Lovely's Putback Gives Waves 57-55 Exhibition Win Over Westmont
Pepperdine opens the season a week from Friday at Seattle.
Oct. 30, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Sophomore forward Amanda Lovely's putback with 2.9 seconds left lifted the Pepperdine women's basketball team to a 57-55 exhibition win over defending NAIA national champion Westmont on Wednesday evening.
The Waves led by as many as 12 in the second half but the Warriors finally tied it back up at 55-55 on a three-pointer by Celina Gougis with 1:04 to play.
Pepperdine kept hold of the ball for the next minute of action, as Lovely (Palo Alto, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) pulled down three separate offensive rebounds. The Warriors weren't able to get a final shot off before the buzzer sounded.
"The biggest thing was that we rebounded," said first-year Pepperdine Coach Ryan Weisenberg. "We had 49 boards, 22 of them offensive. It means we shot poorly, but it also means we were crashing the boards and taking care of the glass, and that was a big, big thing for us."
The Waves shot just 30.0% from the field but outrebounded the Warriors 49-33 and also had a 12-5 edge in points off turnovers.
Junior guard Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) scored a team-high 11 points and added eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Five other players scored between seven and nine points, including Lovely's seven-point, seven-rebound effort. Sophomore forward Kelsey Brockway (Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) had a game-high 10 rebounds to go with eight points.
The Warriors put three players in double-figures, led by Esther Lee's 13 points.
"Defensively, we did a good job to hold them to 55 points," Weisenberg said. "Westmont averaged about 78 points last year. There's still a lot of work we can do, and offensively we've just got to get a little more disciplined. We'll work on that but overall I thought the effort and the way we competed was awesome."
The Warriors took a seven-point lead at 19-12 with 7 1/2 minutes to go in the first half after two free throws by Erin Beadle. But the Waves got their offense going and went on an 11-0 run to take their first lead of the contest and pull in front 23-19 with 3 1/2 left. Richardson hit a three-pointer and made two free throws during the spurt.
Westmont went back in front late in the half, but freshman guard Allie Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento Charter School) drove in for a lay-up with a second left to bring the Waves even with the Warriors at halftime, 29-29.
The Waves continued to play well at the start of the second half, scoring 15 of the first 18 points to take their largest lead of the game at 44-32 after a lay-up by junior guard Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) with 13:18 to go. A basket by sophomore guard Keitra Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) also gave the Waves a 12-point lead at 46-34 with 12:17 left.
Unfortunately for the Waves, they would then go nearly 11 minutes without another field goal. Westmont closed the gap to 53-52 with 3:19 to play on a lay-up by Kelsie Sampson. Westmont would have three chances to take the lead, but turned the ball over twice and missed a shot.
Pepperdine's drought ended on a lay-up by junior forward Tessa Emerson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS), pushing the Waves' lead back up to three at 55-52 with 1:25 to play. Gougis' three-pointer tied it on the Warriors' next possession, however, setting up Lovely's game-winner.
Pepperdine begins the regular season a week from Friday (Nov. 8) at Seattle at 7 p.m. Fans can listen to an audio-only version of WaveCasts at PepperdineSports.com. After visiting UCLA on Monday, November 11, the Waves have their home opener on Thursday, November 14, against UC Irvine at 7 p.m.