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Pepperdine Routs Gonzaga on National Television

Feb. 1, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. - Daphanie Kennedy had a game-high 16 points as the Pepperdine Waves ended Gonzaga's seven-game win streak 70-56 on Thursday night, avenging a loss to the Bulldogs in the team's first meeting of the season back on January 7. The loss was the first in West Coast Conference (WCC) play for Gonzaga this season.

Pepperdine (10-13, 3-5 WCC) used a balanced attack and stellar defense to hold Gonzaga (15-9, 7-1 WCC) to just 31.3 percent shooting from the floor on 21-of-67 attempts.

Nakeya Isabell's 12 points, Miranda Ayim's 17 and Teena Wickett's 10 paved the way for Pepperdine who set the school record for fewest points in a game in a 58-35 loss in the team's first meeting in Malibu, Calif.

Wickett added a game-high 11 rebounds for her team-leading fifth double-double of the season.

Both Kennedy and Wickett sat out the first meeting of the season due to injuries.

Pepperdine dominated the opening 20 minutes and never trailed in the game after opening the night on a 7-0 run.

Gonzaga missed its first four shots of the game until a Michelle Elliott trey at the 15:51 mark got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.

After three of Stephanie Hawk's team-high 15 points pulled the home team within five 15-10, Gonzaga went scoreless for six-minutes and 25 seconds as Pepperdine amasses a 21-point, 31-10 lead.

A layup by Ayim with 1:05 left in the first half provided Pepperdine with its largest lead of the game, 38-15.

Pepperdine outscored Gonzaga 18-4 in the paint and had a 14-5 edge in points off turnovers.

Gonzaga never got closer than a dozen in the second half as Pepperdine shot 47.1 percent from the floor on 8-of-17 shooting and connected on 15-of-18 from the free throw line.

The victory marks the first time since defeating Cal State Northridge and UT-Arlington on November 28 and December 1, 2006 as part of a 6-2 start to the season.

Pepperdine will wrap up in short two-game road swing Saturday afternoon in Portland, Ore. when it takes on the Pilots. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT at the Chiles Center.