Pepperdine Falls to Rival Loyola Marymount 65-47
Jan. 3, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Pepperdine opened the 2013 West Coast Conference season with a tough 65-47 loss to Loyola Marymount Thursday night at Gersten Pavilion. The Waves (3-9, 0-1 WCC) rallied from a slow start in the first half, but could not replicate it in the second against the Lions (7-7, 1-0 WCC) in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup battle.
Pepperdine rallied from 14-point deficit in the opening period to force a tie at the half, but could not overcome major shooting woes in the second in dropping its fourth straight decision and losing to the Lions for the first time in nine outings. The Waves shot an anemic .200 (5-25) after halftime and went nearly 12 minutes without a field goal.
Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) led the way for the Waves with 13 points, while Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. The two seniors accounted for more than half of Pepperdine’s offensive output.
In what has become a recurring theme, the Waves were trounced on the glass 47-32, including 16-6 on the offensive glass. LMU outscored Pepperdine 30-6 in the paint and converted 19 turnovers into 22 points.
It did not start well for the Waves, who connected on a 3-pointer on their first possession before watching LMU go on a 17-0 run. Pepperdine slowly chipped away, closing the deficit to three points with 4:38 left on a pair of free throws by Amanda Lovely (Palo Alto, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS), capping an 8-0 run. LMU answered with a 6-3 spurt, but the Waves closed the half with a 6-0 run to tie the contest at 35-35.
Pepperdine connected on .385 (10-26) from the field in the opening period, but converted on 6-of-11 from long distance, led by three from Patrick and a pair from Cooney-Williams. The seniors combined for 21 first-half points, 11 from Patrick.
After a hot start, LMU cooled off to connect at a .441 (15-34) rate from the floor and made three from long distance. The Lions dominated the rebound battle in the first half 23-12 and outscored the Waves in the paint by a 14-4 margin.
Alex Cowling led three Lions in double-digit scoring with a game-high 19 points and 15 rebounds (five offensive).
Pepperdine hosts San Francisco in its 2013 WCC home opener Thursday, January 10. Tip-off against the Dons is set for 7:00 p.m. at Firestone Fieldhouse in a game broadcast live via WaveCasts.