{{ article.title }}

Pepperdine Withstands Late San Diego Surge

Feb. 10, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. - Morgan Henderson's three-point attempt at the buzzer rattled in-and-out as San Diego's rally from down 20 came up short preserving the Pepperdine Waves 51-50 victory over the Toreros Saturday afternoon in West Coast Conference (WCC) play at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Teiosha George recorded her third career double-double and second of the season by scoring a team-high 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting while pulling down a team-best 10 rebounds. Teena Wickett had 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting and added eight boards for Pepperdine (12-14, 5-6 WCC).

Henderson finished the game with 13 points, eight in the second half, and grabbed 10 rebounds for San Diego (19-5, 8-2 WCC). Amanda Rego added 10 points and Amber Sprague snatched a game-best 11 rebounds.

Ashley Voisinet hit on the second of two free throw attempts to cut the Pepperdine under double digits for the first time since the 9:52 mark of the opening half. The free throw was part of a 14-0 San Diego run over a seven-minute span in which the Waves committed eight turnovers.

After seeing its once daunting lead down to just one 43-42, Pepperdine received consecutive baskets from Daphanie Kennedy and Wickett and extended the lead back to five with 4:28 to play.

A Jasmane Clarendon jumper with three minutes on the clock put Pepperdine up by six. Two free throws from George with 1:35 left to play answered a Kelly Winther layup to maintain the Waves' six-point advantage 51-45.

Rego cut the deficit down to two with 1:21 to play and Winther added a trey with only 44 seconds bringing the score to 51-50.

George missed a pair of free throws with 14 seconds remaining and San Diego drove the ball the length of the floor, setting up Henderson's attempted game-winner.

Pepperdine dominated the first half, getting out to a 7-0 lead in the first minute. After San Diego had cut the gap to five Lauren Wenski went on an 8-0 by knocking down a pair of treys and making good on a layup to get the Waves out to a 17-4 lead.

Already up by 10, 21-11, Pepperdine went on a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to build its largest lead of the contest 31-11. San Diego outscored the Waves 12-4 to close out the half but still trailed by a dozen heading into the lockerroom.

Pepperdine will close the home portion of its season on Sat., Feb. 17 when it hosts cross-town rival Loyola Marymount at 5 p.m. PT. Tickets for the game which precedes the men's game are sold out.