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Pepperdine Tops Santa Clara, 77-69, in Regular Season Finale

Feb. 24, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. - Teiosha George's career high of 23 points helped Pepperdine end the regular season on a high note as it defeated the Santa Clara Broncos 77-69 on Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference (WCC) finale in Santa Clara, Calif. With the win, the Waves secured the No. 5 seed in the WCC tournament and will face Saint Mary's for the third straight year in the first round on Thursday.

Pepperdine improved to 13-16 overall and 6-8 in league play, while Santa Clara fell to 13-16 and 5-9 in the WCC.

George was 8-of-12 for the game and went 7-for-7 at the free throw line. Sherriel Boyd added 10 points, while Taylor Smith had nine points. Teena Wickett led all players with seven boards and chipped in eight points.

A Wickett basket tied the game at 33-all at the start of the second half and sparked the Waves to a 7-0 run to lead by eight. A three-pointer by Jessica Ross set up by George's steal ignited another strong run by the visiting team as it took its largest lead of the game at the 11:31 mark with 16 points.

Just when it looked like Pepperdine would run away with the victory, the Broncos pulled within two, 66-64, down the stretch as Anna Martin and Chandice Cronk each added a three-pointer after Cronk's jumper.

The Waves answered by making seven of their last 10 free throws to pull ahead for the victory.

The first half proved to be a tightly contested game as the score was tied on five occasions with neither team leading by more than four points.

Santa Clara took its largest lead of the game at the 7:10 mark when Claire Goins scored her only two points on a layup to give the home team the 17-14 advantage. The lead would not last long as Taylor Smith tied the game for the fourth time on a three-pointer.

After the Broncos went ahead by two, Smith made true on her second basket beyond the arc before she and George made back-to-back baskets to give the Waves a 28-23 lead. A jumper by Ashley Gonnerman cut the lead to three as Pepperdine led 30-27 at the break.

Cronk led the Broncos with 17 points, while Ashley Graham and Martin also scored in the double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

George surpassed her previous career high of 21 points which she recorded on Nov. 17 when Pepperdine upset then-No. 14 ranked Rutgers in overtime.