Waves Stun #14 Scarlet Knights in Overtime, 75-73
Nov. 18, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - Junior Teiosha George scored six of her career-high 21 points in overtime and Essence Carson turned the ball over as she was called for traveling with four-tenths of a second remaining as the Pepperdine Waves knocked off their first ranked opponent under Julie Rousseau in the second game of the Timeout for HIV/AIDS Classic in Malibu, Calif. Friday night.
George was 10-of-14 for the game and scored half of the Pepperdine's (2-1) 12 points in the extra frame as the Waves rallied to beat No. 14 Rutgers (0-2) 75-73.
The Waves scored 35 points in the second half, including a 17-12 run to erase a three-point Rutgers lead at the half.
Freshman Teena Wickett matched George's point total of 21 and added a game-high 12 rebounds as Pepperdine won its second straight.
The Waves' frontcourt was able to stay out of early foul trouble and out scored Rutgers 32-22 in the paint, sending the Scarlet Knights to their first 0-2 start since the 1996-97 season.
Junior Daphanie Kennedy added 18 points and seven assists for Pepperdine.
Carson led Rutgers with 18 points and six assists, while Epiphanny Prince added 15 and Kia Vaughn and Brittany Ray finished with 14 apiece.
After Pepperdine's second half run to take the lead, the Scarlet Knights would regain the lead on a couple of occasions down the stretch, including with 30 seconds remaining in regulation. But Kennedy's running jumper with 24 seconds left sent the game into overtime tied at 63-all.
Sophomore Jessica Ross scored the first basket in overtime and Pepperdine never trailed in the extra period as Shannon Johnson's free throw with 54 seconds proved to be the game-winner despite Rutgers connecting on all four shots in overtime.
Miranda Ayim's layup in the closing seconds of the first half capped a 5-0 Pepperdine run as Rutgers led 31-28 at the half.
Pepperdine led the majority of the first half and by as many as five at two different times, but went without a bucket for over three minutes late as Rutgers picked up its largest lead of eight points on the night, outscoring the Waves 13-0 during that span.
"I know Rutgers wasn't at full strength but it means so much to this program for our kids to persevere and really grind out a tough game," commented Rousseau following the game. "I am so proud of each and every one of these young ladies."