Waves Bow to Gonzaga 80-46
Jan. 24, 2013
January 24, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine battled, but could not keep pace and dropped a 80-46 decision to Gonzaga in West Coast Conference action Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves (4-13, 1-5 WCC) fall to the defending league champion Bulldogs (16-5, 6-1 WCC) for the eighth straight time in a series now knotted at 29.
Amanda Lovely (Saratoga, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) turned in a strong night for the Waves with a career-high 12 points on 4-of-7 from the field with three rebounds in 16 minutes. Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) chipped in 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.
It was a battle early and the lead changed hands four times with four tie scores in the opening seven minutes. The Waves led 11-9 on a 3-pointer from Cooney-Williams with 13:49 left in the first half. It was all Gonzaga from there as the Zags outscored the Waves 27-14 to take a 36-25 lead into the intermission.
Gonzaga opened the second half on an 11-0 run and led by as many as 34. Lovely went on a 7-2 personal run late, but the Waves could only cut the deficit to 14 midway through the second half.
Kelsey Brockway (Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) scored seven points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds with a block and a steal in 27 minutes.
Pepperdine shot .333 (16-48) from the field and connected on exactly .333 in both the first and second half. Gonzaga connected at a .432 (32-74) rate and drilled .333 (7-21) from long distance. The Zags capitalized on 24 Pepperdine turnovers and converted them to a whopping 34 points.
Taelor Kar led three Bulldogs in double-digit scoring with 15 points and seven assists. Ten Zags scored at least four points in the contest.
Pepperdine returns to action when it welcomes San Diego Saturday, January 26 for a matinee at Firestone Fieldhouse. Tip-off against the Toreros is set for 2:00 p.m. in a game streamed live via WaveCasts.