Waves Prevail In Overtime Scare; Turn Attention To Gonzaga Saturday
March 5, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - It was a roller coaster game, filled with four lead changes and six ties, but in the end the third-seeded Pepperdine Waves prevailed in overtime and waltzed away with a 82-77 victory over sixth-seeded Santa Clara Friday afternoon in the second round of the 2004 West Coast Conference (WCC) Tournament at the Leavey Center. Jennifer Lacy recorded her second double-double performance in as many weeks after finishing the night with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Shandrika Lee paced the Waves with 23 points, including a respectable 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
With the win, the Waves improve to 17-11 overall and keep their hopes alive for a third straight WCC conference championship. Meanwhile, the Broncos close out the season 9-20.
"I thought it was a great game," Pepperdine head coach Mark Trakh said. "The game was up and down, with people hitting great shots. It's too bad someone had to lose the game. There were athletes on both teams leaving everything on the floor. From a spectators point of view, I bet it was really enjoyable to watch."
It appeared the Waves had everything in control early on as they bounced out to a quick 7-0 run in the first half and extended that advantage to as much as 15 points (32-17) with 1:18 left in opening period. In less than 30 seconds, the Broncos cut that gap to 10 points when SCU's Kasey Monteith finished a desperation shot at the buzzard to send the Waves into the break with a comfortable 32-22 lead.
Pepperdine shot 42. 9 percent in the first 20 minutes of regulation and held the opponent to 26. 7 percent.
The Broncos came out on fire in the second half and scored five 3-pointers in the opening seven minutes and took the lead (47-46) with 13:22 left in the game. Santa Clara, playing on its home court, controlled the advantage until a Lacy lay-up tied the score up 57-57 at 6:39. From there both teams traded baskets until junior Kelly Greathouse hit a jumper with 39 seconds left and it appeared the Waves sealed the victory. However, only moments later the Broncos' Quinn Thomas drove the basket and hit a jumper with nine seconds left to send the game into Pepperdine's first overtime of the season.
"You're playing them (SCU) at home, and you know they're going to be tough to beat with the crowd behind them...we knew it was going to be difficult," Trakh said, addressing a reporter's question about the Waves beating Santa Clara by over 20 points both times during the WCC season. "In this league anything can happen."
With the season on the line, the Waves used a complete team effort to seal the win for Pepperdine after five different players scored in overtime regulation. The Waves jumped out to an 8-2 run right away and won the thriller, 82-77.
Junior Shanell Law scored 14 points and Shannon Mayberry added 10 more for the Waves. Nicole Funn had nine points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.
The Waves outrebounded the Broncos 50-30 and outscored them 40-14 in the paint. Meanwhile, SCU stayed in the game after recording an outstanding 13 3-pointers in the match.
Jennie Rondel paced both squads with 28 points, including five from the trey.
Pepperdine will face second-seeded Gonzaga Saturday at approximately 2:30 p.m. The two teams split the series during WCC play this season.