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Pepperdine Victorious in WCC Opener

Jan. 5, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. - Freshman Miranda Ayim scored a team-high 14 points and Sherriel Boyd added 13 to lead the Pepperdine Waves to a 59-54 victory over the Portland Pilots on Friday night in both team's West Coast Conference (WCC) opener.

Jasmane Clarendon grabbed five rebounds as Pepperdine (8-8, 1-0 WCC) beat Portland (8-8, 0-1 WCC) for the 20th time in the last 21 meetings.

Portland was led by Laiken Dollente, who scored 29 points. Kendra Morris had 14 points as only five of the 10 Pilots who played scored points.

A Lauren Wenski free throw with 9:59 remaining in the game gave the home team its largest lead of the night 43-32. Over the next five minutes, Dollente scored eight points as part of a 12-2 run that cut the Waves' lead to one. Pepperdine never let the lead slip away despite the Pilots closing within one on numerous occasions before closing the game out on a 4-0 run.

Portland led for almost 18 of the first 20 minutes and by as many as seven following a Morris jumper at the 12:42 mark. A Boyd layup with 2:05 to play in the half gave Pepperdine its first lead of the night 23-21. The Pilots were held without a basket for the final 4:56 of the half and the Waves used a 9-0 run during that span to build a six-point lead at the half.

Pepperdine will return to action Sunday afternoon when it hosts the Gonzaga Bulldogs who recorded a 60-56 victory over Loyola Marymount in its league opener.