Waves Set for Final Regular Season Road Trip to Portland and Gonzaga
Pepperdine faces Portland at 7 p.m. PT on Thursday at the Chiles Center.
Feb. 15, 2012
THIS WEEK: The Waves (12-11, 7-5 WCC) are set for a key road trip this weekend as they visit Portland (9-17, 2-10 WCC) on Thursday and No. 23 Gonzaga (22-4, 11-2 WCC) on Saturday. This is the final road trip of the regular season for the Waves, as they return home to Firestone Fieldhouse for two next. week. The squad boasts three 1,000 point career scorers in senior guards Lauren Bell, Jazmine Jackson and Katie Menton.
GAME 24: Pepperdine at Portland, Chiles Center, 7 p.m. PT
GAME 25: Pepperdine at Gonzaga, McCarthy Athletic Center 2 p.m. PT
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LAST TIME OUT: The Waves saw their two-game winning streak snapped as they fell 56-46 to visiting San Diego on Saturday afternoon. The Waves just couldn't overcome a tough shooting first half and a hot shooting second half from the Toreros. Senior guard Jazmine Jackson led the team with 15 points and added six rebounds. Senior guard Katie Menton came off the bench to add 12 and lead the team with eight rebounds.
PORTLAND: The Pilots are led by Natalie Day with 17.9 ppg. ReZina TecleMariam also averages in double-figures with 10.2 points oer game. The Pilots enter Thursday's tilt with a one-game winning streak, after defeating Loyola Marymount 80-63 on Saturday. Prior to that, the Pilots had dropped their previous five games.
MEETINGS WITH THE PILOTS: The Waves are 34-19 all-time against the Pilots. Earlier this season the Waves orchestrated a come-from-behind victory, including a last-second buzzer beater from Shay Cooney-Williams to give the Waves a 66-63 victory. On the road the Waves are 12-12 all-time against the Pilots. Last season they won 67-64 on the road.
GONZAGA: The No. 23 Zags host Santa Clara on Thursday before the Waves come to town. Entering the week they are led by Kayla Standish, who is averaging 15.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg on the season. Guards Katelan Redmon and Haiden Palmer are also both averaging in double-figures, with 13.1 ppg and 12.1 ppg, respectively. The Bulldogs were dealt their worst conference loss in 10 years as first-year member BYU defeated them 70-40 in Provo. Gonzaga has won the last seven-straight WCC titles and four of the last five WCC Tournament titles.
MEETINGS WITH THE BULLDOGS: The Waves lost 79-50 when then-No. 24 Gonzaga visited Firestone Fieldhouse earlier this season. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 30-26. They have won the last six-straight meetings between the two teams. All-time at the Kennel the Waves are 11-13.
1,000 POINT CLUB: Lauren Bell became the 20th Wave all-time to amass at least 1,000 career points on Feb. 6 at Loyola Marymount, as her 15 points gaver her 1,009 career points.Katie Menton joined the fold as her eight points against San Francisco on Dec. 29 she broke the barrier and currently sits at 1,105 career points, good for 16th all-time. She joins current teammate Jazmine Jackson in the 1,000 point club. Jackson currently is 11th all-time with 1,348 career points. The Waves now have three starters with over 1,000 career points.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior guard Lauren Bell was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Feb. 6 for her career-high 26 points in victory over then-No. 22 BYU on Thursday, Feb. 2. She also tied her career-high of four made three-pointers as she went 4-of-6 from behind the three-point arc. The honor was the first Player of the Week award of her career and the first for the Waves this season.
BUZZER BEATER: The Waves completed a come-from-behind victory with what was arguably the greatest finish in Pepperdine women's basketball history as Shay Cooney-Williams drilled a half court buzzer-beater to give the Waves a 66-63 victory over the Portland Pilots. The shot got national recognition, making it as high as No. 2 on ESPN SportsCenter top plays. Cooney-Williams, was making just her second start all season, led the Waves with 19 points, tying her career high. She also tied another career-high with four three-pointers. Senior guard Katie Menton was another key player for the Waves in the comeback, scoring all 13 of her points in the second half and drilling two three-pointers in the final 30 seconds play to tie the game at 63-63 and set up Cooney-Williams' game-winner. She also led the team with 11 rebounds.
GETTING THE HARDWARE: Lauren Bell was named New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament MVP, as she averaged 12 points, 4 assists and 6.5 steals per game en route to leading the Waves to two wins and the tourney title. She joined fellow senior guard Katie Menton on the all-tournament team. Menton led the way with 21 points and eight boards in the victory over Idaho and followed up with nine points, including two threes in the title game.
GETTING RECOGNIZED: Senior guard Katie Menton was named West Coast Women's Basketball Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. Menton had a 21-point and eight-rebound effort in a victory over Idaho. She followed that up with eight points, including two three-pointers against New Mexico.
INJURIES: The Waves started the season off injury-riddled. Usual starters Jazmine Jackson and Skye Barnett have missed three and eight games, respectively. Jackson, the WCC Defensive Player of the Year last season has averaged a team-leading 14.9 points in the games she has played and Barnett is the emotional spark for the Waves. In the games she has played she has averaged 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds. Juniors T'Keyah Shealy has only played in eleven games so far this season, and Audrey Miller only two due to ongoing injuries. Freshman Bria Richardson made her collegiate debut in the 10th game of the season against Santa Barbara.
