Women's Basketball Visits Santa Clara and San Francisco

January 12, 2009

UPCOMING - Pepperdine (10-5) travels to California's Central Coast for games at West Coast Conference rivals Santa Clara and San Francisco. The Waves tip off against the Broncos Thursday night at 7 p.m. and battle the Dons Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.  

GAME #17 - Pepperdine at Santa Clara (Thursday, Jan. 16): The Waves trail their all-time series against the Broncos, 27-30, and are 10-16 on Santa Clara's home court. Pepperdine swept last year's Santa Clara series for the first time since 2003-04, winning by scores of 51-48 and 59-49.

The Broncos are 2-15 this season following last weekend's conference losses at San Diego (60-44) and Saint Mary's (83-55).

GAME #18 - Pepperdine at San Francisco (Saturday, Jan. 18): Pepperdine has won its last three meetings against San Francisco to narrow the Dons' all-time series lead to 28-30. The Waves won the second contest of the 2007-08 campaign and then swept San Francisco for the first time since 2003-04. Pepperdine is 11-15 at USF.

The Dons are 4-15 this season, and like Santa Clara, dropped both of their weekend conference road games to Saint Mary's (76-64) and San Diego (54-47).

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT RECAP - The Waves defeated Loyola Marymount in impressive fashion Saturday night at Firestone Fieldhouse, 82-65.

Alex Jarrell scored a career-high 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead the Waves. Skye Barnett equaled a season-high of 14 points and collected a game-high seven rebounds while Lauren Bell chipped in 11 points.

Both teams exchanged the lead eight times in the early goings, but Katie Menton's three-pointer with less than 13 minutes left in the first half provided the Waves with a lead they'd never relinquish.

Pepperdine's defense forced 15 Lion turnovers which resulted in a 21-4 advantage in points off turnovers. The Waves bench also outscored the opposition, 35-17, with Jarrell and Shay Cooney-Williams leading the way.

ON THE WEB - Subscribers to "Wave Casts" can catch all Pepperdine women's basketball home games and selected road games on the internet at www.pepperdinesports.com. Go to the Pepperdine Athletics website and look for the WaveCasts link. An annual pass costs $69.95 and monthly subscriptions are also available. Live statistics will be available for all home matches free of charge, and links are provided to the home team's website when the Waves are on the road.

ASU CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM - Miranda Ayim and Lauren Bell were named to the ASU Classic All-Tournament Team for their outstanding efforts. Ayim scored 32 points and had 20 rebounds in the tournament, while Bell notched 17 points, 17 assists and 8 rebounds.

NCAA DIV. I LEADERS (2009-10) TOP 30  - Pepperdine women's basketball is ranked No. 11 for turnover margin with a 6.5 margin.

WCC TEAM LEADERS - Pepperdine is ranked No. 1 in the WCC for turnover margin with a 6.5 margin; is second in offensive rebounds with a 15.9 game avg.; No. 2 for steals with a 9.9 game avg.; No. 3 in scoring defense at 65.8 avg.; and is tied for third with LMU and Saint Mary's in assist/turnover ratio with a 0.7 ratio.

WCC INDIVIDUAL LEADERS - Miranda Ayim ranks in the top ten on five WCC leader lists. Ayim is in a tie for fifth in steals with a 1.9 game avg.; No. 2 for blocked shots with a 1.9 game avg.; No. 7 for defensive rebounds with a 4.0 game avg. and No. 9 for offensive rebounds with a 2.4 game avg. She also ranks No. 8 for rebounding with a 6.4 game avg. and No. 5 for scoring with a 14.5 point game avg.

Lauren Bell is ranked No. 3 for assist/turnover ratio with a 1.6 game ratio; No. 4 for assists with a 3.4 game avg. and No. 9 for steals with a 1.5 game avg.

Katie Menton holds the No. 5 ranking for 3-pt. field goals made with a 1.9 game avg.; No. 14 for 3-pt. field goal pct. at .306. and No. 25 for scoring with a 9.1 game avg.

Jazmine Jackson is tied for fifth in steals with a 1.9 game avg., No. 12 for assists with a 2.3 game avg., No. 10 for free-throw percentage at .791; No. 13 for scoring with a 12.4 game avg. and No. 14 for rebounding with a 5.1 game avg.

