Los Angeles Times

Obinma’s late basket finishes Pepperdine win

- Wire reports

Becky Obinma’s threepoint play with 34 seconds left gave Pepperdine the lead for good as the Waves rallied for a 63-60 win over Santa Clara in the first round of the West Coast Conference tournament Thursday at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Obinma, who had seven points in 19 minutes, took a pass in the middle of the key and spun to her left as she made a layup and was fouled to give Pepperdine its first lead since the first quarter at 61-60.

The Waves (11-18), who trailed by nine points heading into the fourth quarter and by as many as 14 in the second half, will face Brigham Young in the second round on Friday at noon.

Drea Brumfield sparked the comeback with all eight of her points in the fourth quarter, including consecutiv­e three-pointers early in the period.

Jane Nwaba and Marly Walls led Pepperdine with 17 points apiece. Nwaba also had seven rebounds and Walls had seven assists.

Tess Heal led the Broncos (15-17) with 29 points.

Saint Mary’s 74, Loyola Marymount 43:

Taycee Weedin scored 25 points and Ali Bamberger had 14 points and nine rebounds to power the Gaels (13-17) to an easy first-round win over the Lions (7-23).

Saint Mary’s will face Pacific in the second round.

The Gaels blew open the game with a 20-5 advantage in the second quarter to take a 38-20 halftime lead. Weedin scored 14 of her points during the quarter, including four of her five three-pointers. Six different players scored in the quarter for Saint Mary’s.

Loyola Marymount was led by Ariel Johnson with 11 points.

Pacific 84, Pepperdine 71:

In a first-round men’s game, Keylan Boone scored 25 points on 11-for-15 shooting, and Moe Odum scored 22 as the Tigers (15-17) knocked off the Waves (922).

Pacific took a 13-point halftime lead and Pepperdine never got within eight points in the second half.

The Waves were led by Maxwell Lewis, who had 16 points and seven rebounds, but he also had seven of Pepperdine’s 13 turnovers.

Portland 92, San Diego 74:

Tyler Robertson led the way with 23 points and 11 rebounds as all five starters scored in double figures for the Pilots (14-18) in beating the Toreros (11-20).

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