Senior Day Victory
Senior Emily Ben-Jumbo had 21 points to lead LMU past Wells Fargo PCH Cup rival Pepperdine, 74-57, on Senior Saturday.
LOS ANGELES - On Senior Day in Gersten Pavilion Emily Ben-Jumbo, LMU's lone active senior made the most of her final appearance on her home court, matching her career-high of 21 points, leading the Lions to a 74-57 win over visiting Pepperdine Saturday afternoon.
The win was the second straight for LMU and the third in the last four games as the Lions close out the regular-season at 6-23 overall and 4-14 in West Coast Conference play. The win also assures a rematch between the two schools on Thursday, Mar. 5 as WCC Tournament play begins at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. LMU, by virtue of the victory over the Waves, earns the No. 8 seed, while Pepperdine (8-21, 3-15 WCC) is the No. 9 seed.
Ben-Jumbo was joined in double figures by junior Sophie Taylor, who scored 21 points of her own along with a game-high 15 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Leslie Lopez-Wood chipped in 14 points and Makenzie Cast added nine off the bench. Alyson Lock dished a game-high six assists.
Allie Green led Pepperdine with 17 points while Ea Shoushtari had 13 and Kelsey Brockway added 10.
The Lions jumped out a 12-point, 16-4 lead lead at the 11:26 mark of the game, but the Waves would use a 10-0 run to get within two, 16-14. LMU would hold the Waves scoreless for the final 9:31 of the half, however, using a 12-0 run to close out the half and take a 32-14 lead into the break.
LMU would lead by as many as 22 on multiple occasions in the second half, including a 64-42 advantage following a Lopez-Wood three at 6:58.
A pair of Green foul shots would help Pepperdine trim he spread down to 12, 67-55, with just under three minutes to play, but the Waves would score just once after that as LMU pulled away in the final minutes.
The Lions shot 43 percent from the field, including a stellar 15-for-31 (48.4 percent) effort in the second half. Pepperdine's 6-for-31 performance (19.4 percent) in the first half was too much to overcome despite a 50 percent effort in the second frame.
LMU's senior duo of Ben-Jumbo and Taylor Anderson were honored in a ceremony prior to tip off. Ben-Jumbo was appearing in her 116th game Saturday, putting her in a tie for eighth in career games played at LMU. Anderson was averaging 11.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for the Lions before suffering a season-ending knee injury versus San Francisco on Jan. 24.
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