Pepperdine Opens 2013 West Coast Conference Championships vs. USF

Shay Cooney-Williams and the Waves set to take on USF Wednesday in Las Vegas

March 5, 2013

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THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Waves travel to Las Vegas for the 2013 West Coast Conference Championship. The Waves will take on No. 8 San Francisco Wednesday, March 6 in the play-in game set for a 3:00 p.m. tip-off at the Orleans Arena. The winner of the Waves/Dons contest will play No. 5 Loyola Marymount at noon on Thursday.

COVERAGE: The first four days of the 2013 West Coast Conference Championship will be broadcast nationally on BYUtv. All Pepperdine games will feature live audio streams via WaveCasts. Links for BYUtv, WaveCasts and live stats will be available at


  • Senior Shay Cooney-Williams captured West Coast Conference Honorable Mention selection
  • Senior Kelsey Patrick was named to the WCC All-Academic Team for the third time, becoming the just second Wave to accomplish the feat three times (Miranda Ayim, 2009-11).


  • Seniors Kelsey Patrick (9.8) and Shay Cooney-Williams (8.8) lead Pepperdine in scoring.
  • Two senior Waves account for .352 of team’s total scoring load during WCC action.
  • Pepperdine won its first WCC home opener since 2010 with a 71-67 triumph vs. USF (1/10/13).
  • Waves saved biggest 2013 WCC point tally for finale vs. Saint Mary’s, a 80-67 win (3/1/13).


  • After 27 games, Pepperdine ranks fourth in the WCC in 3-point field goal percentage (.315) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.311).
  • In 27 games, the Waves have scored 393 points (14.6 ppg) off turnovers.
  • Pepperdine has received plenty of scoring from its bench averaging 19.2 points per game off the pine. The Waves own a 519-478 advantage in bench scoring, including a 33-3 margin at Washington (11/27/12).
  • Shay Cooney-Williams had 18 assists in 29 games in 2011-12. This season the senior guard has 66 in 27 contests.
  • Kelsey Patrick owns two double-doubles and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds four times.

The Last Meeting
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February 28, 2013
San Francisco, Calif.
Pepperdine Falls 67-57 at San Francisco in WCC Play
Pepperdine played its final regular season road game and dropped a 67-57 decision at San Francisco in West Coast Conference action Thursday night at War Memorial Gym.


  • Pepperdine owns an all-time record of 21-17 (.553) in 20 WCC Championships.
  • The Waves have made six championship game appearances and won titles in 2002-03 and 2006.
  • Pepperdine posted runner-up showings in 1999 (Saint Mary’s), 2000 (San Diego) and 2010 (Gonzaga).
  • The Waves have won at least one game in the postseason event 13 times.
  • This is just the third time Pepperdine has played as a seed lower than No. 5.
    • The Waves own a 9-8 record as a lower seed during WCC Tournament play, including a 3-0 mark en route to the 20006 title (as a No. 4 seed).


  • Pepperdine has squared off against the Dons four times in WCC Championship play in a series tied at 2-2.
  • USF beat the Waves in the first meeting in a 59-43 semifinal victory en route to the 1996 title in the first posteason meeting.
  • Pepperdine took a 82-77 win against USF in the 2002 semifinals as the Waves advanced to the title game.
  • The Waves have squared off against rival LMU four times in the WCC Tournament and own a 3-1 advantage.
  • Pepperdine took a 56-45 victory vs. LMU in the second round last season.
  • The Lions lone win vs. Pepperdine in the postseason series came in a 64-61 overtime win in the 2007 semifinals.

GAME 28 - VS. USF: Wednesday (March 6) at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.: No. 9 Pepperdine (5-22) vs. No. 8 USF (11-18) 3:00 p.m. (PT)

LAST MEETINGS: at USF 67, PEP 57 (2/28/13); at PEP 71, USF 67 (1/10/13); at PEP 77, USF 64 (1/19/12); PEP 85, at USF 69 (12/29/11); at PEP 72, USF 56 (2/24/11); at USF 66, PEP 46 (1/29/11)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: Pepperdine leads 34-32/Dons won one.

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TV Talent:
Dave McCann, Steve Cleveland
Internet Audio:
Yes - (WaveCasts)
Live Stats:
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  • The Dons jumped out to a 7-4 start, but have won just four of their last 18.
  • Mel Khlok, the WCC Player of the Month for January, leads the way offensively for USF, averaging 15.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 3.4 assists
  • USF has not been better than a No. 7 seed in the WCC Championship since earning No. 5 in 2005.

GAME 29 - VS. LMU (If PEP advances): Thursday (March 7) at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.: No. 9 Pepperdine vs. No. 5 LMU - 12:00 p.m.

LAST MEETINGS: LMU 58, at PEP 56 (2/21/13); at LMU 65, PEP 47 (1/3/13); PEP 56, LMU 45* (3/2/12); at PEP 65, LMU 61 (2/23/12); PEP 68, at LMU 59 (2/6/12) *WCC Tournament

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: Pepperdine leads 51-19/Lions won two.

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TV Talent:
Dave McCann, Steve Cleveland
Internet Audio:
Yes - (WaveCasts)
Live Stats:
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  • LMU has won three of its last four highlighted by a 68-55 win vs. BYU.
  • Alex Cowling leads two Lions in double-digit scoring (15.8) and rates third among WCC scoring leaders.
    • Cowling became the league’s career scoring leader with 21 points in the upset win against the Cougars.

WCC WEEK EIGHT RECAP: After dropping a tough 67-57 loss at USF on Thursday, Pepperdine broke through for a 80-67 triumph vs. Saint Mary’s.

  • The Waves turned in their best effort of the year against the Gaels, a team that entered in the top-40 nationally in RPI.
  • Ea Shoushtari scored a career-high 19, while Kelsey Patrick, Shay Cooney-Williams and Grace Leah Baughn added 16 vs. Saint Mary’s.
  • Patrick had a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double at San Francisco as the Dons secured the regular season series split.

Four Waves recorded their first career double-double in 2012-13

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.



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