Waves Battle in Close 75-71 Overtime Loss to USC
Dec. 21, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - In the final nonconference game of the season for the Pepperdine women's basketball team, the Waves fell 75-71 in overtime to the visiting USC Trojans on Wednesday afternoon. Although the Waves had a seven point lead at the half, the Trojans got back into the game in the second half and with the score deadlocked 63-63 at the end of regulation the Waves entered their third overtime game of the season. In overtime the Waves were unable to convert and the Trojans earned the victory.
The Waves were led by the hot shooting of senior point guard Lauren Bell (San Bruno, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) who tied her career highs of 22 points and four three-pointers. 18 of her points and all her three-pointers came in the first half. Senior guards Jazmine Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) and Katie Menton (Coarsegold, Calif./Yosemite HS) also finished in double-figures with 17 and 15 points, respectively.
The Trojans would take a quick 4-0 lead to start the game, but the Waves quickly took the lead, 5-4 with 18:02 to play in the first half. With 12 minutes left in the half the Trojans had taken a 15-10 lead, their largest of the first half.
The Waves would cut things down to two, 21-19 with 9:40 left and Bell would give the Waves a 22-21 lead off her second three-pointer of the half. That basket would spark a 10-2 run by the Waves to extend their lead to 29-23 with 6:39 left in the half.
The Trojans fought back with a three-pointer of their own and a layup to pull within one, 29-28, at the 5:38 mark. The Waves answered with an 11-2 run through the 2:44 mark where their lead ballooned to double-digits, 40-30. Through the final few minutes of the first half the Trojans outscored the Waves 5-2 to cut into their lead, but at the half the score was 42-35, Pepperdine.
In the first half the Waves shot an excellent 48.3 percent from the field and were 8-of-11 from behind the three-point arc. Their strong shooting effort led them to a 10-point lead with 2:33 left in the game and carried them to their halftime lead. At the half Bell had tied her career-high with four three-pointers and led the team with 18 points.
In the second half the Trojans quickly cut into the deficit as they scored 10 unanswered points to take a three point lead, 45-42 with 16:29 left. The first basket for the Waves came from Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS) on a rebound putback with 15:03 left in the half.
The Waves would continue to fight back, but the Trojans answered each of their baskets with scores of their own and the Waves were down three to five points for much of the second half.
With 8:41 to play Jackson would convert a three-point play to give the Waves a 55-53 lead. The Trojans would quickly take the lead back on a three-point play of their own with 7:38 to go in the game.
Back-to-back baskets by Jackson and Menton would give the Waves a three point lead, 61-58 with five minutes to play. The Trojans would tie things back up 63-63 with 1:45 left in regulation. In a half that featured six lead changes, neither team could find the basket again and with the final buzzer we were headed to overtime, tied 63-63.
In the five-minute overtime period the Trojans went on a 7-2 lead through the 1:18 mark. The Trojans converted on 7-of-12 free throws in overtime as they took a 75-71 victory.
The Waves will be back in action as they start West Coast Conference play on Thursday, Dec. 29 at San Francisco in a 7 p.m. PT tilt.