Rousseau Signs Five-Year Contract Extension

Malibu, Calif. - Julie Rousseau, who guided Pepperdine to the 2006 West Coast Conference (WCC) Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth, signed a five-year contract extension that will run through the 2011-2012 season, Director of Athletics John Watson announced on Tuesday.

"Julie has constantly demonstrated her commitment to development and growth of her players as athletes, students and young women with serving hearts," Watson said. "She has a passion for basketball and a desire to teach the game and allow players to understand the same concepts as they apply to everyday life."

In three seasons as head coach of the Waves, Rousseau has compiled an overall record of 40-51 (.439), including a 21-20 (.512) mark in WCC play.

"I am ecstatic about continuing to be a part of the Pepperdine University family and look forward to building a program whose student-athletes represents great character, scholarship and high performance on the court," Rousseau said.

As the fourth seed in the 2006 WCC Tournament, Pepperdine became the lowest seeded team to earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after posting wins over Saint Mary's, Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara.

The Waves received a No. 15 seed in the San Antonio Regional and squared off against No. 2 seed Oklahoma in a first-round game at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

In her three seasons piloting Pepperdine, Rousseau has posted a 5-2 mark in the WCC Tournament. During the just-concluded 2006-07 campaign, the Waves nearly advanced to a second straight WCC Tournament championship game, reaching the semi-finals where they fell 64-61 in overtime after overcoming a 21-point first-half deficit.

Pepperdine finished the 2006-07 season with a 14-17 overall record, including a 6-8 mark in WCC play. In a season plagued by numerous injuries, the Waves posted a 75-73 overtime victory over then No. 14-ranked Rutgers.



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