Women's Basketball Drop Season Opener, 66-57
Nov. 18, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - Sherriel Boyd tossed in 13 points and Teiosha George and Nakeya Isabell each scored 11 but the Pepperdine women's basketball team was unable to overcome a 10-minute scoring drought Friday night in the 2005-06 season opener against Washington State, falling 66-57 in Pullman, Wash.
After not scoring over the final two minutes of the opening stanza, the Waves (0-1) did not record a point until the 12:05 mark of the second half as WSU (1-0) built up a 17-point, 39-22 lead. Pepperdine would score eight-unanswered points to cut the lead to nine, 39-30, with 11:05 remaining in the contest. The Waves would close to within nine on three other occasions, including the final score.
Pepperdine shot 29.6 percent for the game, but only connected on 47.6 percent from the charity stripe in 21 attempts. Daphanie Kennedy led the Waves with eight rebounds, while Taylor Smith pulled down six for Pepperdine which recorded 46 total boards.
Washington State received a game-high 19 points from Charmaine Jones and 15 from Katie Appleton, while the team shot 40.5 percent from the floor. Ebonee Coats pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Cougars who totaled 44 for the game.
An Isabell layup at the 16:24 mark of the first half gave the Waves an early five-point lead, 8-5. The Cougars would even the game at 8-all before a Geroge free throw capped off a 3-0 Pepperdine run. The Waves would go scoreless over the next four-plus minutes as WSU built a 15-11 lead. The drought ended when Isabell connected on one of her two three-point tries, cutting the deficit to just one. The Cougars would score nine-unanswered points to take a 10-point, 24-14, lead. The lead would reach as many as 13, 30-17, before taking a 33-22 lead into the half.
The Waves will return to action Tuesday night at Firestone Fieldhouse when it hosts UC Riverside at 7 p.m. (PDT).