Waves Drop Close Game on the Road to Pacific, 75-64
Pepperdine heads back home after closing out its two game Northern California road trip.
Jan. 18, 2014
STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s basketball team once again fought through a short-handed rotation on the road, but eventually fell to Pacific 75-64 Saturday afternoon. The Waves held a lead as late as 5:38 in the game, but couldn’t keep it going down the stretch as Pacific finally found its stroke from deep.
The Waves figured out the formula for stopping the Pacific offense in the opening half, holding the 3-point dependent Tigers to just 3-of-13 shooting from long range and 33.3 percent shooting overall in the half.
The two teams played nearly even through much of the first period until the Waves went on a 10-2 run to close the half up 28-25. Pepperdine had been down by five just before the five minute mark, the largest lead of the half for Pacific, but hit four straight baskets to take the advantage. Kelsey Brockway finished the period by leaking out behind the defense and scoring an easy layup at the buzzer.
Ea Shoushtari led the way through the first 20 minutes with eight points. As a team the Waves shot 41 percent from the field, hitting 10-of-24 shots.
Pacific’s poor shooting would not continue in the second half, however. The Tigers hit 6-of-15 threes and shot 53.1 percent overall from the floor as they would come back for the win.
The Waves went up by as much as five in the game and with 11:03 to play held a 46-42 lead. That’s when Kristina Johnson and Kendall Kenyon went to work. Johnson found Kenyon on four straight baskets as part of an 11-2 run that gave the Tigers a 54-48 lead with 7:19 to play.
Not done yet, the Waves knocked down back-to-back threes and took a 56-54 lead with 5:38 left, but the Tigers answered immediately with two long balls of their own. Three baskets over the final five minutes of play was not enough for the visitors to come back as Pacific hit seven free throws and a layup to close the game on a 13-5 run.
Shoushtari finished with a team high 18 points. Grace Leah Baughn added 16 and Amanda Lovely scored 15. For the game Pepperdine shot 9-of-18 (50 percent) from deep and 24-of-50 (48 percent) from the field. Shoushtari also had a team high nine rebounds.
The Waves gave up 18 offensive rebounds in the game, leading to a 12-4 second chance point advantage for Pacific.
Pacific was led by Kenyon with 21 points. The Tigers put five players in double figures in the game. Erin Butler had 14 points and 12 rebounds.