SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's basketball team fell to the Pepperdine Waves, 113-97, Friday night in their first of two weekend matchups in the annual ShareSLO Holiday Beach Classic tournament.
The third quarter proved the biggest difference Friday night as Sacramento State (1-1) fell to the Waves (2-0) at Cal Poly's Mott Athletic Center in San Luis Obispo.
Trailing by just five points at the start of the second half, the Hornets were outscored 32-22 in the third quarter and never recovered. Sacramento State shot a solid 35% (8-23) as a team in the period, but Pepperdine was better, shooting 43% (9-21) while making 11-of-16 free throws.
Sacramento State rallied for a team-high 28 points in the game's final quarter, but were unable to overcome the deficit as the Waves scored a game-best 29 fourth-quarter points to seal the game.
Nicholas was 6-for-13 from the floor and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line Friday night. She also pulled in a team-high nine rebounds, finishing just one board shy of her sixth career double-double. For Friend, she scored her 20 on 8-of-18 shooting while adding eight rebounds. She played a team-high 29 minutes.
For the second straight game, point guard Tiara Scott led the team in assists, piling up nine to go along with 18 points. Through two games, the junior has 14 assists (7.0 apg), 10 more than her next closest teammate.
Freshman forward Maesyn Rix shined for the Hornets off the bench, scoring 12 points and pulling in six rebounds in just eight minutes of play. Five of her six rebounds came off the offensive glass and she added one of the team's two blocks.
Overall, Sacramento State shot 38.5% (35-91), including 10-for-39 from three and 17-for-29 from the free throw line. For the second straight game, Sacramento State put up 91 total shots.
Pepperdine was led by senior Yasmine Robinson-Bacote, who scored a game-high 47 points on 19-of-28 shooting. As a team, the Waves shot 50.6% (44-87). 25 of their points Friday night came from the free throw line, where the Waves were 25-of-37 (67.6%).
The loss drops Sacramento State to 1-1 on the young season. They will have a chance to bounce back from Friday's loss immediately as they take on Illinois on Saturday in their second and final weekend tournament matchup.
Saturday's game against the Fighting Illini is scheduled for a 2:05 pm PT tip off. Links to live stats are available online at HornetSports.com.