Pepperdine Takes on Santa Clara in First Round of WCC Tournament
The Waves and Broncos will play the opening game of the 2014 WCC Women's Basketball Tournament.
March 3, 2014
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Pepperdine women’s basketball team takes on Santa Clara in the opening game of the 2014 WCC Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Waves and Broncos face-off on Thursday in the tournament’s opening game at 12 p.m.
COVERAGE: All games of the WCC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be nationally televised on BYUtv as well as streamed online, free of charge, on TheW.tv. In addition there will be a live audio broadcast on WaveCasts for Pepperdine’s games, with Al Epstein on the call. Live stats will also be available on the tournament central page at wccsports.com, with box scores, quotes and recaps available following each game.
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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 66th meeting between the Waves and Broncos. Pepperdine owns a 34-31 lead in the all-time series with Santa Clara after the teams split their two games this year. The Broncos won last time out, closing the regular season with a 67-61 win at home and the Waves picked up a 100-93 double overtime win when the teams met early in the year.
THE OPPOSITION AT A GLANCE: Santa Clara enters play having won three of its last four games, picking up the aforementioned victory over Pepperdine as well as wins over Saint Mary’s and San Francisco. The Broncos had lost seven straight prior to that. Santa Clara is the seventh seed in the WCC tournament.
LAST TIME OUT: The Waves fell to Santa Clara last time out, losing 67-61 on the road in the team’s regular season finale. Pepperdine led early and pulled within one late, but couldn’t come all the way back for the win. Ea Shoushtari led the way for the Waves in the game, scoring 21 points, and was only topped by Santa Clara’s Nici Gilday, who poured in 22 points. Keitra Wallace also added a double-double for Pepperdine, scoring 11 points and adding 10 rebounds.
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM: Allie Green was named to the WCC’s All-Freshman team as one of the top five freshmen in the conference as voted on by the WCC coaches. The rookie guard played in 24 games for Pepperdine and made 17 starts, averaging 11.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Green’s 29.7 minutes per game were also fourth on the team as she shot 38.5 percent from the field and 31.9 percent from 3-point territory. Of the five players on the All-Freshman squad, Green’s 11.3 ppg average was the highest total. She was 23rd on the conference scoring list. Green scored a season and career-high 27 points against Long Beach State early in the year and also posted a 24-point game in the Waves’ win over Santa Clara. She topped the 15-point mark six times on the year and scored in double figures 14 times.
DOUBLE OT THRILLER: Last time the Waves and Broncos met, Pepperdine scored a wild win, defeating Santa Clara in double overtime, 100-93. Bria Richardson went off for 44 points in the contest, setting a new career-high and also putting up the second highest single-game total in program history. Richardson scored 19 of her 44 points in the two overtime periods. Keitra Wallace also added a career high seven assists, Richardson had a career best seven steals and Allie Green added 24 points, including a pair of key baskets late in the second overtime. It was the Waves first time hitting the 100-point mark since a 108-74 win over Cal State Northridge on Nov. 17, 2010.
INJURY REPORT: The Waves got down to a seven player rotation 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. Three of the Waves’ top 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.
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.
WCC NOTES: The Waves’ 33.2 percent shooting from 3-point territory is good for third in the WCC and 96th in the nation, and their opponent’s percentage of 31.1 percent from deep is fifth best in the conference. Ea Shoushtari’s 1.97 made 3-pointers per game is fourth best in the WCC this 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.