Hot-Shooting LMU Downs Pepperdine 90-74

Allie Green

Feb. 1, 2014

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A hot shooting day from Loyola Marymount sunk the Pepperdine women's basketball team Saturday afternoon, as the Waves fell 90-74 at LMU.

The Lions shot better than 50 percent the entire game, pouring in 33 baskets on 60 attempts to shoot 55 percent for the contest. It was the second best shooting performance of the season for LMU and the best shooting game by an opponent against Pepperdine all season.

The Waves came out firing, grabbing an early 7-4 lead on baskets by Keitra Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) and Allie Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS), but LMU responded with a 13-2 run over the next 2:48 to grab a 17-9 lead. The run was capped by a four-point play from LMU's Leslie Lopez-Wood, who had a pair of triples in the opening half.

The Lion lead would grow to 19 after a 10-0 run later in the half that put the home team on top 38-19. Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) and Grace Leah Baughn (Norcross, Ga./Wesleyan School) hit threes late in the half, though, to help Pepperdine make it a 13 point game, 45-32, at the break. Shoushtari's two late triples were her only points of the half and Baughn would finish the first period leading the team with nine points.

It was the work of the LMU post players down low that gave the Waves fits early. The Lions grabbed five more rebounds and scored 16 points in the paint through the first 20 minutes. LMU also had six offensive rebounds leading to 11 second chance points. Both teams shot over 40 percent for the half, but the Lions' 18-of-32 shooting (56.3 percent) gave them the edge. Pepperdine poured in 14 baskets, led by four from both Baughn and Kelsey Brockway (Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes HS).

The second half mirrored the first as the Waves knocked down a pair of quick baskets, but proceeded to give up an 8-1 run to again fall into an 18 point hole. It would grow to a 20 point lead midway through the half. A couple of last minute baskets would cut the deficit below 20 for the first time in the half for Pepperdine.

Playing for the first time in nearly a month, Green finished the game with 14 points, hitting 6-of-6 free throws and knocking down four field goals to lead the Waves. Pepperdine had five players score in double figures, getting a double-double out of Shoushtari with 12 points and a career high 11 assists. The Waves finished shooting 44.6 percent.

Lopez-Wood led all players with 18 points in the game, as LMU also put five players in double figures for the contest. Hazel Ramirez put up 16 points and 11 assists. The Lions also owned a 37-27 advantage on the boards for the game.

The loss drops Pepperdine to 5-16 overall, 1-9 WCC, while LMU moves to 7-14, 4-6 WCC. The Waves stay on the road next week, heading to Portland and Gonzaga.



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