Waves Host Portland Saturday; Play at San Diego Monday
Pepperdine Enters Stretch of Three Games in Seven Days
Feb. 6, 2013
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine welcomes Portland to Malibu Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. matinee at Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves then travel to Southern California for a rare Monday night contest at San Diego in the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
COVERAGE: Both games during week six of West Coast Conference play will be 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 against Portland and at San Diego.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE IMPRESSIONS
- Waves rank second in long distance accuracy, shooting .362 (46-127) from 3-point range during WCC play.
- Seniors Kelsey Patrick (10.8) and Shay Cooney-Williams (10.0) lead Pepperdine in scoring.
- Waves converting just .314 from the field when shooting inside the 3-point arc.
- Pepperdine won its first WCC home opener since 2010 with a 71-67 triumph vs. USF (1/10/13).
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 2012-13 BULLETS
- After 20 games, Waves almost shoot better from 3-point range (.353) than overall (.355).
- After 20 games, Pepperdine ranks second in the WCC in both 3-point field goal percentage (.353) and in 3-point defense (.299).
- Pepperdine ranks third in the league at the charity stripe connecting on .692 (216-312).
- In 20 games, the Waves have scored 294 points (14.7 ppg) off turnovers.
- Pepperdine has received plenty of scoring from its bench as Wave reserves average 21.0 points per game off the pine. Pepperdine owns a 419-357 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 55 in 20 contests.
- Jade McNorton surpassed her 2011-12 scoring output (46) in just seven games after playing in 28 contests with 11 starts as a sophomore.
WAVES AND PILOTS
- Pepperdine is set to take on Portland for the 56th time in program history Saturday in Malibu in a series dating back to the 1984-85 season.
- The two teams have split the season series in each of the last four years and three games have required overtime.
- Since 2000, Pepperdine owns a 20-8 lead in the series and opened the decade winning 15 of the first 16 meetings.
- The Waves are 20-6 all-time against the Pilots at Firestone Fieldhouse.
- Pepperdine won 14 straight games from 1998-2003.
- Last season Shay Cooney-Williams hit a halfcourt shot to down Portland 66-63 in Malibu (1/7/12), but the Pilots took a 58-56 overtime victory in the Chiles Center (2/16/12).
LAST MEETINGS: at POR 57, PEP 51 (1/31/13); at POR 58, PEP 56, ot (2/16/12); at PEP 66, POR 63 (1/7/12); at POR 78, PEP 73, 2ot (2/10/11); at PEP 68, POR 58, ot (1/15/11)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: Pepperdine leads 34-21/Portland won two.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:
Internet Video: Yes - PepperdineSports.com (WaveCasts)
Live Stats: Yes - PepperdineSports.com
Opponent Website: PortlandPilots.com
- Portland has won four of its last five, with road wins at Santa Clara (71-68) and Loyola Marymount (63-59)
- Six Pilots average at least 5.0 points per game and four average double-digit scoring in WCC play.
- Portland swept LA area WCC schools last week with home wins vs. Pepperdine (57-51) and LMU (65-63).
WAVES AND TOREROS
- Pepperdine is set to take on San Diego for the 66th time in program history Monday in a series dating back to the 1978-79 season.
- After a four-game winning streak from 2010-11, San Diego has won the last four, including a 77-68 win in the quarterfinals of the 2011 WCC Championships.
- The Waves are 22-10 all-time against the Toreros in San Diego.
- The Waves took the first ever meeting between the two schools with a 109-56 victory in Malibu (2/23/79).
- Pepperdine won 13 straight games between 2001 and 2006.
GAME 22 - AT SAN DIEGO: Monday (Feb. 11) at Jenny Craig Pavilion, San Diego, Calif.: Pepperdine vs. San Diego (15-7, 7-3 WCC) at 7:00 p.m.
LAST MEETINGS: USD 79, at PEP 61 (1/26/13); USD 56, at PEP 46 (2/11/12); at USD 70, PEP 39 (1/28/12); USD 77, PEP 68 (3/5/11 - WCC); at PEP 61, USD 55 (2/5/11); PEP 69, at USD 52 (1/6/11).
BEFORE PEPPERDINE: at Brigham Young (2/7/13)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: PEP leads 42-27/Toreros won four.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:
Internet Audio: Yes - PepperdineSports.com (WaveCasts)
Live Stats: Yes - PepperdineSports.com
Opponent Website: USDToreros.com
- San Diego leads the WCC in field goal percentage (.439) but is eighth from 3-point range (.300).
- Amy Kame leads the Toreros in scoring (16.8).
- The Toreros average 42.9 rebounds.
WCC WEEK FIVE RECAP: Pepperdine suffered a road sweep in the Pacific Northwest during week five of the West Coast Conference season, dropping a hard-fought 57-51 decision at Portland and the fell to defending league champion Gonzaga 81-52 in front of a crowd of 6,000 in Spokane.
- Bria Richardson returned to the lineup and led the Waves in scoring (10 ppg) on the trip.
- Gonzaga opened the game on a 19-5 run and the Waves were unable to mount a rally.
- Three Waves scored 10 points at Gonzaga - Shay Cooney-Williams, Amanda Lovely and Bria Richardson.
- Waves scored 13 first half points at Portland.
Four Waves have recorded their first career double-double in 2012-13
- Kelsey Patrick with 18 points and 11 rebounds at Saint Mary’s (1/22/13).
- Jade McNorton with a 13-point, 11-rebound night vs. Seattle U. (12/14/12).
- Robie Mayberry with 14 points and 10 rebounds against South Dakota (11/23/12)
- Shay Cooney-Williams with a 14-point, 10-rebound effort at USC (11/18/12).
UP NEXT FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine concludes a hectic stretch of three games in seven days, when it welcome Brigham Young for a matinee Saturday, Feb. 16 at Firestone Fieldhouse.
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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.