Waves Travel to LMU Saturday

UPCOMING — The Pepperdine women’s basketball team (7-17, 2-9) plans to establish a new winning streak when it takes on cross-town rival, Loyola Marymount University, this week.

GAME #25 PEPPERDINE VS. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT — At Gersten Pavilion, located in Los Angeles, Calif., at 3:30 p.m., on Sat., Feb. 23, directly following the Pepperdine men's basketball game against LMU at the same location.

PEPPERDINE VS. GONZAGA ALBUM ON THE WEB —  Check  out the new photo album of the Waves playing Gonzaga on Feb. 9, 2008, at Firestone Fieldhouse.

ON THE WEB — 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.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT — Loyola Marymount (14-12, 6-5) defeated Pepperdine at its last meeting (Jan. 26) 70-57.

Last week, the Lions were narrowly defeated by Saint Mary’s, 59-57 (Feb. 14) and Santa Clara, 49-48 (Feb.16)

SANTA CLARA RECAP — In a close contest with Santa Clara University on Thursday night, the Pepperdine women’s basketball team fell 86-81 in overtime at Leavey Center, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Daphanie Kennedy (Oakland, Calif. / Kearney HS) had a game high of 31 points, while Smith contributed 14 points and eight rebounds. Miranda Ayim (London, Ontario, Canada) added 12 points and nine rebounds and Katie Menton (Coarsegold, Calif. / Yosemite HS) scored 12 points and notched nine rebounds for the Waves.

SAINT MARY’S RECAP — Cheered on by a large group of Wave fans who traveled to Moraga, the Pepperdine women’s basketball team (7-17, 2-9) fought a hard battle to prevail over Saint Mary’s (12-14, 4-6) Saturday afternoon, at the McKeon Pavilion, 71-64.

Miranda Ayim finished the game with 19 points and 18 rebounds, notching her sixth double-double of the season. Daphanie Kennedy scored 20 points making 7-of-13 shots from the field and adding six rebounds, while Katie Menton scored 12 points and had four rebounds. Tina Wickett (Vallejo, Calif. / Castlemont HS), added eight points and nine rebounds after missing the last three games.

DAPHANIE KENNEDY HITS 1,381 AND COUNTING — 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 22.6 average per game, Kennedy leads the team in scoring with 470 points

Kennedy is No. 3 in the WCC for 3-point field goal made, averaging 1.73 per game.She hold the No. 4 spot for free throw percentages with .825.

MIRANDA AYIM — Sophomore forward Miranda Ayim (London, Ontario) is ranked third in the WCC for field goals percentage with a .517 average and moved up to No. 2 for blocked shots with 2.00 per game. Ayim is ranked No. 9 for scoring with a 13.2 average per game and No. 3 in rebounding, posting an 8.9 average per game. She is the second highest scorer for the Waves with 304 points.

SHANNON JOHNSON — Senior guard Shannon Johnson is No. 3 on the WCC list for assist/turnover ratio. Johnson recorded 33 assists to 19 turnovers to give her a 1.74 ratio. She’s No. 5 for assists with a 3.67 average per game.

KATIE MENTON — Freshman guard Katie Menton had a career-high scoring game against Saint Mary’s with 18 points. Menton ranks No. 6 and is the leading freshman for 3-point field goals made with a 1.45 average per game. The freshman sensation is No. 11 for 3-point field goal percentage with a .308 average per game. For scoring, Menton shares the No. 22 position with Karlie Burris (Portalnd) with 104 points scored in conference play and an 9.5 average per game. Menton is the Waves third leading scorer with 217 points.

ALISHA BRYANT — Junior forward Alisha Bryant shares the No. 7 ranking with Karlie Burris (portland) for blocked shots. Bryant recorded 8 blocks with an 0.73 average per game.

ROSTER — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 – which is giving to others and making the world a better place.

PEPPERDINE HISTORY — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.



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