AMES, Iowa Â Freshman Katie Menton (Coarsegold, Calif. / Yosemite HS) scored a season-high 15 points for the Pepperdine women’s basketball team, yet it wasn’t enough to hold off Iowa State. Pepperdine suffered its first loss of the season 70-59 Sunday afternoon at the Hilton Coliseum.
The Waves (1-1) appeared sluggish the first half of the game shooting 17.4% from the field compared to Iowa’s 45.2%. Shooting 14.3% from the three-point line, Pepperdine was down 38-12 at half-time.
“We couldn’t buy a basket the first half of the game,” said head coach Julie Rousseau. “I don’t think we were prepared for the physicality, yet we came back and fought hard the second half and proved we are a capable team. It was a great learning experience and a good effort. I’m proud of the team.”
Pepperdine’s offense picked up dramatically the second half as its shooting percentage increased to 47.1% compared to Iowa State’s 41.7%. The Waves scored 47 points in the second half compared to Iowa State’s 32. Pepperdine out shot Iowa State from the three-point line 47.1% to 25.0%.Senior Daphanie Kennedy (Oakland, Calif. / Kearny HS) led the offense with 13 of her 17 points shot in the second half. Menton added 12 points including three three-pointers.
Sophomore Teena Wickett (Vallejo, Calif. / Castlemont HS) posted 10 points and nine rebounds, while senior Teiosha George (Palmdale, Calif. / Palmdale HS) registered seven points and three rebounds.
Up next, the Waves play Cal State Bakersfield at home on Friday, November 16, in the Firestone Fieldhouse.