Ross Comes Off Bench to Lift Pepperdine Past LMU, 53-47
Feb. 11, 2006
Pepperdine vs. LMU Highlights
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine freshman Jessica Ross came off the bench and scored her first three points of the night with 1:30 showing on the clock and then connected on a pair of free throws with 29 seconds and blocked a Rachael Ziemann trey attempt with 23 ticks left as the Waves pulled off a 53-47 West Coast Conference (WCC) victory over Loyola Marymount Saturday night at Gersten Pavilion.
LMU (14-9, 8-2 WCC) opened the second half with a 9-2 run to gain a 37-28 lead. Pepperdine (9-13, 6-4 WCC) matriculated back into the lead and would hold the Lions without a point for better than 10 minutes and without a field goal for over 11 minutes to take a 42-40 lead with 3:41 remaining in the contest. After four consecutive free throws by Pepperdine's Jasmane Clarendon, LMU would go on a 4-0 run to knot the score at 44-all with 1:41 remaining on the clock setting up Ross' heroics.
Clarendon would lead Pepperdine with 15 points and nine rebounds in the game as the Waves avenged a loss to the Lions in the first meeting of the season. Daphanie Kennedy was second on the team with seven points as three other Pepperdine player tallied six points, including Nakeya Isabell who went 4-4 on free throws down the stretch.
LMU would receive 14 points from Amanda Patton and nine boards from Ashlee Dunlap in the loss.
Pepperdine jumped out to an early four-point, 7-3, lead by holding the Lions to just 20.0 percent shooting with four turnovers over the opening 4:22 of play. LMU would fight back to even the contest at the mid-way point of the opening frame at 18-all. The Lion's run was aided by making true on their first three three-point tries. Both teams would fall into an offensive slump over the final 10 minutes of the half as LMU would take a 28-26 lead into the intermission.
Both teams shot for a high percentage in the opening 20 minutes with LMU hitting on 41.4 percent to Pepperdine's 40, but 16 combined turnovers led to the low score.
The Waves will conclude their final regular-season road trip next weekend when they travel to Portland and Gonzaga. Pepperdine closes out the 2005-06 regular season at home against Saint Mary's and Santa Clara on Feb. 23 and 25, respectively.