Women Win 52-50 Thriller Against Hofstra
Dec. 28, 2003
MALIBU, Calif. -- With contributions from every member of the Pepperdine women's basketball team, the Waves edged Hofstra 52-50 in the opening game of the Sun & Fun Classic in Miami, Fla., today. Coming off the bench, forward Jennifer Lacy paced the team as the only Pepperdine athlete to score in double-figures after going 4-for-6 from the field for 12 points. Kelly Greathouse pitched in an all-around tough game and contributed nine points and a team-high six rebounds.
With the win, Pepperdine improves to 4-6 overall while Hofstra falls to 3-5. The Waves have qualified for the championship game in all three tournaments the team participated in this season. They will face the winner of the Albany and host Florida International game tomorrow at 4 p.m.
The Pride took the early advantage and bounced out to 8-2 lead early on. It wouldn't take the Waves long to get back in the game, however, as Pepperdine went on a 7-0 run with the score 12-11 in Hofstra's favor late in the first half. The Waves kept the momentum and completed the period ahead by five points (28-23).
With 13:32 left on the clock in the second half, Pepperdine took its biggest lead of the game (nine points) when Nicole Funn completed one of the team's two 3-pointers. In the next six minutes, the Pride refused to collapse as they went on a 18-9 run and tied the game up at 46 with 6:54 remaining. Once again, Funn pulled through with a clutch-time layup and the Waves controlled the game from that point on.
Hofstra managed to outshoot Pepperdine 38.9 to 32.8 percent during the game but the Waves out-rebounded the opponent 44 to 39. The Waves' bench outscored the Pride 24-10.
Lizanne Murphy registered a game-high 13 points for Hofstra.