Waves Set to Take on LMU in Wells Fargo PCH Cup Matchup
Pepperdine heads towards the home stretch of the season with three road games over the next two weeks.
Jan. 29, 2014
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Pepperdine women’s basketball team opens a series of three away games this weekend, facing Loyola Marymount on Saturday (2 p.m.) in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup matchup.
COVERAGE: Live audio of the game will be available for free on WaveCasts with Josh Perigo on the call. Live stats will be available on lmulions.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.”
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. LMU currently leads 6.5-2.5 this year.
HOW THEY MATCH UP: Saturday will be the 72nd matchup between the two teams, with Pepperdine holding a 51-20 lead in the overall series. The Lions won the teams’ contest earlier this year, downing the Waves 76-64 in Malibu (1/11/14). LMU has won the last three meetings between the teams, with Pepperdine taking the previous eight.
THE OPPOSITION AT A GLANCE: LMU comes into play after a 78-64 home win over Portland last time out. Since the Lions win over the Waves earlier this year, LMU has won three of its last five games, doubling its season win total in that span. The Lions also fell by four (78-74) at Saint Mary’s and took No. 17 Gonzaga to overtime, falling 91-82 at home two games ago.
SCOUTING FEBRUARY: The Waves open the month of February with three games on the road before heading home for the final homestand of the season. Following its game at LMU, Pepperdine heads to the Northwest for games against No. 17 Gonzaga and Portland. The Waves will have four home games over the next two weeks (Pacific, Saint Mary’s, BYU and San Diego) before finishing the regular season on the road.
INJURY REPORT: The Waves got down to a seven player rotation over the last four games, losing numerous players to injury. Currently Bria Richardson and Allie Green are still day-to-day with their injuries. Keitra Wallace and Amanda Lovely returned to the lineup last week after brief stints sidelined with ailments. The Waves’ top three scorers (Richardson, Wallace and Green) have all seen significant time on the bench due to injury lately and with Richardson and Green still sidelined, Pepperdine is missing a combined 29.1 points per game, 44 percent of the team’s offensive output this year.
WCC NOTES: The Waves’ 33.9 percent shooting from 3-point territory is good for third in the WCC and 76th in the nation. Pepperdine is third in 3-point field goal defense with opponents shooting 30.1 percent from deep. Bria Richardson is third in the conference and 32nd in the nation with 2.65 steals per game. Ea Shoushtari is fifth with 2.0 3-pointers made per game and her 31.3 3-point percentage is also fifth. Ricahrdson’s 16.9 points per game is fourth in the WCC. Richardson is shooting 44.2 percent from the floor and Allie Green is shooting 41.2 percent, good for sixth and ninth in the conference.
2013-14 ROSTER: This year’s roster does not feature a single senior. There are five juniors (one sitting out due to transfer rules), six sophomores (two sitting out due to transfer rules) and a pair of freshmen in the fold for the 2013-14 season.
TRANSFERS: Pepperdine has three players currently sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules after changing locales. Krista Pettepier is a 6-2 forward who transferred from Pittsburgh after playing one season for the Panthers. Haley Videckis is a 6-0 forward who comes to Malibu by way of Arizona State after one season of play for the Sun Devils. Both Pettepier and Videckis transferred in before the start of the 2013-14 season and will be eligible to play next season. Layana White transferred in mid-year this season, coming to the Waves after two years at Arizona. White is a 5-9 guard and will be eligible to play in December of next 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.