Waves Women's Basketball Falls at Cal State Fullerton in the Second Game of the Season
Nov. 16, 2011
FULLERTON, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's basketball team fell at Cal State Fullerton 65-51 on Wednesday evening. The Waves, injury depleted, had to go without Jazmine Jackson and Skye Barnett, key reserve Robie Mayberry and freshman guard Bria Richardson. Senior point guard Lauren Bell ran the offense and led the team with 17 points.
It was tough that we were not at full strength tonight and had to go without two of our starters and a key contributor off the bench tonight. However I don't want that to overshadow the fact that Cal State Fullerton played great tonight," head coach Julie Rousseau explained.
Despite not having their full lineup, the Waves (0-2) were still able to execute their defensive style play, as they forced the Titans (2-0) into 19 turnovers and had nine steals. However, the Waves had18 uncharacteristic turnovers of their own and allowed the Titans 17 second chance points.
The Waves were the first on the board in the game, as junior Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) finished a layup to put the squad up 2-0. On their home floor, the Titans came back fast, going on a eight point run to take the lead, 8-2. The Waves would force a turnover and on a fast break would get back up on the board with a layup by Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) at the 14:25 mark in the first half.
The Titans would go on another run over the next three minutes, scoring six unanswered points as the Waves couldn't find the bottom of the net. A layup by freshman Tessa Emerson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) stopped the streak and put the score at 14-6, Titans. At the 11 minute mark Bell (San Bruno, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral HS) scored a jumper to cut into the deficit, 14-8. The Titans would answer with an offensive rebound and layup by Kathleen Iwuoha to set the score at 16-8. However the Waves would have an answer of their own as Cooney-Williams would connect on the first three-pointer of the game at the 9:06 mark, to bring the score within five, 16-11.
The Waves continued to force their pressure defense and made steals, but uncharacteristically had a hard time holding onto the ball, as the Titans went on another 7-0 run before Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.ES.) put away a jumper to make the score 23-13 with five minutes left in the half.
In the final five minutes the Waves and Titans would trade pairs of free-throws and the Titans would hit two more shots. Going into the half, the Waves were down, 31-17.
At the half the Waves were led by Bell with six points and Cooney-Williams with five. The Waves forced the Titans into nine turnovers and had four steals, but had an uncharacteristic eight turnovers of their own.
The Waves came out strong in the second half, playing tight defense and hitting shots on the offensive end. By the 15:40 mark Katie Menton (Coarsegold, Calif./Yosemite HS) punctuated a 7-0 Waves run by hitting a jumper to make the score, 36-21. Over the next two minutes the Waves and Titans would trade baskets, keeping the Titans' lead at about 11.
At the 10:55 mark Cooney-Williams hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to the smallest it had been all half, at nine, 44-35. The Titans would quickly push their lead back to double digits with a free throw by Jasmine Grayson. Their lead would continue to grow through the end of the half, in part to second shot opportunities and untimely turnovers by the Waves.
In the second half the Waves were led Bell with nine points and three assists. Menton added three rebounds in the half as well.
The Waves will return home to Malibu for their home opener on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. PT as they host Fresno State. The team will then return to the road as the travel to Boise State for a Sunday match at 1 p.m. PT.