Waves Finish Strong to Beat Purdue
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team scored the final six points of the game via free throws to defeat visiting Purdue, 64-59, at Firestone Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon.
Pepperdine (4-3) won its second consecutive game against a major-conference opponent after also beating Providence on Friday. The Boilermakers dropped to 3-3.
Sophomore guard Jazmine Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) and senior center Miranda Ayim (London, Ontario, Canada/Saunders Secondary) had 18 points and 16 points, respectively, and were key figures in the final minute.
After Purdue's Jodi Howell hit her fifth three-pointer of the game to give the Boilermakers a 59-58 lead with 1:10 to go, Ayim connected on two foul shots to put the Waves back in front with 51.4 seconds left. Jackson then made a steal on the defensive end, was fouled and hit two free throws with 22.7 seconds to go.
The Boilermakers missed on a potentially tying three-pointer, and junior guard Joy Lelo (La Canada, Calif./La Canada HS) then iced the game with two foul shots with 11.6 seconds left.
"God be praised," Pepperdine Coach Julie Rousseau said. "These kids, they just keep learning, and just keep getting better. If they continue to do that, anything is possible. Purdue's coach does a wonderful job and they're a little shorthanded, but they will do well this year. This was an exciting win. To show mental toughness down the stretch, that's what we talk about. The free throws we hit, the steals we made. Everybody played awesome."
Ayim also grabbed 10 rebounds and posted her first double-double of the season. Jackson contributed eight boards. Sophomore forward Skye Barnett (Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola HS) added 13 points and Lelo scored nine.
Pepperdine forced 29 turnovers and held Purdue to 40.4% shooting, although the Waves shot just 36.7% themselves. The Boilermakers got 20 points from Howell and 16 from Ashley Wilson.
Ayim scored eight early points as the Waves jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, and they then went up by double-digits at 20-10 with seven minutes to go in the half. It was still a 10-point game at 24-14 with a little more than three minutes to play after a lay-up by Barnett.
Purdue cut into Pepperdine's lead with three straight lay-ups by Wilson. But the Waves got the last basket of the half on a lay-up by Lelo with six seconds left, sending Pepperdine into the break with a 26-20 lead.
The Boilermakers scored the first seven points of the second half to take a one-point lead, and the second half went back and forth with neither team able to pull away. Purdue's Howell sank a three-pointer to give the Boilermakers their largest lead at 49-45 with 7:35 to play. But the Waves would later go on a 6-0 run to pull ahead 53-50 with three minutes left, setting up the exciting conclusion.
Next weekend, the Waves take part in the Arizona State Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Pepperdine plays Utah State on Friday (Dec. 4) at 7:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. MT, and then has a second game on Saturday. Fans with a subscription to Wave Casts will be able to listen to an internet broadcast at www.pepperdinesports.com.