Waves Fall at Portland 57-51 in WCC Play
Jan. 31, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. - Pepperdine made a late charge, but in the end could not shake off a slow start, dropping a 57-51 West Coast Conference decision to Portland Thursday night at the Chiles Center. The Waves (4-15, 1-7 WCC) drop their second straight to the Pilots (8-13, 3-5), who have won three of their last four games after a 0-4 league start.
Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) led the Waves with 11 points and six rebounds off the bench in her return to the lineup after missing eight games with an injury. Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) and Kelsey Brockway (Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) each scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds for Pepperdine. It marked the first double-digit scoring night of Brockway's collegiate career.
Pepperdine led just once at 2-0 and struggled mightily offensively in the first half, missing 16 of its first 20 field goal attempts. Portland led by as many as 18 points in the first half and took a 29-13 lead into the intermission. The Waves shot .200 (5-25) from the floor in the first, while the Pilots hit at a .333 (10-30) clip.
Down 41-29 midway through the second half, Pepperdine went on a 13-6 run to make it a 47-42 deficit with 96 seconds remaining on a Richardson free throw. The Waves battled but simply ran out of time. Richardson canned a 3-pointer to make it 53-49 with 0:15 left, but the Pilots made four straight free throws before Richardson hit her second triple in 12 seconds for the final margin with 0:03 on the clock.
Portland held a 49-37 rebound advantage, 15-8 on the offensive glass, but the Pilots did a ton of damage at the free throw line, connecting on 23-of-31 at the stripe (.742). Pepperdine shot just 15 free throws and made only seven (.467). The Waves made more field goals (20) than the Pilots (14) and shot nearly 15 percentage points better from the field (.345 - .259).
Amy Pupa was a one woman wrecking crew for the Pilots on the boards, pulling down a career-high 19 rebounds (six offensive) to go along with two points and three steals. Ellen Nurmi scored a game-high 12 points for Portland, while Jasmine Wooten chipped in 10.
Pepperdine concludes its Pacific Northwest road swing when it takes on defending WCC Champion Gonzaga Saturday afternoon in the sold out McCarthy Athletic Center. Tip-off time against the Zags is set for 2:00 p.m. in a game featuring an audio broadcast via WaveCasts.