Women's Basketball: Pepperdine Downs San Francisco 71-67 in WCC Play
Jan. 10, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Bolstered by a strong night from its seniors, Pepperdine rolled to a 71-67 West Coast Conference victory against San Francisco Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves (4-9, 1-1 WCC) win their fourth straight against the Dons (7-9, 0-3 WCC) who lose their fifth consecutive game overall.
Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) continued to play well against San Francisco and after a game-high 16 points tonight has scored 46 points in her last three games against USF (15.3 ppg). Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) continued the senior charge with 15 points and four assists for the Waves.
“Our seniors are truly leading the way,” Pepperdine head coach Julie Rousseau said. Shay and Kelsey led us in scoring and their leadership in talking and making sure we are where we need to be has lifted us up. They are really coming into their own as far as them being the leaders we need them to be.”
Amanda Lovely (Palo Atlo, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) scored a career-high nine points off the bench, while Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) chipped in eight points and a team-high five assists as Pepperdine’s bench outscored the Dons 25-20.
“It was a total team effort tonight – everybody contributed,” Rousseau said. “I’m really proud of them. We’re going to keep shuffling players in and whoever’s playing well, that’s who we’ll keep in there. That’s the bottom line.”
Nine players scored for Pepperdine and all told 17 of the 19 players who saw court time tallied at least two points in the contest.
“One thing I know about this team is that they continue to work hard,” Rousseau said. “This is a great win for us. It gives our kids hope and it breathes new life into us. We know it’s going to be tough on the road, but anytime you can get a win and protect your home court, that’s always a plus.”
Pepperdine shot .431 (25-58) from the field and sizzled from beyond the arc, connecting on .571 (8-14) from deep. The Dons hit at a .377 (26-69) rate and made a whopping 11-of-26 (.423) from downtown against the stingiest perimeter defense in the league. USF out-rebounded the Waves 44-37.
In a game featuring 13 tie scores and 12 lead changes – nine coming in the second half – Pepperdine tied the game at 54-54 on Patrick’s second 3-pointer with 7:55 left in regulation and took the lead for good on a triple by Alisha Roberts (Burnaby, B.C./York House School) on the next possession with 7:01 to go. Roberts scored a career-high nine points with three assists in her first career start.
Pepperdine made it an eight-point spread after a 3-pointer from lovely and a baseline jumper from Patrick. The Dons cut it to a one possession game four times, but the Waves found an answer to win their first game of 2013.
Both teams turned in an entertaining first half, which featured 10 ties and three lead changes. Neither squad managed more than a two possession lead. Pepperdine shot at a .406 (13-32) clip from the field and scored a whopping 17 points off 12 USF turnovers. The Dons shot at a .394 (13-33) rate and held a 24-16 rebound advantage.
Patrick led all scorers in the opening 20 minutes with nine points, while Cooney-Williams chipped in seven points. Eight Waves scored in the opening period.
Taylor Proctor led three Dons in double-digit scoring to go along with eight rebounds. Reigning WCC Player of the Month Mel Khlok added 12 points, three rebounds and seven assists, but the Waves forced her into seven turnovers.
Pepperdine closes out the second week of WCC play when it travels to Provo, Utah for a Saturday matinee against Brigham Young. Tip-off against the Cougars is set for 1:00 p.m. (PT) from the Marriott Center in a game featuring a live WaveCast.