Waves Pull Within Three Late, Fall 80-77 to Cal Poly
Pepperdine has one more non-conference matchup this weekend before opening up WCC play.
Dec. 16, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team nearly clawed all the way back at home against Cal Poly Monday night, but the team's final minute comeback came up just short as the Waves fell 80-77 to the Mustangs.
After going down by as much as 14 late in the second half and trailing by nine with less than a minute to play, the Waves hit three free throws and two jumpers in the final 26 seconds, but came up just a possession short as they fell by three.
Following eight missed free throws in the final 1:13 of regulation by Cal Poly, Ea Shoushtari hit a running jumper with 19 seconds left to pull the Waves to within five, 85-70. The Mustangs missed two foul shots, giving Pepperdine the ball back with 14 seconds to play, but it took 12.1 seconds for Keitra Wallace to grab an offensive board and putback, leaving just 1.9 on the clock. The Waves were unable to foul after Cal Poly inbounded the ball and time expired.
Wallace finished with a game and career-high 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting. She was 2-of-2 from beyond the arc and 4-of-6 from the free throw line. Pepperdine had four players in double figures with Shoushtari adding 15 points. Ariana Elegado led Cal Poly with 17 points and 10 assists.
Contrasting styles in the opening half led to a 36-36 ball game at the break. Pepperdine scored 15 of its 36 points from long range, while the Mustangs owned a 22-6 points in the paint advantage. Wallace led all scorers in the half with 12 of her 24 points in the first 20 minutes.
Cal Poly opened the second period on an 8-2 run, opening up a 44-38 lead less than three minutes into the half. After the Waves cut it back to a three-point game, Cal Poly opened up the first double digit lead of the game, 60-49, with an 8-0 run sparked by a pair of fastbreak layups.
Allie Green knocked down back-to-back threes for the Waves, pulling the home team to within six, 65-59, at the 5:42 mark, but Elegado answered with a long ball for the Mustangs. Sarah Lipton hit the Mustangs' fourth three of the game to push it back to a 10-point advantage, 75-65, with 2:57 to play. The double digit lead would last until the Waves' final minute comeback.
Cal Poly shot just 40 percent (8-of-20) from the foul line in the game, but was 34-for-68 from the field with 56 points in the paint on the night. The Waves shot just 36.8 percent from the field, but were 50 percent from long distance. The Mustangs owned a 48-40 rebounding advantage.
Pepperdine falls to 3-7 with the loss, while Cal Poly moves to 6-4. The Waves have one more non-conference matchup, facing Northern Arizona this Saturday at home (3:30 p.m.), before opening West Coast Conference play on the road at San Diego (Dec. 28).