Waves Drop PCH Cup Matchup to LMU at Home

Alisha Roberts

Jan. 11, 2014

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MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s basketball team wasn’t able to hold a second-half lead as Loyola Marymount came from behind in the to win 76-64 Saturday afternoon in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup matchup. The Waves grabbed the lead two minutes in to the second period, but weren’t able to hold on as LMU clamped down defensively.

The Waves fell behind by as much as eight in the first half, but closed the half outscoring LMU 13-8 to go into the break trailing 37-34. Alisha Roberts (Burnaby, B.C./York House School) came off the bench to give the Waves a spark late, knocking down a pair of threes to help Pepperdine draw within three.

Out of the break Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) and Keitra Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) knocked down back-to-back jumpers, with Richardson getting a steal to set up the second one, putting Pepperdine up 45-41. It would be the Waves largest lead of the game as LMU came right back.

The Lions went back up for good on a 3-point play by Sophie Taylor, taking a 49-48 lead at the 14:22 mark. LMU would hold a single digit lead until the final minutes when the Lions scored six straight starting at the 2:28 mark. The Waves only managed to get five points from Richardson over the last 2:30 of play in the loss.

Pepperdine finished the game shooting just 38.9 percent from the floor, while LMU was 29-of-62 for the game (46.8 percent). The Waves did have a 27-19 advantage in free throw attempts, but were unable to capitalize, hitting just 16 for a 59.3 percent shooting clip that was well below their season average.

After starting the night hitting 5-of-10 threes in the first half, LMU was just 1-for-11 the rest of the way. It was the length of the Lions defensively and the scoring of Taylor that carried the visitors to the win. Taylor put up a career high 27 points in the game, hitting 10 of the 13 shots she took.

Richardson did her best to try and carry the Waves to a win as she had done several other times this year, but the junior’s team high 21 points were not enough. With Allie Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS) missing from the Waves’ rotation, Pepperdine had just two players in double figures as Wallace added 17 points. Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) contributed 10 rebounds to lead the team.

The loss drops the Waves to 5-11 overall and 1-4 in conference play. LMU improves to 4-12, 1-4 WCC.

Pepperdine hits the road next week for two more WCC matchups, facing Saint Mary’s (Jan 16) and Pacific (Jan. 18).



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