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San Diego Squeezes Past Pepperdine

Jan. 11, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. - Kelly Winther scored 16 points, and San Diego erased a 12-point second-half deficit against Pepperdine snapping a 13-game skid to their West Coast Conference (WCC) opponent, beating the Waves 73-71 on Thursday night.

Teiosha George led Pepperdine (8-10, 1-2 WCC) with 16 points and seven rebounds, Jessica Ross had 13 and Teena Wickett added 13 in her first game back since being injured against Texas-Arlington.

Pepperdine opened the second half with a 13-4 run which was capped by a Wickett layup as the Waves took a 46-37 lead with 13:07 to play in the game. Pepperdine pushed its advantage to as many as 12 off another Wickett layup as the Waves led 55-43 with under 10 minutes to play.

San Diego (13-3, 2-0 WCC) used a 12-0 run over the next two minutes to tie the contest at 55-55. A Wickett layup regained the lead for Pepperdine which answered with a 6-0 run that included a pair a George free throws. But San Diego would score the next nine points to go up by three with just under three minutes on the clock.

Nakeya Isabell scored on a layup out of a Pepperdine timeout to tie the game at 69-69 but San Diego never let the Waves back in front.

Pepperdine overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 7:44 of the first half to send the game to the locker room tied at 33-33. The opening 20 minutes of play saw nine ties and seven lead changes.

Pepperdine will remain on the road as it travels to San Francisco for a 2 p.m. PT tipoff against the Dons on Saturday at War Memorial Gym.