Dec. 7, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team extended its winning streak to three games, as they posted a 68-64 win over Cal State Fullerton on Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.
The win improves the Waves to 5-2, while the Titans fell to 1-6.
"All the credit goes to Cal State Fullerton, they played hard and we were fortunate to win," Pepperdine Coach Julie Rousseau said.
The Waves outscored the Titans 35-26 in the second half and limited Fullerton to 28.2% shooting in the second half after trailing 38-33 to begin the period. The Waves finished the game with a 46-43 rebounding edge, shot 44.3% for the game compared to the Titans 34.7%, and scored 44 points in the paint compared to 14 for the Titans.
The Titans jumped off to a quick 8-2 lead over the Waves, but Pepperdine responded by going on 22-7 to take a 24-15 lead, their largest of the game. The Titans rallied with a 13-0 run of their own to take a 28-24 lead, which they kept the remainder of the half. Despite outshooting the Titans 43.3% to 42.4%, scoring 20 points in the paint to the Titans four, outrebounding Fullerton 20-19, and leading in fast break points 8-0, the Waves trailed 38-33 at the half.
Miranda Ayim (London, Ont., Canada/Saunders Secondary) scored a season-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, Daphanie Kennedy (Oakland, Calif./Kearny HS) notched 17 points and six rebounds, and Teiosha George (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale HS) tied a season-high with 16 points and registered nine rebounds.
"It was a rough game, but we pulled it off" Ayim said. "We knew we had to step up in the second half, and we did a good job of not letting them drive to the hoop."
Up next, the Waves make the short trip to USC, as the Waves will face the Trojans on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. in Los Angeles.