Waves Defeat Santa Clara 100-93 in Double Overtime

Bria Richardson

Jan. 2, 2014

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MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s basketball team used two overtimes, 100 points and a career-night from Bria Richardson to score its first West Coast Conference win of the season, defeating Santa Clara 100-93 at home Thursday. The Waves hit the 100-point mark even after going without a field goal for the first 7:29 of the game.

Richardson dropped a career-high 44 points in the game, scoring 19 in the two overtimes and knocking down six free throws in the final 90 seconds to hold off the Broncos. Her point total was the second highest total in school history, just two away from the record of 46 set by Fannie Allen in 1980. Pepperdine’s 100 points was also the first time since Nov. 17, 2010 against Cal State Northridge (a 108-74 win) that the Waves have hit triple digits.

“Bria had a great night both offensively and defensively,” said head coach Ryan Weisenberg. “She really took charge late in the game and helped drive us to our first conference win. That was great to see especially after a rough start to the game.”

Pepperdine had a chance to win it in regulation after the Broncos tied the game on a jumper with 26 seconds to play, but two missed free throws with 1.2 seconds to play sent the game to overtime.

In the overtime Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) took over, setting a new career-high with a 3-pointer at the 2:38 mark to give her 33 points and the Waves an 85-80 lead. Two jumpers and a free throw for SCU would tie it up, however, as the teams finished the first five extra minutes even at 85-85.

In the second OT Allie Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS) broke an 87-87 tie with a jumper and then followed it up with a baseline drive and layup in traffic to give the Waves a four-point lead they would not relinquish. After an SCU free throw, Richardson knocked down two foul shots and then a jumper with 55 seconds left, forcing the Broncos to intentionally foul the rest of the way, sending the junior guard to the line four more times.

Richardson ended up going 14-for-24 from the field in the game, 3-for-3 from deep and 13-for-16 from the free throw line.

The Waves trailed by as much as 14 points early in the contest as it took the home team more than seven minutes to score their first basket. A 21-7 run over the next 8:32 brought Pepperdine right back, evening the game with less than five minutes in the half. Richardson would give Pepperdine its first lead of the game at the 3:22 mark and then poured in the next six points for the Waves to give them a 33-29 lead, their biggest of the half. Santa Clara would respond, however, scoring eight straight to close the period up 37-33.

Richardson led all scorers with 17 points in the opening 20 minutes, hitting 7-of-12 shots. After missing its first 10 field goal attempts, Pepperdine went 12-for-23 the rest of the way. Santa Clara shot 45.2 percent (14-for-31) in the half. The height of SCU was the difference early in the game as the Broncos owned a 20-12 points in the paint advantage and a 28-14 lead in the rebound department.

After the teams played even through the first half of the second period, Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) scored five straight, including a deep three to give the Waves a 59-58 lead with 8:35 to play. As the teams traded runs down the stretch, Green drained a three to tie it up, 72-72, with 2:23 to play. Pepperdine forced two straight SCU turnovers, getting a Richardson free throw and layup on consecutive possessions to go up 75-72 with 1:02 to play.

“Even though it may not stand out on the stat sheet, I thought the way our posts played was huge as well,” said Weisenberg. “We had been struggling down there in the last couple games and I thought Amanda Lovely and Kelsey Brockway came in and gave us some solid play against a tough matchup.”

As a team the Waves shot 42.2 percent for the game and hit 8-of-20 3-pointers. Pepperdine also committed just nine turnovers while forcing SCU into 24.

Green was the team’s second leading scorer on the night with 24 points and Shoushtari and Keitra Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) were each a rebound away from double-doubles with 12 and 10 points respectively. Brockway (Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) and Lovely (Palo Alto, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) combined for 10 points and 11 rebounds playing against the much taller front line of the Broncos.

SCU’s Ruta Zurauskyte finished with 28 points and 18 rebounds and Jo Paine put up 28 and 14. The Broncos owned a 56-46 rebounding edge and scored 10 more points in the paint, but couldn’t overcome Pepperdine’s 21 points off turnovers.

The Waves move to 5-9 overall and 1-2 in WCC play, while SCU falls to 5-8, 1-1. Pepperdine’s five wins already matches the team’s victory total from last season. The Waves take on San Francisco at home on Saturday at 2 p.m.



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