Jan. 20, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Amanda Patton broke the LMU career record for three-pointers as part of LMU's huge 52-35 rivalry win over Pepperdine this evening at Gersten Pavilion. The Lions jumped out to an 11 point lead at 14:50 in the first half, and held a double digit lead for the rest of the game. Patton's record breaking three-pointer in the first half gave LMU a 24-4 lead and the Lions didn't look back. Patton led all players with 17 points in the win.
The Lions improve to 11-8 overall, 3-2 in WCC action. Pepperdine falls to 8-12 overall, 1-4 in the West Coast Conference.
Pepperdine's Teena Wickett scored the first basket of the game, but after that it was all Lions. Patton scored LMU's first four points of the game on driving layups, and a layup by Shannon Johnson tied the game at 4-4 at 18:20. The Lions would then go on a 20-0 run that included Patton's record tying three-pointer and her record breaker at 8:47. The Waves missed 14 straight shots before they would end their scoreless drought on a free throw by Nakeya Isabell at 8:10 to make it a 24-5 game. LMU continued to play well, holding the Waves to 13 points in the half, taking a 33-13 lead into the break.
The 13 points ties the Pepperdine record for fewest points scored in a half. Patton outscored the entire Wave team in the first half, putting in 14 points and dishing out four assists. Valerie Ogoke added eight points in the first half, and grabbed seven rebounds to help the Lions outrebound Pepperdine 27-18 in the first half.
The second half continued like the first half. A three-pointer by Patton at the 11:54 mark gave the Lions a 23 point lead, 40-17, their largest of the game. The Waves were finally about to get a little offense going, but LMU hit shots when it counted and kept a 20+ point lead for most of the half. A pair of free throws by Jessica Vargas at 3:28 gave the Lions a 50-29 lead.
Isabell made three steals and scored six points in the final two minutes of the game to keep the Waves from breaking the school record for fewest points scored in a game. However, the 35 points scored ties the school record that was set just two weeks ago when Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine 58-35.
Patton led all players with 17 points, hitting three three-pointers. She entered the game with 125, and needed just one to tie the previous record of 126 set by Rachael Ziemann last year. With three today, she owns the record at 128 and will continue to add to it in LMU's remaining games. Patton now owns all three LMU three-point records - career (128), single season (67) and single game (7). She shares the single game record with Ziemann.
Ogoke had a strong game for the Lions, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, four steals and three assists. She also assisted on Patton's record breaking three-pointer. Ashlee Dunlap added eight points and six rebounds, and Amanda DeCoud had five assists and three rebounds.
Wickett led Pepperdine with 12 points and 13 rebounds. She also added a block, a steal and an assist. Isabell finished with six steals, nine points and four assists.
This game is the third time this season that LMU has held a team under 40 points. The Lions limited Long Beach State to 38 points and broke the school record by only allowing nine points in the second half. LMU limited Portland to 34 points, breaking the Pilots record for fewest points in a game. The Lions are allowing just 48.6 points per game in the WCC action.
LMU returns to action next Thursday when it hosts Saint Mary's for a 7:00pm tipoff at Gersten Pavilion.
- GO LIONS! -