Feb. 19, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - Freshman Camille Buckley had her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds but LMU fell in its final regular season road contest, 67-39 at Pepperdine in a West Coast Conference game Saturday afternoon at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.
In the 63rd meeting between the local rivals, the Waves (16-10, 6-5 WCC), who lead the WCC in steals and turnover margin, forced 22 Lion turnovers and used runs of 11-0 in the first half and 15-0 bridging halftime to pull away for its fourth straight victory in the series. The Lions (10-16, 4-8 WCC) entered the game averaging just 12 turnovers per game in WCC play but the 22 turnovers, including 15 in the first half, led to 28 Wave points.
Buckley had her fifth double-double in WCC play but no other Lion scored in double figures. Sophomore Monica DeAngelis came off the bench to match her season-high with eight points, all in the second half, and senior Renahy Young had six points, 13 below her WCC average. LMU shot 30.2% (13-for-43) overall, 15.4% (2-for-13) from three, and 52.4% (11-for-21) at the line. The Lions held a 38-34 rebounding edge.
Jazmine Jackson led all scorers with 17 points with 11 coming in the first half. Shay Cooney-Williams added 15 points and Lauren Bell 11 to snap Pepperdine's two-game losing streak. The Waves shot 39.6% (21-for-53) from the floor, 35.3% (6-for-17) from distance, and 76% (19-for-25) at the line.
Neither team shot the ball well in the first half but it was Pepperdine's defense, by forcing 15 turnovers in the first half, which separated the teams. The Waves led 12-10 with 10 minutes gone before embarking on an 11-0 run over the next five minutes to move ahead by 13.
LMU's defense was limiting the Waves on offense but Pepperdine used an 11-for-13 effort from the free throw line, compared to 0-for-1 for the Lions, to take a 31-14 halftime lead as LMU matched its lowest-scoring half of the season. Buckley carried much of the load at both ends for the Lions, tallying six points and nine boards in the first half, while Jackson had 11 for the Waves.
Pepperdine's 15-0 run bridging the final four minutes of the first half and first four of the second helped push the lead up the 24. The Lions would get no closer than 18 the rest of the way.
LMU wraps up the regular season at home next weekend, hosting Santa Clara on Thursday at 7 p.m. before sending out its four graduating seniors on Saturday at 2 p.m. against San Francisco.
- GO LIONS -