LOS ANGELES – In the first rivalry game between the two teams this season, Loyola Marymount (13-7, 5-4 WCC) took the PCH Cup victory, earning a 15-point win over Pepperdine (7-12, 3-6 WCC) in Los Angeles, 75-60. This marked a total team win for LMU, as five Lions finished with double-figure scoring and all 11 Lions who entered the game made it into the scoring column. LMU also racked up 20 assists on the night, while holding the Waves to just 12.
“I really liked our intensity tonight,” LMU head coach Charity Elliott said. “I liked how we came out. I thought we had a lot of intensity and shared the basketball really well. We’ve worked a lot on moving offensively and I thought we did a really good job. We had 20 assists on 28 baskets. For us, it’s always going to start with our defense and our defensive intensity, which we came with tonight.”
Pepperdine held an 8-7 lead at the 6:17 mark of the first quarter before the Lions took charge, outscoring the Waves 17-4 the rest of the quarter to take a 12-point lead after one. Cheyanne Wallace helped set the tone for the Lions, scoring nine points on 3-of-4 shooting to open it up.
LMU continued its strong play in the second quarter, outscoring Pepperdine 15-13 in the frame as Wallace stuffed the stat sheet even more, finishing with a first-half stat line of 13 points, five boards, five assists and four blocks. The Lions led by as many as 22 points at the 5:07 mark of the second period, but the Waves battled back to cut LMU’s lead to 16, 39-25, at halftime.
The Lions held Pepperdine to just 25.0 percent shooting (0-of-36) in the opening half. LMU dominated the paint in the first half as well, outscoring the Waves 18-6 in paint points through the first two quarters.
LMU held Pepperdine to single-digit scoring in the third quarter, outscoring the Waves 14-9 in the frame to take a 19-point lead heading into the fourth (53-34). The Lions’ smothering defense held Pepperdine’s shooting percentage to 23.0 percent (12-of-52) through the first three quarters. LMU led a balanced scoring attack to maintain its lead.
The Waves outscored the Lions 26-22 in the final frame, but LMU held on to finish with a 15-point victory.
Wallace and Raychel Stanley led the Lions in scoring on the night with 13 points apiece. Wallace also racked up nine boards, six assists, four blocks and two steals. Gabby Green posted 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, Bree Alford tallied 10 points and seven boards and Andee Velasco poured in 11 points.
LMU finished with 44 points in the paint to Pepperdine’s 18.
“In this conference there aren’t many chances to get everyone an opportunity. You have to come out and really take care of business for that to happen. It was nice to be able to get some fresh bodies in there. I was really proud that we had some people step up who we needed to step up. This team continues to improve. We hit a little rough spot, but I think tonight was a really nice turnaround, bounce-back, energy type of game for us,” Elliott added.
The two teams meet again in Malibu on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m.
Following tonight’s win, the Lions travel to San Diego as they seek their third straight victory on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.
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