Waves Take Down Seattle in Season Opener

Keitra Wallace

Nov. 8, 2013

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Pepperdine women's basketball opened up the 2013-14 season with an 84-73 road victory over defending WAC Champions Seattle Friday night. A balanced attack led the way as the Waves had five players in double figures and were paced by Bria Richardson's 16 points.

"We just started off moving the ball really well and taking good shots," said first-year head coach Ryan Weisenberg. "We had great spacing and we didn't force anything. That was the key."

After leading by three at the break, it was a 20-8 sprint out of the gate in the second half that gave Pepperdine a 56-43 lead and put the visitors firmly in the driver's seat.

Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) knocked down a jumper and Tessa Emerson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) followed with a bucket in transition off of a Redhawk turnover to spark the early push. Pepperdine got baskets from five different players during the run, with Richardson scoring six of the 20 points.

The Waves held a double digit lead nearly the rest of the way.

Six straight Seattle points in the final 2:30 cut the Wave lead to 80-71, but it was too little too late as that was as close as the Redhawks would come.

"We lost our heads a little bit at the end there, but the girls calmed down and got the job done," said Weisenberg. "I thought Keitra Wallace was an x-factor for us in the second half. She came in and gave us some great energy and effort."

The Waves came out hot in the opening half, using an 8-2 run to take a 29-19 lead midway through the period. Allie Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS) helped power the run with a pair of layups, the second of which came from one of the numerous fast break opportunities Pepperdine created in the half.

Seattle had an answer, however, closing to within two on a 10-4 run. Pepperdine would take a 37-34 lead into the break.

"They didn't press as much in the first half so we were able to get out and run a little more," said Weisenberg. "In the second half they put the press on, but we were still able to be patient and get good looks. This win is a confidence builder for us. The girls are doing what we have been asking them to do, now we just need to keep working and be ready for UCLA."

Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) and Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) added 15 points each to go along with Richardson's 16, and Amanda Lovely (Palo Alto, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) posted 14. Emerson notched a double-double with 10 points and a team-high 11 boards.

Seattle shot just 40 percent for the game, while Pepperdine made 60 percent of its field goal attempts. The Waves shot 70 percent in the second half.

The 84 points scored by Pepperdine was higher than any offensive output the team had in the previous season and is the most points scored by the program since Dec. 29, 2011 at San Francisco.

Pepperdine heads to UCLA for a 2 p.m. game on Monday before opening at home against UC Irvine next Thursday.



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