Nov. 24, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - Miranda Ayim had a career-high 20 points and Sherriel Boyd added 11 of her 15 points in the first half for the Waves, who never trailed in a 91-62 victory over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Friday afternoon.
Kendall Cavin, Cara Reed and Blair Bowens scored 12 apiece, and Allison Price had 10 for Tennessee Tech which fell to 1-2 on the year.
Pepperdine led by 26 at the half and was never challenged over the final 20 minutes of play, extending the lead to as many as 32 on a Jessica Ross layup with 2:40 remaining in the contest.
Pepperdine used 11 points from Boyd and Taylor to build a 49-23 halftime lead. The Waves played with a lead from the start at home after opening the game with a 7-0 run that included four points from Ayim.
Tennessee Tech shot just 28 percent from the floor in the first half and did not record a field goal until the 12:07 mark.
For the game, Pepperdine shot a season-high 62.3 percent from the floor (33-for-53) and outscored Tennessee Tech 38-18 in the paint.
Pepperdine will face Iowa State tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. PT in the championship game of the tournament as the Cyclones defeated Virginia Tech 75-69 in the first game of the day. The Hokies will face the Golden Eagles in the consolation game at 1 p.m.