Waves Drop Overtime Contest at Portland, 58-56
Feb. 16, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Pepperdine Waves women's basketball team fell in overtime 58-56 at Portland's Chiles Center on Thursday evening. The Waves and Pilots were deadlocked at 51-51 after regulation, but through five minutes of overtime the Pilots were able to pull out the win as a last-second shot by the Waves to tie things up did not fall.
The Waves (12-12, 7-6 WCC) were led by senior guard Lauren Bell (San Bruno, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) who had 18 points and tied her career-high for the fifth time this season with four three-pointers. Fellow senior guard Jazmine Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) also scored in double-figures with 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Waves out rebounded the Pilots (10-17, 3-10 WCC) 37 to 29 and had 16 offensive rebounds.
In a tight first half, the Waves held a slim lead throughout. Through the final eight minutes of the half, the Waves outscored the Pilots 4-1 and held onto a 19-17 lead. The Pilots would tie things up for the fourth time in the half with a jumper with 38 seconds to go.
The Waves would take a time out to set up a play, and with seven seconds left senior forward Skye Barnett (Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola HS) hit a layup to take a 21-19 lead into halftime. The Waves held the Pilots to only 30.8 percent shooting in the half.
The tide turned in the second half, as the Waves struggled from the field, going 9-of-26 and the Pilots got hot, shooting 54.4 percent from the field. Both teams would trade baskets and leads, as each squad was able to build its lead up to four during the half, only to see the other team come back to tie things up.
With three minutes left in the second half, the Waves started a 7-0 run, to build their lead up to six, 51-45. However, with a 1:32 left, the Pilots answered with a 6-0 run of their own, sinking a pair of free throws and a layup to tie things up 51-51 at the end of regulation.
In overtime, the Pilots were able to sink one more basket then the Waves, going 3-for-5 compared with the Waves' 2-for-4. The Waves had the ball with 17 seconds left, looking to tie with a two-pointer or take the lead with a three-pointer. The ball found its way into the hands of leading-scorer Jackson, but her last-second shot did not fall.
The Waves will stay on the road and look to rebound in the Pacific Northwest, traveling to Gonzaga to take on the Bulldogs at 2 p.m. PT on Saturday.