Women's Basketball Scores Lopsided Win Over UC Irvine, 76-59
The Waves now head out on the road for four straight games after a 2-1 start.
Nov. 14, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team scored its most lopsided win since 2011 with a 76-59 victory over UC Irvine in the team's regular season home opener. Ea Shoushtari led the way for the waves with 21 points and 13 rebounds as one of four players in double figures for Pepperdine.
The Waves jumped on top early and went up by as much as 28 in the second half on their way to moving to 2-1 on the season and handing the Anteaters (1-1) their first loss.
"For the last couple days the girls have heard me say play defense with your feet, stay down and make sure they are working for their shots," said head coach Ryan Weisenberg. "If they're going to shoot have them shoot over you. They stuck to that game plan really well and we had a great night."
The Waves clamped down defensively early in the opening half, jumping out to a 10-2 lead. UCI was forced into a long-range game, missing on its first four 3-point attempts and turning the ball over three times in the first five minutes of play.
Keitra Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) led Pepperdine on the attack through the first period, scoring 12 points and giving the Waves their first double digit lead, 18-8, with a three-point play at the 11:04 mark. Wallace connected on 3-of-7 shots and hit five free throws, and the Waves led by as much as 18 in the first 20 minutes.
The Anteaters cut the Pepperdine lead to eight with a pair of 3-pointers out of the half, but Amanda Lovely (Palo Alto, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) hit a jumper to put the Waves back up by 10. Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) followed that with a pair of free throws and then had back-to-back steals and layups to once again give Pepperdine a comfortable 48-32 lead.
The Waves would lead by at least 16 points the rest of the way.
"Ea had a great night," said Weisenberg. "Not only did she have a double-double, but she also had six assists and three steals. You can't get any better than that. Her rebounding total was what was really important."
Wallace finished with 17 points and Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) posted 15 and eight rebounds. Pepperdine out-rebounded the Anteaters 48-39 and forced them into 16 turnovers, scoring 20 points off the giveaways. The Waves also had 17 assists on their 28 field goals.
Pepperdine's last win by more than 17 points came against Westmont on Oct. 25, 2011 when the Waves won 78-58.
Jennifer Tsurumoto was the only player to score in double figures for UCI, putting up 14 points in the loss.