Pepperdine Bows to No. 7 Kentucky
Dec. 18, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine put up a spirited fight and trailed by four at halftime, but No. 7 Kentucky recovered and powered to a 80-62 non-conference triumph Tuesday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves (3-6) showed some encouraging signs against an elite opponent in the second ever meeting against the Wildcats (9-1).
Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) led the way for the Waves offensively with a team-high 14 points to go along with a game-high four assists. Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds for Pepperdine as the Waves won the rebounding battle against the much taller Wildcat team 44-43. Shoushtari added seven points, two steals and an assist.
Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) turned in her strongest game of the year with 12 points and a career-high eight rebounds off the bench. The senior shot 5-of-10 from the field and added a pair of assists. Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) turned in a 10-point night off the bench as Pepperdine reserves held an impressive 35-17 scoring advantage against UK.
DeNesha Stallworth led all scorers with 17 points on 8-for-13 from the floor, while Bria Goss added 16 points. Kentucky dominated in the paint, outscoring the Waves 42-24 and shot at a .448 (31-70) clip for the game and limited Pepperdine to a .355 (22-62) night.
After trailing 11-0 to open the game, Pepperdine closed the opening half on a 10-3 run to close to within four, 37-33 at the intermission. The Waves would get no closer as UK 10-2 run out of the break and led by as many as 22 in the second period.
Pepperdine hosts Howard Friday, December 21 in its final game before breaking for the Christmas holiday. Game time against the Bison is set for 1:00 p.m. in a game featuring live streaming video via WaveCast on PepperdineSports.com.