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Shorthanded Waves Suffer 65-51 Setback

Dec. 6, 2006

MALIBU, Calif. - Senior Jasmane Clarendon saw limited action in her first game of the season, that was the good news. The bad news was Pepperdine was without the services of Teena Wicket and Teiosha George and fell to UC Riverside 65-51 Wednesday night.

Without its top two rebounders, Pepperdine (6-4) was dominated on the glass as Riverside (4-5) outrebounded the Waves by a 44-28 margin.

Daphanie Kennedy led Pepperdine with 14 points and Jessica Ross had 11 as the Waves shot 30.4 percent for the game (17-of-56).

Kemie Nkele led all players with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Roney Friend and Katerina Glyniadaki had 10 apiece for Riverside.

Riverside held a 33-29 lead at the half despite Pepperdine turning nine Highlander turnovers into 10 points.

Riverside outscored Pepperdine 16-4 in the paint in the first half.

Shannon Johnson's trey with 9:11 remaining in the first half gave Pepperdine its first lead of the game. Kennedy connected on a pair of free throws with 6:21 to play in the half to extend the Waves' lead to five, 23-18.

Nkele's layup with 2:27 to play in the half gave Riverside the lead for good.

Pepperdine will have 10 days off to get healthy before hosting Long Beach State at 7 p.m. on December 16.