Women's Basketball: Pepperdine Falls to Santa Clara 38-36 in WCC Play
Jan. 17, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – In a game featuring a combined 91 missed field goal attempts Pepperdine’s final two misses proved costly as it dropped a 38-36 decision to Santa Clara in West Coast Conference play Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves (4-11, 1-3 WCC) saw an eight-game winning streak against the Broncos (11-6, 3-1 WCC) come to end.
Trailing 37-36, senior forward Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) came up with a big steal on an inbounds play leading to an immediate Pepperdine timeout. Out of the huddle the Waves ran a play for Patrick, whose jumper in the lane rimmed out in agonizing fashion. Following one made free throw, Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) rebounded the miss on the second free throw and streaked down the floor and launched a shot from just inside midcourt. The 3-pointer missed just wide off the front iron and Santa Clara escaped with the win.
Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) finished with a game-high 11 points, while Tessa Emerson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) matched a career-high with 10 points. Patrick finished with six points to go along with a game and career-high 12 rebounds (four offensive).
The contest was a record setting night for the lowest winning (38) and losing (36) score in the 64-game series dating back to 1978-79. It was also by far the fewest combined points scored (74). The previous was a 51-48 Pepperdine win in 2008-09.
Pepperdine pulled down a season-high 48 rebounds in a game featuring 97 combined boards. The two teams combined for 37 turnovers and only converted opponent miscues into 21 combined points, 12 by the Waves.
Santa Clara shot .281 (16-57) from the floor, 1-of-14 (.071) from long distance and a dismal .313 (5-16) from the free throw line. Pepperdine shot .231 (15-65) and shot .250 (4-16) from long distance and made half of their four free throw attempts.
Santa Clara’s Ruta Zurauskyte scored a team-high 10 points with seven rebounds.
Pepperdine travels to Moraga for a Saturday matinee at Saint Mary’s. Game time against the Gaels is set for 2:00 p.m. at McKeon Pavilion in a game featuring live audio via WaveCasts.