Feb. 10, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - Morgan Henderson's last second three-point shot rimed out at the buzzer as the University of San Diego women's basketball team (19-5, 8-2 WCC) fell, 51-50, to Pepperdine University (12-14, 5-6 WCC) Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at the Firestone Fieldhouse.
Teiosha George was fouled by Amanda Rego with 14 seconds remaining and the Waves clinging onto a one-point lead. George missed both free-throws and Henderson came down with the rebound and Rego quickly pushed the ball up the floor. The Waves then collapsed three players on Rego four feet from the basket. Rego found the wide-open Henderson and passed her the ball. Henderson, with no hesitation, launched the shot only to have it rim out at the buzzer to allow the Waves to escape with the win.
Henderson led all scorers with 15 points, while also pulling down 10 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double. Rego was the only other San Diego player in double-figures with 10 points and six rebounds. Amber Sprague was solid for the Toreros on the glass as she pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
As a team, the Toreros shot 30 percent from the floor, compared to that of the Waves who shot 37 percent from the floor.
After the Toreros fell behind by as many as 20 in the first half, San Diego dug in and was able to erase eight of those points going into the break, then began to slowly chip away at the lead in the second half.
USD finally was able to get the score down to single digits on an Ashley Voisinet free-throw to move the score to 43-34.
The Toreros then put together an 8-2 run sparked by a Kiva Herman acrobatic play. Rego sent in an entry pass to a cutting Herman, and Herman caught the ball in mid-air, hug in the air for a second before throwing up a shot that went in. The run was then capped by a Henderson three-pointer to pull USD within one at 43-42.
San Diego just couldn't get any closer then one-point as the Waves held on for dear life until Henderson's last second shot.
In the first half, the Waves opened the game with a 7-0 run sparked by a George lay-up and capped with a Teena Wickett lay-up.
Henderson snapped with run with a jumper for the Toreros' first bucket. But the Waves then went on a 10-2 run to gain a 13-point advantage with 14:27 remaining in the first.
The Toreros responded with a 5-2 run, but the Waves continued their torrid shooting from the field and used an 11-0 run to build a 20 point lead at 31-11.
For Pepperdine, ,George led the way with her 13 points and 10 rebounds. The only other Pepperdine player in double figures was Wickett, who scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they host Saint Mary's College in a 7 p.m. WCC game inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.