SANTA CLARA, Calif. – An ice cold third quarter was too much for Santa Clara women's basketball to overcome in a 79-61 defeat to Pepperdine Saturday at home.
The Waves (13-10, 7-6 WCC) scored the first 10 points of the second half to stretch what was a four-point halftime lead out to 14 and never looked back. Hannah Friend scored the last seven points of the run, with her triple at 4:41 making it 55-41.
Friend finished with a game high 24 points and knocked down four 3-pointers while adding eight rebounds. Barbara Sitanggan almost had a double-double with 16 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting with nine assists. Monique Andriuolo added 13 points with Jayla Rufus-Milner scoring 11.
During the decisive third quarter, the Broncos (9-14, 3-9 WCC) missed their first 10 field goal attempts of the half before finally getting on the board with 3:11 left in the period on a corner 3-pointer by Lindsey VanAllen. For the quarter, they shot just 1 of 17 from the floor and saw their deficit balloon to 16 by the end of the period.
Despite the tough quarter, Santa Clara still shot 40.0-percent from the floor on the game, but Pepperdine finished at 47.5-percent and hit 50.0-percent from 3-point land.
The lone offensive bright spot for Santa Clara was Emily Wolph who scored a season high 24 while also tying a career high with six made 3-pointers. Overall, she was 8 of 16 from the field and 6 of 9 from downtown.
VanAllen added 10 points with five rebounds and Tia Hay scored nine with six assists, tying a season high set two other times this year.
Santa Clara also struggled with turnovers, committing 17 while forcing just nine and being outscored 18-7 off the miscues.
Things were better in the first half for the Broncos who were 16-for-28 from the field and 5-for-9 from beyond the arc. Wolph tied her previous season high of four 3-pointers during the first 20 minutes of action.
- Santa Clara is now 40-41 all-time against Pepperdine.
- Emily Wolph was in the starting lineup for the sixth straight game and Naomi Jimenez made her fourth consecutive start.
The Broncos head back on the road and take on Portland Thursday at 7 p.m.
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