Mar. 1, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- With 20 points and nine rebounds, senior guard Jazmine Jackson powered the Pepperdine women's basketball team to a 56-45 victory over rival Loyola Marymount in the second round of the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships.
The Waves (14-14) defeated the ninth-seeded Lions (8-22) for the third time this season, earning another point on the Wells Fargo PCH Cup scoreboard, as well as their eighth straight win in the series.
Fifth-seeded Pepperdine now faces fourth-seeded Saint Mary's in the quarterfinals on Friday (March 2) at noon in the Orleans Arena. The Gaels won both regular-season matchups, including a 63-60 game in the regular-season finale at Firestone Fieldhouse last Saturday.
It was just a two-point game with 10 1/2 minutes remaining as Pepperdine led 40-38. But the Waves' ferocious defense allowed them to pull away, as they held the Lions to just one field goal over a 10-minute span between 10:42 and 0:33.
Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) scored 10 of her points during that stretch, sinking three shots and making four free throws, as the Waves went on a 16-3 run to pull ahead 56-41 in the final minute. The Lions were held to 1-for-10 shooting and committed five turnovers during the 10-minute span.
Senior guard Lauren Bell (San Bruno, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) added 10 points and six rebounds. Junior forward Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) contributed eight points and six rebounds.
Pepperdine held LMU's Alex Cowling, the conference's top scorer at 22.5 points per game, to just 13 points. The Lions shot 39.6% from the field to the Waves' 37.5%.
Pepperdine made up for it thanks to a 17-for-18 showing from the free throw line (LMU was 3-for-11), and a 15-8 edge in turnovers (which led to a 17-7 advantage in points off turnovers).
The Waves never trailed in the game, though LMU evened the score twice in the first half and two more times in the second half. Pepperdine led by as many as eight in the first half (at 23-15) before the Lions rallied to cut the Waves' halftime advantage to 27-25.
-Courtesy of PEP Athletics