Waves' Comeback Falls Short Against BYU
Pepperdine outscored the Cougars in both the third and fourth quarters.
MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s basketball team made a push in the second half, but couldn’t come all the way back against BYU on Thursday night, falling 73-65 at home in a West Coast Conference matchup.
The Waves outscored BYU 38-32 through the final two periods, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 12-point halftime deficit. Pepperdine falls to 6-9 overall, 2-3 WCC, while the Cougars move to 9-7 overall, 4-1 WCC.
• Keyari Sleezer scored all 11 of her points in the second half.
• Monique Andriuolo had 10 points and was tied for the team lead with five rebounds.
• Tylinn Carter finished with 11 points as the fourth Wave in double figures.
• BYU had an 18-7 second-chance points advantage and a 14-8 offensive rebounding edge.
• The Cougars also won the turnover battle, 6-12.
• Pepperdine outrebounded BYU 24-15 in the second half.
• The Waves scored 28 points off the bench.
The Waves led early, but BYU ended the first quarter on a 14-4 run to take a 22-17 lead into the second period. A more than four-minute scoreless drought in the second quarter would put Pepperdine down by double digits and BYU would take a 41-29 lead into the half.
Pepperdine would come back thanks to a 17-14 third quarter, cutting it back to a single-digit deficit heading into the final period. The Waves got even closer in the fourth, making it a 55-50 game in the first minute. A three-pointer by Sitanggan made it a 62-58 contest with 5:32 to play. That was a close as the Waves would come however. Pepperdine pushed the deficit back to four twice more down the stretch, the second time coming with 1:25 to go on a Peyton Langston jumper. BYU scored the next four points to keep the Waves at bay, though.
The Waves hit the road this weekend to take on Saint Mary’s on Saturday. Pepperdine hosts Pacific and San Francisco next week.