Kennedy Pours in 28 as Pepperdine Ground Pilots
Jan. 13, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine used a 22-8 run at the end of the first and beginning of the second half to break open a 28-23 game Thursday night against the Portland Pilots at Firestone Fieldhouse. Freshman Daphanie Kennedy scored a career-high 28 points as five Waves scored in double figures en route to an 85-52 home victory.
Both teams opened the game sluggish combining for 13 points through the first eight-plus minutes. Despite the shooting woes, Pepperdine (6-10, 2-1 WCC) ending the night shoting 46.9 percent from the floor and a stellar 52.6 from beyond the three-point arc. Kennedy connected on 4-6, while Syreeta Stafford and Lauren Wenski each tossed it three treys.
Portland (5-11, 0-3 WCC) could not match the Wave inside attack as Pepperdine held a 52-29 advantage in rebounds resulting in a 24-3 edge in second-chance points. Meagan Bermingham and Amy Botto led the all Pilot scoring with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Kennedy's 28 is the most by a Wave this season, bettering Jennifer Lacy's total of 26 against Montana (Nov. 27). Lacy recorded her sixth double-double of the year with an 11-point, 12-rebound effort. Stafford scored a season-best 15, while Teiosha Georga tacked on 13 and Wenski added 11.
"We played really good as a team tonight," commented Kennedy who has now scored in double figures in five of the last seven contests. "The coaches have really been working with me and I am starting to get into the flow of the game a little bit more now. I don't really look at how many points I score, as long as we get the [Win], that is all that matters."
The Waves will close out their two-game home stand with a battle for first place on Saturday as the Gonzaga Bulldogs come to Malibu after a 67-59 win over Loyola Marymount tonight. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m. in a game that can be seen Live on Fox Sports Net.