Waves Host BYU, San Diego in WCC Matchups
The Waves play their last two home games of the year this week and have four total games left in the regular season.
Feb. 19, 2014
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Pepperdine women's basketball team plays its final two games at home this week, hosting BYU Thursday at 7 p.m. and then San Diego Saturday in a 2 p.m. game.
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 ninth meeting between the Waves and BYU Cougars, with the Cougars owning a 6-2 all-time lead in the series. BYU won the previous meeting this season in Provo, taking a 65-50 victory. The Waves last defeated BYU in 2012, winning 61-49 at home. Saturday's game will be the 72nd meeting between USD and Pepperdine. The Toreros won the teams' meeting earlier this year, grabbing a 71-43 victory in San Diego. The Toreros have won six straight against Pepperdine despite the Waves holding a 43-28 lead in the all-time series. The Waves last defeated USD in 2011.
THE OPPOSITION AT A GLANCE: BYU enters play sitting in second in the conference standings, holding a 1.5 game lead over both Pacific and Saint Mary's, and trailing No. 15 Gonzaga by 2.0 games. The Cougars are on a five game winning streak, getting victories over Portland and Gonzaga last week. Their last loss was at Saint Mary's on Jan. 30. USD comes into play sitting in fifth in the conference standings, just a half game back of the tie for third. The Toreros split their games against Portland and Gonzaga last week, falling 66-48 to the Zags and then defeating Portland 59-52. They have lost four of their last six games since starting the season 18-2.
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 gave third place Saint Mary's a run, but eventually fell 74-61 in a tight game. In what was a single digit margin nearly the entire afternoon, the Waves grabbed a 54-53 lead late, but where outscored 21-7 over the final 6:37 of play as the Gaels pulled away for the win. Amanda Lovely scored 14 points and Allie Green added 13 in the game.
INJURY REPORT: The Waves got down to a seven player rotation over the last month, losing numerous players to injury. Currently Bria Richardson is the only player still out as she likely will sit for the rest of the season with her injury. Keitra Wallace, Allie Green and Amanda Lovely returned to the lineup recently 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.