Waves Lose Early Lead, Fall 77-69 to UC Santa Barbara

Bria Richardson

Dec. 3, 2013

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MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team gave up a first half lead and fell at home to UC Santa Barbara, 77-69, Tuesday night. It was the first home loss of the season for the Waves.

Pepperdine held a double digit lead in the first, but UCSB came out of the break on a run and then hit all six of its free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win.

Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) led the Waves with 17 points on the night and Nicole Nesbit scored 26 for the Gauchos

The Waves took an early four point lead, going up 9-5 after forcing back-to-back shot clock violations and getting a three from Allie Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS). Keitra Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) would later give Pepperdine its first double digit lead, hitting three straight buckets to push it to a 27-17 Wave advantage. Wallace would score all nine of her first-half points during the two-minute spurt, eventually giving Pepperdine a 13 point lead with a three-point play.

The Waves went up by as much as 14 in the half, but UCSB made a short run to close the period, finishing on an 8-2 spurt to go into the break trailing 37-31.

The Gauchos carried their momentum into the second half, pulling to within two on an early 3-pointer and then evening the game on a fastbreak layup with 11:15 to play. UCSB took its first lead of the half at the 10:28 mark on a jumper by Mi'Chael Wright.

The teams would trade the lead back and forth through the rest of the half until UCSB took a 69-67 lead with 1:40 to play. The Waves couldn't find the late stop or basket they needed, giving up six free throws down the stretch to fall by eight.

The Waves shot 41.7 percent from the field (30-72) and 44.4 percent beyond the arc (4-9), but UCSB's 16-of-17 (94.1 percent) from the foul line was the difference. Pepperdine was also out-rebounded 42-40.

Wallace contributed 15 points to the Waves' total and Kelsey Brockway (Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) pulled down 14 rebounds. Melissa Zornig scored 18 for UCSB and she and Nesbit were both perfect from the free throw line, going 6-for-6 and 7-for-7 respectively.

The loss drops Pepperdine to 2-6 on the year and UCSB moves to 4-3.



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