Short-Handed Waves Fall at Saint Mary's Despite Second Half Surge

Grace Leah Baughn

Jan. 16, 2014

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MORAGA, Calif. – Down to seven players against the top scoring team in the WCC, the Pepperdine women’s basketball team fell 71-48 to Saint Mary’s Thursday night. A 26 point halftime deficit was too much for the Waves to overcome on the road, even after outscoring the Gaels in the second half.

Pepperdine was already without the services of two of its top scorers with Keitra Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) and Allie Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS) out with injury, and then in the first minute of the game the Waves’ leader Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) went down and did not return. The rest of the first half was all Gaels as the visitors struggled to find their rhythm in the seven player rotation.

“Tonight was a tough game, but I was proud of the way the girls came out and competed in the second half,” said head coach Ryan Weisenberg. “This was a night we could have easily packed it in after that first half, but we came out and fought all the way to the end. That was good to see. We had some girls make the most of their opportunities to play and we’re going to need that going forward.”

After falling behind 42-16 through the first 20 minutes, the Waves outscored the second-place Gaels 32-29 in the second half, even with three players on the verge of fouling out through the final eight minutes of play.

Alisha Roberts (Burnaby, B.C./York House School) led the way with a strong second half showing, scoring 13 of her team high 15 points in the second period. Roberts came into the game with 17:20 to play and promptly knocked down a three and a pair of free throws to get Pepperdine going. Roberts was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc in the second and was 4-of-6 overall from the field.

Grace Leah Baughn (Norcross, Ga./Wesleyan School) was the only other Wave in double figures, scoring 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Baughn powered the offense early through the difficult first half, hitting three of the Waves’ six field goals in the first 20 minutes. Baughn also grabbed five rebounds and had one steal and assist.

As a team the Waves shot 71.4 percent from beyond the arc in the second half, hitting 5-of-7 threes after making just 1-of-7 in the first half. Pepperdine also hit 9-of-10 free throws in the half.

Saint Mary’s took 36 free throws in the contest, hitting 26. The Gaels also scored 20 of their 71 points in the paint and had 24 points off turnovers. Jackie Nared, the WCC’s top scorer so far this season, led all players with 27 points in the game. Danielle Mauldin put up a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

The Gaels shot 36.4 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from three, both well below their season averages of 45 and 40 percent coming into the game.

Though they outscored the Gaels in the second half, Pepperdine never got any closer than within 20 points in the half. Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) cut it to a 20-point game right out of the gates in the second, knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers. She would finish with seven points and seven rebounds.

The Waves drop to 5-12 overall, 1-5 WCC with the loss and Saint Mary’s improves to 15-3, 5-2. Pepperdine is back in action Saturday at 2 p.m. against Pacific.



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