Waves' Comeback Not Enough at Portland
Feb. 8, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Pepperdine women’s basketball team made a late run, but couldn’t overcome a 26 point first half deficit against Portland, falling 78-59. The Waves closed to within 11 late, but were held off by the pilots.
Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) knocked down back to back threes and Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS) hit a jumper to complete the 8-0 run and pull Pepperdine to within 11, 64-53, at the 5:13 mark. Portland’s Jasmine Wooton answered with a three of her own, however, as that was as close as the Waves would come.
Four free throws and a Tessa Emerson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) jumper were the only points Pepperdine could find over the final five minutes of play.
Green finished with a team high 19 points and Shoushtari closed the game with 17. Portland had five players in double figures, led by 17 points from both Wooton and Cassandra Thompson.
The Waves came out flat in the opening half, shooting just 26 percent, 7-of-27 from the floor. Portland on the other hand, was on fire, hitting 17 of their 34 attempts.
Three-pointers by Cassandra Thompson and Hannah Mattson gave the Pilots a 12 point lead at the 13:24 mark as they would lead by double digits the rest of the way. Portland took a 43-19 lead into the half, leading by 26 just prior to the break.
Most of the Pilots’ work was done down low with 18 of their 43 points in the half scored in the paint.
For the game Portland scored 40 points in the paint, shooting 46.3 percent from the field. The Waves shot 31.3 percent and hit just 3-of-16 3-pointers. The Waves did own a 13-10 edge in the offensive rebounding category, grabbing nine offensive boards in the second half.
The loss drops the Waves to 5-18 overall on the year, 1-11 WCC and the Pilots improve to 14-10, 7-6 WCC.
Pepperdine heads back to Malibu for its next four games, facing Pacific and Saint Mary’s next week. The Waves have six games left before the WCC tournament in March.