Women's Hoops Season Ends in WCC Quarterfinals to BYU
March 7, 2014
B>LAS VEGAS - The 10th-seeded Pepperdine women's basketball team picked up a great win on Thursday, but couldn't make it two in a row as the Waves fell to second-seeded BYU, 77-51, in the quarterfinals of the WCC Championships on Friday afternoon.
The Waves (6-25) saw their season come to an end, while the Cougars (25-5), who are expected to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament, moved on to Monday's semifinals.
BYU came in well-rested, while the Waves were coming off an 80-74 upset over seventh-seeded Santa Clara in Thursday's first round. A big size advantage helped the Cougars enjoy a 57-30 rebounding edge and limit the Waves to 26.1% shooting.
One huge positive came when junior guard Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) set a WCC Tournament record with eight steals. It was a career high, the most ever by a Wave in a postseason game and it tied the fourth-most in any game in Pepperdine history. It came a day after Shoushtari tied a Pepperdine WCC Tournament record with 30 points against Santa Clara.
The Waves did well to force 21 Cougar turnovers while committing just six of their own. But Pepperdine didn't capitalize on enough of them, outscoring BYU just 11-6 in points off turnovers.
Sophomore guard Keitra Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) scored a team-high 14 points, while freshman guard Allie Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS) had 12 points and seven rebounds and Shoushtari added 11 points.
"That's a heck of a team," Pepperdine Coach Ryan Weisenberg said. "BYU is very well coached and plays very hard from minute one to minute 40. I thought our girls played well but I said it earlier today, it was like going into a gunfight with a knife and that never works."
Lexi Eaton and Morgan Bailey scored 17 points apiece for BYU, while Jennifer Hamson, the WCC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, had 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in just 24 minutes.
The Cougars broke out to a 10-2 lead after four minutes and were up 22-7 midway through the first half. They eventually went into the break with a 42-22 lead.
The Waves scored the first seven points of the second half - a three-pointer by junior guard Grace Leah Baughn (Norcross, Ga./Wesleyan School), two free throws by Wallace and a steal and lay-up by Shoushtari. But scoring runs were hard to come by for Pepperdine, and BYU came right back with nine points of its own, and continued to increase its lead throughout the second half.
The short-handed Waves used just seven players until the final minutes and were again without their leading scorer, junior guard Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS), who missed her 14th straight game with an ankle injury.