In a Wells Fargo PCH Cup matchup, the Peppperdine women's basketball team (5-10, 1-3) takes on Loyola Marymount (3-12, 0-4) this afternoon at 2 p.m. in Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu to finish out a three-game homestand.
Pepperdine is coming off a week-long break since splitting two home games against Santa Clara and San Francisco and head coach Ryan Weisenberg says they have used that time to "get healthy and 100 percent on the same page both offensively and defensively."
The Waves have been struggling with consistency in their play. They had four players -- Bria Richardson (44), Allie Green (24), Ea Shoushtari (12) and Keitra Wallace (10) -- score double-digit points in the win against Santa Clara and only two in the loss to San Francisco -- Green (13) and Richardson (12).
Said Weisenberg: "The disparity is a tough one -- we distributed the ball better against Santa Clara and we rushed a number of shots against USF. As a coach, it's frustrating to watch the team play so hard and take a major step forward and then come out and lay an egg against USF."
The Waves are rested and ready to compete. In many of the games the team has made second-half surges for huge points. With WCC Player of the Week Richardson, Green and Wallace playing 30+ minutes per game, Weisenberg gives credit by saying: "the team's energy is a direct result of our strength and conditioning coach Jamie Faro -- she is one of the best."
Fans should expect that energy to hold strong this evening. And according to Weisenberg, they should look forward to "a hard-fought game that will go down to the wire. This is a great rivalry and they took it to us last year. We need to repay them for that."