Women's Basketball Falls 88-55 to South Dakota State

Amanda Lovely

Nov. 21, 2013

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BROOKINGS, S.D. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team suffered its second loss of the season Thursday, falling 88-55 to South Dakota State on the road. The Waves shot well below their season average, hitting just 29.5 percent of their field goal attempts in the loss.

The loss evens Pepperdine's record at 2-2 as the team heads out on a three-game road trip.

Defending Summit League Champion SDSU opened the game on a 16-4 run and never looked back as the Waves were unable to find their shooting touch all night. The Jackrabbits did a large chunk of their damage at the foul line, hitting 29-of-35 (82.9 percent) free throws. Pepperdine was 18-of-28 (64.3 percent) from the foul stripe.

Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) did continue her hot start to the season, scoring 15 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Amanda Lovely (Palo Alto, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) added 12 points.

SDSU took a 24-point lead into the half and the Waves would get no closer in the second period as the Jackrabbits shot 51.7 percent and hit 17 free throws. Megan Waytasheck scored 26 points for the home team, going 11-for-12 from the charity stripe. The Jackrabbits had three players score in double figures and nine players total get in on the action.

The win moves SDSU to 3-2 on the year.

Coming into play on Thursday the Waves had been shooting 48.1 percent and averaging 79.8 points per game before suffering season lows in both categories. SDSU also owned a 50-36 rebounding advantage in the game.

Pepperdine moves on to face Wyoming Saturday night before heading to Oregon on Monday.



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