Feb. 17, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - It was Pepperdine's Senior Day, but it was LMU seniors Amanda Patton and Ashlee Dunlap that stole the show, leading the Lions to a 63-52 win over the Waves this evening at Firestone Fieldhouse. Dunlap recorded her second straight double double with 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Patton finished with a team-high 15 points for the season sweep of rival Pepperdine.
LMU improves to 15-11 overall, and remain in third place in the WCC with a 7-5 record. Pepperdine falls to 12-15, 5-7 in conference play.
The Lions had a strong opening half, led by Amanda DeCoud who led all players with 10 points in the first half. LMU shot 68.2% from the field in the opening half, while Pepperdine shot 50%. Patton scored eight in the first half, and Cassady Moore added seven points with three steals. The Lions took their largest lead of the first half, 37-25 on a layup by DeCoud at 1:49, but the Waves scored the final six points of the half to make it a 37-31 game at the break. Both teams had trouble holding onto the ball, combining with 24 turnovers in the first half.
Pepperdine cut the LMU lead to three points early in the second half, but never got any closer as the Lions used strong defense to hold off the Waves. LMU extended its lead back to double digits with an 8-1 run, but the pesky Waves would not go away. Several times they cut the game to six points, but never got any closer. Dunlap and Moore hit several big shots down the stretch to stop the Pepperdine runs. Dunlap also grabbed 10 rebounds in the second half.
A three-pointer by Moore gave the Lions a 14 point lead, 59-45 at 4:05. The Waves cut the lead to nine points, 59-50 with 1:36 to go, but they could not get any closer.
Jenna Sybesma provided a great spark off the bench, scoring five points in 13 minutes of action.
Four Lions finished with double digit scoring, led by Patton's 15 points. Moore contributed 13 points with five steals, while Dunlap scored 11. DeCoud finished with 10 points for the game.
Teena Wickett led Pepperdine with 10 points, while Teiosha George added eight points.
The Lions held a 32-24 rebounding advantage, led by Dunlap's 14.
LMU returns to action next weekend for the final games of the regular season. The Lions will be in the Bay Area, taking on Santa Clara on Thursday at 7:00pm, and Saint Mary's on Saturday at 2:00pm. Heading into the final weekend of play, LMU and Saint Mary's are tied for third place in the conference standings.
- GO LIONS! -