Women's Hoops On The Road
The Pepperdine women's basketball team takes to the road this week, traveling to Northern California to meet two WCC foes.
UPCOMING Â The Pepperdine women’s basketball team (6-16,1-8) takes to the road this week as the Waves travel to Northern California to meet WCC foes Santa Clara University and St. Mary’s College.
GAME #23 PEPPERDINE VS. SANTA CLARA Â At Leavey Center, located in Santa Clara, Calif., at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 14.
GAME #24 PEPPERDINE VS. SAINT MARY’S Â At McKeon Pavilion, loccated in Moraga, Calif., at 2 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 16.
ON THE WEB Â Pepperdine fans can catch all home women’s basketball games on the internet at www.pepperdinesports.com. Live video, audio and statistics will be provided. Go to the Pepperdine Athletics website and look for the WaveCasts button.
SANTA CLARA (16-7, 5-3)Â The Waves were defeated by Santa Clara in their first meeting of the season (Jan. 19) 71-67.
The Bronco’s suffered a defeat on Saturday (Feb. 9), when Saint Mary’s prevailed 65-54.
Santa Clara’s Sara Majors made 7-of-14 from the field and scored 18 points for the Bronco’s.
The Bronco’s recently lost its leading scorer Chandice Cronk, after she suffered a career--ending injury against Gonzaga (Feb. 2). Cronk tore her ACL, MCL and fractured her right leg while attempting a layup shot.
SAINT MARY’S (11-13, 3-5) Â Pepperdine defeated Saint Mary’s 80-87, in the first round of WCC play (Jan. 17).
The Gaels Sierra Chambers, led the team to a 65-54 win over Santa Clara (Feb. 9). Chambers scored a game-high 19 points and added eight rebounds.
GONZAGA RECAPÂ Despite shooting a season-best 55.9% from the field, the Pepperdine women’s basketball team dropped its sixth consecutive game, falling 92-85 to Gonzaga on Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at Firestone Fieldhouse.
Miranda Ayim (London, Ont. Canada/Saunders Secondary) scored a season-high 23 points and notched her fifth double-double of the season by adding 10 rebounds, Daphanie Kennedy (Oakland, Calif./Kearney HS) registered a game-high 28 points and was a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line, and Teiosha George (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale HS) totaled 18 points, six rebounds and four assists
PORTLAND RECAPÂ The Pepperdine women’s basketball team and Portland battled through two tough overtimes, but the Waves fell 84-83 in a West Coast Conference game at Firestone Fieldhouse.
Daphanie Kennedy (Oakland, Calif. / Kearny HS) scored 26 points and notched six rebounds and four assists, Miranda Ayim (London, Ont., Canada/Saunders Secondary) scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Teiosha George (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale HS) notched her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
DAPHANIE KENNEDY HITS 1,330 AND COUNTING Â Senior guard Daphanie Kennedy broke the 1,000 point mark for her career (Nov. 28,) against UCLA.. She becomes the 16th player in Pepperdine history to surpass the 1,000-point level. Kennedy scored a total of 915 points in her first three seasons. Kennedy is currently ranked No. 1 in the WCC for scoring with a 22.0 average per game, Kennedy leads the team in scoring with 419 points
MIRANDA AYIM Â Sophomore forward Miranda Ayim (London, Ontario) is ranked third in the WCC for field goals percentage with a .526 average and is No. 3 for blocked shots with 1.56 per game. Ayim is ranked No. 12 for scoring with a 12.6 average per game and No. 5 in rebounding, posting an 7.9 average per game. She is the second highest scorer for the Waves with 272 points.
TEIOSHA GEORGE Â Junior forward Teiosha George is ranked No. 8 in the WCC for field goal percentages with a .462 average per game. For rebounds, George is ranked No. 3 with a 8.4 game average. For scoring, George holds the No. 11 ranking with a 12.7 average per game.George is the Waves No. 3 scorer with 210 points.
SHANNON JOHNSON Â Senior guard Shannon Johnson is No. 2 on the WCC list for assist/turnover ratio. Johnson recorded 30 assists to 15 turnovers to give her a 2.00 ratio.
KATIE MENTON Â Freshman guard Katie Menton had a career-high scoring game against Saint Mary’s with 18 points. Menton ranks No. 10 in the WCC for 3-point field goals made with a 1.33 average per game. The freshman sensation is No. 15 for 3-point field goal percentage with a .273 average per game. For scoring, Menton holds the No. 28 position with 80 points scored in conference play and an 8.9 average per game. Menton is the Waves fourth leading scorer with 193 points.
ROSTER Â All five starters and 10 letterwinners return from last year’s team, which went 14-17 overall and fifth in the WCC with a 6-8 record. The Waves added three new players (two true freshmen and one transfer) this year. The roster breakdown is as follows: four seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.
TOP SIX Â The WCC’s coaches released a preseason "top six" of the best players in the conference, and senior guard Daphanie Kennedy and sophomore forward/center Teena Wickett earned two of the six slots. Kennedy earned All-WCC first team honors as a sophomore and honorable mention as a junior. Wickett was an All-WCC first teamer as a freshman.
WCC PRESEASON POLL Â Pepperdine was picked to finish third in the West Coast Conference in a preseason vote of the league’s coaches. The predicted order is as follows: San Diego, Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary’s, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Portland.
JULIE ROUSSEAU Â The fifth head coach in Pepperdine women’s basketball history, Julie Rousseau is now in her fourth 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.
SERVICE Â The women’s basketball team is one of the most involved teams at Pepperdine in community service. On Nov. 23, they hosted their second annual Time Out 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament to promote awareness and raise money to fight the disease. The tournament was also used as an avenue to raise funds for the rebuilding of the Malibu First Presbyterian Church. Unfortunately, the Malibu canyon fires forced the cancellation of the second day of the tournament. In October, they participated in a two-mile walk to support The Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, and on Thanksgiving, the team will spend the day feeding the homeless in downtown Los Angeles. All of this involvement, Rousseau believes, is the key to success in life and on the court Â which is giving to others and making the world a better place.
PEPPERDINE HISTORY Â Pepperdine has posted a winning record in 10 of the last 14 years and has registered six 20-win seasons over the past 10 years. 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.
WAVES IN THE PROS Â 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 Â 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 31 seasons, the Waves have won more than 63 percent of their home games. Pepperdine has posted 24 winning seasons at home and just six sub-.500 seasons.
TICKETS Â A limited number of 2007-08 Pepperdine women’s basketball season tickets in the Lower Reserved section are available for purchase at a cost of $60 each. Individual game prices are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For more information please call 1-866-WAVE-TIX.