Lee, Pepperdine Buries Bulldogs 73-62
Feb. 7, 2004
From the opening tip-off, the Pepperdine women's basketball team had no problem controlling Gonzaga as they rolled to a season-high four game win streak on Saturday afternoon at Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves, who fell to the Bulldogs 75-44 on Jan. 8, never trailed and led by as much as 14 points in the 73-62 onslaught.
The story of the night, however, belonged to Pepperdine's senior guard Shandrika Lee.
The Bulldogs left her open on the outside as they tried to defend the basket, allowing Lee to score a season-high-tying 28 points, including four 3-pointers less than 10 minutes into the game. Lee hit three of them consecutively and finished the night with five total. She also added two assists, two rebounds, one block and one steal in 38 minutes of play.
"I'm really glad Shandrika had a game like tonight because she's been playing with a high level of intensity all season long and she deserves it," Waves coach Mark Trakh said. "Our game plan was to run the floor because a lot of times teams can't adjust to our speed...and that's what happened. As the season progresses, we're just trying to improve each game and enjoy ourselves along the way. "
Besides Lee, Pepperdine was paced by three players who turned in exceptional performances starting with Nicole Funn. The forward, playing scrappy defense, crashed the boards for nine rebounds and added 10 points and three assists to the Waves' arsenal. Kelly Greathouse accounted for 13 points after completing 5-of-6 baskets from the field and Jennifer Lacy tallied 10 points, respectively. The Waves' Kelli Spencer contributed seven rebounds and a game-high two steals and freshman Kerra Wodarski paced both teams with four assists.
Unforced turnovers hurt the Bulldogs. They finished with 17 overall and Pepperdine converted 18 points off of them.
Both teams shot 47 percent from the field.
The Waves will start their final road trip of the season Thursday when they travel to San Diego at 7 p.m.