Pepperdine Hosts Brigham Young in Saturday WCC Matinee
Waves Conclude Busy Stretch of Schedule vs. Cougars
Feb. 15, 2013
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine welcomes Brigham Young to Malibu Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. matinee at Firestone Fieldhouse. The game against the Cougars will conclude a busy stretch in the schedule of three games in seven days for the Waves.
COVERAGE: Saturday’s game against Brigham Young during week seven of West Coast Conference play will be streamed live online via WaveCasts. Links for WaveCasts and live stats will be available at PepperdineSports.com. Nick Law will have the call for the Waves against Brigham Young.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE IMPRESSIONS
- Waves rank fourth in long distance accuracy, shooting .323 (110-170) from 3-point range during WCC play.
- Seniors Kelsey Patrick (9.5) and Shay Cooney-Williams (8.8) lead Pepperdine in scoring.
- Waves converting just .310 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).
- Waves struggling to score this season, especially during league play, managing a WCC-low 50.1 points per game in 2013.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 2012-13 BULLETS
- After 22 games, Pepperdine ranks third in the WCC in 3-point field goal percentage (.353).
- Pepperdine ranks third in the league at the charity stripe connecting on .692 (216-312).
- In 22 games, the Waves have scored 319 points (14.5 ppg) off turnovers.
- Pepperdine has received plenty of scoring from its bench as Wave reserves average 20.4 points per game off the pine. Pepperdine owns a 449-401 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 COUGARS
- Pepperdine is set to take on Brigham Young for the seventh time in program history Saturday afternoon in Firestone Fieldhouse.
- Both teams are unbeaten on their respective home floors (BYU 3-0, Pepperdine 2-0).
- BYU seized a 68-42 decision in the first meeting between the two teams January 12 at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah.
- In its first year as a member of the West Coast Conference, BYU took a 80-56 victory in Provo (1/12/12), but the Waves dispatched the No. 22 Cougars 61-49 in the Malibu rematch (2/2/12). Kelsey Patrick scored 13 points with six rebounds to fuel the upset.
- Pepperdine won the inaugural meeting with a 67-66 victory in Firestone Fieldhouse (12/29/79).
GAME 23 - VS. BRIGHAM YOUNG: Saturday (Feb. 16) at Firestone Fieldhouse.: Pepperdine (4-18, 1-10 WCC) vs. Brigham Young (17-7, 8-3 WCC) at 2:00 p.m.
LAST MEETINGS: at BYU 68, PEP 42 (1/12/13); at PEP 61, No. 22 BYU 49 (2/2/12); at BYU 80, PEP 56 (1/12/12)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: BYU leads 4-2/Cougars won one.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:
Internet Video: Yes - PepperdineSports.com (WaveCasts)
Live Stats: Yes - PepperdineSports.com
Opponent Website: BYUCougars.com
- The Cougars start strong, in 2012-13 outscoring their opponents 31.0 - 25.8 in the first half.
- Lexi Eaton leads three BYU players in double-digit scoring at 15.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game
- The Cougars split in week five of WCC play with a win vs. San Diego (53-48) before falling at Saint Mary’s (64-52).
- BYU posted a nine-game win streak
WCC WEEK SIX RECAP: Pepperdine suffered a sweep during the sixth week of West Coast Conference play. The Waves fell to Portland on Saturday in a 73-34 home loss to Portland and then dropped a 71-50 decision at San Diego in a rare Monday night contest at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
- Pepperdine missed at least 50 field goals for the second time during WCC play this season against Portland (also vs. Santa Clara). The Waves shot .177 (11-62) from the field against the Pilots.
- Ea Shoushtari averaged a team-high 7.5 points per game against the Pilots and Toreros, while Shay Cooney-Williams added 5.5 points for the Waves.
- Pepperdine has gotten off to a pair of painfully slpw starts against Portland this season. The Waves scored 13 first half points at Portland (1/31/13) and managed 15 on their home floor.
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 welcomes local rival Loyola Marymount to Firestone Fieldhouse for a Wells Fargo PCH Cup battle Thursday, Feb. 21. Tip-off against the Lions is set for 7:00 p.m. The Waves then make their second of three trips to the Bay Area during league play to tackle Santa Clara in a Saturday matinee at the Leavey Event Center.
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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.