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Slow Start Does in Pepperdine

Jan. 20, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. - Thirteen days after Pepperdine set the school record for fewest points in game, the Waves equaled that mark as well as the mark for fewest points in a half in falling to the Loyola Marymount Lions 52-35 in West Coast Conferece (WCC) play Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Freshman Teena Wickett scored a team-high 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting and pulled down 13 rebounds for Pepperdine (8-12, 1-4 WCC). Nakeya Isabell added nine points including the final six of the game for the Waves.

Loyola Marymount (11-8, 3-2 WCC) was led by Amanda Patton's 17 points and Valerie Ogoke's 10-points, nine-rebound effort in snapping Pepperdine's two-game win streak over its rival.

Things got off on the wrong foot for Pepperdine. A Shannon Johnson layup tied the score at 4-4 at the 18:20 mark, but it would be over 10 minutes before the Waves would score again and almost 11 total before Teiosha George recorded the next field goal.

During the drought, Loyola Marymount outscored Pepperdine 20-0 en route to a 33-13 halftime lead. The 13 points tied the school record for fewest points scored in a half matching the mark set on February 18 of last year.

Pepperdine opened the second half by making just one of its first nine shots over six-plus minutes. After falling behind by 23, the Waves held Loyola Marymount without a bucket over the next four minutes as the Waves cut the deficit down to 19.

It looked as if Pepperdine would set a new game low until Isabell scored six points over the final 1:59.

Pepperdine will close out the first half of league play next week when it hosts Santa Clara and Saint Mary's on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.