Feb. 22, 2007
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's women's basketball team used a 19-2 run early in the second half to earn a 70-64 victory over Pepperdine Thursday night from McKeon Pavilion. Junior Maija Lahde paced the Gaels with a career-high 22 points as SMC remains in third with an 8-5 conference record and a 14-12 overall mark.
The Gaels were down 25-10 with eight minutes left in the first half but then got things going to head into the locker room down 37-32.
SMC then erupted for 38 points in the second half aided by a 19-2 run to clip the Waves. Lahde was impressive in all facets of the game as the junior tallied nine rebounds, a career-high seven steals on top of her career-best 22 points.
Lahde shot 6-of-12 from the floor, a perfect 3-for-3 from three and 7-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Senior Eghosa Obaiza followed with a double-double. The senior tallied 10 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. Sophomore Jontelle Smith recorded 14 points with two treys and a 4-for-5 clip from the line.
Lauren Shaughnessy returned to the lineup for SMC and tallied eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, while adding three rebounds and three assists.
Teiosha George led the Waves with 11 points while Shannon Johnson chipped in with 10 - all in the first half. Teena Wickett led Pepperdine on the glass with nine rebounds.
Saint Mary's shot 42 percent (21-of-50) from the floor, 46 percent (5-of-11) from beyond the arc and 62 percent (23-of-37) from the free throw line.
Pepperdine shot 41 percent (24-of-59) from the floor, 44 percent (8-of-18) from three and 62 percent (8-of-13) from the charity stripe.
The win marks the fourth in a row for the Gaels which ties the longest streak on the season when SMC ran off four wins right before conference play. The last time SMC rallied off four straight conference wins was in the 2001-02 season.
With the win the Gaels earn their most wins in conference since the 2001-02 season. LMU defeated Santa Clara so the two teams remained tied for third place with both teams facing off on Saturday.
Saint Mary's will face LMU on Saturday, February 24 for senior day. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. from McKeon Pavilion.