Nov. 25, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - Teoisha George had 15 points and nine rebounds Saturday afternoon, leading the Pepperdine Waves to the Thanksgiving Tournament title with a 52-46 come-from-behind victory over the previously unbeaten Iowa State Cyclones.
Sherriel Boyd came off the bench to score 11 as the Pepperdine (4-2) bench outscored its Iowa State (3-1) counterparts 24-4.
Miranda Ayim pulled down 10 rebounds as Pepperdine outrebounded Iowa State 41-40 after the Cyclones recorded the first 15 of the game.
Toccara Ross had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Iowa State and Heather Ezell added 11 points in the loss.
Taylor Smith connected on her only two free throw attempts of the game, Boyd converted on a fastbreak started by a Daphanie Kennedy steal and Kennedy buried a trey with 6:08 remaining in the game as Pepperdine overcame a three-point deficit to take a four-point lead, 42-38.
The Pepperdine lead would reach six with 4:33 left to play but Ezell and Alison Lacey hit on back-to-back treys, producing the sixth tie of the game.
Teena Wickett broke the tie with two of her six points and following an Ayim jumper in the paint, Boyd iced the victory with a pair of free throws.
Iowa State was held without a field goal for the final 2:57 after tying the game at 46-46.
Behind sharp shooting from the floor and owning the glass over the opening seven-plus minutes, Iowa State built its largest lead of the game 18-6. But Iowa State would go without a point for almost eight minutes as Pepperdine rallied back to take its first lead of the game, 20-18.
Pepperdine went into the locker room with its biggest lead of the half - four points.
Kennedy was named tournament most valuable player, while Ayim was joined by Iowa State's Lyndsey Medders and Ross, Virginia Tech's Kirby Copeland and Tennessee Tech's Kendall Cavin on the all-tournament team.