Waves Drop WCC Opener 71-43 at San Diego

Keitra Wallace

Dec. 28, 2013

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team was unable to put a blemish on undefeated San Diego's record Saturday afternoon, falling 71-43 on the road in the teams' conference opener. A cold shooting night by the Waves coupled with a dominant performance in the paint by USD, led to Pepperdine's first loss in West Coast Conference play this year.

The Toreros, who are currently receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll, move to 12-0 overall and 1-0 WCC, while the Waves fall to 4-8, 0-1.

The Toreros opened up an 11-0 run just past the midway point in the first half, building a 25-11 lead en route to a 13-point (33-20) advantage heading into the half. The Waves went down by as much as 19 in the first period, but used a 6-0 run to close the half and keep USD within striking distance. Keitra Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) made a layup and two free throws to spark the late run, and then Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) cut into the lane and laid it in with 30 seconds left in the half to give the Waves their 20th point.

Pepperdine shot just 24.1 percent from the floor in the first half, hitting 7-of-29 attempts from the floor, while the Toreros shot 45.2 percent (14-for-31). The Waves also made just one three in the first half.

A 20-10 run out of the gates in the second half would put the Waves in a 53-30 hole they could not climb out of as the visitors were not able to mount a run late. Nine points by Wallace and a final minute layup from Jaya Schultz (Santa Clarita, Calif./Canyon HS) were all the offense the Waves could find over the final 8:47 of play.

Wallace closed the game with 19 points on 5-of-12 shooting, also going 8-of-10 from the free throw line. She hit the only three she took at the 6:52 mark to pull Pepperdine to within 21 at 58-37, but that was as close as the Waves would come down the stretch.

Pepperdine finished shooting just 25.4 percent from the field and was out-rebounded 48-39. USD also owned a 46-22 points in the paint advantage. The Toreros' 34 combined points off second chance opportunities and turnovers more than made up the difference in the game.

Richardson was the only other wave in double figures for Pepperdine, scoring 10 points. Allie Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS) grabbed eight rebounds.

USD's Felicia Wijenberg led all players with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Amy Kame added 17 points for the Toreros.

Pepperdine stays on the road heading to BYU Monday (4 p.m.) for another WCC matchup. That game will be broadcast live on BYUtv.



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