Waves Meet Colorado Tonight

UPCOMING — The Pepperdine women’s basketball team (5-7) ends its 10-day road trip at Colorado (7-2) on Friday night.

GAME #13 PEPPERDINE VS. COLORADO — Friday, (Jan. 4) at the Coors Events / Conference Center, in Boulder, Colo., at 5:30 p.m.

COLORADO — The Waves last played Colorado in Jan. 1981, in Malibu. The team suffered a 71-67 loss against the Buffaloes. Colorado is currently ranked No. 23 in the Dec. 31 Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Colorado defeated Texas Southern on Dec. 14, 64-29 at the Coors Events/ Conference Center. The win marks the sixth straight victory for the Buffaloes this season.

Senior All-America candidate Jackie McFarland is the leading scorer for the Buffaloes with 17.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

COACH SHELLY SHEETZ — Pepperdine Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Shelly Sheetz, rejoins the team for tonights game at her alma-mater, University of Colorado. Sheetz has been on a leave of absence and staying in Colorado, in order to spend time with her mother who is battling cancer. "Momma Sheetz" has been an avid Waves fan and supporter and is a well-loved member of the Pepperdine womens basketball family.

Sheetz was a Colorado University Hall of Famer and a former WBCA All-American. She ranks third on CU's all-time scoring list with 1,775 points and is credited with leading the Buffaloes to four NCAA Tournaments and two Elite Eight appearances from 1991-95.

PEPPERDINE VS. RUTGERS RECAP — The Waves were defeated by No. 6 Rutgers, Wednesday night 55-45 at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

Senior Daphanie Kennedy (Oakland, Calif. / Kearny HS) and Menton were the leading scorers for Pepperdine with 10 points each. Sophomore Teena Wickett (Oakland, Calif. / Castlemont HS) led the Waves for rebounds with nine, while Kennedy and Senior Teiosha George (Palmdale Calif. / Palmdale HS) contributed five a piece. 

PEPPERDINE VS. GEORGE WASHINGTON RECAP — No. 22 George Washington defeated Pepperdine 82-68 (Dec. 30) in Washington D.C.

For the second straight game Jessica Ross (Gilroy, Calif. / Notre Dame HS) was the leading scorer for the Waves with a season-high 17 points. Ross shot 7-10 from the field. Miranda Ayim (London, Ontario, Canada) was the second leading scorer with 14 points, shooting 5-11 in the field and 4-5 on free throws

DAPHANIE KENNEDY HITS 1,132 AND COUNTING — Senior guard Daphanie Kennedy broke the 1,000 point mark for her career (Nov. 28,) against UCLA.. She becomes the 16th player in Pepperdine history to surpass the 1,000-point level. Kennedy scored a total of 915 points in her first three seasons. Kennedy is currently ranked No. 2 in the WCC for scoring with a 17.8 average per game, No. 4 for steals with a 2.18 average per game. For Offensive rebounds, Kennedy is ranked No. 14 with 2.09 per game and No. 8 for assists with a 3.18 game average. Kennedy leads the team in scoring with 196 points

MIRANDA AYIM — Sophomore forward Miranda Ayim leads the WCC in field goals percentage with a .596 average and is ranked No. 1 for defensive rebounds with 6.18 per game. Ayim is ranked No. 8 in scoring with a 13.4 average per game and No. 2 in rebounding posting an 8.1 average per game. For blocked shots, Ayim holds the No. 4 position with a 1.91 game average and is ranked No. 2 for free throw percentages with an .814 average per game.

She is the second highest scorer for the Waves with 147 points.

TEIOSHA GEORGE — Junior forward Teiosha George is ranked No. 8 in the WCC for blocked shots with a .91 game average and holds the No. 9 spot for field goal percentages with a 4.67 average per game. For rebounds, George is ranked No. 9 with a 6.6 game average. George is the Waves No. 3 scorer with 108 points.

TEENA WICKETT — Sophomore forward Teena Wickett is ranked No. 4 in the WCC for rebounds with a 7.5 average per game. She holds the No. 9 spot for assists with a 3.09 average per game and is No. 9 for assist / turnover ratio with .83 per game. Wickett ranks No. 4 for defensive rebounds with a 5.09 average per game.

JESSICA ROSS — Junior guard Jessica Ross has been the Waves high scorer for the last two games with 12 points against Coppin State and 17 points against George Washington. Ross ranks No. 12 in the WCC for 3-point field goals made with a 1.45 average. She holds the No. 15 spot for steals with a 1.45 game average and is ranked No. 14 with teammate Shannon Johnson for assists with 2.64 per game.

KATIE MENTON — Freshman guard Katie Menton leads the Waves for 3-point shots made and ranks No. 9 in the WCC with a 1.73 average per game. The freshman sensation is No. 9 for 3-point field goal percentage with a .339 average per game and ranks No. 13 for blocked shots with a .64 average per game. For scoring, Menton holds the No. 29 position with 95 points and an 8.6 average per game.

ROSTER — All five starters and 10 letterwinners return from last year’s team, which went 14-17 overall and fifth in the WCC with a 6-8 record. The Waves added three new players (two true freshmen and one transfer) this year. The roster breakdown is as follows: four seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.

TOP SIX — The WCC’s coaches released a preseason "top six" of the best players in the conference, and senior guard Daphanie Kennedy and sophomore forward/center Teena Wickett earned two of the six slots. Kennedy earned All-WCC first team honors as a sophomore and honorable mention as a junior. Wickett was an All-WCC first teamer as a freshman.

WCC PRESEASON POLL — Pepperdine was picked to finish third in the West Coast Conference in a preseason vote of the league’s coaches. The predicted order is as follows: San Diego, Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary’s, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Portland.

JULIE ROUSSEAU — The fifth head coach in Pepperdine women’s basketball history, Julie Rousseau is now in her fourth season with the Waves. She is a former head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and was an assistant coach at Stanford before joining the Waves. In just her second season, she led Pepperdine to a WCC Tournament title and a spot in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

SERVICE — The women’s basketball team is one of the most involved teams at Pepperdine in community service. On Nov. 23, they hosted their second annual Time Out 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament to promote awareness and raise money to fight the disease. The tournament was also used as an avenue to raise funds for the rebuilding of the Malibu First Presbyterian Church. Unfortunately, the Malibu canyon fires forced the cancellation of the second day of the tournament. In October, they participated in a two-mile walk to support The Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, and on Thanksgiving, the team will spend the day feeding the homeless in downtown Los Angeles. All of this involvement, Rousseau believes, is the key to success in life and on the court – which is giving to others and making the world a better place.

PEPPERDINE HISTORY — Pepperdine has posted a winning record in 10 of the last 14 years and has registered six 20-win seasons over the past 10 years. The Waves captured the program’s first-ever West Coast Conference Tournament title in 2002 and followed that up with victories in 2003 and 2006. Pepperdine has also won at least a share of the regular-season championship in four of the last nine seasons. Pepperdine has made the postseason in seven of the last nine years, including the NCAA Tournament four times. The Waves also played in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament three times in recent years.

WAVES IN THE PROS — Rasheeda Clark, who played for the Waves from 1999-2001 and was the 2000 WCC Player of the Year, became the school’s first-ever player to be chosen in the WNBA Draft (however, she didn’t end up making a team). Then, Jennifer Lacy became the first WCC women’s basketball player to make a WNBA roster, as she won a spot with the Phoenix Mercury in 2006. Lacy was then part of the Mercury’s 2007 WNBA championship squad.

FIRESTONE FIELDHOUSE — Firestone Fieldhouse opened on Nov. 30, 1973. and it has long been the home of the Pepperdine women’s basketball program. Since the 1976-77 season, which spans the last 31 seasons, the Waves have won more than 63 percent of their home games. Pepperdine has posted 24 winning seasons at home and just six sub-.500 seasons.

TICKETS — A limited number of 2007-08 Pepperdine women’s basketball season tickets in the Lower Reserved section are available for purchase at a cost of $60 each. Individual game prices are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For more information please call 1-866-WAVE-TIX.



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