Feb. 1, 2007
LMU - 74
Portland - 52
PORTLAND, Ore. - Four players scored in double digits to lead LMU to a 74-52 win over Portland at the Chiles Center this evening. LMU shot 50% from the field for the game, and led by as many as 24 points to start the second half of the WCC schedule with the road victory. The Lions scored 30 of their points off of 18 Portland turnovers.
LMU improves to 13-9 overall, 5-3 in the West Coast Conference. Portland falls to 9-14, 1-7 in WCC play.
The Lions shot well from the field in the first half, hitting 42.4% of their shots to take a 37-31 halftime lead. LMU led by as many as 11 points before Portland finished the half on a 7-2 run.
Hall led all players with 12 points, including two three-pointers. The Lions were 4-for-8 from three-point range in the first half, getting a pair from Hall and Kavita Goss. The Pilots converted six three-pointers in the first half, more than half of their 11 field goals. Jennifer Wassom led Portland with 10 points in the opening period.
LMU came out of the halftime break on fire, scoring the first eight points to pull out to a 48-31 lead. The Lions shot 60% from the field in the second half and led by as many as 24 points in the second half. LMU's defense continued to frustrate the Pilots, limiting Portland to just 20% from the field in the second half.
Hall led a quartet of Lions in double digits, finishing with 16 points. Cassady Moore and Ashlee Dunlap both scored 12 points, while Valerie Ogoke added 10. Moore was outstanding on defense, recording five steals and a block. Ogoke and Dunlap were both strong on the boards, finishing with eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
Amanda DeCoud and Amanda Patton both contributed five assists and each had just one turnover in the game.
Wassom led Portland with 10 points, all in the first half. Laiken Dollente added nine points, and Anne Graner chipped in seven.
The Lions return to action on Saturday when they travel to Spokane to face Gonzaga at 2:00pm.
Pepperdine - 70
Gonzaga - 56
Spokane, Wash. - 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.