Feb. 22, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine got 11 points from Teiosha George and 10 from Shannon Johnson Thursday night but it was not enough to overcome the Saint Mary's Gaels as the Waves fall 70-64 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play in Moraga, Calif.
Maija Lahde and Eghosa Obaiza caused fits for Pepperdine all night. Lahde scored a game-high 22 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 7-for-9 from the free throw line, pulled down nine rebounds and recorded seven steals. Obaiza finished the night with 10 points and 12 rebounds helping Saint Mary's improve to 14-12 (8-5 WCC).
Pepperdine opened the game on a 6-0 run when Wickett connected on the first collegiate three-point try of her career. The run was capped when long-range specialist Ross completed a three-point play the old fashion way.
The run reached 19-4 on a George layup at the 10:25 mark of the first half, a bucket that gave Pepperdine its largest lead of the night at 15.
A Johnson trey at the 8:01 mark of the first half kept the Waves' lead at 15 and made the score 25-10.
Pepperdine committed turnovers on three of their next four possessions leading to an 8-0 Saint Mary's run to cut the lead down to seven.
Back-to-back baskets by Daphanie Kennedy and Isabell extended the lead to 11 with less than five minutes remaining in the half. The Gaels closed out the period with a 14-8 run and trailed by five at the half.
Pepperdine held on to the lead until a Jontelle Smith trey at the 16:31 mark tied the score at 42-all.
Saint Mary's held Pepperdine scoreless for a 5:48 stretch and outscored the Waves 15-0 to turn a 42-35 Pepperdine lead into a 50-42 Gaels' lead.
A once 10-point Saint Mary's advantage was cut down to three with 2:12 to play when Ross buried a trey but it would be as close as Pepperdine would get.
The Waves will close out the regular season Saturday afternoon at Santa Clara. Tip is set for 2 p.m. PT.