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Waves Suffer 76-58 Loss to Saint Mary's


MORAGA, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s basketball team suffered a disappointing 76-58 loss to Saint Mary’s on Thursday evening.


Pepperdine got off to a slow start in the first half and came back with some strong scoring runs in the second half. However, the Gaels responded with runs of their own and maintained the lead for most of the game


The Waves (15-12, 8-5) were led by Miranda Ayim (London, Ontario, Canada) with 17 points and eight rebounds. Jazmine Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep.) notched 13 points while Nakeya Isabell (Seattle, Wash./Cleveland HS) scored 12 points, five steals and five rebounds.


Pepperdine shot 38.8 percent from the field to Saint Mary’s (10-18, 6-7) 43.3 percent. The Waves had 13 turnovers and 10 steals while the Gaels recorded 23 turnovers and eight steals


Pepperdine’s Alex Jarrell (Shelbyville, Tenn./Shelbyville HS) scored the first basket of the game with 19:37 on the clock, but Saint Mary’s answered back with an 11-3 scoring run ending with the Gaels leading 11-5 and 17:04 left in the first half.


Jarrell’s jumper at 16:47 set off a 9-0 Wave scoring run highlighted with a 3-pointer by Isabell. Pepperdine took the lead at 14-11. Saint Mary’s Katie Batlin ended the run with a layup at 15:09 and started a 12-3 scoring run for the Gaels ending at 11:03 with Saint Mary’s leading 24-17.


Isabell scored her second shot from beyond the arc with 10:12 left on the clock and the Waves within four points at 24-20. Back-to-back layups by Tomlin were followed by a 3-pointer by Jackson to make the score 28-23.


The Gaels completed the first half with a 12-2 scoring run ending with Saint Mary’s up by 15 points at 40-25.


The Waves were shooting 31.5 percent from the field to the Gaels 50 percent. Pepperdine had 10 rebounds to 26 Saint Mary’s rebounds.


The Waves started the second half with a vengeance. With 19:45 on the clock Ayim started a

14-4 scoring run with a layup. The run ended at 13:58 with a free throw by Joy Lelo (La Canada, Calif./La Canada HS). Pepperdine was down by five points at 46-39.


Baskets were traded with the Gaels Kira Kojola shooting a 3-pointer with 11:42 remaining in the game and the score at 51-41. The Waves ended with back-to-back shots in the paint at 11:08 and Pepperdine trailing 51-45. Saint Mary’s responded with back-to-back buckets ending with the Gaels up by 10 points at 55-45.


With 9:25 left in the game, Isabell started a 9-2 scoring run ending with the Waves trailing by three points and a little over five minutes on the clock. Alex Carbonel answered for the Gaels with a layup to start a 12-2 Saint Mary’s scoring run ending a 2:46 and the score at 66-56.


Jackson made a layup with 1:28 left on the clock and the Gaels came back with another 7-0 scoring run ending the game up by 18 points at 76-58.


The Waves play their final regular season game on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 28) at University of San Francisco, starting at 2 p.m.



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