Waves Suffer First Home Loss of the Season, Falling 63-52 to Oregon State
Dec. 10, 2011
MALIBU, Calif.- The Pepperdine women's basketball team took its first home loss of the season, falling 63-52 to visiting Oregon State. The Waves had a 13-point lead with 9:33 left in the first half but were unable to hold on. Forced to play catch up through the second half, the team came close on multiple occasions but was unable to break through, in part due to multiple players in foul trouble.
Senior Lauren Bell (San Bruno, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral) led the Waves with 17 points from the point guard position, including three three-pointers. She also added three assists. Fellow senior guard Jazmine Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral) was next with 15 points and five rebounds. Freshman Tessa Emerson(Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) led the team with eight boards.
The Waves went down early on a three-pointer by Oregon State's Sage Indendi. The Waves quickly came back with back-to-back layups by Jackson and Katie Menton(Coarsegold, Calif./Yosemite HS) to take an early 4-3 lead. Patricia Bright would sink two pairs of free throws to give the Beavers a 7-4 lead with 16:52 left in the half. Emerson would cut the lead back down to one, 7-6 with 16:35 to play, sparking a 10-2 Pepperdine run as the Waves would take a 16-9 lead with 12:26 left in the half. A score by the Beavers would cut the lead back down to five, 16-11 with 12:02 left.
The Waves would go on an 8-0 run to build a 13-point lead--the biggest of the game for either team--with 9:33 left. The Beavers were not going to go down easily, though, and went on a 5-0 run of their own. Through the 3:51 mark, the score was 25-20, Waves.
With a free throw by Emerson and a jumper by Bell, the Waves would push the lead back to six, 28-22 with 2:02 left. However, the Beavers would end the half on a 5-0 run, and at the break the Waves were only up one, 28-27.
Bell led all scorers at the half with 11, followed by Jackson with eight. Both teams got off to a slow start in the second half, with the first basket coming by the Beavers at the 18:36 mark, giving Oregon State the lead, 29-28. They sank a three-pointer to extend their lead to 32-28 with 17:43 left, but Menton answered for the Waves on the offensive end with a three-pointer of her own to cut the deficit to one, 32-31.
Through the 14:02 mark the Beavers would extend their lead back to five, but Bell would answer with a three pointer, sparking the Waves, who would come to within one, 39-38 at the 12:14 mark. The Beavers extended the lead back to three with a layup, and in what would become the story of most of the second half, the Waves would answer and come within one but were unable to take the lead as the Beavers would respond with scores of their own.
With the score set at 47-42 Beavers, with 6:55 to go, a three-pointer from Bell looked to spark the Waves, as it brought them within two, 47-45. However, the Beavers would extend their lead to eight, thanks in part to two three-pointers, 55-47 with 1:46 left.
The Beavers would extend that lead to 11 with 50 seconds to go, and the Waves were playing catch-up, through fouls to keep time on the clock. With 22 seconds left Jackson sank a three-pointer to pull the Waves within seven, but there was simply not enough time left for a comeback, and the Beavers ended up with a 63-52 victory.
The squad will head to Santa Barbara Friday, Dec. 16 for a 7 p.m. non-conference game against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos.