Pepperdine Opens WCC Play at Loyola Marymount Thursday
Longtime Rivals Open League in a Wells Fargo PCH Battle
Jan. 1, 2013
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine opens the 2013 West Coast Conference season at longtime rival Loyola Marymount Thursday, January 3 in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup battle. Game time against the Lions is set for 7:00 p.m. at Gersten Pavilion.
COVERAGE: Fans unable to make it to Firestone Fieldhouse can check out the game streamed live online via WaveCasts. Links for WaveCasts and live stats will be available at the official cyberspace home for Pepperdine Athletics, PepperdineSports.com. Nick Law will have the call for the Waves and Lions.
LIFTING THE LID ON WCC PLAY
- Pepperdine owns a 16-11 record in West Coast Conference openers
- Waves have won four straight league debuts including home wins against Loyola Marymount to start 2009 (67-66, OT) and 2010 (82-65) seasons
- Pepperdine is 6-8 on the road in WCC openers and 10-3 at home
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 2012-13 BULLETS
- After 11 games, Waves rank second in the WCC in 3-point field goal percentage (.345) and lead the league in 3-point defense (.251).
- Pepperdine leads the league at the charity stripe connecting on .719 (123-171).
- Pepperdine dished 20 assists in its season-opening 83-68 win at UC Davis (11/9/12).
- In 11 games, the Waves have scored 174 points (15.8 ppg) off turnovers.
- Pepperdine has received plenty of scoring from its bench as Wave reserves average 21.7 points per game off the pine. Pepperdine owns a 239-187 advantage in bench scoring, including a 33-3 margin at Washington (11/27/12).
- Shay Cooney-Williams had 18 assists last season in 29 games. This season the senior guard has 37 in 11 contests.
- Ea Shoushtari eclipsed her 2011-12 point tally (22) in just two games, averaging 12.5 ppg. The sophomore guard played in 28 2011-12 games.
- Jade McNorton surpassed her 2011-12 scoring output (46) in just seven games after playing in 28 contests with 11 starts as a sophomore.
- Despite losing nearly 75 percent of its scoring from a year ago, Pepperdine is averaging 59.0 points per game and has scored 70 or more in four contests.
No. 17 UCLA RECAP: Pepperdine closed the 2012-13 non-conference season with a 77-46 loss to No. 17 UCLA, its second contest against a top-20 foe in three outings.
- Pepperdine struggled shooting from long range converting on just 1-15 from deep.
- UCLA dominated on the boards 52-28, 22-5 on the offensive glass
- The Waves scored just one field goal on second chance points.
- Jade McNorton paced Pepperdine with 12 points.
- The Waves made just six field goals in the first half.
WAVES AND LIONS
- Pepperdine is set to take on Loyola Marymount for the 69th time in program history Thursday in Westchester.
- The Waves own an eight game winning streak against the Lions and 10 of the last 11 meetings overall.
- Pepperdine won the first 15 games in the series, followed by four consecutive LMU victories.
- The Waves are 23-9 all-time at Gersten Pavilion.
- Pepperdine seized a 56-45 victory against LMU in the opening round of the WCC Championship, eliminating its rival for the second time in three seasons.
- The Waves dispatched the Lions 65-61 in Malibu and took a 68-59 win at Gersten during the 2011-12 regular season.
GAME 12 - VS. LMU: Thursday (Jan. 3) at Gersten Pavilion, Los Angeles, Calif.: Pepperdine (3-8, 0-0 WCC) at Loyola Marymount (6-7, 0-0 WCC) at 7:00 p.m. (PT)
LAST MEETINGS: PEP 56, LMU 45* (3/2/12); at PEP 65, LMU 61 (2/23/12); PEP 68, at LMU 59 (2/6/12) *WCC Tournament
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: Pepperdine leads 51-17/Waves won eight.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:
Internet Audio: Yes - PepperdineSports.com (WaveCasts)
GameTracker: Yes - PepperdineSports.com
Opponent Official Website: LMULions.com
LAST GAME FOR LMU: at Wyoming 84, LMU 68 (12/29/12)
- Loyola Marymount posted a 6-7 non-conference slate under new head coach Charity Elliott.
- The Lions have yet to win a road game, but own a 5-1 record at Gersten Pavilion.
- LMU posted a 73-62 victory against Oregon State (12/15/12).
- The Lions own a 3-1 record against the Big West this season with their only setback coming against UC Santa Barbara (76-69).
- LMU averages an impressive 41.5 rebounds per game, but opponents pull down 45.8.
- The Lions rank last in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.281) and have made just 50 triples this season (3.8 per game).
- Jade McNorton recorded her first collegiate double-double with a 13-point, 11-rebound night vs. Seattle U. (12/14/12).
- Robie Mayberry turned in her first collegiate double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against South Dakota (11/23/12). The 10 rebounds were a career-high.
- Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) turned in the first double-double of her Pepperdine career with a 14-point, 10-rebound effort at USC (11/18/12).
- The 10 boards were a career-high.
UP NEXT FOR THE WAVES: After taking on Loyola Marymount in the 2013 West Coast Conference opener, Pepperdine hosts San Francisco Thursday, January 10 at Firestone Fieldhouse. Tip-off against the Dons is set for 7:00 p.m. in a game streamed live via WaveCasts.
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GETTING IT STARTED IN STYLE: Since game-by-game records started being kept prior to the 1976-77 campaign, Pepperdine owns a 22-15 record in season openers. After upending UC Davis 83-68 on the road, the Waves have won five of their last six season debuts. The only blemish was a 89-57 decision at perennial national power Tennessee to kick off the 2011-12 campaign.
POLL PROGNOSTICATIONS: Pepperdine was picked to finish fifth in the 2012-13 West Coast Conference Coaches Poll. The Waves did not have a selection on the preseason all-WCC team.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY: Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports -- one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat -- and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not associated with a BCS conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks No. 54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.