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Women's Basketball Suffers First Round Loss

March 2, 2006

Spokane, WA - The No. 5 seed Saint Mary's women's basketball team suffered a 70-58 first round loss to the No. 4 seed Pepperdine waves in the West Coast Conference Tournament on Thursday afternoon in Spokane, WA. The loss ends the Gaels' season with a 12-16 record.

Saint Mary's began the first half slow, and opened the second half strong, but couldn't overcome an eight-point halftime deficit in the loss. With the win the Waves will face No. 3 seed Loyola Marymount on Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center on the campus of Gonzaga University.

Saint Mary's was led offensively by Monica Mertle, who recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Five of Mertle's 11 rebounds came on the offensive end.

Sophomore Maija Lahde came off the bench to spark the Gaels offensively, adding 16 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes of action. Lahde was 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and 6-of-13 from the field.

Senior Evynn Van Burger added 10 points and two rebounds in 23 minutes in her final game in a Saint Mary's uniform.

As a team the Gaels shot 39.7 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from beyond the arc and 56.3 percent from the free throw line. The Gaels committed 21 turnovers in the game, including 15 in the first half.

Pepperdine was led by Daphanie Kennedy, who scored a game-high 17 points and added five rebounds and three assists. Jasmane Clarendon had 15 points and four rebounds and Teiosha George added 12 points.