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Pepperdine upends No. 2 Saint Mary’s

Gonzaga’s opponent in the WCC women’s tournament championship will be third-seeded Pepperdine, which rallied from nine down in the second half to defeat No. 2 Saint Mary’s 62-56.

Miranda Ayim led four Waves (20-10) in double figures with 13 points, including a jumper with 17.5 seconds left to put Pepperdine in front 60-56.

Gonzaga crushed Pepperdine 107-64 and 87-45 during the regular season. Tipoff is at noon.

“I think it’s a mental thing,” guard Lauren Bell said of the title matchup. “Gonzaga has always been the team to beat and I think a lot of teams are intimidated by them, I think if we come out ready to play and know who we are, then we’ll be fine.”.

Added Waves coach Julie Rousseau: “Every time we’ve played them we have not played well. It’s going to take every bit of mental toughenss and belief in ourselves that we can get the job done. We know how great a team Gonzaga is and we know our work is cut out for us. … We’re not going to forfeit the game. We’ve got to play it and we’re excited about being there.”

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