Waves Set for PCH Cup Showdown With LMU
Pepperdine finishes out a three-game home stand this week before hitting the road for two contests next week.
Jan. 8, 2014
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Pepperdine women's basketball team continues West Coast Conference play with a Wells Fargo PCH Cup matchup against Loyola Marymount Saturday at 2 p.m. in Malibu. Saturday's game is the lone game of the week for the Waves and closes out a three-game homestand.
COVERAGE: Live video for Saturday's game will be broadcast on WaveCasts with Josh Perigo on the call. Live stats will be available on pepperdinesports.com.
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HOOPS EXTRA: Pepperdine is providing more insider content to its fans this season via the Hoops Extra basketball blog, which can be accessed at www.pepperdinesports.com/hoopsextra.
MOBILE APP: Pepperdine Athletics has launched a mobile app for iPad, iPhone and Android users. The app is free to download and features live scoring updates, news stories, on-demand video, photo galleries and much more. A subscription platform is also available to watch live video of home games. Go to your app store and search for "Pepperdine Athletics."
JERSEY GIVEAWAY: The first 100 students in the door for Saturday's game will receive a free Jersey.
WELLS FARGO PCH CUP: Saturday's game will be another installment of the Wells Fargo PCH Cup between Pepperdine and LMU. Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, the longtime crosstown adversaries came together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Cup. The series serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Lions and Waves. Wells Fargo began sponsoring the PCH Cup prior to the 2011-12 competition.
HOW THEY MATCH UP: Saturday will be the 71st matchup between LMU and the Waves, with Pepperdine holding a 51-19 lead in the all-time series. LMU won both contests between the teams last season, taking the second game in Malibu by just two points (58-56). Prior to last year, the Waves had won eight straight in the series and hadn't lost to the Lions since 2009. Pepperdine is 23-10 at home against LMU.
THE OPPOSITION AT A GLANCE: With three wins on the year, the Lions come into play having lost their last five games, most recently falling by four points (69-65) to Santa Clara. LMU's three wins this year have all come in non-conference play against New Mexico State, Northern Arizona and UNLV. The Lions are led by Hazel Ramirez (13.9 ppg) and Deanna Johnson (12.5 ppg) offensively. Fifteen different players on the LMU roster have seen playing time this season.
SCOUTING JANUARY: The Waves play five home conference games in the month of January. Just two of the seven games Pepperdine plays this month will be on the road, as they head to Saint Mary's (Jan. 16) and Pacific (Jan. 18). With two home contests already in the books, Loyola Marymount (Jan. 11), Portland (Jan. 23) and Gonzaga (Jan. 25) also come to Malibu this month.
DOUBLE OT THRILLER: The Waves scored their first conference win in a wild game last time out, defeating Santa Clara in double overtime, 100-93. Bria Richardson went off for 44 points in the contest, setting a new career high and also putting up the second highest single game total in program history. Ricahrdson scored 19 of her 44 points in the two overtime periods. Keitra Wallace also added a career high seven assists, Ricahrdson had a career best seven steals and Allie Green added 24 points, including a pair of key baskets late in the second overtime. It was the Waves first time hitting the 100-point mark since a 108-74 win over Cal State Northridge on Nov. 17, 2010.
HOME DOMINATION: Pepperdine scored its most lopsided victory in nearly two seasons, defeating Northern Arizona at home on Saturday, Dec. 28. The Waves downed the Lumberjacks 74-51, matching the program's largest margin of victory since a 66-43 victory over Colorado State on Jan. 2, 2011. Pepperdine used a convincing 31-4 second half run to pull away and cruise to the victory. Four players scored in double figures in the game, led by Bria Richardson with 18 points and Allie Green with 15. The Waves forced NAU into 24 turnovers in the game, while committing just 13.
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bria Richardson became the first Wave to take home WCC Player of the Week honors since Lauren Bell on 2/6/12, when she took home the weekly honor this past Monday. Richardson put up not only the second best single game point total in Pepperdine history when she scored 44 against Santa Clara, but the second best total in WCC history as well. Her 44-point night was just two short of the Pepperdine record of 46, set by Fannie Allen back in 1980, and one short of the WCC record of 45, set by Martha Sheldon in 1992. It was the first 40-point night by a WCC student-athlete since San Diego's Michelle Augustovo scored 42 against Clemson (12/11/05) and only the fifth overall. In three games last week the junior guard averaged 20.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 3.0 assists per game.
ON THE UPSWING: With just half of the season in the books, the Waves' five wins so far this year already equals the team's total from all of last season. The 2012-13 Waves got their fifth win in the final regular season game, March 2 against Saint Mary's. Pepperdine's win over Santa Clara was the team's fifth this year and came on Jan. 2.
WCC NOTES: The Waves' 72.1 percent shooting from the free throw line and 33.8 percent shooting from 3-point territory are both good for fourth in the WCC. Pepperdine's 3-point defense is also top four in the conference, with opponents averaging just 30.1 percent from long range. The Waves' 0.9 assist to turnover ratio is third best in the WCC and the team's 29.1 defensive rebounds per game is third as well. Bria Richardson is third in the conference in scoring (17.7 ppg) and Keitra Wallace is 15th with 13.0 ppg. Richardson's 82.5 percent free throw shooting clip is fourth in the WCC and she is second in steals (2.6/g) and fifth in assists (3.9/g). Allie Green's 38.8 percent shooting from 3-point territory is fifth and Ea Shoushtari's 2.1 threes per game are third in the WCC.
2013-14 ROSTER: This year's roster does not feature a single senior. There are five juniors, six sophomores (two of whom will have to sit out due to transfer rules) and a pair of freshmen in the fold for the 2013-14 season.
Ryan Weisenberg ERA: The start of the 2013-14 season marks the opening of the Ryan Weisenberg era at Pepperdine. Weisenberg has made stops on the professional, collegiate and prep level during his coaching tenure, most recently coaching the Manawatu Jets in the New Zealand National Basketball League. Weisenberg has also spent time on the staffs of the Los Angeles Lakers and Sparks, winning a total of five titles with the teams from 2000-05. He is the sixth coach in program history.
CAMPUS LIFE PROJECT: In May 2011, Pepperdine launched The Campaign for Pepperdine, the largest fundraising campaign in the University's history. The goal is to raise $450 million to support the Campus Life Project, which will benefit the entire campus. The key piece for Athletics is a new, state-of-the-art, 5,000-seat University Events Center, which will replace Firestone Fieldhouse as the Waves' home. The project has been approved by the County of Los Angeles and the California Coastal Commission, so the biggest step remaining before the arena can be built is fundraising.
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 undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that's given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). 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 #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.