MORAGA, Calif. — Senior Night shined light on the women of the evening for Saint Mary’s women’s basketball Thursday, as five Gaels appeared in their final regular season home game at McKeon Pavilion while helping lead SMC to an 84-57 West Coast Conference win over Pepperdine.
Saint Mary’s gave one final hurrah Thursday to Devon Brookshire, Devyn Galland, Shannon Mauldin, Alia McCoy and Samira McDonald in a pregame ceremony. The veterans had key contributions, with Brookshire and Galland both scoring 10 points, and McDonald tying a career high with seven. Mauldin had a rebound and two assists in 14 minutes.
The victory kept the Gaels (17-11, 12-5 WCC) even with BYU for second place and the No. 2 seed at next week’s WCC Tournament. Saint Mary’s travels to rival Santa Clara at 2 p.m. Saturday while BYU hosts regular season champion Gonzaga. The Bulldogs clinched the 2017 WCC title Thursday with a 62-57 win over San Diego. Saturday’s game will be streamed live on the Gaels’ Gameday Central page.
A total of six Gaels scored in double figures against Pepperdine (7-21, 5-12 WCC), led by Stella Beck’s game-high 17 points. Sydney Raggio poured in 13 with eight rebounds and four assists. Megan McKay logged her eighth double-double of the season with 11 points and 15 rebounds, one board shy of tying her career high. Carly Turner also had 10 points with two 3-pointers.
Saint Mary’s dominated the game in every way, most visible on the glass. SMC outrebounded the Waves 52-23, setting a new season high for rebounds. The total included a 23-6 advantage on the offensive glass, leading to a 25-4 disparity in second-chance points. The Gaels outscored Pepperdine 40-18 in the paint, 22-15 off turnovers and 23-19 off the bench.
Pepperdine’s Yasmine Robinson-Bacote entered the game among the WCC’s top-five in both scoring (5th, 14.7 points per game) and rebounds (3rd, 8.8 rebounds per game). Thursday the Gaels shut her down, holding her scoreless on 0 for 5 shooting. She only had one rebound and committed three turnovers before fouling out at the 3:47 mark of the fourth quarter. Allie Green led the Waves with 17 points. Barbara Sitanggan added 13 before also fouling out with 2:19 to play.
Pepperdine kept it close in the first quarter, twice cutting it to a one-point game. A 9-0 run into the second quarter gave Saint Mary’s its first double-digit lead, and a 14-4 run to close the half gave them a 37-24 lead at the break.
The Gaels closed the third quarter with another 16-2 run, taking a 27-point, 67-40 lead through three. They matched their largest lead of the season over any opponent on a Brookshire layup 63 seconds into the fourth quarter, taking a 29-point, 71-42 lead.
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