Cold Second Half Dooms Waves in San Francisco

Amanda Lovely

Feb. 27, 2014

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A cold second half sunk the Pepperdine women’s basketball team in San Francisco Thursday night, as the Waves fell 75-61 to the USF Dons. The visitors made a late run, but couldn’t overcome a 23-point deficit.

Pepperdine led late in the first half and trailed by just two heading into the break, but went cold in the first 10 minutes of the second to fall behind by double digits.

The Dons went up by as much as six early in the first half, but the Waves went on an 11-2 run capped by a triple from Amanda Lovely (Palo Alto, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS), to take a 26-22 lead with 5:26 left in the opening period. Alexa Hardick helped put the Dons back on top with back-to-back threes as part of a 10-3 run. A Tessa Emerson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) free throw would make it a 34-32 game in favor of the home team at the break.

All seven players that touched the court in the first half for the Waves scored, led by eight points from Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.). Both teams shot well early with the Waves shooting 43.4 percent in the first half and the Dons shooting 45.2.

A 10-1 run out of the gates in the second half turned things in favor of USF, as the Waves went cold early in the period. Pepperdine managed just three points and one field goal through the first 10 minutes of the half, falling behind by as much as 23.

The Waves closed the half on a 15-2 run, pulling to within nine points, but couldn’t overcome the large deficit. Pepperdine got seven points out of Lovely during the run, including her second three of the game. The Waves hit four straight free throws to cut it below a double digit margin, but USF hit its foul shots in the final minute to seal the win.

Shoushtari finished leading the Waves, scoring 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting. She hit 3 of 4 threes in the game. Allie Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS) and Lovely each added 12 points. Pepperdine shot 34.5 percent in the second half.

The Dons were led by Zhane Dikes with 15 points. USF shot 39.3 percent for the game and owned a 50-34 rebounding advantage.

The loss drops Pepperdine to 5-23 overall on the season, 1-16 WCC and moves USF to 10-18 overall, 5-12 WCC. The Waves close the regular season at Santa Clara at 2 p.m. on Saturday.



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