Waves Fall at Home to San Francisco After Second Half Surge
Jan. 4, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – A late second half surge by the visiting San Francisco Dons dropped the Pepperdine women’s basketball team to 1-3 in conference play Saturday afternoon. The two teams played nearly even through the first 30 minutes of play, but USF pulled away midway through the second half with an 18-2 run to go on to win 77-61.
Pepperdine falls to 5-10 overall, 1-3 WCC with the loss, while the Dons move to 7-7, 2-1.
The Waves jumped out to an early 16-6 lead, hitting eight of their first 11 shots, but USF went on a 9-0 run to pull within one at the 11:38 mark. Pepperdine went 6-for-29 from the floor the rest of the way to trail 33-30 going into the half. Each team turned it over six times in the half, and the Dons held just a 9-8 advantage on the offensive boards, but USF turned their second chance opportunities into 12 points to just four for the Waves.
After hanging close through most of the second period, USF opened up its 18-2 surge starting at the 10:56 mark and spanning 3:56 of game time to give the visitors a 63-44 lead they would not relinquish. Pepperdine trailed by as much as 26 in the half. The Waves did finish the game on a 12-2 run, but it was too little too late.
USF used 46 points in the paint to take control of the game, pushing the ball and driving into the lane on nearly every possession. By contrast the Waves had just 18 points down low as they were forced to rely on jump shots through most of the contest. Pepperdine was 4-for-15 from deep and 23-for-64 (35.9 percent) overall from the floor in the game. The Waves did hit 11-of-13 foul shots to improve upon their season total at the line which was fifth best in the conference coming into play.
Allie Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS) and Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) led the way offensively for the Waves. Green scored a team-high 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting and Richardson added 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Amanda Lovely (Palo Alto, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) led the way with 10 boards. Lovely was also a point away from a double-double, scoring nine points in 20 minutes of work off the bench.
The Dons put four players in double figures scoring wise, with Taylor Proctor leading the way with a career-high 22 points. Taj Winston contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds in the game. USF shot 42.9 percent from the floor (30-of-70).
The Waves are back in action next Saturday (Jan. 11) at 2 p.m. as they take on Wells Fargo PCH Cup rivals Loyola Marymount in another WCC matchup.