with 14:13 to play looked to be a potential spark for the Waves, but the Toreros would answer with a 5-0 run through the 11:40 mark to grow their lead to 13, 42-29.
The Waves would answer with a 5-0 run of their own to cut the deficit back down to eight, 42-38, with 10:05 to play, but the Toreros would not go away, mounting an 8-0 run and holding the Waves scoreless for the next five minutes to push their lead to 15, 49-34.
Jackson would hit back-to-back layups to try to mount a comeback for the Waves, but the Toreros proved to be too much, pushing their lead back up to 11 with 1:07 left.
Late free throws by Bell and a layup by T'Keyah Shealy (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit HS) put the Waves within seven, 53-46, but that would be as close as they would get, as the Toreros hit their free throws down the stretch to take the game, 56-46.
Next up, the Waves will travel Portland looking to rebound and sweep the conference series against the Pilots on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. PT.