Women's Hoops Downs The Dons, 68-49
MALIBU, Calif. -- Pepperdine women's basketball senior forward Miranda Ayim recorded her second double-double in as many games and the Waves completed a season sweep of San Francisco following a 68-49 victory Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.
Ayim (London, Ont., Canada/Saunders Secondary) tallied a game-high 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds and four blocked shots as Pepperdine improved to 15-8 (6-3 WCC) on the season.
The Dons (4-23) are still looking for their first conference win at 0-10.
Ayim made six shots from the field and added three more points from the foul line, giving her a sixth double-double on the season. Sophomore guard Lauren Bell (San Bruno, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) added 12 points and five rebounds, and sophomore guard Skye Barnett (Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola HS) pitched in nine points and seven boards.
After winning the opening tip, the Waves jumped out to an early 9-2 lead sparked by a three-pointer from Bell. A layup by San Francisco guard Rheina Ale later tied the score at 11 with 12:30 remaining in the first half, but that's as close as the Dons would get because Pepperdine followed with a 9-0 scoring run that was capped by an Ayim layup.
With 1:06 left in the half, sophomore guard Jazmine Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) picked up one of her four steals and passed the ball to junior guard Joy Lelo, (La Canada, Calif./La Canada HS) who knocked it in from behind the arc to give the Waves a 31-22 edge.
Pepperdine scored once more in the first half and took a 33-25 lead going into halftime.
After the Dons opened the second half with a free throw, Jackson started an 8-0 scoring run with a jumper, which was then followed by six straight points in the paint that built the home team's lead to 15. Pepperdine outscored San Francisco in the paint, 22-18.
The Waves steadily increased their advantage over the remainder of the half, and were up by as many as 23 points (64-41) with just under two minutes left in the game. Pepperdine was helped by steady hands at the foul line, where it finished the game shooting 80.8 percent on 21-of-26 shooting. The Waves scored 16 of their 35 second-half points from the charity stripe.
Defensively, Pepperdine scored 31 points off 22 USF turnovers and pulled down 46 rebounds compared to 30 for the Dons. Close to half of the Pepperdine rebounds (22) were off the offensive glass and the Waves converted them into 16 second-chance points.
Pepperdine returns to its home court Saturday for a 2 p.m. game vs. Santa Clara. All fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of the Pink Zone initiative, which is a global, unified effort for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
The first 100 Pepperdine students in attendance will receive a free Think Pink t-shirt; however, additional shirts will be made available to purchase.
All money collected via a silent auction and t-shirt sales will directly benefit the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.