Eager to regain their pre-road trip momentum, the women's basketball team was looking forward to playing in front of their home crowd on Wednesday evening. It was only the Waves' second game of the regular season held in Firestone Fieldhouse
Bria Richardson said beforehand: "We are definitely excited to be back home and playing in front of our home crowd. It's always great and exciting to play in front of our family and friends."
Unfortunately, the Waves fell to UC Santa Barbara 77-69 and gave up an early lead to the Gauchos. Even with Richardson's 17 points and Keitra Wallace with 15, the Waves couldn't hold back UCSB.
Coming into this game, and off the five-game road trip, Richardson said: "The road trip was exhausting and definitely tested our mental toughness as a team. Although we didn't perform as well as we were expecting, we are motivated to get out of our slump and get on a winning streak."
Pepperdine Coach Ryan Weisenberg said: "The girls played hard and we now know where we need to be to compete with some of the top teams in the country. We are looking forward to playing at home this month and preparing for the WCC."
Pepperdine has two more home games coming up this month. While the Waves have proven they can compete with strong teams like UCLA and Oregon, in close come-from-behind games the team is still learning how to finish with a win.
Richardson added: "Once the team's confidence sunk in and we realized we are just as good and if not better than Oregon, the comeback rally began. Unfortunately, we ran out of time but the game definitely gave us a lot of confidence in ourselves that we must apply to every game forward."
Pepperdine plays at UC Riverside on Friday.