Women's Hoops Season Comes to End in Loss to USF
March 6, 2013
The Waves, the ninth seed at the tournament, ended their year with a 5-23 overall record. USF, the eighth seed, improved to 12-18 and will face Loyola Marymount in the second round on Thursday.
"This has been a tough year," Pepperdine Coach Julie Rousseau said. "This is a tough way to lose your last game. We thought we would come in and play a little better than we did. But I'm proud of our kids. This has been one of those years. It has been very difficult. But it's been a blessing for me to watch this team grow throughout the adversity.
"Our kids are already talking about working hard during the offseason and becoming better players. We're young, we're very young, and experience is the best teacher. We've had a lot of experiences that will make them better."
Freshman guard Keitra Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) came off the bench to post a career-high 19 points, but she was the only Wave in double-figures. Senior forward Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) tied her career high with 13 rebounds and scored six points.
Patrick and guard Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) are the only two seniors on the Pepperdine squad.
Pepperdine never led in the contest. With the game tied 4-4, the Waves endured a stretch where they missed 11 straight shots from the field. USF capitalized by scoring 13 straight points and taking a 17-4 lead with 11 minutes left in the half. The Dons' lead only grew from there, growing to 29-9 with 5 1/2 minutes left and 42-20 at halftime.
The Waves shot 20.6% in the first half and 28.2% for the game, while the Dons hit 50.9% of their shots. USF had all five starters score in double-figures, led by Mel Khlok's 19 points.