Jackson Scores 16 In Pepperdine's 80-45 Victory Vs. Cal Poly
Dec. 20, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine exploded for 14 points within the first five minutes of the second half in cruising to an 80-45 victory over Cal Poly Monday afternoon at Firestone Fieldhouse. Jazmine Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep), who connected on her first six field goals of the game, led all players with 16 points as the Waves improved to 7-5 on the season.
Cal Poly fell to 4-6 following its fifth defeat in seven games despite receiving 12 points from Caroline Reeves. The Mustangs’ 45 points were the fewest allowed by Pepperdine this season.
Both teams employed high-pressure defenses that resulted in a combined 51 turnovers, but the Waves had a much easier time converting those miscues into points and finished the game with a .458 shooting percentage (27-59). By comparison, Cal Poly shot just .266 from the floor (17-64).
Pepperdine head coach Julie Rousseau believed the game’s fast-paced tempo created some carelessness on the court.
“We normally show more poise and what we saw today is not who we are,” she said. “We’re one of the best teams in the country in terms of turnover ratio, and we got away from that at times. However, we did have 19 assists, which tells me we’re trying to find each other and share the ball.”
Pepperdine had at least four players score in double figures for the second straight game. In addition to Jackson’s 16, both Katie Menton (Coarsegold, Calif./Yosemite HS) and Lauren Bell (San Bruno, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep), chipped in 11, and Robie Mayberry (San Leandro, Caif./Bishop O’Dowd HS) came away with 15.
The big shot of the Waves’ second-half opening run was a 3-pointer by Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) that put the home team up by 25 (45-20) with 15:23 remaining. Pepperdine continued to receive quality looks from the outside over the next several minutes and scored three more treys off the fingers of Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS), Mayberry and Jackson.
Mayberry finished 3-5 from beyond the 3-point arc and her bomb with 3:02 left in the game helped silence a late Cal Poly rally, in which the Mustangs were in the midst of an 11-3 run. Pepperdine went on to ice the game from the free-throw line, from where they made 18-of-22 shots (.818).
Pepperdine held Cal Poly to .214 shooting (6-28) in the first half and entered the break up 31-14. The Waves finished the opening period on a 14-2 run sparked by five bench points from Alex Jarrell (Shelbyville, Tenn./Shelbyville HS), a three by Mayberry and a last second layup by Bell.
After closing its deficit to five points at the 5:03 mark while Jackson was on the bench in foul trouble (two fouls), Cal Poly could only muster one field goal over the final five minutes with the junior guard back in the game – an uncontested layup by Reeves.
Pepperdine’s first-half defense forced 14 Cal Poly turnovers, including eight steals, and the 14 points they allowed were a season low. Occidental holds the Waves’ opponent record for fewest points scored in a first half with 10 (Dec. 19, 1977) and went on to score only 25 for that game.
“I’d like to think that some of their (Cal Poly) offensive woes had something to do with our defense,” Rousseau said. “It’s what we’ve been working on and I think our team did a good job of chasing them behind the 3-point line. Even when they sped up the game with their pressure I thought we responded well to the challenge.”
Cal Poly more than doubled their first-half point total in the second half (31-14), but still only shot .306 (11-36). Pepperdine, meanwhile, scored 22 points of the Mustangs’ 26 turnovers and won the rebounding battle, 48-35.
Pepperdine returns to action next Tuesday, Dec. 28 for a 7 p.m. game at defending Big West Tournament champion UC Riverside, which marks the start of a season-long four-game road trip.
The Waves come back to Firestone Fieldhouse Thursday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. for a televised game vs. Gonzaga. The clash between WCC rivals will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports.