Pepperdine's Women's Basketball Team Bests Bruins, 78-56

Dec. 28, 2000

Los Angeles, CA - The Pepperdine women's basketball team rallied from a halftime deficit to hand UCLA a 78-56 loss in Pauley Pavilion tonight in a game played before a crowd of 1,011. Freshman guard Shandrika Lee paced a balanced Pepperdine attack, which featured six players scoring in double figures, with a game-high 19 points.

UCLA, which led 32-28 at the intermission, was forced into 18 second-half turnovers by Pepperdine's full court press. The Waves capitalized on Bruin mistakes to outscore the home team 13-2 to start the second half and take a 41-34 lead at the 15:38 mark. After UCLA rallied to cut the margin to two, at 41-39, Pepperdine answered by scoring 11 of the game's next 12 points to take a 52-40 lead with 12:45 on the clock. UCLA never got closer than 10 points the remainder of the contest.

UCLA, which saw its record sink to 1-9, was led by guard Michelle Greco's 11 points. However, the Bruin junior went scoreless in the second half, missing all five of her shots from the field. Pepperdine, which improved its record to 9-4 overall, saw five other players join Lee in double figures. Nadja Morgan added 11 while Nesha Thomas, Damaris Hinojosa, Shannon Mayberry and Sarah Richen each scored 10.

UCLA's next game is Saturday, December 30, in Pauley Pavilion against fourth-ranked Georgia.

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