Waves Host Pacific, Saint Mary's in WCC Matchups
Pepperdine opens a series of four straight home games this week.
Feb. 10, 2014
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: After being on the road the last two weeks, The Pepperdine women's basketball team hosts Pacific on Thursday (7 p.m.) and Saint Mary's on Saturday (2 p.m.) in a pair of WCC contests this week.
COVERAGE: Video of both games will be broadcast live on WaveCasts with Josh Perigo on the play-by-play. Links to live stats will also be available prior to each game 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."
HOW THEY MATCH UP: Thursday's game will be the fifth meeting between Pepperdine and Pacific and the second overall this season. The Waves own a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series, but the Tigers won the lone meeting earlier this year, 75-64, in Stockton, Calif. Saturday marks the 62nd meeting between the Waves and Saint Mary's and also the second one this year. The Gaels won 71-48 at home just a couple weeks ago. The teams split their season series last year.
THE OPPOSITION AT A GLANCE: Pacific enters play this week having won three of its last four contests since the Waves and Tigers last met. The Tigers defeated Saint Mary's twice in the last two weeks and scored a home win over San Diego as well. The team's one loss last week was at BYU. Pacific has just two losses in its last eight games. Saint Mary's is 3-2 since the teams last met, dropping the aforementioned two games to Pacific. The Gaels got home wins over San Diego, BYU and Loyola Marymount during that span. Saint Mary's currently sits a half game behind BYU for second in the conference and Pacific is a game back in fifth.
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. 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.
LAST TIME OUT: The Waves fell behind early at Portland, but made a second half run to close to within 11 late in the second half. The early 26 point deficit was too much to overcome, however, as that was as close as Pepperdine would get, falling 78-59 to the Pilots. Allie Green and Ea Shoushtari led the second half charge, with the two scoring a combined 30 points in the second period. Green led the way with 19 points in the game and Shoushtari put up 17.
INJURY REPORT: The Waves got down to a seven player rotation over the last month, losing numerous players to injury. Pepperdine played with nine active players last time out after the return of Allie Green. Currently Bria Richardson is still day-to-day with her injury. Keitra Wallace and Amanda Lovely returned to the lineup the previous week after brief stints sidelined with ailments as well. The Waves' top three scorers (Richardson, Wallace and Green) have all seen significant time on the bench due to injury lately and with Richardson still sidelined, Pepperdine is missing 16.9 points and 3.6 assists per game.
WCC NOTES: The Waves' 33.4 percent shooting from 3-point territory is good for third in the WCC and 76th in the nation. Pepperdine is fifth in 3-point field goal defense with opponents shooting 30.4 percent from deep. Ea Shoushtari is fourth in the conference with 2.0 3-pointers made per game. Keitra Wallace's 44.3 field goal percentage is good for 15th in the WCC.
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.