Pepperdine Falls 86-51 at First Place Gonzaga

Amanda Lovely

Feb. 6, 2014

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SPOKANE, Wash. – The Pepperdine women’s basketball team fell 86-51 on the road to first place Gonzaga Thursday night. The Waves kept it close through the first 10 minutes of play before the Bulldogs went on a 10-0 run to pull ahead for good.

The No. 15/20 Zags have yet to lose at home this season and are on an 11 game winning streak.

It was a single digit game through much of the first half, with the Waves pulling to within five at the 9:40 mark on two Keitra Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) free throws. Gonzaga rattled off 10 straight points after that, ending up with a 31-16 lead on a Kiara Kudron layup.

It would be a double digit lead the rest of the way for the home team as they took a 45-24 lead into the break. Gonzaga shot 46.3 percent for the game, knocking down 31-of-67 field goals. The Waves were 12-for-40 from the floor in the game, doing much of their work at the free throw line as they hit 23-of-31 foul shots.

Pepperdine would get no closer in the second half, despite improving to a 41.7 percent shooting clip in the final period.

The Bulldogs length and perimeter defense caused problems for the Waves all game, leading to 23 Pepperdine turnovers and 25 fast break points. Gonzaga also scored 36 points in the paint and 30 points total off giveaways. The Waves did hold the Zags to just 7-of-25 threes in the game.

Fourteen offensive rebounds by Gonzaga prevented the Waves from going on a run in the second half.

Wallace and Amanda Lovely (Palo Alto, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) led the way for Pepperdine, scoring 13 points each. Eleven of Wallace’s points came at the foul line on 14 attempts. Lovely was 5-of-10 from the field.

Gonzaga put four players in double figures on the scoreboard, with Lindsay Sherbert leading the way with 19 points. Keani Albanez had 13 points and Haiden Palmer and Shelby Cheslek each posted 12.

The loss drops Pepperdine to 5-17 overall on the season and 1-10 in WCC play, while the Bulldogs move to 21-3, 11-1 WCC. The Waves will be back in action Saturday as they close out their Pacific Northwest road trip at Portland with a 2 p.m. game.



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