Waves Lose A Heartbreaker In Overtime To Gonzaga, 66-64, To Close Out Regular Season
March 6, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - For the second straight game, the Pepperdine women's basketball team watched its game go into overtime yet this time the Waves did not come out on top, as they fell to Gonzaga, 66-64, Saturday afternoon at the Leavey Center on the campus of Santa Clara University. The third-seeded Waves overcame a 15-point deficit thanks to a late 20-7 run that sent the match into extra minutes.
Pepperdine closes out the regular season 17-12 overall while the Bulldogs improve to 18-10.
"Once again, I'm sure from a spectators view, this was a great game to watch," said Pepperdine head coach Mark Trakh, who came one game shy of his 200th career victory. "I didn't think Gonzaga fouled (Shandrika) Lee at the end...I was right on top of the play and saw it all. Regardless of the outcome, I'm happy that our team never gave up and kept trying until the end."
The Waves utilized their inside game and took an early 15-12 lead a little over seven minutes into the battle. However, the Bulldogs went a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line and took advantage of these easy buckets to race away at half time, 37-25.
Pepperdine shot only two free throws the entire opening period, connecting on one basket.
Senior Nicole Funn, who perhaps played her final and best career game in orange and blue, left everything on the floor during her first double-double performance of the season. She finished with 22 points, 12 boards, and zero turnovers. Junior Shanell Law added a season-high 18 points and four 3-pointers to combine with Funn for 40 of Pepperdine's 64 total points.
With Gonzaga ahead 50-41, Pepperdine's Funn, who had made one three-pointer during conference play, hit a trey to cut the lead to six with about eight minutes to play. The Waves cut the advantage to 58-56 at the two-minute mark on free throws by Funn. Law buried a 3-pointer to give Pepperdine its first lead of the second half at 61-60 with 1:05 remaining. GU's Anne Bailey stole Pepperdine's inbounds pass and was fouled with 10.2 seconds but missed the front end of the one-and-one. After Kelly Greathouse made one of two free throws in the double bonus, the Zags rebounded the ball and called timeout with 5.3 seconds to play and set up Burke's game tying drive to tie it at 62-62 and head to overtime.
With the Zags holding a 65-64 lead, freshman Katy Ridenour made one of two free throws for the final scoring at 66-64 in overtime. Pepperdine's Lee attempted a game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer from about 30 feet but it rimmed out.
Gonzaga managed to win the game, despite not hitting a field goal (0-for-7) in the extra period.
The Waves shot 33.8 percent in the game while the Bulldogs completed 34.9 percent.
Burke paced the Bulldogs with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Pepperdine will await word from the NCAA or NIT on whether it will continue play in the post season.