Women's Basketball: Waves Dispatch Seattle U. 70-64
Dec. 14, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – Junior Jade McNorton turned in her first career double-double with 13 points and a career high 11 rebounds to lead the Waves to a 70-64 victory against Seattle U. Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. Playing its first home game in nearly three weeks, the Waves (3-5) held off a determined effort by the Redhawks (3-5) in the first meeting between the two teams.
Before the start of the contest, Pepperdine paused to acknowledge the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. Pepperdine Director of Athletics Steve Potts offered a prayer for those lives affected by the tragic events.
“First, all of our hearts go to the families of the victims in Connecticut,” Pepperdine head coach Julie Rousseau said. “It’s hard for us to enjoy this knowing that so many people are grieving. We are thankful to God for our lives and our families. One of our coaches (Ryan) said to the girls to go and call your parents and tell them you love them. Again, our hearts go to those people in Connecticut.”
It was a tight matchup from the opening tip. There were 12 lead changes and 10 times where the teams were tied. The Waves largest lead came with 1:33 in the second half when they were up by eight. The Redhawks held a six point advantage with 5:34 before halftime.
A lay-up by sophomore guard Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) with 11:23 left in the second half gave Pepperdine a 47-45 advantage and the Waves would not trail again.
Pepperdine shot 54.2% in the second half and held Seattle to only 31.3% to close out the game. McNorton (Boise, Idaho/Centennial HS) led the charge draining 5-of-8 from the floor. Richardson came off the bench and scored a career-high 12 points and dished out three assists. Senior Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) also reached double figures for the sixth time this year with 12 points to go along with four assists and a career-high five steals.
Eleven players were used for Pepperdine as they dominated the bench points 25-9. Kelsey Brockway (Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) scored a career-high eight points in her second career start. Along with Richardson, Amanda Lovely (Palo Alto, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) chimed in with five points, corralling a couple rebounds to spark the Waves off the bench.
“I praise God for this win,” Rousseau said. “This was a hard fought win. Seattle is a great team and we stuck together. It was a team effort and that is what ended up prevailing. I’m very proud of our kids for being resilient throughout the game. They could’ve folded several times, but we didn’t. We came out victorious because we stayed together as one.”
In addition to winning the all-important rebound battle 39-35, Pepperdine shot at a 49.1% clip from the field and limited Seattle U. to a 34.4% rate. The Waves also produced at the charity stripe converting at an 81.3% clip.
The Redhawks did hold an advantage in points off turnovers, 34-22, and also won the fast break battle 12-6. Seattle was led by Kacie Sowell who scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
Pepperdine returns to the court when host No. 7 Kentucky Tuesday, Dec. 18. This non-conference game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. inside of Firestone Fieldhouse.
NOTES: Pepperdine handed Seattle U. its most lopsided loss of the season (six points). The Redhawks had lost their previous four games by a combined seven points … Both teams recorded 10 steals by halftime … The Waves finished with 12 steals overall, good for second-most on the season … McNorton is the third Pepperdine player to record a double-double this season, joining Robie Mayberry and Shay Cooney-Williams … The Waves won the battle of the boards for just the second time this season and the first since pulling down 47 vs. South Dakota (11/23/12).