#25 Gonzaga Too Much as Waves Fall at Home, 69-39
Jan. 25, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – For the second straight game it was the opening of the second half that sunk the Pepperdine women’s basketball team, as the Waves fell 69-39 to #25 Gonzaga Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs held a narrow single digit lead through the first period of play, but opened the second half on a 16-6 run that the Waves couldn’t recover from.
Pepperdine cut the Gonzaga lead to 16 immediately after that, but that was as close as the Waves would come the rest of the way. The visiting Bulldogs led by more than 20 for the final 10 minutes of play.
The Waves played with an eight player rotation for the first time in almost three games, getting Amanda Lovely (Palo Alto, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) back from injury. However, they were still without the services of Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) and Allie Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS), the team’s first and third leading scorers. Still, with Lovely on limited minutes and both Keitra Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) and Tessa Emerson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) recently re-entering the lineup, the nationally-ranked and deep Gonzaga roster was too much to hold off for the full 40 minutes.
The Bulldogs took a 31-23 advantage into the break, with the eight point lead being the largest of the game through the first 20 minutes of play. Pepperdine led through the first 4:41 of the game, but gave up the lead on a Lindsay Sherbert three. The Waves were within five late in the half, but a Sunny Greinacher 3-point play put Gonzaga up by eight heading into the half.
Five 3-pointers overall and 10 points from Sherbert were the only thing that let the Bulldogs outpace the Waves in the opening period, as the home team shot 55.6 percent from the floor.
Pepperdine shot 40.9 percent for the game, hitting 18-of-44 shots, but made just 2-of-12 3-pointers on the afternoon. The Waves had no players score in double figures as Wallace and Grace Leah Baughn (Norcross, Ga./Wesleyan School) each put up eight points. Pepperdine also got to the free throw line just four times in the game, hitting only one.
The Waves’ 39 points, one free throw and 28 rebounds were all season lows. Gonzaga held a 37-28 rebounding advantage and grabbed 15 offensive boards.
Sherbert led all players with 16 points and Gonzaga had three players score in double figures. Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) led all players with eight rebounds.
The loss drops Pepperdine to 5-15 overall, 1-8 WCC and moves the first-place Bulldogs to 18-3, 8-1 WCC. The Waves have a full week off before heading to Loyola Marymount for a Wells Fargo PCH Cup matchup next Saturday (Feb. 1).