Women's Hoops Non-Conference Schedule Announced
The Waves play 10 games before the start of West Coast Conference play this year.
Malibu, Calif. – The 2017-18 Pepperdine women’s basketball non-conference schedule has been released, with Pepperdine playing 10 contests before the start of the WCC season.
The Waves will play four games at home and six on the road, starting on November 10 at Long Beach State. The Waves’ first home game comes on November 19 when they host Seattle for a 1 pm matchup. Pepperdine has games against two teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year (Long Beach State, New Mexico State) and three that made the WNIT (UC Davis, Seattle, Utah).
“Entering this upcoming season we are filled with excitement to showcase our team in a new way,” said first-year head coach DeLisha Milton-Jones. “Our November schedule will test our resolve early this year, but what we have been doing in the summer will have us well prepared. We have a great mix of very talented teams within our non-conference schedule and we hope people will come and enjoy making new waves with us this year by supporting our team.”
Pepperdine leaves the state of California for just three of their contests, playing at Nevada on November 15, at Utah on December 5 and at Weber State on December 7. The team’s final contest before the start of conference play is at home against New Mexico State on December 17.
Here’s a look at the Waves’ schedule and opponents this season (all times Pacific):
Seattle (Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m.)
The Redhawks went 15-18 overall last year but were 10-4 in WAC play to finish in a tie for second place in the league. Seattle fell to New Mexico State in the championship game of the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas and was eventually invited to play in the WNIT, falling in the first round of the tournament to Wyoming. Pepperdine is 2-0 all-time against the Redhawks, beating Seattle at home in 2012 and on the road in 2013.
Idaho State (Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.)
Idaho State finished the 2016-17 season 19-14 overall, with the Bengals grabbing sixth in the Big Sky Conference standings thanks to a 10-8 record in league play. Idaho State played its way into the Big Sky Tournament title game, but fell to regular-season champs Montana State. The Waves are 2-0 against the Bengals, winning once at home in 1995 and once on the road in 1996.
Utah Valley (Saturday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m.)
The Wolverines are coming off a 9-22 overall and 3-11 WAC season in which they finished seventh in the conference standings. Utah Valley won its opening-round game at the WAC Tournament, but eventually ended its season in the second round against Seattle. The Waves and Wolverines played in Utah last year, with Utah Valley coming out on top 72-65. Last year’s contest was the lone meeting between the teams in their history.
New Mexico State (Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.)
New Mexico State is coming off of a stellar 24-7 season last year, in which the Aggies won both the WAC regular-season and tournament titles after going 14-0 in conference play. It was the third straight WAC title for the Aggies. New Mexico State fell in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to Stanford, 72-64. Pepperdine dropped its contest on the road against the Aggies last year, 75-66, falling to 1-1 all-time against New Mexico State.
At Long Beach State (Friday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m.)
The 49ers went 23-11 overall last year and 12-4 in Big West play, finishing second in the conference standings. Long Beach State would win the Big West Tournament to punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament, but fell in the opening round to Oregon State by one point, 56-55. The Waves are just 3-13 against the 49ers, losing 44-41 at home in last year’s meeting.
At UC Davis (Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m.)
UC Davis posted a 25-8 season last year, winning the Big West regular-season title with a 14-2 conference record. After losing in the semifinals of the Big West Tournament, the Aggies made the WNIT field and played their way into the third round before eventually falling to Washington State. The Waves are 3-1 all-time against UC Davis, winning on the road when the teams last met in 2012.
At Nevada (Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.)
The Wolfpack were 11-19 overall and 5-14 in Mountain West play last year, finishing 10th in the conference standings. Nevada ended its season with a MWC Tournament opening-round loss to Fresno State. The Waves are 5-6 all-time against the Wolfpack, with Nevada winning the meeting last year, 69-60 in Malibu.
At UC Irvine (Thursday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m.)
UC Irvine was 5-26 overall and 3-13 in Big West play last year, finishing eighth in the conference standings. Pepperdine holds a 22-11 lead in the all-time series against the Anteaters, including winning 12 of the last 13 meetings. The teams last played in 2014, resulting in a road win for the Waves.
At Utah (Tuesday, Dec. 5, TBA)
The Utes posted a 16-15 season last year, finishing ninth in the Pac-12 standings with a 5-13 conference record. Utah lost to Arizona State in the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament and then fell to UC Davis in the opening round of the WNIT. The Waves and Utes have never played.
At Weber State (Thursday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m.)
Weber state went 13-18 overall and 6-12 in Big Sky play last year, finishing eighth in the league. The Wildcats won their opening-round game of the Big Sky Tournament, but ended their season with a loss to top-seeded Montana State. The Waves have won the lone two meetings in the teams’ histories back in 1978 and 1980.