Checking In From Seattle: Pepperdine Off-Court Notes

March 19, 2004

The most wonderful time of the year... Coming To You From the Women's National Invitational Tournament In Seattle, Washington...

THE WAVES ARRIVE: The Pepperdine women's basketball team arrived in Seattle, Washington, at 2 p.m. Thursday--a little later than expected. Due to heavy winds and rains in the area, the team was forced to fly around in the air for an additional 45 minutes before landing. After leaving 80-degree weather in Los Angeles, the Waves quickly drove to the campus of the University of Washington and met temperatures that dipped into the 40s. The team practiced for two hours, mostly concentrating on shooting.

The city of Seattle is littered with college basketball fans from all over the country thanks to the men's NCAA Regionals first and second rounds being played at Key Arena and the WNIT this week. The women's destination turned out to be a good thing for Pepperdine assistant coach, Derek Wynn, who was able to watch an ex-player of his, Kirk Synder, guide Nevada to an upset over Michigan State. Snyder, the Western Athletic Conference player of the year, finished with 19 points and was thrilled to see his mentor Wynn make the game. Afterwards, the coaches stayed to cheer on fellow West Coast Conference pals, Gonzaga, as they defeated Valpo.

Several of Pepperdine women's basketball ex-players and coaches went out of their way to stop bye practice Thursday and wish the Waves' hoopsters good luck as they search for the programs first post season win. They all plan to make Friday's game.

Pepperdine forward Kelsey Ball provided the team with some laughs when dressing on Thursday after noticing she accidentally brought two right basketball shoes. Trying to avoid letting the coaches know of her mishap, she attempted to wear both right shoes. With the toes of both feet pointing outwards, the coaches immediately noticed something was wrong and couldn't help but laughing. Lucky for her, the athletic department mailed Ball a left shoe, which she received Friday morning.

The team will have a shoot-around from 12-1 p.m. today before eating a pre-game meal and watching film. The team will leave for Washington at 5:00 p.m. and the game will start at 7:30 p.m.

After competing in post season play for six years and not winning one game, the Waves will search for the program's first victory tonight.



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