IN THE STATS: In typical Pepperdine fashion, the Waves are top in the conference with 11.3 steals The team also leads the WCC with a +5.74 turnover margin. They are also ranked fifth with a .716 free throw percentage. Senior guard Lauren Bell leads the conference with 3.0 steals per game and senior guard Jazmine Jackson is second with 2.8 steals per game. Bell is also tops in minutes played (37.6 per game). Her seven steals against New Mexico is a single-game high in the WCC. She also ranks fourth with 3.5 assists per game from her point guard position. Jackson is also sixth in the conference as she has averaged 15.0 points per game. Bell is just outside the conference top 10 at 11th, averaging 12.8 points per game.
AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS: As a team the Waves are ranked 16th nationally with a +5.74 turnover margin ... They also rank 32nd with 11.3 steals per game ... Individually Lauren Bell ranks 26th with 3.0 steals per game while Jazmine Jackson is 45th with 2.8 steals per game.
JOINING THE FOLD: The Waves boast four freshmen in guards Grace Leah Baughn, Ea Shoushtari and Bria Richardson and forward/center Tessa Emerson. All four come to Malibu after stellar senior seasons and are expected to contribute to the squad.
WCC PRESEASON POLL AND TEAM: For the second-straight season the Waves are picked to finish third in the WCC by a vote of the conference coaches. This year the team came in just two points behind newcomer BYU. Senior guard Jazmine Jackson was named to the All-WCC Preseason team after earning First Team All-Conference accolades last season and being named WCC Defensive Player of the Year.
TOUGH NON-CONFERENCE: The Waves had a tough non-conference schedule this season, as they kicked the season off at No. 3 Tennessee and also have a game against 2011 NCAA Tournament participants Fresno State. They also play tough Pac-12 opponents in currently ranked USC and Oregon State.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: With only one home game in the month of November, the Waves became road warriors with a tough non-conference schedule. They traveled to Fullerton, Calif., Boise, Idaho, Albuquerque, N.M. and San Luis Obispo, Calif. in the month of November alone.
2012 RECRUITS: The Waves have signed a four-player 2012 recruiting class, that is ranked No. 7 for mid major programs by ESPN's HoopGurlz. The class includes forward Amanda Lovely and Kelsey Brockway, point guard Alisha Roberts and wing Keitra Wallace. Brockway was just named a top-50 finalist for McDonalds High School All-America.
CHART CLIMBING: Jazmine Jackson is the all-time Pepperdine steals leader with 246 to date. She broke Dionne Burgess' record of 239 that has stood since 1990 ... She shattered the record with five steals at Saint Mary's on Jan. 21 ... She also ranks fourth on Pepperdine's individual career records chart for total free throws made with 373 and is three made free throws away from taking over third place.... Her 1,242 career field goals attempted is seventh all-time at Pepperdine ... Lauren Bell ranks tied for sixth in free-throw percentage at .779 ...Her 226 career steals are third-best all-time ... Also her 309 career assists rank 10th all-time at Pepperdine.
CHART CLIMBING II: With 205 3-point field goals made Katie Menton needs to hit 32 more long-range attempts to claim the program's varsity record ... Damaris Hinojosa holds the program record of 236 ... She played in 120 games from 1999-2003 ... Menton, whose career 3-point field-goal percentage of .327 ranks her among the all-time top 15 at Pepperdine, has appeared in 111 games.
KEY RETURNERS: The Waves return their entire starting lineup from a year ago, including 2010-11 Defensive Player of the Year, Jazmine Jackson. The Waves' point guard Bell also returns and is poised to have a strong season as the field general. Sharp shooter Katie Menton returns for her senior season and boasts a .346 three-point field goal percentage. Skye Barnett, the heart and soul of the squad is ready to have a strong senior season after missing the postseason last year with injury.
SUMMER CHAMPS: For the second-straight summer Jazmine Jackson and Lauren Bell won the 2011 San Francisco Bay Area Women's Pro Am Championship with their Mission Rec Center Team in early August after beating Bay City, 81-59, in game two of their best-of-three series ... Jazmine Jackson led the way with 16 points in the series-clinching victory ... Mission Rec won the first game 92-79.
THE WIRE GANG: Another section of the season record book where Jazmine Jackson and Lauren Bell appear is the steals category ... Bell's 84 thefts last year are the fourth most in Pepperdine history, while her 2.8 steals average ranks fourth ... The season record for steals of 123 has been held by Donna Tatum since the end of the 1980-81 campaign ... Jackson's 78 steals in 2010-11 rank her tied for fifth on the season records list. This season, both Bell and Jackson are on their way to gracing the record books again, as they have 68 and 55 steals on the year, respectively.
IN THE COACHING FOLD: In his fourth year in Malibu, Darryl Brown was named associate head coach. Brown, a former head coach on the Division Ievel at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, Brown has also coached at his alma mater Temple and Montclair State ... Previous Pepperdine women's basketball staffers Kristen Dowling and David Johnson returned to the Waves' bench last season ... Johnson, an assistant on Rousseau's first Pepperdine team in 2004-05, left an Aquinas (Calif.) High School boys' basketball team that won the previous three Christian League championships ... Dowling, who served as a graduate assistant from 2006 to 2008, returned to Malibu from Cal State Bakersfield where she was part of a coaching staff that guided the Roadrunners to the two best records in school history.
STRIVING FOR GREATNESS THROUGH SERVICE: The women's basketball team is one of the most involved teams at Pepperdine in terms of community service ... In the summer, the team put on a series of basketball clinics for local youth to attend and later it worked at a Santa Monica convalescent home for the second-straight year in early September during the campus-wide "Step Forward Day" ... This level of involvement, head coach Julie 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.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE -- 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 in a major 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 #55 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges. The 2011-12 school year marks Pepperdine's 75th anniversary.