UC Davis Thwarts Waves' Comeback Bid In 70-62 Victory
Pepperdine hits just 9-of-36 3-point attempts in falling to .500 for the second time this season.
Nov. 19, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. - A late 13-3 second-half run lifted the visiting UC Davis Aggies to a 70-62 win over Pepperdine's women's basketball team Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. UC Davis remains undefeated on the young season at 3-0, while the Waves dropped to 2-2.
"It's disappointing to be at .500," head coach Julie Rousseau said. "We're struggling at the start, and our players have to learn to play with a sense of urgency and battle through every second of every game if they want to be in it at the end. If we can commit to getting off to a better start, then we won't have to spend so much energy trying to catch up."
Pepperdine trailed by nine at the break but rallied to cut that deficit to one point three times throughout the second half. Freshman forward Robie Mayberry (San Leandro, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) almost singlehandedly brought the Waves back into contention with three straight 3-pointers during a two-minute stretch, the last of which cut the Aggie lead to 45-42 at the 13:18 mark.
Back-to-back baskets by Katie Menton (Coarsegold, Calif./Yosemite HS) and junior guard Lauren Bell's (San Bruno, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) quickly then made it a one-possession game at 47-46 with 10 minutes to go.
Bell finished the game with a team-best 18 points, but she'd only hit one more field goal over the final eight minutes as the Waves suddenly went ice cold from all points on the floor.
The 3-point shooting that boosted the Waves' spirits at the start of the half disappeared in the blink of an eye. Mayberry missed her next three long-range attempts, as did Menton, and even shots by Bell, Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) and Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) either fell short or rattled off the rim.
Pepperdine launched 36 shots from beyond the arc - the most ever by a team in the Rousseau era - but the seventh-year mentor was far less than pleased about her player's shot selection.
"We became enamored with the 3-pointer and ended up taking some bad shots, some of which their zone defense forced us to take," she said. "Clearly we did not get the effort we wanted to see for 40 minutes. We can't think of ourselves as a second-half team either, because that mentality is going to cost us games vs. good opponents like we had here tonight."
During Pepperdine's prolonged field-goal drought, UC Davis reclaimed its swagger by hitting six of its next seven field goals. The dagger was Vicky Deely's 3-point bomb with 2:43 remaining that gave the Aggies their first double-digit lead since the first half at 64-53.
Deely's 12 points were second only to teammate Kasey Riecks, who finished with 17 on 5-of-11 shooting. Riecks is the sister of former Pepperdine men's volleyball player, Cory Riecks.
Pepperdine won the turnover battle, 30-23, and outrebounded the Aggies, 47-41, but could not overcome poor shooting (29.9 percent) that lasted throughout entire first half and part of the second. By comparison, UC Davis shot 51.9 percent (27-of-52) from the floor despite taking 25 less field-goal attempts.
The Aggies also missed 10 of their 19 free throw attempts, which was the Waves' lone saving grace in the final minutes as they kept their overall deficit within single digits.
Pepperdine returns to the court at Firestone Fieldhouse Tuesday at 7 p.m. vs. Boise State for game two of its three-game homestand. The Temple Owls swoop into Malibu next Friday at 2 p.m.