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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 28, 2007

Pepperdine - 91
UCLA - 79

MALIBU, Calif. - Daphanie Kennedy and Miranda Ayim each scored at least 20 points to lead the Pepperdine women's basketball team to a 91-79 victory over UCLA on Wednesday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Kennedy (Oakland, Calif./Kearny HS) poured in a season-high 27 points on 8-of-17 shooting and was 8-of-8 from the free-throw line, and also recorded seven assists. Kennedy reached the 1,000 point plateau for her career in the game. while Ayim (London, Ont., Canada/Saunders Secondary) posted her third double-double of the season with 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting and added 11 rebounds.

The Waves shot 45.8% from the field for the game compared to 40.8% for the Bruins, finished 30-of-35 from the free-throw line to the Bruins' 14-of-23, and made seven three-pointers to UCLA's three. After holding a narrow 36-33 lead at the half, the Waves outscored the Bruins 55-46 in the second half en route to the 91-79 win.

"It was a good win," Pepperdine Coach Julie Rousseau said. "The team was excited to be back on the court, and we played with poise and confidence and it was a great team effort."

The Bruins got off to a quick start and led 9-3, but a 6-0 Waves run knotted the score at 9-9. From there, the Waves went on a 18-8 run to open up the largest lead off the half, at 27-17. The Bruins responded with a 16-6 run to tie the score at 33-33, until Alisha Bryant's (Pacoima, Calif./Chatsworth HS) first career three-pointer with four seconds left in the half gave the Waves a 36-33 edge before intermission. Pepperdine shot 41.4% from the floor in the half and limited UCLA to a 31.0% shooting percentage, but were outrebounded 29-22 in the half by the Bruins.

In addition to Kennedy and Ayim's performance, the Waves received strong contributions from Katie Menton (Yosemite, Calif./Yosemite HS) and Teiosha George (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale HS), who each scored 10 points.

Up next, the Waves travel to Seattle, Wash. to face the University of Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 82
Pacific - 68

Story coming soon.

Cal - 75
Loyola Marymount - 54

Berkeley, CA - Twelfth-ranked Cal used a strong second half to pull away from LMU, 75-54, Wednesday morning at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, CA. The Lions (4-3) see their two-game winning streak snapped while the Bears improve to 5-1.

On a day when they needed strong efforts from everyone, the Lions got a lift from their bench. Sophomore Kavita Goss had a career-high 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting while junior Jenna Sybesma added 10 points on 5-for-7. Sophomore Jessica Vargas led the starters with nine points and the Lions got eight points each from sophomore Lisa Helmers and freshman Renahy Young.

Ashley Walker led all scorers with 25 points and 10 rebounds, asserting herself during crucial periods of each half to help the Bears pull away. Kelsey Adrian added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench and Alexis Gray-Lawson had 13 points for Cal.

After holding a rebounding advantage in five of their first six games, LMU was out-rebounded 43-25. The Lions shot 41.5% (22-for-53) from the floor and 36.8% (7-for-19) from three-point range while the Bears went 45.9% (28-for-61) from the field and 30.8% (4-for-13) from downtown. Free throws were also a big factor. LMU attempted just six, making three, compared to the Bears, who went 15-for-19 (78.9%) at the line.

The early start time might have had something to do with LMU's slow start as it committed four turnovers and missed its first four shots as the Golden Bears took a 6-0 lead in the first four minutes. A three-pointer from the wing by Young got the Lions on the board but Cal held an 11-3 advantage six minutes into the game.

LMU began to claw back with a 13-8 run to cut it to 19-16 with 8:21 left. Vargas got inside for a pair of baskets and Goss knocked down a three from the wing to make it a three-point game. From that point on, Walker took over, scoring her team's next 12 points to help the Bears begin to pull away.

Sybesma kept the Lions close but Gray-Lawson made a steal and a layup at the halftime buzzer to send Cal into the locker room with a 31-24 lead. Bench play carried the Lions in the opening 20 minutes as 18 of the 24 points came from non-starters.

Cal's lead grew to 13 points, 42-39, on a three-pointer by Gray-Lawson at 15:35. Back-to-back three-pointers by senior Amanda DeCoud and Helmers and a fast-break layup by Vargas brought the Lions back to within 10, 49-39, at the 12-minute mark.

After that, it was Walker time again, as the First Team All-Pac 10 performer scored five of the next 14 points with Adrian chipping in with seven during the stretch that saw the Bears extend their lead to 63-44. The Bears used their advantage on the glass to hold off the Lions the rest of the way.

LMU heads to Flagstaff, AZ, on Sunday for a meeting with Northern Arizona before returning home for a three-game home stand.

Stanford - 96
San Francisco - 61

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Stanford jumped to such a big lead that Candice Wiggins got to do more resting than usual.

Freshman Kayla Pedersen scored 18 points and Wiggins added 13 in limited time, leading the sixth-ranked Cardinal past San Francisco 96-61 in their home opener Wednesday night.

Jillian Harmon had 16 points and seven rebounds for Stanford (6-1), which has the talent to be a balanced offensive team every night. Stanford is picked to win its eighth straight Pac-10 title.

USF guard Shay Rollins, the younger sister of NL MVP Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies, scored a team-high 19 points with five 3-pointers in the first meeting between the schools in nearly three years.

Stanford had to be happy with a lopsided victory after returning from a seven-day trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where the Cardinal placed third in the Paradise Jam after a 12-point loss to No. 2 Connecticut.

A sparse crowd turned out for the Cardinal's first regular-season home game at Maples Pavilion, where Stanford already hosted the U.S. national team in an exhibition matchup.

Stanford won its 14th straight in the series dating to the 1984-85 season and the Dons fell to 4-10 on The Farm.

Freshman guard Hannah Donaghe made her Stanford debut after missing time with a hip injury and scored 11 points. She was an important addition, too, after backup Stanford point guard Melanie Murphy underwent tests that revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. She will miss the rest of the season and have surgery in the coming weeks.

Jayne Appel missed a couple of open shots from close range early but finished 4-of-7 for eight points and also contributed seven rebounds. Harmon, now coming off the bench for the Cardinal because of her recent struggles, shot 6-for-8 and made all four of her free throws. Stanford shot 58 percent for the game.

The Cardinal went hard to the offensive glass to create second and third chances, outrebounding the Dons 46-29.

Stanford made 13 of its first 17 shots (77 percent) -- 5-for-5 by Pedersen -- on the way to a 33-11 lead. And coach Tara VanDerveer went with three freshman on the floor together late in the first half as the Cardinal built a 49-28 lead at the break.

Murphy was hurt against Old Dominion on Saturday when, while trailing a player on a fast break, she tried to contest the shot from behind and came down awkwardly on her leg. Murphy, who will have surgery in the coming weeks once the swelling has subsided, is the second Stanford player lost for the year after forward Michelle Harrison sustained the same injury in the season opener Nov. 9 at Yale.

San Francisco will travel to Oregon State for it's next contest taking on the Beavers at 5:30 p.m. PT on Sunday.