Pacific Defeats Pepperdine, 91-67, in Malibu
Feb. 13, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s basketball team made a pair of mini-runs late, but couldn’t find the push it needed to come back against Pacific Thursday night, falling 91-66 at home to the Tigers. The Waves cut it to a 12 point game late, but that was as close as they would come down the stretch.
Keitra Wallace put up a game high 20 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Waves shot 33.9 percent from the floor and Pacific was hitting at a 56.3 percent clip for the game. It was Wallace’s second 20 point game of the season and the sophomore’s second best scoring night of her career.
A 12-4 run midway through the first half put the Tigers up 26-14 with 8:23 left, but the Waves charged back, pulling to within seven on an Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) 3-point play. Pacific answered with a jumper and a triple to push it back to a 12 point lead at 33-21. The visitors closed the half on a 20-9 run to take a 46-28 lead into the break.
Three Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) free throws were the only points the Waves could find in the final four minutes of the half. Wallace did most of the first half work for Pepperdine, scoring 11 points on 5-of-6 free throws and 3-of-8 shooting.
Pacific shot 53 percent in the first half, knocking down 16-of-30 field goal attempts. The Waves hit 30.3 percent of their attempts, but did register eight assists on 10 field goals. The Tigers owned a 25-16 rebounding advantage through the first 20 minutes of play and scored 24 of their 46 points in the paint.
The Waves went down by as much as 21 early in the second half, but Grace Leah Baughn (Norcross, Ga./Wesleyan School) knocked down a three and Wallace followed with an offensive rebound and put-back to cut the Pacific lead to 13, 59-46, with 11:18 to play. The Tigers again had an answer, hitting a three to spark a 7-2 spurt and go back up by 18.
Next it was Allie Green’s (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS) turn to try and shoot the Waves back in it as the freshman drained a pair of triples to pull Pepperdine to within 12, 71-59, at the 7:18 mark, the closest it had been since the first half. That was as close as the Waves would come, though, as Pacific answered with a pair of buckets to keep Pepperdine at arm’s length the rest of the way.
Wallace scored 12 of her 20 points on 16 free throw attempts, adding four field goals as well. Shoushtari posted 11 points, five assists and a game high nine rebounds to just fall short of the double-double. Pacific has five players in double figures on the scoring front, led by Hallie Eackles’ 16 points.
Both teams committed 15 turnovers and had a combined 45 fouls in what was a physical game throughout. Pepperdine went to the line 33 times, hitting 26 of its tries.
The loss drops the Waves to 5-19 overall, 1-12 WCC, while the Tigers move to 13-10, 8-5 WCC. Pepperdine is back in action Saturday at 2 p.m., hosting Saint Mary’s in the second of a four game homestand.