Waves Handed 75-59 Setback by Hofstra in Pepperdine Classic
Nov. 25, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - Hofstra opened the second half of Friday's game against Pepperdine with a 14-5 run to take control of what was a 36-30 game at the half in the second game of the Pepperdine Classic at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif. The Pride would shoot just over 37 percent from the floor in the 75-59 victory.
Leading by 16, 56-40, Hofstra (2-1) took its biggest lead of the game at 65-42 after a 9-2 run which saw Pepperdine (1-2) fall behind by its largest margin of the young season. The Waves would battle back over the final four minutes of the contest, but forced to take several three-point shots down the stretch was unable to close the gap.
Sherriel Boyd was 4-14 from the floor and led the way for Pepperdine with 14 points, followed by Jasmane Clarendon's 12 points and Lauren Wenski's 10. The Waves shot 71.9 percent from the charity stripe, hitting on 23 of 32 and forced 26 Hofstra turnovers.
The Pride's Cigi McCollin led all scorers with 16 points on 6-15 shooting. Vanessa Gidden pitched in with 13 points, while India Ali scored 10. Lizanne Murphy pulled down 13 of Hofstra's 50 rebounds in the game.
Pepperdine got out to a slow start, spotting Hofstra a nine-point, 11-2, lead after McCollin connected on a three-point try. The second of two Clarendon's free throws capped off a 14-4 Waves' run and gave Pepperdine its first lead since the opening moments of the game, 16-15. The Pride regained the lead with a 7-1 run without the aide of a field goal. The first of two first-half Wenski three pointers pulled the Waves to within one, 26-25. Hofstra would take a 36-30 lead into the locker room after closing out the half on a 10-4 run.
Hofstra will play Kentucky at 1 p.m. (PT) tomorrow afternoon in the championship game, while the Waves will host Indiana State in the consolation game at 3:30. Saturday's game will mark the first time in Julie Rousseau's two-year stint as head coach that Pepperdine will not play in its own tournament championship game.