Waves Fall on the Road to BYU After Hot Start
Pepperdine hosts a pair of WCC games this week after starting conference play on the road.
Dec. 30, 2013
PROVO, Utah - The Pepperdine women's basketball team came out shooting hot, but couldn't keep up the pace Monday night, falling 65-50 to BYU on the road.
Pepperdine led by as much as 10 points in the first half, connecting on four of the team's first five long range shots, but the one-loss Cougars used a 28-8 run in and out of the halftime break to take control. The Waves finished with another cold shooting night, hitting 29.3 percent from the field.
The loss drops Pepperdine to 4-9 overall and 0-2 in West Coast Conference play, while BYU moves to 12-1, 2-0. The Waves have opened the WCC season against two opponents earning votes in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Waves came out on fire, hitting four threes early en route to a 25-15 lead midway through the half. Keitra Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) and Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) hit a pair of long balls to lead Pepperdine to an early 8-0 lead. The Waves would go up by as much as 10 points in the half.
BYU closed the period on a 16-5 run, however, to lead 31-30 going into the break. The Cougars finished the half hitting 11-of-27 shots.
After coming out and shooting better than 50 percent through the first 10 minutes, the Waves closed the period hitting 32.1 percent (9-of-28) of its field goals. Shoushtari and Wallace powered the offense early and Allie Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS) came on late in the half to keep the Waves close. Green led the way through the first 20 minutes with 12 points, going 5-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. BYU's leading scorer Jennifer Hamson led the comeback for the Cougars, scoring 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
The run continued as BYU came out on a 12-3 run to take a 43-33 lead. The Waves cut it back to a five-point game on back-to-back jumpers by Green and Grace Leah Baughn (Norcross, Ga./Wesleyan School), making it 44-39 with 11:19 to play. BYU knocked down five straight baskets, however, including a three by Lexi Eaton, to go back up by 17.
Green and Wallace would cut it back to a 13-point game, 56-43, at the 4:32 mark with four straight points for Pepperdine, but that was a close as the Waves would come.
Eaton finished leading the way for BYU with 18 points as the Cougars shot 40 percent (20-of-50) for the game.
Green led all scorers with 19 points, hitting 8-of-17 field goals. She wasn't able to build on her two first half threes, finishing 2-of-6 from long range. Wallace finished with 14 points, doing most of her work from the charity stripe hitting 7-of-11 foul shots.
The Waves are back in action later this week, hosting a pair of WCC games. Santa Clara comes to town on Thursday (7 p.m.) and San Francisco on Saturday (2 p.m.).