Waves Win Third Straight, Top UC Riverside 65-61
Dec. 28, 2010
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Down by as many as nine points in the second half to the defending Big West Tournament champions, the Pepperdine women’s basketball team rallied at UC Riverside Tuesday night to earn a hard-fought 65-61 comeback victory.
Juniors Jazmine Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep), Lauren Bell (San Bruno, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) and Alex Jarrell (Shelbyville, Tenn./Shelbyville HS) all scored in double figures as the Waves’ extended their season long winning streak to a third game and improved to 8-5.
UC Riverside, losers of three straight, dropped to 6-5 despite guard despite Tre'Shonti Nottingham tying her career-high with 17 points. Highlander Brittany Waddell added 11 points.
UCR raced out to a 45-36 lead five minutes into the second half but the Waves responded with a 12-3 run to tie the game at 48 with 7:16 remaining. Freshman Robie Mayberry (San Leandro, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) hit both her 3-pointers during this stretch, and back-to-back layups by Jackson and Bell whittled the Waves’ deficit down to one.
Bell’s ensuing free throw that completed a three-point play tied the game for a fifth time. She finished with 18 points and made 7-of-9 shots from the charity stripe.
The Highlanders, compared to previous Pepperdine opponents this season, also shot very well from the foul line (14-16) and Rhaya Neabors’ consecutive connections with 2:48 remaining gave the home team its final lead of the game at 57-56. Afterward, Jarrell hit jumper that give her 12 for the night, and Jackson made all four of her free throws to put the game out of reach at 64-59 and 14 seconds remaining.
Jackson tallied 17 points and pulled down four rebounds to go along with three assists and steals.
Pepperdine was credited with 16 steals and scored 22 points off 24 UCR turnovers. By comparison, the Waves took much better care of the ball than they did in their previous game vs. Cal Poly (25 turnovers), committing just three turnovers in the first half and nine times throughout the game. And two of those were deemed team turnovers.
Pepperdine also held a distinct edge in second-chance points, 16-6, by pulling down 20 offensive rebounds. Junior Skye Barnett (Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola HS) led the Waves with seven boards and chipped in five points, including a key layup that gave Pepperdine its first lead of the second half (54-53) with 4:34 to go.
Bell nailed a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining to knot the game at 31-31 entering halftime and led all first-half scorers with 12 points – nine of which came during the final 3:22. Bell also came through with four steals in the opening 20 minutes, while Jarrell totaled eight points in 12 minutes off the bench complete with two blocked shots.
Jarrell and Mayberry combined for six of the Waves’ seven blocks.
UCR, which jumped out to an 8-0 lead to start the game, shot an impressive 70 percent from the floor in the first half. But with the Waves’ defense forcing 16 turnovers, the Highlanders were limited to just 20 field-goal attempts compared to 40 for Pepperdine.
Riverside went on to make only 9-of-26 (.346) attempts in the second half and finished the game with a 50 percent shooting percentage (23-46). UCR was particularly ineffective from 3-point range, hitting just 1-of-6 attempts.
Pepperdine returns to action Sunday, Jan. 2 for a 4 p.m. PT game at Colorado State, which concludes the non-conference portion of its 2010-11 schedule. San Diego will welcome Pepperdine on Thursday, Jan. 6 in the West Coast Conference season opener for both programs.
The Waves don’t come back to Firestone Fieldhouse until Thursday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. for a televised game vs. Gonzaga. The clash between WCC rivals will be broadcast live by CBS College Sports.