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Waves Win Third Straight

Feb. 3, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. - Senior Lauren Wenski scored a season-high 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 4-for-8 from beyond the three-point arc as the Pepperdine Waves picked up their third straight West Coast Conference (WCC) victory of the season with a 72-45 drumming of the Portland Pilots Saturday in Portland, Ore.

Sophomore Jessica Ross added 11 points in 29 minutes for Pepperdine (11-13, 4-5 WCC). Teiosha George added eight points and seven rebounds, while Shannon Johnson had nine points on 3-of-5 shooting.

Portland (9-15, 1-8 WCC) did not have a single player reach double-digits in scoring as Laura Thomas and Carly Kobbel each had eight.

Portland scored seven of the first nine points in the game to take a 7-2 lead on Pepperdine. The score remained tight for the entire opening 20 minutes of play, with the Pilots leading much of the way and by as many as seven on several occasions.

Trailing 22-15 with 45 seconds to play in the opening half, Johnson's jumper cut the lead to five and Wenski provided the Waves with momentum heading into the lockerroom as she buried a trey with four seconds on the clock.

Wenski opening the second half with another trey to give Pepperdine a 23-22 lead it would never relinquish.

Pepperdine opened the second stanza on a 7-0 run and following a Ross three-pointer had built up an eight-point 32-24 lead just 2:36 into the second period.

It continued to rain threes for Pepperdine as Wenski and Ross connected on back-to-back treys to extend the lead to a dozen. Portland would never get closer as the Waves scored 50 points in the second half.

Pepperdine will return home Thursday night for a 7 p.m. PT tip against San Francisco to open the final homestand of the season for the Waves. Saturday, Pepperdine will play host to San Diego in a 2 p.m. start.