The Pepperdine women's basketball team fell on Saturday, 76-64, to PCH Cup rival Loyola Marymount. The Waves, who normally come out of the locker room vigorously, were unable to capture a lead in the second half of the matchup.
On constantly fighting from behind, junior Keitra Wallace (who had 17 points on the night), said: "It's frustrating because I feel like LMU is good competition, but we can play with them and we didn't show up the second half."
Pepperdine Coach Ryan Weisenberg's big push this season is rebounding, both offensively and defensively, but on Saturday the Waves fell short. Shooting on the night was low (38.9%) and Pepperdine struggled to cash in on second-opportunity plays.
Wallace said that when Pepperdine travels down the road on February 1 for the rematch, rebounding must be a priority.
"We have to focus on rebounding," she said. "I feel like we gave up too many offensive rebounds and we just played with a lack of passion and that didn't help us."
In the first half Pepperdine was in the double-bonus with eight minutes remaining but struggled with free throws, making only 16 of 27. Wallace, who spent significant time on the line, made six of her eight attempts.
"In regard to both teams, great defense was not being played because every other possession the opposite team was on the free throw line," she said. "As a team we need to figure out how to stop people before contact happens so we do not get called for a foul."
The Waves next take on Saint Mary's in Moraga, Calif., on Thursday (Jan 16) at 6 p.m.