Skye Barnett is ranked No. 6 for offensive rebounds with a 2.8 game avg. and No. 13 for rebounding with a 5.7 game avg.

AYIM NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK  - Senior center Miranda Ayim of the Pepperdine women's basketball team has been named the West Coast Conference's Co-Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 23.

ON THE WEB - Subscribers to "Wave Casts" can catch all Pepperdine women's basketball games home games and selected road games on the internet at www.pepperdinesports.com. Go to the Pepperdine Athletics website and look for the WaveCasts link. An annual pass costs $69.95 and monthly subscriptions are also available. Live statistics will be available for all home matches free of charge, and links are provided to the home team's website when the Waves are on the road.

HONORS FOR AYIM - Senior Captain Miranda Ayim has been selected as a candidate for the 2009-10 Lowe's Senior Class Award. Ayim is one of sixty NCAA men's and women's basketball players who excel both on and off the court.

The criteria for the award is the student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence -- classroom, character, community and competition.

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

WCC PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM - Junior forward Miranda Ayim (London, Ont., Canada) was selected to the 2009-10 WCC Preseason All-Conference Team.

JULIE ROUSSEAU - The fifth head coach in Pepperdine women's basketball history, Julie Rousseau is now in her sixth 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.

Coach Rousseau was the assistant coach for the United States World University Games Women's Basketball Team in 2009. Team USA took home a gold medal.

THE WAVES COACHING STAFF - Maylana Martin Douglas (UCLA 2000), Darryl Brown (Temple 1995) and Maurice Hilliard (LaVerne 1991) round out the 2009-10 coaching staff. This is the second season for the staff. Rousseau describes "great chemistry among the staff and athletes." She went on to describe the trio as "evenly balanced, hard workers who have great character and a desire to mentor each of the young women in our program and help them grow."

WAVES RETURNERS - Starting returners from 2008-09 are  Miranda Ayim and Jazmine Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep).

Ayim has been named to the All-WCC first team for the second straight year. She led the team in scoring (11.5) and rebounding (5.4). The 6-3 center was selected as Pepperdine's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and made the COSiDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District third team.

Jackson was selected to the WCC All-Freshman team and was named to the All-WCC honorable mention team. Jackson was the second highest scorer as a freshman.

FABULOUS FRESHMEN - Five freshmen join the Waves this year. Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS)  is an all-state first team point guard...Jade McNorton (Boise, Idaho/Centennial HS) is a 6-3 post player with prep All-American honors...Kelsey Patrick (Mukileto, Wash./Kamiak HS) is a 6-0 forward, All American nominee...Doris Park-Sherman (Newbury Park, Calif./Newbury Park HS) is a 6-1 forward who was tabbed Ventura County's 2009 Female Player of the Year and Keyah Shealy (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit HS) is a 5-11 guard/forward who led her high school to a state title and was tabbed all-state first team.

MENTON BACK - Redshirt sophomore Katie Menton (Coarsegold, Calif./ Yosemite HS) returns to action after missing most of last season with an injury. Menton was a 2007-08 WCC All-Freshman Team selection. Menton averaged 8.9 points per game and contributed 47 assists for the season. The versatile sophomore played in all 28 games and started in four.

SERVICE - The women's basketball team is one of the most involved teams at Pepperdine in community service. In the summer, the team put on a series of basketball clinics for local youth to attend. 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.

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 33 seasons, the Waves have compiled a 289-164 (.638) record in the Fieldhouse. Pepperdine has posted 26 winning seasons and just six sub-.500 seasons. All told, the Waves have posted a double-digit win total 14 times, including seven consecutive from 1997-2003. The single-season record for home victories came during the 1980-81 campaign when Pepperdine posted a 15-4 record.

PEPPERDINE HISTORY - Pepperdine has posted a winning record 10 times in the last 14 seasons and has recorded 20-win seasons on six occasions. 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.

ABOUT PEPPERDINE - Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won a total of nine NCAA championships in five different men's sports - one of just 14 schools to have accomplished this feat. Of the 14, Pepperdine is the only non-BCS school and has by far the smallest enrollment. The majority of Pepperdine's teams are ranked nationally year after year and compete for conference and national titles.

TICKETS - 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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