Pepperdine's Furious Rally Falls Short vs. UC Riverside, 79-71
Nov. 12, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine rallied back from a 22-point second half deficit to tie the contest at 71-71 with 2:13 remaining, but could not come all the way back against UC Riverside, dropping a 79-71 non-conference battle Monday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. After playing stifling defense for the middle third of the second period, the Waves (1-1) just ran out of stops at the end against the Highlanders (1-1).
Robie Mayberry (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd HS) powered the Waves offensively with a team-high 18 points, while Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) added 11 points. Nine Waves scored and six scored at least six points. Pepperdine shot at a .429 (24-56) clip for the game and knocked down .471 (8-17) from 3-point range.
Trailing by 22, Pepperdine streaked to a 16-3 run to close the contest to nine points, 64-55 with 7:33 left on a 3-pointer from Mayberry. A pair of 3-pointers by Grace Leah Baughn (Norcross, Ga./Wesleyan School) sandwiched two free throws from Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) made it 69-63 with 5:06 remaining.
Pepperdine tied it up after a jumper, a 3-pointer and two free throws from Mayberry and three foul shots from Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS). UC Riverside clamped down defensively from there and made their free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
"We were flat in the first half," Pepperdine head coach Julie Rousseau said. "We were down 15. It's just not the team I know we are and that we displayed last Friday. I just challenged them to be consistent and be that team they were last week. They came out and they fought. You know, a couple of things didn't go our way but with such a deficit you have to be perfect and there were just a couple of errors in the comeback. Although I am proud of them in their effort to comeback, we can't come out and be flat like we were. So, it's bittersweet."
Baughn finished with nine points and six rebounds, while Richardson had nine with four rebounds. Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./ L.A.C.E.S.) scored eight points with six assists and four steals. As a unit, the Waves collected 11 steals and forced 20 turnovers leading to 25 points.
Tre'Shonti Nottingham led the way for the Highlanders with a game-high 25 points, while Brittany Crain added 16. Dynese Adams chipped in 14 points.
UC Riverside owned a 38-29 rebound margin, 14-10 on the offensive glass
Pepperdine struggled to contain the Highlanders in the first half. UC Riverside was converting on nearly .700 percent from the field midway through the opening period and finished the half at a .543 (19-35) clip. The Waves shot a respectable .407 (11-27) in the first, but trailed in the rebounding battle 20-13 and committed 13 turnovers leading to 13 points for UC Riverside.
Pepperdine returns to action Sunday, November 18 when it travels to USC for a Los Angeles matinee. Game time against the Trojans is set for 2:00 p.m. at the Galen Center. Log on to PepperdineSports.com for a live WaveCast of the Wave and Trojans.